Four games, four wins. Just what the doctor ordered for the Yankees, who are now on a 5-game win streak, and have won 11 of their last 15.
It’s a streak which has them just 3.5 games out in the wildcard as they head to Tampa for weekend series. The Rays one of the two wildcard spots New York is chasing.
The bombers finished off the sweep of with a 5-3 win behind 6 solid innings from Andy Pettitte. The bombers have three games left with Toronto, and are now 12-1 this year against them. Something of a surprise as they were a popular pick to make it to the World Series after a big off-season.
Curtis Granderson hit his 4th homer of the season, a solo shot off Toronto starter J.A. Happ. It was a revenge swing for Granderson, who suffered his first injury of the year against Happ. Happ hit Granderson and broke his forearm in the very first at-bat of spring training, causing the lefty outfielder to miss the first month and a half of the season. After a slow start in his second return from the DL, Granderson is starting to get on base with growing regularity, and he tends to hit homers in bunches, something he did a lot the past two seasons, hitting 84 combined between 2011-2012. And something the Yankees greatly missed during the first half.
David Robertson gave Yankees fans a possible glimpse into the future by throwing a clean 9th inning, recording his second save of the year. Mariano Rivera wasn’t available after pitching both halves of Tuesday’s doubleheader, as well as closing out Wednesday’s game.
In tonight’s series opener, Hiroki Kuroda (2-1 with a 6.11 ERA against Tampa in his career) looks to shake a rare bad outing against the Red Sox. Tampa counters with youngster Chris Archer.
*** Another lands on the DL. New York lost utility infielder Jayson Nix for the season to a fractured left hand suffered Wednesday. Reliever Preston Claiborne was recalled in his place to help bolster the bullpen, which was used a lot on Wednesday. But expect Derek Jeter to be back soon, as he started in his first rehab game last night, going 2-3, with one RBI and a run scored for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.