Derek Jeter’s home run was his 192nd, matching Tino Martinez (who was in the house) for 13th place in team history. It snapped an 0-for-14 skid.
The Yankees are 13-2 when Johnny Damon starts in left field. He is 27 of 62 with 20 runs scored, three homers and 17 RBI in those games.
Weird stat of the day courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau: The Yankees are 7-1 in games following a shutout loss of 10 or more runs under Joe Torre.
Joba Chamberlain is interesting to listen to. He fully understands he is going to get hit eventually and that how he handles that will define him more than how he has handled his success.
“This game sets you up to fail,” he said. “I know it’s going to happen. I’ll be OK.”
The kid is a unique dude. As I was talking to him before the game, the music on the radio in the nearby trainer’s room was James Taylor. As Joba walked away, he was singing “Handyman” and knew all the words.
Meanwhile, I’m shocked that in a pennant race in September this team will have a pitching staff that includes Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, Edwar Ramirez and Chris Britton.
That tells you all you need to know about how much power Brian Cashman has. Regardless of what happens the rest of the way this season, he’s building a player development powerhouse that must scare the socks off the rest of baseball.
If the Yankees can field a roster loaded with homegrown kids, they can spend whatever they wannt to retain A-Rod, chase Johan Santana or do whatever else they want.
OK, I’m wiped. Catch you tomorrow. Angels just went up a run.