Once the Red Sox beat Toronto today, the Yankees had to find a way today. They did when Robinson Cano hammered a Jamie Walker fastball over the wall in the seventh inning.
It was part of a 4-for-5 day for Cano, who drove in two runs. “We need to win some games, it doesnâ€™t matter how,” he said.
Asked whether it was his biggest hit of the season, Cano smiled. “I would say it was the best one I have had this year. It was a special.”
Many of the players left the park quickly to try and get as much time off as they could. The Yankees don’t have to report back to the Stadium until 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Johnny Damon was headed to the Hamptons, where his family has been hanging out for a few weeks.
“They’re living off the fruits of my labors,” he said.
Meanwhile, this is comical.
Pre-game question to Joe Girardi: “Marte has thrown 12 pitches in the last nine days, you haven’t used him much. Is he OK physically?”
Answer: “Oh, he’s fine. I had him up last night. Physically he’s OK.”
Question: “It seems strange because he hasn’t pitched much.”
Answer: “No, no. It’s just when the situation presents itself.”
Question to Marte after the game: “You had a few days off, did you feel strong today?”
Answer: “I did. For the last week I’ve had inflammation in my elbow. That has been bothering me. They gave me some days off.”
As he talked, Marte’s left elbow was wrapped in enough ice to chill three cases of beer.
Marte said later that he think the problem is related to the 42 pitches he threw in Texas on Aug. 4. Only in the last few days, he said, has he felt better. So that explains why he has struggled of late.
Thanks for reading today. We have a long drive back to New York. The Yankees are off tomorrow but we’ll have a few posts during the day.