Who helped win this game? Let’s count:
Phil Hughes: By no means was he great, or even pretty good. But he limited the damage and kept them in the game. He put 10 guys on base in five innings and only three of them scored.
Melky Cabera: He left four men on base early but came up big in the ninth when needed. Gardenhire made the right move to walk Cano as he almost never strikes out. But Melky has a nice touch for the dramatic.
Johnny Damon: Strategically got thrown out of the game to give a chance to …
Brett Gardner: Had a single, an inside-the-parker and a triple to start the ninth-inning rally. Those who evaluate baseball only by numbers dismiss him. But when you actually watch the games, you realize he brings something to the table.
Mark Teixeira: Got on base three times and got a little fired up in the eighth inning, which seemed to get the squad going. Carlos Gomez should watch himself tomorrow if he faces Joba.
A-Rod: He is 3 for 22 at the plate, but walked four times including a tough-minded plate appearance in the ninth inning to extend the inning.