A few random items to note before I embark on the risky walk to the car here in St. Pete:
— Juan Miranda’s home run was No. 242 for the Yankees this season, matching the club record set in 2004.
— The Rays said Miranda’s ball traveled an estimated 460 feet, making it the longest at the Trop this season. Not bad for your first major league homer.
— Meaningless but great, great fact (for those of us who love baseball stats/history): Both DHs (Fernando Perez and Jose Molina) hit ninth in the batting order. According to the industrious folk at Elias Sports Bureau, this is only the third time in the DH era (post 1973) two DHs have batted ninth in the same game.
— Sabathia’s 19 wins matched his career high. (You may remember it: 2007.) They are the most for a first-year Yankee since 1979.
— Sabathia fell to 0-2 against the Rays with a 5.79 ERA in four starts this season. Of course, the Rays are a mighty 10-2 this year vs. Sabathis, Roy Halladay and Zack Greinke. Now, if not for that darn Brian Bannister…
— Good news on the Jerry Hairston front. He said his left wrist hadn’t felt this good since May, when he first fell victim to the injury. “It felt totally normal today,” a pleased Hairston said.
— Mariano Rivera wasn’t warming in the pen tonight. Girardi planned on closing the game with him, but had him throw a side session when it fell out of reach.
— No reason to fret about Melky Cabrera. He tripped over the base after grounding into a fielders choice in the fourth. You probably saw him limp, but Girardi pronounced him fit.