After this 6-4 win over the White Sox, the Yankees sounded very satisfied with their 15-7 final record for April, especially considering the 15 road games and that several players haven’t hit all that much yet. The 15 wins tied them for their fifth most by the end of April since 1955. They picked up a game on Tampa Bay and are 1 1/2 back.
“I thought we had a very good April,” Joe Girardi said. “We had a tough schedule. We had a lot of games on the road, a long West Coast trip. There were a lot of opportunities for players to get distracted with some of the celebrations and some of the awards that players have received. But I thought our guys have played extremely well.”
Derek Jeter went 3 for 4 and passed Ken Griffey Jr. for most hits by an active player with 2,778.
Andy Pettitte was marveling at Jeter’s clutch work, his two-out, two-run homer in the fifth and his two-run go-ahead triple in the seventh.
“Anybody who asks me who do you want up at the plate with everybody you played with for the years, he’s the man,” Pettitte said. “If you need a big hit out of somebody, you want him up there. He loves it. You can see it in his eyes. He wants to be in that situation. You’ve got to embrace those situations to be successful.”
Pettitte, after getting this no-decision, finished April at 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA in five starts. It was just his second undefeated April. In 1997, he went 5-0.
Robinson Cano finished the month at .400 (34 for 85) with eight homers and 18 RBI. He’s just the second American League player to ever hit at least .400 and launch at least eight homers in April in the expansion era (since 1961). Manny Ramirez was the other, in 2001. Cano is just the fourth Yankees player to hit at least .400 in April with a minimum of 50 plate appearances, joining Paul O’Neill, Clete Boyer and Willie Randolph. Cano has batted .382 over his last two Aprils with 13 homers and 34 RBI.
Brett Gardner enters May with an AL-high 10 steals.
Alfredo Aceves is now 2-0 this year and 13-1 for his career.
Mariano Rivera is now 7 for 7 in saves and 51 for his last 51 at home, tying Eric Gagne’s all-time record. Rivera fanned two in the ninth to move past Roger Clemens for 10th on the team’s all-time strikeout list with 1,015.
That’s it from Yankee Stadium for now. At 1:05 this afternoon, the Yankees are scheduled to be back at it with Chicago. Javier Vazquez and John Danks will be the starters.