* The Yankees were back to being homer happy, but it worked out just fine in the 7-3 victory over the Mets. Four homers accounted for six of the runs. That means that 52.2 percent of their runs have come on homers this season. That also means that 47.8 have not. Still, Alex Rodriguez, who hit No. 622, said they have to be better at small ball, that the homers may not be there down the road when they need the runs in big games.
This is what he had to say about the Yankees’ offense: “We’ve been good and bad. Overall I think if you look at the numbers league-wise, we’re doing OK. But I know there’s a lot of room for improvement. Besides Curtis (Granderson), we can all feel like we can do much better.”
Granderson hit his 15th homer, extending his career high to eight off lefties. Working with Kevin Long has helped, and not only regarding that swing change last August.
“The ability for him to throw left-handed BP day in and day out, get a chance to see that,” Granderson said.
“I’m constantly battling, trusting what we’ve been working on, the changes that we made. I definitely never second-guessed what Kevin Long and myself started last August. I continue to try to make improvements and fill the holes that are there for the swing and the approach and the plan of attack against each pitcher out there.”
The power show seems to have caught Granderson off-guard, though.
“I’m really not sure what’s going on,” he said.
Derek Jeter is up to 2,973 hits after going 2 for 4 with two singles. No. 3,000 doesn’t seem to be on his mind.
“You know what? It’s still a long ways away,” Jeter said. “I’m really not thinking about it now. It’s just more of staying comfortable. I think that’s the biggest thing. If you stay comfortable, the hits will come.”
So how close is close for him to start thinking about it?
“One or two,” Jeter said.
He did reach a milestone in this game. He swiped his 326th base in the eighth, tying Rickey Henderson’s franchise record.
“It’s hard to believe; you think Rickey was only here, what, a year and a half,” Jeter said with a smile since it was more like four and a half. “If you play long enough and try to be consistent, I guess good things happen.”
A.J. Burnett has done much better than last season. He said one key for him is being able “to turn the page” when things go wrong. He did that after a shaky two-run, three-hit first, which started with him loading the bases with no outs. He gave up just one more run and three more hits in his 6 1/3-inning outing.
“I just see a different guy,” Joe Girardi said. “I hate to make it sound so simple, but it’s the consistency of his mechanics.”
Chris Capuano talked about giving up the four homers and the difference between pitching here and at Citi Field:
I think that’s the frustrating part for me: I didn’t give up a lot of hits, just big ones,” Capuano said. “I think maybe we are a little more spoiled at Citi. I think we really know how good we have it there as pitchers.”
Here’s an item from Sam Borden on Chris Dickerson, who played right the last two innings:
Chris Dickerson has had “a few” concussions, but don’t look for the recently beaned Yankees outfielder to start wearing the extra-large, Gazoo-style helmet that some players (including backup catcher Francisco Cervelli) have worn after suffering head injuries.
“It’s enormous,” said Dickerson, who wore the helmet in the minor leagues. “I’m so over that helmet.”
Dickerson, who was hit in the head by Orioles reliever Mike Gonzalez on Wednesday, said watching a replay of the pitch in slow motion was intense: “I’m even telling myself, ‘Get out of the way!’ ” The scariest part was seeing his batting helmet break after contact, he said.
Will the beaning affect Dickerson’s ability to stay steady in the batter’s box in the future?
“No,” he said flatly. Then he smiled. “But that’s easy for me to say now. You don’t know until you get in there and have to do it.”