A day after seeing Bartolo Colon go down with a pulled hamstring, the Yankees got an encouraging outing from Freddy Garcia and plenty of offense from their hitters in a X-X rout of the Indians. Derek Jeter edged closer to 3,000 hits with a 2-for-5 performance that has him only seven away now, and Curtis Granderson added four hits and two RBI. Brett Gardner, who had a rough day on the bases yesterday, made amends with two doubles, a triple and three runs scored.
Garcia’s performance – 6 2/3 innings, one run, seven hits and six strikeouts – was more important than it will look in final box score. The Yankees didn’t blow the game open until a five-run fifth inning, and Garcia pitched out of trouble constantly to keep the game close before the bats broke out. The veteran righty didn’t have a clean inning all day but allowed the Indians just one hit in 12 at-bats with runners on base.
* That’s an AP shot of Garcia.