It came out after this 8-3 win over the Rockies that Alex Rodriguez has been playing on a sore right knee since hurting it last Sunday night while running the bases against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Joe Girardi had a chance to pull him with a 6-0 lead after seven in this latest game, and he took advantage of it.
“I think there are some injuries that you can play through and some you can’t,” Rodriguez said. “This is one I feel I can play through. I met with my doctors and they pretty much assured me that it’s something you’re not going to reaggravate. It’s getting better each day.”
A-Rod might be hobbled a bit, but he hasn’t let it bother him at the plate. He knocked in three runs with two hits, so he now has at least one RBI in five straight games and 50 for the season. He’s batting .545 (12 for 22) in his last six, with at least one hit in each game, and .408 in his last 14.
“He comes to play every day, and that’s what great players do,” Girardi said. “You’ve got to find a way to fight through the little nicks that you have in the course of the season.”
*CC Sabathia turned in another inspired performance in winning his third straight start and becoming the first pitcher in the majors to win 10 games — eight innings, one run, seven hits, one walk, nine Ks.
The lefty matched Chien-Ming Wang for the fastest to 50 wins among Yankees pitchers over these last 30 years. This was Sabathia’s 85th start in 2 1/2 seasons. He’s also the fifth Yankees pitcher in the last 60 years to win No. 50 and have fewer than 20 losses. This season, the Yankees have scored at least seven runs for him eight times. Also, he has gone at least seven innings 11 times in 17 starts, often taking the burden off a banged-up bullpen.
“You can’t put it on cruise control, but any time you get a couple of runs for CC, you feel pretty good about your chances,” Brett Gardner said. “He was just his normal self today. He was dominant. When he allowed guys to get on base, he pitched even better. He’s just an ace.”
*The Yankees snapped their two-game skid and have won 11 of 15.
“I feel the past week we’ve been playing outstanding baseball,” Nick Swisher said.
*The Yankees are up to a major-league-best 21-4 in day games as opposed to 23-27 at night.
“It’s probably a lot of luck,” Gardner said.
*Curtis Granderson scored two runs and leads the majors with 68. He has scored at least one time in seven straight games, which is one away from his career high. He’s also batting .295 in home games.
*Jorge Posada had a season-high-tying three hits and has now hit safely in 10 of his 11 starts, batting .405 over this span.
*Nick Swisher went 2 for 3 with a sac fly and is now batting .315 in his last 27 games, raising his average from .204 to .245.
*Sunday is Old-Timers’ Day. They will take batting practice starting at 10 a.m. The ceremonies begin at 11:30, followed by the Old-Timers’ game. The regularly scheduled games is down for 2:20.