It eventually rained in Kansas City yesterday. It had showered off and on through the morning, and after awhile, it began to truly pour in the late afternoon. Every local forecast had predicted the storm, but the heavy rain didn’t fall until the Yankees had beaten the Royals, packed their bags and begun to get out of town.
Make no mistake, Kansas City took its toll, but the Yankees left with some sense that the worst just might behind them. Their fortunes were beginning to turn.
Phil Hughes pitched well for a rotation that badly needs a boost. Nick Swisher came back from a hamstring injury for an outfield that badly needs its regulars. Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez hit home runs for an offense that needs its middle-of-the-order run producers to produce.
It was one day, but it was a day when clouds were gathering, and the Yankees managed to avoid the storm. They salvaged a split of the four-game series, began to get healthy and found just enough reason to think one day might be a spring board to better days ahead.
“That’s the way they have to look at it,” Joe Girardi said. “I don’t think these guys doubt themselves. I think they get frustrated when they look at the board and see the numbers, but I don’t think they doubt themselves.”
It’s impossible to say the Yankees turned a corner yesterday. They might have, but we won’t know it for a few more weeks. For now, all that yesterday means is that today’s off day feels a little brighter. There’s some reason for optimism, after a weekend when hope seemed lost for a while.
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