It’s hard to nitpick these days. All the Yankees do is win.
After this 6-0 rain-shortened victory, they had taken three straight, six of seven, nine of 11, 26 of 35 and 36 of 49, making them a season-high 23 games above .500 at 57-34. This was their eighth sweep, one short of their total for all of last season.
“We’ve pitched well and we’ve swung the bats really well the last couple of weeks; I mean really, really well,” Joe Girardi said. “We’ve had some big outputs. We’ve jumped on people early. We’ve come from behind late in games. We’ve tacked on. It’s probably about as good as we’ve played.”
The lead is up to a large 10 games in the East, pending tonight’s activity. But Derek Jeter rained all over that fact.
“It really doesn’t make a difference,” Jeter said. “There are so many games to go. Everyone said our season was over with (two months ago); how bad we were playing; we were terrible; we wouldn’t make the playoffs. … It’s way too early for any of that.”
Mark Teixeira is having a big July. After going 2 for 3 with a two-run homer, he’s up to .326 with three doubles, six homers and 19 RBI this month.
“To me, the season feels like one long slump with just a few hot streaks mixed in,” Teixeira said. “As a power hitter, you’re going to go through a lot of streaks where you don’t do much at the plate. But you can put a couple of weeks together that make up for those down times.”
Teixeira liked his figurine that was given out. So did Nick Swisher.
“Swish asked me for one, so I gave mine to him,” Teixeira said. “It looks pretty good, good swing there. Whoever made it did a great job. I got a big box. I brought them home. My kids will like playing with them.”
Teixeira obviously didn’t like seeing what happened to Brett Lawrie. The third baseman went flying over the rail trying to catch Teixeira’s foul pop in the third and fell into the camera well. He left the game, but the x-rays came back negative. He suffered a bruise below the right calf. The Jays have him as day to day.
“You kind of feel somewhat responsible when you hit a ball and a guy gets hurt on the play,” Teixeira said. “… I’m glad nothing was seriously injured.”
No complaints with Hiroki Kuroda. Not after allowing four hits, fanning five and walking none in seven innings. Girardi praised his slider, splitter and fastball location.
The Yankees did make a roster move after the game, sending D.J. Mitchell to Triple-A and calling up David Phelps.
So now it’s on to Oakland for four games and then three in Seattle. Thursday night’s matchup will feature Freddy Garcia and A.J. Griffin.