The Yankees needed a good day, and today they got one. Just hours after Mark Teixeira’s MRI showed nothing more than inflammation, Travis Hafner hit a three-run homer that sparked the Yankees best offensive game in more than a week. It was tense at the end, but a 6-5 win against the Angels snapped a five-game losing streak and let the Yankees finally get out of California. Hafner’s two-out, three-run homer in the third inning single handedly gave the Yankees more runs than they’d scored in any of their previous four games. They added on two more runs in the inning, then got another on Vernon Wells’ sacrifice fly in the eighth. Jayson Nix had three hits, Brett Gardner had another two-hit game, and the Yankees 3 through 6 hitters actually had a hit apiece. And just in case they didn’t, CC Sabathia seemed ready to carry the Yankees all on his own. Sabathia pitched eight scoreless innings, then was charged with two runs after leaving the game in the ninth. Sabathia was three outs away from his second complete game of the month and settled for his seventh win of the season. Mariano Rivera finally closed out the game, but only after letting the Angels get the winning run into scoring position.
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