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Soriano: “I had something to prove to myself”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 28, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Big picture, there was no bigger story last night than the fate of Robinson Cano. A broken hand would have been devastating to the Yankees, and might finally have been the injury that erased any hope of a surge into the postseason. Smaller picture, the story of last night’s game centered on Alfonso Soriano and Andy Pettitte, teammates a decade ago who are helping the Yankees again this year. Here’s the AP from Canada.

Alfonso SorianoTORONTO (AP) — Alfonso Soriano felt he had something to prove after the New York Yankees traded him to Texas before the 2004 season.

Ten years later, he is proving it.

Soriano hit two home runs, Andy Pettitte pitched seven shutout innings, and the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-1 on Tuesday night after they lost Robinson Cano in the first inning.

“It’s great for me,” said Soriano, who has hit 10 home runs in 25 August games. “When I left here (in 2004), I wasn’t sad because it’s part of the game, but I thought about how I had something to prove to myself, to my teammates, to the fans.”

Alex Rodriguez and Mark Reynolds also homered for the Yankees, who won for the 13th time in 15 meetings with Toronto this season.

Rodriguez hit a two-out solo shot to center off Esmil Rogers in the seventh, his 651st career home run and second in two games. Rodriguez, who has four home runs this season, is nine away from tying Willie Mays for fourth on the career list. Reaching the milestone would secure a $6 million bonus for the third baseman.

Soriano’s homers, both hit on the first pitch, were the 399th and 400th of his career. They were his 27th and 28th this season and 10th and 11th since being traded back to New York from the Chicago Cubs on July 26.

“It was a great pickup for us,” Pettitte said of acquiring Soriano. “It’s energizing when you have a special player like that come and be able to hit for that kind of power and be able to get out there and run around the bases. It’s exciting.

“He looks like a young man out there, and I know he’s not,” Pettitte added. “Hopefully he can keep it going.”

It was Soriano’s sixth multihomer game this season and the 36th of his career.

“He’s been great for us,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He’s a big reason we’ve scored a lot more runs and won a lot more games.”

Cano sustained a bruise on his left hand after being struck by a pitch from left-hander J.A. Happ in the first inning. Cano stayed in the game to run the bases but was replaced by Eduardo Nunez in the bottom half.

Precautionary X-rays were negative, and the Yankees said Cano is day to day. Asked when he expected to return, Cano targeted Friday’s home game against Baltimore.

“It’s swollen right now, and the last thing you want to do is aggravate it,” he said.

Nunez twisted his right knee when he caught his cleat in a seam on the artificial turf while covering second base in the eighth. He was checked by trainer Steve Donohue and initially stayed in the game, but was replaced by pinch-runner Lyle Overbay three batters after hitting a leadoff single in the ninth.

“He just kind of tweaked his knee,” Girardi said. “That all checked out fine. The doctor checked him out and he’s fine.”

Reynolds moved from first to second in the bottom half, with Overbay taking over at first. Girardi said Reynolds could handle second base Wednesday if needed.

“He’s done it before,” Girardi said. “You have to go back a couple of years, but he’s done it before.”

Pettitte (10-9) improved to 7-1 in his past eight starts against Toronto and is 25-13 in 46 games against them, matching former teammate Mike Mussina (25-12) for the most wins over the Blue Jays by any opposing pitcher.

“His stuff was really good,” Girardi said. “I thought he was sharp.”

Pettitte allowed five hits, walked two and struck out three to win his third straight start after winning just two of his previous 11.

“The biggest thing, like I said for several months, the pitches weren’t doing what they’re supposed to do,” Pettitte said. “They’re cooperating right now. Hopefully they’ll cooperate the rest of the season.”

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42 Responses to “Soriano: “I had something to prove to myself””

  1. MTU August 28th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Soriano has the type of smile that can light up a room.

    :)

  2. MG August 28th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Is there anyone still out there not in favor of giving up Corey Black for Sori?

    The guy can still flat out play baseball, he is going to be really good for the Yankees through the end of his contract and maybe beyond that…

  3. Tackelberry August 28th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    MG August 28th, 2013 at 9:14 am
    Is there anyone still out there not in favor of giving up Corey Black for Sori?

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    Watch though. If Black somehow develops into a top notch releiver or closer sown the road, there will be a bunch of fans killing the Yanks for giving him up.

  4. longtimefan August 28th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Nunez seems fragile, always straining or hurting something, definatley not a replacement for Derek when the time comes.

  5. ConcernedCitizen August 28th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Imagine if Pettitte had last night’s stuff all year. I have no doubt we’d be in a very different position right now.

  6. Wave Your Hat August 28th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Soriano will finish strong, the Yanks will miss the playoffs, the Yanks will sign Soriano based on his two good months with them and by this time next year we fans will be sorry they did and blaming Cashman.

  7. astrocityfan August 28th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Imagine if we had traded for Soriano this spring instead of wells. Things would be alot different as well.

  8. Wave Your Hat August 28th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Sorry, I man keep Soriano, obviously, not sign him.

  9. astrocityfan August 28th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Soriano is signed through next year but i believe the yanks are only on the hook for about 6 million.

  10. longtimefan August 28th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    2014 outfield, Gardner, Granderson, Soriano, Ichiro as 4th, release Wells.

  11. Wave Your Hat August 28th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    @astrocityfan 9:31am

    That’s a big part of why the Yanks will keep Soriano next year but the probability is he will only be an average hitter. The Yanks will get their money’s worth and more but he will occupy a slot where the Yanks will need a better hitter. Opportunity cost issue.

  12. astrocityfan August 28th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    wave,
    i see your point. its just sad they dont have better internal options.

  13. raymagnetic August 28th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I’m sure fans will be devastated to have a player hit ~30 home runs and drive in 80 something runs. :roll:

  14. Tackelberry August 28th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I see no reason to keep Wells next year. ONly reason they keep him around is he will cost next to nothing since Yanks are paying most of his salary this year. Would muich rather see a guy like Melky Mesa get a chance to play LF vs. lefthand pitching with Soriano DHing

  15. MTU August 28th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    In the OS the Yankees will need to get themselves a real 3b and a better C.

    Add Kendrys Morales as your Dh and you’re all set.

    Perhaps they’ll try to go with Romine/Murphy at C ?

  16. DONNYBROOK August 28th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Just another one of A-Rod’s worthless “tack on” HR’s, inna blow-out. A-Rod feeds on attention, and the press is More than happy to supply it. Reynolds homers an inning earlier, score tighter, and we get crickets. What new?

  17. 4TrainNorth August 28th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    My god, Sori’s first HR was a tape-measure job. Check the video on MLB.com and listen to the sound off the bat. Destroyed it. The second one was, like, his 9th this season off the top of the wall.

  18. MTU August 28th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Mop walk time.

    Later.

  19. MG August 28th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Wave Your Hat August 28th, 2013 at 9:29 am
    Soriano will finish strong, the Yanks will miss the playoffs, the Yanks will sign Soriano based on his two good months with them and by this time next year we fans will be sorry they did and blaming Cashman.
    ————-
    it must be great to be so clairvoyant and absolutely know that a Yankee player will not be good next season.

    It reminds me of all of the Jeter-bashing when he was struggling a few years ago, how did that work out?

    The number of LoHud mea culpas on all of that bashing for absolutely no reason was about 2.

    Soriano is in great physical shape, hasn’t lost any bat speed, and is playing great now for the Yankees.

    Why will less than 1 year change any of that if he hasn’t lost any bat speed in the past 5 years?

  20. Niblick August 28th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Didn’t Cashman make a big point of publicly stating his opposition to acquiring Sori? I guess he’d like Black back. Just another example of how the Yanks win despite Cashman, not because of him.

  21. DONNYBROOK August 28th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Yanks really do Not have a (L) Power bat off the bench. When rosters expand Sunday, Kubel, (DFA), would fit nicely. He would Not be Playoff eligible, but he could easily be the LH version of what we are seeing outta Soriano. Hal would have to look twice with Kubel at the MLB Minimum $$$, and the timing of his availability fits Perfectly.

  22. Tackelberry August 28th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Niblick August 28th, 2013 at 10:07 am
    Didn’t Cashman make a big point of publicly stating his opposition to acquiring Sori? I guess he’d like Black back. Just another example of how the Yanks win despite Cashman, not because of him.

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    He WAS in favor of acquiring Soriano. Just didn’t want to give up Corey Black in the deal. Wanted to wait it out a while longer in the hopes the Cubs would lower the price, but Hal pushed him to finish the deal right then.

  23. Tackelberry August 28th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Isn’t today the deadline for the claiming team to make a deal for Morales? If its Yanks, hope they get it done.

  24. J. Alfred Prufrock August 28th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I’d love to add Morales, but depends on the price.

  25. DONNYBROOK August 28th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    -NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS. THE LO HUD “NO SPIN ZONE”- (next door to The Waffle House)

    If Cashman was Against giving up Black for Soriano, and the Cubs were adamant about Black being the player they wanted for Soriano, then Cashman was Against getting Soriano. The Cashman “spinners” around here, must have previously been working for Clinton during the Bimbo Explosions.

  26. exiledintampa August 28th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    So now we get to see what it looks like without Robbie at 2b. It’s not gonna be pretty. I hope we see how badly he would be missed and get him signed up for 5-6 more years. Cano is one of the top position players in the game. He’s the kind of player you build your line-up around. Every great team needs to have one of those.

  27. 4TrainNorth August 28th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Apparently the Yankee broadcasters’ general apathy to Sori’s milestone HR has become a bit of a story. Listening to the replays, it is kind of sad. Guess everyone is too busy monitoring Al’s pursuit of Mays, or Ichiro’s total number of hits, neither of which interests me in the slightest. This 400th is a BFD, and will be even more so when Sori’s joins the 400/300 club. Can we get a little enthusiam, Kay/Singleton/Sterling/Waldman?

  28. blake August 28th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    “Is there anyone still out there not in favor of giving up Corey Black for Sori?”

    I don’t think anybody ever was in the vacuum of that swap…..the issue that I and others had was actually buying at all at the deadline instead of considering selling.

    I’m glad they got Soriano (mostly for next year) but I didn’t think he’d make a difference when they traded for him and I still highly doubt he ultimately will with the final outcome of the season……I’ll admit though that I didnt think he’d produce like this.

    This run they are on has been lots of fun to watch……but as I’ve said if it ends up with them missing the playoffs by 3 or 4 games instead of 10 then I’ll get no real satisfaction in that…..and the end result could be they have a lower draft pick next year with nothing to show for it.

  29. Hankflorida August 28th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Tackelberry August 28th, 2013 at 9:53 am
    I see no reason to keep Wells next year. ONly reason they keep him around is he will cost next to nothing since Yanks are paying most of his salary this year. Would muich rather see a guy like Melky Mesa get a chance to play LF vs. lefthand pitching with Soriano DHing

    You are right, but Hal wants to cut payroll and still be competitive for the 2nd Wildcard. If he can keep the fans interest in Sept “As the days dwindle down to a precious few” and into a one game playoff, the bucks will still be rolling in. Playing Mesa is an unknown, but playing Welles against left handed pitching is less of a gamble. Yesterday, I quoted the words of “New York, New York” that exemplified the Yankee team that I was fortunate to root for in my younger days; they were “king of the hill, top of the heap.” Streisand sang about “Second Hand Rose” from 2nd Avenue, and that is what Hal’s vision for the Yankees has become.

  30. Russell Munson August 28th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    At this point, Melky Mesa is probably more useful than Wells. He probably can’t hit, but he’s a better fielder and can play center and might be able to catch a few fastballs every now and then. Wells can’t field, can’t run, and can’t hit either.

    If they keep Wells on the 40 man roster this offseason and lose an actual prospect because of it they’re morons.

  31. Tackelberry August 28th, 2013 at 11:08 am

    If Cashman was Against giving up Black for Soriano, and the Cubs were adamant about Black being the player they wanted for Soriano, then Cashman was Against getting Soriano. The Cashman “spinners” around here, must have previously been working for Clinton during the Bimbo Explosions

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    What an idiotic statement!. Who says the Cubs were adamant about Black being the player they wanted in the deal. And any other GM would have done the same thing. YOu try as a GM to minimize what you have to give up in a deal, not say YEs to whoever the other team wants. Cashman was doing what any other smart GM would do considering there was not a large market for Soriianon at the time. He wanted towait it out a little longer to try and get the price down!. Hal stepped in and told him to get it done immediately. Has nothing to do with being a Cashman spinner!

  32. blake August 28th, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Trading Soriano for the Cubs was all about saving some money….Black was just a flyer guy with some upside as a reliever that both parties agreed to. The Yankees can spare relievers and the Cubs are taking a chance on a guy that could be good one day.

  33. randy l. August 28th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    i remember being impressed with soriano as a young player that he learned japanese when he was playing in japan as a youngster. to me that showed something. not all players would do that.

    i really do think soriano is a hall of fame talent, but his numbers probably won’t be quite enough unless he adds 2-3 really good years on to his totals.

    being co mvp with alex of this years world series wouldn’t hurt :)

  34. Chip August 28th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    blake August 28th, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Trading Soriano for the Cubs was all about saving some money….Black was just a flyer guy with some upside as a reliever that both parties agreed to. The Yankees can spare relievers and the Cubs are taking a chance on a guy that could be good one day.
    ———————

    Agreed – the Yankees have a ton of guys who are Corey Black.

  35. blake August 28th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    “Agreed – the Yankees have a ton of guys who are Corey Black.”

    they have been good at developing relievers….but you never know when a train like that could stall and also I doubt the pen will be as solid after #42 is gone.

  36. Warning Track Power August 28th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Hey All
    Any update on Cano or Nunez this morning? I’m thinking some of you who watch Yes or listen to NY Sports Radio may have seen or head an update that you can pass along.

  37. blake August 28th, 2013 at 11:36 am

    “i really do think soriano is a hall of fame talent, but his numbers probably won’t be quite enough unless he adds 2-3 really good years on to his totals.”

    if he would have stayed at 2B maybe……but as an outfielder he’s well short I think. Great career but not a HOF career IMO.

  38. blake August 28th, 2013 at 11:38 am

    of course if Andre Dawson is a HOFer with a career OPS of .806 then maybe Soriano should get some love…..of course I don’t think Andrew Dawson for Jim Rice should be in either but that’s another discussion.

  39. blake August 28th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Dawson : 279 .323 .482 .806
    Soriano: .272 .321 .504 .826

  40. Russell Munson August 28th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Soriano is probably not a HOFer, but he is one of just 43 players to have 2000+ hits and 400 or more homers.

    Then again, so is Paul Konerko.

  41. blake August 28th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I don’t think of HOFer when I think of Soriano…..but the HOF has been watered down significantly in the last few years……Dawson was probably a better player than Soriano…..but not by a ton. He posted 1 .900 OPS season as a corner outfielder

  42. exiledintampa August 28th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Alex .284 .369 .483 4hr 8rbi 74ab
    Grandy .280 .391 .439 4hr 8rbi 79ab

    amazingly close


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