Hideki Matsui started the day signing a one-day minor League contract with the Yankees before announcing his retirement in a special pre-game ceremony, Derek Jeter homered in his first swing back, and Alfonso Soriano had 4 hits including a walk-off 9th inning single as the Yankees avoided a sweep defeating the Rays 6-5.
After a scoreless first inning, Derek Jeter drilled a 1st pitch fastball off Matt Moore to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Jeter’s homer was the Yankees first post All-Star break home run and the first home run hit by a Yankees right handed hitter since June 25th.
Here’s Yankees announcer Michael Kay’s call of the home run:
Here’s John Sterlings Call courtesy of WCBS 880:
Alfonso Soriano added a 2-run opposite field home run in the 3rd inning to give the Yankees a 5-4 lead. Today was the 13th time Jeter and Soriano have both homered in the same game and the first time since July 17th, 2003.
While the Yankees offense acted like circa 2003, Phil Hughes had another poor outing at home. Hughes lasted only 4 innings giving up 5 runs on 9 hits including 2 home-runs to Will Myers.
The trade deadline is only 3 days and with Hughes struggling again, there’s a chance this could have been Hughes final start in pinstripes. The Yankees shouldn’t just dump him and only make a trade if the team can get something valuable in return.
Despite Hughes’s performance, this could be the game that turns the Yankees bad fortunes around. Derek Jeter got through the game healthy, Alfonso Soriano looks to be back and adjusted to New York, and the Yankees offense looks ready to take off.
The Yankees have a get away tomorrow before starting a 2-game set with the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
Don’t look now, but the Yankees are 2 games back in the loss column for the final wild card spot in the American League and Curtis Granderson is slated to return sometime next week.