Monday, June 25, 2012

Cano, Wise, Power Yankees past Tribe

The Yankee offense had their hitting shoes on today as they pounded Josh Tomlin who only lasted three innings, giving up six runs to the Yankee bats. Cano took advantage as he doubled in two runs in the first then crushed a solo shot to right in the third inning to give him 39 RBI for the season. Cano, who had been trailing Ian Kinsler in the All Star Game voting until the most recent ballot update has taken the lead in votes for AL second basemen. It's only natural that Cano should be the starter in the ASG. He is the best second baseman in the game and is respected as a player.

Dewayne Wise, who got the rare start in center field for Curtis Granderson had a big day at the plate. He drilled a two-run blast in the second inning to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead then had an RBI triple in the sixth inning to cap the Yankee scoring for the night. Girardi managed to push the right buttons in today's game. The backups had a good day at the plate, especially Wise.

Hiroki Kuroda made the start for the Yankees tonight, going seven innings. The right-hander allowed only one run on a sac-fly after he left the game in the eighth and struck out seven batters. Kuroda had everything working tonight. He was pounding the zone with all of his pitches and was able to use his splitter to get hitters out. Kuroda has found his comfort zone while playing in New York. In the beginning of the season, he was awful most of the time. Now, he is getting hitters out and having quick innings. Clay Rapada, who came in for Kuroda in the eighth got all three outs and one run scored on a sac-fly to Nick Swisher. Swisher made all three put-outs in the inning and was pumped after the inning was over. When you have a 7-1 lead and a home run, it's difficult not to show some enthusiasm. In Swisher's case he was just giddy. That guy loves playing baseball and always has a smile on his face.

Tomorrow night, Justin Masterson faces off against Phil Hughes. Masterson has been pitching well of late and Hughes looks to come back from a horrendous performance against the Braves last week in which he allowed four home runs in less than five innings.

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