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Yankees win behind Garcia and a strong bullpen

By Gary W. Marchese Jr.

Bronx, NY (May 11) – The New York Yankees defeated the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night by the score of 3-1. It was another well-pitched game for Freddy Garcia and some more good work by the strong Yankees bullpen. Derek Jeter continues his hot hitting and Alex Rodriguez came up with a clutch hit to win the game.

Garcia pitched 6+innings giving up one run on six hits. He walked two and struck out three. Garcia evened his record to 2-2 on the season. David Robertson came on in the sixth inning to get out of a jam. He pitched one inning giving up no runs and no hits; he walked a batter and struck out two. Joba Chamberlain struck out two in a scoreless inning and Mariano Rivera picked up his 13th save of the season with a scoreless inning. Rivera gave up a hit, struck out one, and ended the game with a spectacular double play. Chamberlain looked very impressive in his inning, as he has been great over his last six outings. He looks more and more like his old self. Chamberlain also pitched his old eighth inning because Rafael Soriano was unavailable, his elbow has been bothering him and he is getting a precautionary MRI on Wednesday.

Jeter had two more hits and an RBI; it was his third straight multi-hit game. He has his average all the way up to 283. Mark Teixeira had a hit and a walk, a pitch also hit him, Rodriguez had a hit and two RBI, he is still not quite there but is almost there. Rodriguez has been in a huge slump but has been working hard and states that he is feeling good and just about ready to bust out of it completely. Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner each had a hit. Gardner had a walk as well. Gardner has really been swinging the bat well and is getting on base as if the Yankees expected he would.

The Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Gardner tripled and Jeter had an RBI single. The Royals tied it in the fourth inning on a solo homerun by old friend Melky Cabrera. The Yankees took the lead for good in the fifth inning on a two run single by Rodriguez. It turned out to be the game winner. Garcia started the seventh inning by giving up a single and a walk. Robertson came on with the two runners on and no outs and got a fly out. The Royals stole third and had first and third one out. Robertson gave up a walk and struck out the next two to get out of a big jam. That was really the turning point of the game. Chamberlain and Rivera were not in any trouble and they closed out the game putting the Yankees at seven games over 500.

The two teams will play game two of their three game series on Wednesday night. A.J. Burnett will take the mound against Vin Mazzaro who was just called up from AAA to take the place of an injured Bruce Chen. The Yankees will wait to hear the word from Sorianos MRI tomorrow and hope that it is nothing other than a little soreness. If it is, anything Chamberlain will step up into the eighth inning role and they will have to call up another reliever. The Yankees came into the game tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the AL East. Either they will finish the night tied or a game ahead as that game continues to be played.

gmarchesej Posted by on May 11, 2011. Filed under MLB News,News and Sports with Gary W. Marchese Jr.,Sports,US Sports,Yankees. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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