The Yankees won the game which is a very good thing.
- This means that they have ended a possible extended losing streak and this is now the latest they've gone in a season without suffering through a three-game losing streak since 1955.
- They won a game in Tampa which is no small feat. The Yankees have terrible numbers there of late.
But, of course, there was also bad news tonight. It seems like we can't go a day without hearing some. The Yankees lost Curtis Granderson to injury, again. He was hit by a pitch, again. He was hit in his left hand with the same result as the J.A. Happ pitch in Spring Training, a fracture. This time it's his pinky.
[Insert a very long and drawn out expletive here]
I swear, this season is astounding in regards to injuries. This team should not be 29-18 but they are.
Of course, Granderson wasn't the only injury in the game. They seem to come in pairs this season as well. David Phelps, who picked up the win with seven innings of work was hit with a line drive in his right forearm.
I have a joke with my friends. I always talk about being fly paper for freaks. Apparently the Yankees are fly paper for errant hits and pitches or better yet, they are magnets for baseballs. At this point, they might as well cover Robinson Cano in bubble wrap.
Okay, enough of the melancholy nonsense. The Yankees won and that's a good thing. Like I said, Phelps passed the seven inning mark (7 and 2/3 before getting hit), gave up four runs on six hits with three strikeouts and he didn't walk a batter.
Offensively, the Yankees got contributions from the usual suspects like Travis Hafner and Lyle Overbay who both had doubles. Overbay finished with two RBI, Brett Gardner hit a two-hit home run, his fourth of the season. The Yankees finished with 11 hits. Six of those hits and five of their runs came off of Rays' starter Roberto Hernandez, the artist formerly known as Fausto Carmona. They scored three off Cesar Ramos who was the pitcher who hit Granderson with the pitch.
Granderson, according to manager Joe Girardi, will miss a minimum of four weeks with his fractured pinky. Phelps was sent for precautionary x-rays and Girardi is hoping it's just a bruised forearm.
We all are.
Just as I was finishing this up the news came out that it's just a forearm contusion for Phelps. Halleljujah!