It’s become a cliche – and part of John Sterling’s shtick – but you really can’t predict baseball. Everybody assumed the Yankees would be helpless against Hernandez, but he had an off night and our offense took advantage. What a thing of beauty to see Tex go deep and Cano hit a gapper and Chris Dickerson – yes, Dickerson – smack his first homer as a Yankee and Austin Romine get his first major league hit (and catch a nice game).
And while Hughes continues to frustrate me, he did get out of occasional trouble, maintain the lead, hold the Mariners to one run and last through six innings. That’s progress.
On the “General Hospital” front, I was relieved to see Swisher in the lineup, as well as to read that Cervelli’s MRI was clear despite his concussion. Now it’s all about A-Rod.
Bottom line: We beat a team we needed to beat on a night when the Red Sox were idle and the Rays won again – a great way to kick off this series.