Yankees Recap: Yankees Win Third Straight; Jeter Injury Update
Added by Gina Sorce on April 10, 2013.
Andy Pettitte gave up one run through seven innings for the win. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Robinson Cano, Yankees second baseman, is on fire. In Tuesday’s game against the Cleveland Indians, Cano blasted his third home run in two games, driving in five runs. The Yankees trampled the Indians 14-1, supported by strong offense and a solid pitching performance from veteran Andy Pettitte.
The Yankees scored seven runs against Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasaco, who was later ejected from the game in the fourth inning for hitting Kevin Youkilis in the back after Cano’s two-run blast.
Cano, Ichiro Suzuki, Youkilis, Lyle Overbay and Brennan Boesch all homered in the Yankees third straight victory and positive energy and momentum has been present throughout the entire lineup.
The Yankees are finally starting to play better baseball. Batting averages of the team continue to climb, and solid pitching performances from veterans CC Sabathia and Pettitte are providing stability to the injured roster.
Speaking of injuries, Bryan Hoch of MLB reported that Derek Jeter has began running on the field as he continues to work out in Tampa. Although this is a good sign, it is still too early for the Yankees to determine when fans can expect Jeter back with the team.
Manager Joe Girardi told Hoch that Jeter’s ankle is still not 100 percent, but he was able to complete sprints, which is a big step in the right direction in his rehabilitation efforts. Girardi and the Yankees would like to see Jeter play four games at the Minor League level before returning to the Yankees lineup.
Girardi told Hoch that his biggest concern for Jeter is how his ankle will react to playing long innings and back-to-back games at shortstop.
Conditions are starting to improve in “Yankee Universe,” and hopefully things will only continue to get better.