Thursday, July 3, 2008

Snapshot: Yankees News and Notes for July 01, 2008

New York Yankees 18, Texas Rangers 7Hours after Baby Boss Hank Steinbrenner publicly demanded more offense, Jason Giambi and the struggling New York Yankees offense broke out last night routing the Texas Rangers, 18-7, at the Stadium.

Giambi hit a grand slam and drove in a season-best six runs, Alex Rodriguez added a three-run shot to move another notch up the career home run list, and New York pounded the Rangers' relief pitchers to avoid a series sweep.

New York had been struggling at the plate, scoring just seven runs and batting .172 in losing three of their last four games, prompting Hank to say things were "getting ridiculous."
Hank Steinbrenner Speaks Only Through the Media
"We've got to start hitting," Steinbrenner said earlier in the day in Tampa, Fla. "They've got to start waking up."

Edwar Ramirez (2-0) earned the win in relief of former Ranger Sidney Ponson. Seven players in pinstripes drove in runs, including youngster Brett Gardner with his first career hit during New York's big seventh inning.

Rodriguez scored four times, the last coming on his line-drive homer to right during the Yankees' season-high nine-run seventh inning. It was Rodriguez's 535th homer, moving him past Jimmie Foxx for 14th on the career list and within one of Yankees Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle.

Jason Giambi Ripped an Upper Deck Grand SlamThe Yanks grabbed a 5-3 lead in the third inning, using Giambi's 13th career grand slam to go ahead against starter Luis Mendoza. All of the runs were unearned, after second baseman Ian Kinsler dropped the ball while attempting to start a double play on a Derek Jeter grounder.

Giambi ranks in the American League's Top 10 in five major categories: home runs (5th - 18), on base percentage (6th - .403), slugging percentage (.562), on base plus slugging (4th - .964) and runs batted in (7th - 52).

Melky Cabrera sat out last night ... Sidney Ponson will start again ... It's unlikely Hideki Matsui will be activated from the disabled list Tuesday, when he's eligible ... Shelley Duncan (separated shoulder) may be finished for the season ... Buster Olney reports that LHP Andy Pettitte is leaning towards pitching in 2009 ... Trenton OF Jose Tabata is on the DL with a hamstring strain and is headed down to Tampa to rehab.

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