Game 98 / 56-42 / 1st / +7G : I think its fairly safe to say that Didi Gregorius‘ slow start is officially over. There is now consistency in his entire game — under control in the field, and producing at the plate. He and Alex Rodriguez provided the firepower in what was a total team effort in tonight’s 6-2 win over the Texas Rangers. Starter Ivan Nova went 5 innings, building on his return from Tommy John surgery.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Yankees 6, Rangers 2
“I just think he’s maturing as a player. He got off to a slow start, and we’ve seen an upward kick the whole season. This has been his best month.” ‐ Joe Girardi on Didi Gregorius
(h/t: Bryan Hoch and Cody Stavenhagen / MLB.com)
MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 1978, the Yankees win the first game of a doubleheader against Cleveland 11-0, but the Indians rebound to win the second game 17-5. Duane Kuiper ties the Major League record with two bases-loaded triples in the nightcap, only the third player (after Bill Bruton and Elmer Valo) to do so in the 20th century. Kuiper is presently doing television broadcasts for the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants, partnering with former major leaguer Mike Krukow. And in our humble opinion, the second best announcing team in MLB today — at least anytime Kenny Singleton is in our booth … (h/t: Today in Baseball History)
FOOTNOTES : Don’t want to see this month end! The Yankees have won 7 of their last 8, and lead all teams in the American League with a 15-5 mark in July …