Victorious in Toronto, Yanks Look to Home Opener after 3-3 Trip

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GAME 6 : After the obligatory Melkman home run ball in the first, CC Sabathia cruised until the 6th, retiring 16 of 17, as the Yanks built a 6-1 lead.  Then it got interesting, as Toronto’s  3 run, 2 out rally make it 6-4. Adam Warren took over with a 1-2-3 7th, giving way to Shawn Kelly’s scoreless 8th.
David Robertson closed it out in the 9th for his second save, but not before a tension-filled showdown against Melky Cabrera with 2 on and 2 out. Melky skied to Ichiro in right to end it.

The Bronx beckons after a long road trip.
The Bronx beckons after a long road trip.

As former skipper Joe Torre used to say, “Just win series”, and after losing the opening one in Houston, the Yanks took  2 of 3 on the road against a powerful lineup. Aside from CC’s first two innings against the Astros, the starting pitching was outstanding — issuing only one walk in the three game set.
RUN PRODUCERS : Timely hits by Kelly Johnson, Yangervis Solarte, and Brett Gardner.
OFF THE SCHNEID DEPT: Brett Gardner went deep in the 4th for the first Yankee HR of 2014. Alfonso Soriano ended a 17-at bat hitless streak with  single in the 5th.
MILESTONES : Derek Jeter‘s 3rd inning single tied him with Paul Molitor for 8th place on the all-time hits list with 3,319, and another single in the 4th moved him one ahead and in sole possession of 8th. Honus Wagner holds 7th place with 3,415.
ONCE UPON A TIME : On April 6th, 1948, the Yankees signed Lew Burdette as an amateur free agent. (Source: Baseball Reference)
UP NEXT : The Home Opener against The Birds! Kuroda vs Ubaldo Jimenez at 1:00PM EST, 10:00PT.

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