On a bright Sunday afternoon the Yankees were the Bronx Bombers again. They hit 4 homeruns and scored 15 runs against the Royals at the Stadium in the series finale and took 2 of 3 this weekend.
The Yanks were down 3-0 quick after Mike Mussina gave up 3 runs in the top half of the 1st but New York answered back in the bottom half of the inning. With 2 men on Alex Rodriguez came to the plate and drilled one out to left center tying the game at 3. A few batters later, the X-Man, Xavier Nady hit one off the right field foul pole to give the Yanks a 4-3 lead. In the the 2nd, Jason Giambi and his new 'stache hit a grand slam into the bleachers in right that busted the game wide open. Later in the game new-comer Cody Ransom hit a 2-run HR, his first as a Yankee and the Yankees were well on their way to victory. Final score, 15-6 Bombers.
Mussina settled down after the rough 1st inning and pitched well. 6 innings, 3 hits, 3 runs, a quality start for Moose, who now ups his record to 16-7 on the year. The 266th win of his career which ties him with Bob Feller on the all-time win list. 20 wins in a season is looking very possible for Mussina, a feat he has never accomplished. He's got around 7 starts left.
"That would be pretty cool," he said, "Twenty wins for the first time at 39? But who knows? With only 33 or 34 starts, it's tough now to win 20 games."
A-Rod hit his 28th HR of the season and 546th of his career on Sunday. He went 3 for 3 and recorded 5 RBI. Most importantly to Yankee fans, he finally hit a HR when they needed one, when he tied the game at 3 in the 1st. Derek Jeter went 4 for 4, raising his season average to .295. The Red Sox got pounded by the Blue Jays at Fenway so the Yanks picked up ground in the wild card, which they now sit 5 games back. 37 games left, not much time to get things turned around, but certainly anythings possible.