Alex Rodriguez, meet Lou Gehrig.
The Yankees’ much-maligned third baseman made yet another mark on baseball’s all-time leaderboards, as his 23rd career grand slam erased a 4-0 deficit and set the Yankees on their way to a 6-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field last night. Rodriguez is now tied with the Iron Horse as the most frequent launchers of bases-loaded home runs.
The eighth-inning shot Bundid a fantastic night for Braves starter Mike Minor. Minor went 7.1 innings, allowing five hits and just one walk while striking out four. He left with that 4-run lead and one man on, only to watch Jonny Venters lose the strike zone. The third-year reliever threw only eight of his 19 pitches for strikes, giving up a Curtis Granderson single and walking Mark Teixeira before the big blast.
The lefty was left in to face Robinson Cano, and gave up a single to him as well. Cory Gearrin was finally brought in to face Nick Swisher, and it took all of two pitches for the Yankees’ right...