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The once almighty Bronx Bombers are a team unknown. Once known as the Bronx Bombers, the New York Yankees are a completely different team this year as they rank among the bottom tier of teams in most offensive categories.
Derek Jeter (photo credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America)
Robinson Cano has been trying to do everything he can to keep the Yankees afloat but the Yankees have been reeling, especially from the right side of the plate this year. The right handed hitters in the lineup had not hit a home run since June 26, a span of 28 games, their longest drought in history. As a matter of fact, the Yankees have only had one home run from the right side in the past 58 games, a span of 802 at-bats.
Desperate for help from the right side and doing all their can to push back the return of once-slugger Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees went out and acquired the player who they traded for Rodriguez 10 years ago, Alfonso Soriano from the Chicago Cubs earlier this week. Despite the warm welcome, Soriano had not amounted too much in his first two games as he had gone 0-8 in the series versus the Tampa Bay Rays. Well, all that changed today.
The whole atmosphere changed in the Bronx with the return of the Captain Derek Jeter. In Jeter fashion, with the first pitch in his first at bat since coming back from the disable list again, Jeter sent a rocket over the right-field wall for a solo shot that energized the Yankees. The drought was now over in one swing of the bat, the Yankees found power from the right side of the plate and then it was Soriano’s turn to do the same as he connected on a high fastball for a two-run home run over the right field wall as well. With two swings of the bat, the Yankees now had hit two home runs from the right side of the plate in a span of three innings, something that they weren’t able to do in 58 games.
With that the Yankees went on two score five runs in three innings to take the 5-4 lead over the American League East’s second best team, the Rays. Jeter went on to go 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Soriano ended his hitless début with a 4-for-5 day with three RBIs and two runs scored, he also saved his best for last.
With he game tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth, Brett Gardner drew a walk to lead-off the inning, he then took second on a wild pitch. Jeter was then intentionally walked to set up a double play but Cano struck out for the first out of the inning which set up Soriano’s at-bat. This were the moments the Yankees traded for, an RBI machine to be in a position to give them a win and in his third game back with the Yankees, Soriano was about to show the Yankees they made a good deal. Soriano wasted no time as he swung at the first pitch he sees to drive the ball up the middle, allowing Gardner to score from second and give the Yankees the 6-5 victory and avoiding the sweep.
This was a win the Yankees desperately needed and it came with a desperate move working out for them as Soriano came through in the clutch while Mr. Clutch sparked the Yankees in his return from the DL. Now it will be up to Jeter and Soriano to lift the lineup from the right side as Cano has done from the left side as they await the arrival of Curtis Granderson and the circus that is Rodriguez.
BEST OF MAXIM
The return of Alfonso Sorinao to New York did not go as planned. Soriano had plenty of chances to do damage against Tampa Bay but managed a lone RBI.
Soriano, 37, was acquired by the Yankees early Friday and thrust into the cleanup role.
In his first game with the Yankees Soriano finished 0-for-5 with an RBI and run scored. The Yankees fell 10-6 to Tampa Bay. The Yankees had Soriano...
Photo by: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
The return of Alfonso Soriano on Friday and Derek Jeter on Sunday failed to help the team win the series but the team took a giant step in improving their roster. The Yankees lost a series to the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 this past weekend but one by one, the Yankees roster is starting look like how it was originally meant to be.
Maybe this return from injury is going to stick a little bit better than the last. When Derek Jeter played in his first and only game before today, his first at bat wasn’t incredibly dramatic. He did hit a little dribbler that he legged out for a base hit. Following the game, he went on the DL because of a quad strain. Today, Jeter returned from his second DL stint of the season...
Yesterday, George Ofman wrote a post about Alfonso Soriano. I don't have time to fisk the whole thing, and to be honest, I don't really even want to. Soriano has moved on back to New York far away from the meatball lunatics that would boo him based on George's writings, so whatever. But even though it bugged me, I was going to let it go.
Then I saw a little Twitter...
As you all know by know, Alfonso Soriano was dealt to the New York Yankees along with a ton of cash for RHP Corey Black. According to Buster Olney, the Cubs will pay $4.7M of the remaining $6.5M owed Soriano in 2013 and then $13M of the $18M owed Soriano in 2014, saving $6.8M total on the deal and getting a decent relief prospect that Theo compared to Jessie Crain. Soriano went 0...
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Even though the trade sending Alfonso Soriano back to the Yankees for a TBD, low-level pitching prospect isn't done yet, he reportedly took a red-eye flight to New York on Thursday night, so let's assume the final details will be worked out this morning. Soriano figures to play left...
Derek Jeter and Alfonso Soriano celebrate a home run in today’s win. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Tampa Bay Rays 5 — New York Yankees 6
The Yankees got some right-handed power from some recent returns in today’s 6-5 walk-off win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Phil Hughes started today’s game but the talk of the game was the return of a couple fan favorites. Hideki Matsui...
NEW YORK (AP) Derek Jeter homered on the first pitch he saw to give the Yankees a jolt in his return from the disabled list and Alfonso Soriano made the captain a winner with a game-ending single that lifted New York over the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.
Playing with Jeter for the first time since being re-acquired by New York from the Cubs on Friday, Soriano...
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Yankee fans can relax for a day as Derek Jeter and Alfonso Soriano solidified a home win by providing the long ball. It was Derek’s first game back since his second stint on the DL this season and he didn’t waste much time. He took Tampa Rays pitcher, Matt Moore, first pitch and hits his usual opposite field home run. Jeter ended the day going 2...
Sorry, folks, but I am not buying Brian Cashman's claim that he was against trading for Alfonso Soriano, and I think he has an agenda behind his claims to be against the trade. Here's the story: Joel Sherman wrote in Saturday's New York Post that Cashman opposed the trade: Alfonso became the second straight Soriano that Brian Cashman advised Yankees ownership not to...
The New York Yankees have already made a big splash at the trade deadline by acquiring the hottest bat in Alfonso Soriano. Soriano’s right-handed bat with pop is something sorely needed in New York, and the Bronx Bombers will need to improve at catcher and third base along with the right-handed side of its lineup even more so if it wants to compete.
While New York is not in a desperate...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jeremy Hellickson retired Yankees newcomer Alfonso Soriano with the bases loaded to preserve an early lead and the streaking Tampa Bay Rays tagged CC Sabathia once again, beating New York 10-6 Friday night.
The Rays have won 20 of 23 and took sole possession of the AL East lead for the first time since June 10, 2012. Tampa Bay moved a half-game ahead of Boston....
Chicago Cubs fans know that their team will always keep them on their toes. In the last week the team traded away ace pitcher Matt Garza for a handful of prospects, and also traded away slugger Alfonso Soriano in a peculiar deal. That same trade left only Jeff Samardzija as the only remaining member from the 2008 team that won 97 games. Also, the team welcomed prospect Junior Lake...
Jeremy Hellickson retired Yankees newcomer Alfonso Soriano with
the bases loaded to preserve an early lead and the streaking Tampa
Bay Rays tagged CC Sabathia once again, beating New York 10-6
The Big Leagues It was 2003 all over again as Derek Jeter, Alfonso Soriano, and Mariano Rivera led New York to victory.