The Yankees can’t score on the road, they said. The Yankees are built for Yankee Stadium, they said. Well, that last part is true, the Yankees are built for Yankee Stadium, but can’t score on the road? They’ve now scored 64 runs in eight games on the road trip. The Yankees clobbered the White Sox 13-6 in Friday night’s series opener. Good win. Solid. Anyway, it’s Friday night and my brain is fried following the trade deadline, so let’s recap with bullet points:
- MVPTEX: For the second straight day, Mark Teixeira clubbed two home runs, including a second inning grand slam that pretty much put the game to bed. He tacked on a two-run shot in the fourth. Teixeira went 3-for-4 with the two homers and two walks. He’s absolutely locked in right now. On everything. It’s wonderful. Oh, and by the way, that was the team’s 42nd grand slam since 2010, the most in baseball. The Red Sox are second with … 28!
- 5.2 & Fly: Nathan Eovaldi picked a good night for his worst start in a while. Eovaldi allowed three runs, including two on a Jose Abreu homer when the score was already lopsided, but managed only 5.2 innings. And he needed 118 pitches to do that. Eovaldi’s been solid for a while now, but he rarely gives the Yankees length. Joe Girardi pushed Eovaldi as far as possible because he didn’t want to tax his bullpen again, but he couldn’t push him any further. Hopefully the bullpen holds up until rosters expand. These guys are being asked to get too many outs.
- Rest of the Offense: The 3-4-5 hitters went a combined 8-for-10 with four doubles, two homers, and five walks. Those guys didn’t make their first out until their 12th plate appearance. That’ll do just fine, thanks. Chris Young, Chase Headley, and John Ryan Murphy all had multiple hits as well. Things went so well that even Brendan Ryan went 3-for-6. Of course, he struck out against Adam LaRoche in the ninth, so maybe it wasn’t all good. The Yankees had a .509 OBP as a team.
- Leftovers: Adam Warren replaced Eovaldi and allowed two runs in 2.1 innings. He was their most consistent starter when he was sent back to the bullpen, and now here he is mopping up games with a huge lead twice in one week. What a waste … Nick Goody allowed a run in the ninth … Dustin Ackley took over in right field in the late innings and went 0-for-2 in his Yankees debut … and finally, Teixeira went deep from both sides of the plate for the 14th time in his career, which is a new MLB record. He broke a tie with Nick Swisher. How about that?
Here are the box score, video highlights, updated standings, and postseason odds. Also make sure you check out our Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings pages. The Yankees and ChiSox continue this three-game series Saturday night. Bryan Mitchell figures to start with Diego Moreno backing him up. John Danks will be on the mound for Chicago.