The Yankees touched up a disinterested Miguel Batista for 10 hits and 7 runs in 2.1 innings tonight. From there, they cruised to a 7–2 win.
Even Abreu got in on the act in the early going, but he fizzled after his second at bat in the second inning. Finishing the night a dismal 1–5 at the plate. Jeter, Posada and Matsui all finished 3–5, Jeter’s average is up to .376, Posada’s is .369. Giambi returned to the lineup from a painful heel injury, and maybe he shouldn’t have. The big man was 0–4 with a walk, as was A-Rod who is currently mired in a 1–13 mini-slump.
On the hill, Matt DeSalvo was excellent and economical again. He went 6.2 innings, allowing only 2 earned, on 7 hits and three walks while striking out the first two batters of his major-league career.
Mike Myers came in to get DeSalvo out of a second and third, two-out jam in the seventh. Farnsworth pitched a scoreless eighth and Mo finished it off in the ninth.
Player of the Game: Matt DeSalvo.