1. First of all, congratulations to Derek Jeter for passing Paul Molitor on the all-time hits list. His attainment of eighth place on the list is a tribute to his work ethic and consistency over the years. It’s one thing to have a few good seasons hitting the ball, but to maintain a standard of excellence over the course of a 19 year career is truly special. His humility, professionalism, and respect for the game of baseball make him well-deserving of this accomplishment.
2. Congratulations for Brett Gardner are also in order, as his two-run blast in the fourth inning was the first home run hit by a Yankee this year. It was great to finally see a ball fly out of the park.
3. Every single game this season has left me impressed by the bullpen, and this game was no different. Adam Warren and Shawn Kelley were sensational. David Robertson gave me quite a scare in the ninth, but he settled down and preserved the victory.
4. The Yankees had a great day at the plate; every player got on base via hits or walks. I continue to love what I see from Yangervis Solarte, who is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
5. As part of their commentary on the YES Network, Ken Singleton and Michael Kay mentioned an article written by Bill Madden for the New York Daily News about the decline of contact hitting in today’s MLB. It was a great read and I thought I should share it: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/madden-unprecedented-rise-sapping-power-fun-game-article-1.1746964