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Former Yankee Nick Swisher has been impressed with Brett Gardner and the power surge that has resulted in a career-best 15 homers.
"He's killing it, man,'' Swisher said Saturday before the Indians beat the Yankees, 3-0, at Yankee Stadium. "Signing that contract was probably the best thing to ever happen to him. He can relax now . . . He knows now that when he gets in those fastball counts,...Read more »
Dellin Betances rarely gets the hook from his manager. That’s probably because opposing managers hate getting the hook from Betances.
The Yankees reliever's curveball was rated the best in the American League in a Baseball America survey of all 30 MLB managers.
Betances also finished as runner-up to Kansas City’s Greg Holland for the AL’s best reliever.
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Brett Gardner is having a career year. He's batting .276 with a .352 on-base percentage, 17 stolen bases and a career-best 12 home runs to go along with excellent defense in left and centerfield. His .789 on-base plus slugging percentage leads the Yankees.
And Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish knows who's to blame for the breakout.
Following Gardner's two home runs...Read more »
Brett Gardner's two-out grand slam against Bartolo Colon on Monday turned out to be inconsequential in an eventual Mets victory.
But, in the 100th game the teams have played against each other, Gardner's home run was just the seventh grand slam either team has hit. The Yankees have hit five of them, the Mets two.
Here are the others (click on the date for a full game recap and box score):
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Umpire Laz Diaz has a reputation for taking a tense moment and ratcheting the drama up a few degrees.
So what happened Monday night in Anaheim should have been no surprise.
Shawn Kelley was walking off the field after a rough outing during which he'd walked four hitters, allowing the go-ahead run to score for the Angels. Kelley, heading back to the dugout, was not pleased with Diaz's...Read more »