Struggling Brian McCann comes up with big hit

Brian McCann hits a double and drives in

Brian McCann hits a double and drives in a run in the fourth inning of a game against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 10, 2014. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Al Bello

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Brian McCann finally gave Yankees fans something to cheer about Thursday night.

McCann, who entered the game against the Red Sox in an 0-for-14 slump and was hitting .152 with a .176 on-base percentage in his first eight games, lined an RBI single to right off Clay Buchholz in the fourth to break a scoreless tie. His hit also sent Carlos Beltran from first to third, and he scored the second run on Alfonso Soriano's double-play ball. McCann finished 1-for-3.

Joe Girardi wasn't worried about McCann, who has a five-year, $85 million contract.

"I haven't seen anything where I've seen a big change in his personality," Girardi said. "Obviously, I'll continue to watch. I don't think he's swung the bat as poorly as his numbers have said. Sometimes you run into some hard luck. He hit two balls on the screws and had nothing to show for it. I'm pretty convinced he'll turn it around, but I'll pay attention."

 

Still in the dark

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After a disputed play at the plate last weekend in Toronto, Girardi said he planned to talk to Joe Torre, executive vice president of baseball operations, regarding the vague nature of the new rule that is supposed to cut down on collisions.

"I've had a couple of conversations but I have no more clarity," Girardi said. "Getting this ironed out exactly in wording has not taken place yet. I think to me that's why there's cause for concern on my part."

 

Roberts rests

Girardi, who has said he'll need to watch Brian Roberts closely this season, gave the second baseman the night off. Roberts, who was replaced by Dean Anna, has been injury-prone the last four seasons.

"Brian's played in every game," Girardi said. "I was asked how many games -- I don't know, 50 times during the spring -- he was going to play. He was on pace to play 162, so I decided to give him a day off."

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