Yankees 5, Angels 3. It was 2 ex-Anaheimers who made the difference, Yankee starter Bartolo Colon and 1st baseman Mark Teixeira.
Colon (4-3) continued his renaissance. He only pitched into the 6th inning but that was enough. The Angels loaded the bases against both David Robertson in the 6th, and Joba Chamberlain in the 7th, but both Robertson and Joba got out of it with strikeouts. Joba also got through the 8th, and, while the Angels threated Mariano Rivera in the 9th, he got out of it with his 16th save.
Against former Seattle Mariners pitcher Joel Pineiro (2-3), Teixeira hit 2 "Teix Messages," giving him 18 homers on the season, surpassing Curtis Granderson's 17 for the team lead (although Grandy did have a double; Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays leads the majors with 20 homers). Nick Swisher added his 5th homer, so while his batting average is still at the Mendoza Line at .215, he does appear to be coming around. Jorge Posada got 2 hits, raising his average to .178. Maybe he's not done yet, either. Brett Gardner got 2 hits, including an RBI double, and is up to .258 after his own awful start.
Derek Jeter got a hit, and although he's only batting .260, he is showing that he's far from done, and he's now just 14 hits away from 3,000. He's not going to get it against The Scum this week, but he could well get it on the homestead.
The Yankees dropped 2 of 3 in Seattle, but swept Oakland, and took 2 of 3 in Anaheim. Overall, the West Coast roadtrip, so frequently a banana peel for past Yankee teams, ended 6-3 in the Bronx Bombers' favor.
The Yankees are in 1st place, a game ahead of The Scum (2 in the loss column), 4 (5) ahead of Tampa Bay, 4 (5) ahead of Toronto, and 7 (7) ahead of Baltimore, whose elimination number is now under 100. So much for William Nathaniel Showalter III (you may know him as Buck) restoring The Oriole Way.
Day off today. Scum come to town for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. Bring the bastards on.
Jeter hits 2986 14
Rivera saves 575 26
A-Rod homers 623 140
A-Rod hits 2730 270
Magic Number 103 (to eliminate Scum, 100 for Rays & Jays, 99 for O's)