A 3-game series between the Pinstripes and The Scum began last night, a little late due to rain, and Nick Swisher continued to hit the tar out of the ball, knocking out 2 home runs, his 17th and 18th of the season. In fact, he switch-hit home runs, for the 12th time in his career, surpassing Eddie Murray with 11 to become 2nd on the all-time list.
So which switch-hitter has done it the most? I'll give you a hint: It's a Yankee.
Nope, not Mickey Mantle: He held the old record of 10, before Murray surpassed him. It's Mark Teixeira, with 13.
Curtis Granderson hit his 31st home run. Derek Jeter hit his 10th... Did somebody say he was overrated, overpaid, over the hill? Russell Martin hit his 13th; he's still batting only .198, and would be hitting .161 if you took out the at-bats that resulted in homers.
Phil Hughes allowed 4 runs, all in the 3rd inning, all unearned. That was it for the Sox, as Hughes otherwise cruised.
Yankees 6, Red Sox 4. WP: Hughes (12-10). SV: Rafael Soriano (30). LP: Franklin Morales (3-4).
Time of the game: As Kay would say, a manageable 2 hours and 49 minutes.
Winning is good. Beating the Red Sox is better. Let's see that continue this afternoon, with David Phelps starting against Jon Lester.
Don't even get me started on Arsenal's season opener today. They should have strafed Sunderland 5-0. Instead, they walked away with a 0-0 draw.