Former Yankee, Jason Giambi, had what was probably his most productive evening in the past five years last night. He became the second oldest player to hit three homeruns in a single game (oldest is Stan Musial). Giambino’s three bombs garnered seven RBI which tied his career high in a single game. Said Giambi, “It’s nice to contribute and get an opportunity to play…It’s exciting, something you dream about.”
The two Philadelphia pitchers to get victimized were Kyle Kendrick (in the first and third inning) and Danys Baez (in the fifth). Going into last night’s game, Giambi had gone only 3 for 26 (.115) with one home run and four RBIs. Thanks to last night his batting line has now risen to .194/.306/.581/.886 (four HR / 11 RBI). Giambi, the eternal optimist, noted after the game that he made an adjustment with his stance thus allowing him a more upright posture. “I just needed to get some at-bats,” he explained.
In other not-quite-meaningful-news, Kevin Millwood (36), has decided to continue his pitching façade a bit longer. With John Lackey and Dicesuka Matsuzaka both on the shelf (and Josh Beckett now experiencing muscle spasms in his neck), Theo Epstein thought it prudent to provide some depth. Millwood will start out in Fort Myers and will proceed to Triple-A Pawtucket. Similar to his minor league arrangement with the Yankees, he’ll have an opt out clause in his contract should his 86 mile per hour nothing ball and overall ability hamper his journey back to usefullness the Sox not have need for him at the Major League level.
Finally, if you’re up for some classic all-is-woe-for-the-Yankees prose, check out Posnanski’s piece over at SI. The article discusses the Yankees financial plight in 2013; eight players will be earning around $150M — all of whom will be on the wrong side of 30. This includes A-Rod (38 years old / $28M), Tex (33 / $22.5M), Jeter (39 / $17M), Burnett (36 / $16.5M), Soriano (33 / $13M), Sabathia (33 / $23M)*, Cano (30 / $15M), and Granderson (32 / $13M).
*Sabathia’s number presumably climbs north if he opts out and resigns with the Bombers.
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