It may seem as if Alex Rodriguez is the Yankees’ only problem these days but his teammates showed that was not the case yesterday. With Rodriguez given the day off by manager Joe Girardi many of the team’s other issues were on display in a 9-3 loss to the Tigers at Yankee Stadium. Phil Hughes failed to get out of the fifth inning for a third consecutive start Robinson Cano has one homer in his last 89 at-bats and has driven in just a pair of runs in 16 games and Curtis Granderson remained unproductive in his most recent comeback from injury. And the guy the Yankees traded for to fix some of their offensive problems Alfonso Soriano went hitless again. Not even vintage Rodriguez could save this mess. “I’m a little lost” Soriano said after striking out three times yesterday. “I hope tomorrow I feel better.” Soriano hardly was expected to fix all the Yankees’ problems but he wasn’t supposed to make things worse either. “I’m swinging at bad pitches” Soriano said. “I have to be more selective.” He hardly is alone with Cano going through his worst power outage since a 96-at-bat drought in 2010. The Yankees have dropped five of their last six and are back to just one game over .500 (58-57) with Justin Verlander ready to face them in the series finale today. In front of a listless crowd of 45728 the Yankees failed to reach base against Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez until Brett Gardner started the fourth with a broken-bat flare to right. Before Lyle Overbay got the Yankees on the board with a two-run homer in the fifth the Yankees were down 6-0 and stood little chance of mounting a comeback. Torii Hunter’s three-run shot off Joba Chamberlain in the sixth erased any lingering doubt.
Reeling Yanks running out of answers
New York Post | Aug 11