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When Derek Jeter hit his solo HR in the bottom of the 1st yesterday, he didn't just add one more highlight to his career reel. He did something, or should I say somethings, that hadn't been done by a Yankee hitter in way too long. That homer yesterday was ...
- The first by a Yankee hitter period since the All Star break, a span of 9+ games dating back to the 7th inning of their game against the Twins on July 14th.
- The first by Jeter since September 9, 2012, when he hit one as the DH against the Baltimore Orioles.
- The first by a Yankee right-handed hitter since June 25th, when Jayson Nix homered off Yu Darvish. That's a span of 477 PA in 28 games over more than a calendar month between righty HR.
When Alfonso Soriano snuck his 2-run homer off the right field wall in the 3rd, that span stretched back to May 23rd to find the last time the Yankees got 2 right-handed homers. Think about that. Prior to yesterday's game, the Yankees had hit just 2 right-handed home runs in over 2 months (and 900+ PA). Yesterday they did it in less than 3 innings.
Helluva moment for Jeter, helluva game for Soriano, and a helluva win for the team. But let those numbers serve as a reminder that this offense is still far from out of the woods. It's going to be better with Jeter and Soriano in it, but there's still a long way to go.
P.S.- Soriano's HR was his first as a Yankee since September 28, 2003. Wow.