--Until Adrian Gonzalez's home run on Saturday night, LHP CC Sabathia had not given up an extra-base hit to a left-handed batter all season. Sabathia has only allowed two home runs to lefties at Yankee Stadium since joining the Yanks before the 2009 season. The other one was hit by Baltimore's Luke Scott on June 2, 2010.
--RHP Rafael Soriano said he would not be available for the two-game series at Tampa Bay beginning Monday because of elbow soreness, but he was hopeful he could pitch when the team went to Baltimore Wednesday. Soriano was not available Saturday or Sunday, either.
--RHP Carlos Silva, who the Yankees signed to a minor-league deal to provide depth in their starting pitching, allowed one run and three hits in six innings in his first outing for Class AA Trenton on Saturday.
--1B Mark Teixeira snapped an 0-for-30 streak spanning the last two seasons against the Red Sox with an eighth-inning single Saturday. Like a lot of prominent Yankee hitters, Teixeira has not been hitting, though he says he believes he'll rebound soon. "Last couple days, I haven't," he said. "But I have a pretty good feeling as the season goes on, over 162, I'm gonna drive in some runs."
--CF Curtis Granderson homered off Jon Lester Sunday, his sixth homer in 36 at-bats against left-handed pitchers this season. It's already his career best for a single season against lefties.
BY THE NUMBERS
3.28 -- Combined ERA for Yankees starters since April 16. The club is only 13-12 over that span, perhaps illustrating how poor the team's offense has been over that stretch. Over the first 12 games of the season, Yankee starters had a 5.90 combined ERA and the team was 7-5.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Jorge loves being a Yankee... He's trying his best to help his team win. Today, due to back stiffness, he wasn't able to do that." -- Jorge Posada's wife, Laura, on Twitter during Saturday's game. Posada had asked out of the lineup without telling the Yankees his back was stiff.
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