The Yanks looked like they were sleepwalking through the first portion of the game last night, playing like they had a late movie to catch. Phil Hughes threw a ton of pitches early and didn't last long but Phil Coke and the Yankee pen held the White Sox scoreless and the Yankee bats rallied, good enough for a 5-1 win. Alex Rodriguez whiffed in his first two at bats and was booed. He truly looked awful. But he walked and scored the tying run on a two-out RBI single by Xavier Nady and later added a solo homer to right, a chip shot, good enough for his 35th of the year and a little bit of history.
Melky Cabrera started for the first time since early August, grounded into a double play and botched a bunt. At that pernt, the Yanks were still looking lifeless and all I could think about was the following ham-handed machismo spiel.