Scouting Report: Yankees Update

August 31, 2009|By Jeff Zrebiec

New York continues to look like the team to beat in the American League. The Yankees have the best overall record in the majors, a major league-best 31-11 mark since the All-Star break and are a season-high 34 games over .500.

They have a league-high six players with at least 20 homers, including first baseman Mark Teixeira (Mount St. Joseph), who has a team-high 32 homers and 101 RBIs and has emerged as one of the leading candidates for the AL Most Valuable Player award.

The six players reaching the 20-homer plateau ties a franchise record and is one shy of a major league record shared by three teams, including the 1996 Orioles.

They also are the only team in the majors with eight players who have at least 50 RBIs, and Melky Cabrera is one RBI shy of making it nine. In his past 19 games, shortstop Derek Jeter is batting .468 (36-77) with 21 runs, four doubles, five homers, 13 RBIs and 13 multi-hit contests.

Since joining the Yankees before the trade deadline, former Oriole Jerry Hairston Jr. is batting .382 with two homers and 10 RBIs. Andy Pettitte, who will start tonight's series opener, is 25-6 with a 3.65 ERA in 38 career appearances (36 starts) against the Orioles.

- Jeff Zrebiec

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