Yankees win third in a row by routing Indians

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There were no fireworks today.

After Friday’s benches-clearing incident and Saturday’s ejection of Mitch Talbot following an Alex Rodriguez plunking, the Indians and Yankees played a calm one Sunday that again sent the Yankee faithful home happy.

The Bombers broke open a 1-0 game in the fifth, scoring five times on their way to a 9-1 victory.  Freddy Garcia, who lasted just 1 2/3 innings in the second shortest start of his career Tuesday against the Red Sox, pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball for the victory.

The Yankees amassed nine runs despite failing to homer in the contest.  Curtis Granderson, who had homered in three straight games, went 4-for-4 with a double and a sac fly.  Brett Gardner went 3-for-4 with a triple, two doubles and three runs scored.  Alex Rodriguez had three hits and three RBI.

Derek Jeter also had some fun, going 2-for-5 with two RBI.  With four games left on the Yankees’ current homestand, he’s at 2,993 career hits.

The Bombers got to Josh Tomlin, who is fading just like his peripherals said he would.  After starting the season 6-1 with a 2.41 ERA, he’s given up 22 runs over 24 innings in his last four outings.  His ERA stands at 4.14 now and likely will continue to climb.

A.J. Burnett will try to send the Yankees to a four-game sweep when he takes on Carlos Carrasco in the series finale Monday.

Hunter Pence is mashing for the Rangers

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Hunter Pence was thought to be on his way to retirement after a lackluster 2018 season with the Giants. As he entered his mid-30’s, Pence spent a considerable amount of time on the injured list, playing in 389 out of 648 possible regular season games with the Giants from 2015-18.

Pence, however, kept his career going, inking a minor league deal with the Rangers in February. He performed very well in spring training, earning a spot on the Opening Day roster. Pence hasn’t stopped hitting.

Entering Monday night’s game against the Mariners, Pence was batting .299/.358/.619 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 109 plate appearances, mostly as a DH. Statcast agrees that Pence has been mashing the ball. He has an average exit velocity of 93.3 MPH this season, which would obliterate his marks in each of the previous four seasons since Statcast became a thing. His career average exit velocity is 89.8 MPH. He has “barreled” the ball 10.4 percent of the time, well above his 6.2 percent average.

What Pence did to a baseball in the seventh inning of Monday’s game, then, shouldn’t come as a surprise.

That’s No. 9 on the year for Pence. Statcast measured it at 449 feet and 108.3 MPH off the bat. Not only is Pence not retired, he may be a lucrative trade chip for the Rangers leading up to the trade deadline at the end of July.