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Posada Leads Yanks To Win In 1st Game Of Day/Night Doubleheader

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April 23rd.  That’s the last time Jorge Posada hit a homerun.  A lot has happened since that time.  The former catcher lost his spot as the Yankees DH, was dropped to 9th in the order and is now primarily used as a pinch hitter.

But Posada made the most of rare start in the first game of a day/night doubleheader at Cincinnati.  His 2-run homerun proved to be the game-winner as the Yankees defeated the Reds, 4-2. 

Posada, playing 1st base in this game, ended the second-longest homer drought of his career.  Posada’s tiebreaking homer in the sixth off Mike Leake ended his stretch of 126 at-bats without a dinger.

In the last month, Posada has raised his average from .165 to .227.  He also has a nine-game hitting streak.

New York has now won 4 games in a row and moved a season-high 14 games over .500 at 43-29. The Yankees have won 10 of their last 12 games.

Freddy Garcia (6-6) gave up two unearned runs in seven innings for his 4th win in the last 6 games.  He allowed three hits and one walk in seven innings. Garcia is 22-10 in 39 career interleague starts.  

Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 22 tries. He has a record 66 career saves in interleague games, including 22 in a row since 2006.

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