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Yankees cruise past Astros, 9-3, helped by Posada's grandslam

Fly away, ball!
Fly away, ball!

Vazquez was lucky to be facing an incredibly weak lineup today. Not to take too much away from him (he was solid), but Houston is third from the bottom in runs scored. He allowed two homers, but both were solo shots.

Jeter led off the game with a longball for the 24th time in his career, taking Wandy Rodriguez deep to left-center on a 2-0 fastball (though not as deep as Hunter Pence's bomb that landed in the stands behind the visiting bullpen), then homered off Jeff Fulchino in the sixth. He broke out of his mini-slump (2-4, 2 HR, BB), as did Posada (2-3, HR), who had the POG.

Play of the Game: Unsurprisingly, Jorgie's grandslam in the third. It put the Yanks up 6-2 (+16%). However, like jscape said the other day, sometimes the plays of the game are subtler moments that allow the true Play of the Game to happen. Today it was Jeff Keppinger dropping a great throw from catcher Humberto Quintero that would have nailed Derek Jeter stealing second. Then, a few batters later, Robbie Cano grounded a chopper that looked destined for a GDP, only the pitcher tried to field it, and in doing so, deflected it toward no one, allowing Cano to reach and the bases to load up. Posada followed with a homer.

Comment of the Game: FreeBradshaw - take your pick

PS: Posada will start at catcher tomorrow.