Acquiring Shane Victorino could help cure the Yankees’ over-reliance upon the longball.
Mike Pelfrey pitched effectively, Nick Evans and David Wright homered and the New York Mets snapped a five-game losing streak with a 7-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.
Dillon Gee’s impressive start seems a long way back. Gee gave up eight runs and seven hits in 3 2-3 innings against the Phillies on Monday, increasing his ERA from 3.92 to 4.37.
The streak was snapped on Monday night, but not before the Yankees’ Double-A affiliate in Trenton set a team attendance record by selling out six straight home games, including two in which Derek Jeter appeared in rehabilitation starts.
But some of the biggest names in baseball are All-Star no-shows, most notably Yankees captain Derek Jeter, who was well enough to go 5 for 5 and get his 3,000th hit with a dramatic home run on Saturday.
Roy Halladay pitched a seven-hitter to help Philadelphia set a club record with its 18th victory in April as the Phillies beat the New York Mets 2-1 on Saturday.
Cincinnati third baseman Scott Rolen won his eighth Gold Glove, one of three Reds players to be honored following the team’s first Major League Baseball playoff appearance in 15 years.
It’s been more than two months since the Philadelphia Phillies last faced the New York Mets, and the three-time reigning NL East champions would rather not relive the memory.