Eric Chavez can hit the ball well over 400 feet.
But, as he told Mark Teixeira prior to Friday night’s game against the Mariners, all he wanted was a cheap home run.
“I hadn’t had a cheap Yankee Stadium home run yet,” Chavez said.
Well Chavy, ask and you shall receive.
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In the sixth inning, the Yankee third baseman hit what appeared to be a routine fly ball to right. But the ball carried over the short porch for his 10th homer of the season.
“As soon as he came into the dugout, we had a smile, because in BP, Chavy’s got some pop,” Teixeira said. “He can hit 400-foot homers, but he wanted a cheap one today, and that’s what he got.”
Why ask for a cheapie when you can slug?
“Cause they all count the same,” Teixeira joked.
In the eighth, Chavez tweaked his right ankle while taking a swing. He finished his at-bat, but Jayson Nix replaced him at third in the ninth.
“My ankle is still bothering me from when I got hit in the Boston series,” said Chavez, who noted he was feeling some soreness. “Every once-in-a-while when I plant, it just gets a little bit painful. So I decided to come out after that, get some ice on it, test it tomorrow and see how it feels.”
Both Chavez and manager Joe Girardi didn’t foresee it being anything serious.
• Ichiro Suzuki’s 10-game hitting streak to start his Yankee career is the longest such streak in franchise history since Rey Sanchez also hit in 10 straight games in 1987, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Don Slaught holds the record, hitting in 12 straight games in 1988. Ichiro also has exactly one hit in his first 10 Yankee games, the longest one-hit streak to start a career since 1900 for any team, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
• The Yankees have homered in 21 straight games, the second-longest streak in franchise history. Their longest streak is 23 by the 1963 team, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
• Chavez became the ninth Yankee with 10 or more homers this season. The only Yankee team with more 10-homer players in a season was the 1998 squad, with 10, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
• Curtis Granderson went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and a two-run single in just his fourth game out of the leadoff spot this season. Girardi said he’ll determine if Granderson should bat first based on how many lefties there are in the opposition’s bullpen.