The Melk-Man delivers a cycle

He was thinking triple all the way.
 
As soon as Melky Cabrera saw his ninth-inning line drive zip over the head of White Sox right fielder Jermaine Dye, he turned on the after-burners and raced into third base, narrowly getting under the tag with a triple and the 15th cycle in Yankees history.

The Bombers’ first cycle since Tony Fernandez in 1995 polished off a banner four-hit, four-RBI afternoon, leading New York to a 8-5 victory over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

“I feel really happy, but I’m more happy because we won the game,” Cabrera said through an interpreter.

Cabrera’s historic 4-for-5 afternoon was no fluke. Since the Yankees placed Brett Gardner on the disabled list July 26 with a fractured left thumb, Cabrera has stepped up to play at a high level, batting .357 (10-for-28) with two homers and five RBIs in eight games.

Though his recent history with the Yankees has been pockmarked by disappointments, such as being sent down to the Minor Leagues last August and losing a Spring Training battle with Gardner to be New York’s center fielder, Cabrera has been playing like he has something to prove. 

“I’m proud of how he has changed and taken his game to a different level,” Mariano Rivera said. “I think what happened last year, he got sent down for a little bit.

“It taught him a little bit that you cannot just come and play around. This is business and he has a lot of ability. Why not use it? He’s doing that right now.”

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD August 3, 2009

Scranton/WB 2
Pawtucket (Red Sox) 1
W: Kroenke (6-1, 0.98); L: Gonzalez, En (7-10, 5.31); SV: Albaladejo (7)
HR: SWB: Miranda (16). PAW: Anderson, Br (4).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_08_03_swbaaa_pawaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Lexington (Astros) 3
Charleston 1 (7)
W: Seaton (8-8, 2.67); L: Banuelos (8-5, 2.78); SV: Urckfitz (11)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_08_03_lexafx_crdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Lexington (Astros) 5
Charleston 6 (7)
W: Arbiso (4-7, 3.42); L: Duncan (1-3, 4.40); SV: Ortiz, J (7)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_08_03_lexafx_crdafx_2&t=g_box&did=milb
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Staten Island 0
Aberdeen (Orioles) 1 (10)
W: Barajas (3-2, 4.43); L: Marte, R (2-3, 5.03)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_08_03_staasx_abeasx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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GCL Yankees 8
GCL Phillies 3
W: Horne (1-0, 1.74); L: Sasaki, R (1-2, 4.40)
HR: YAN: Mahoney, K (4). PHL: Paulino, L (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_08_03_yanrok_phlrok_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD August 4, 2009

Scranton/WB
Pawtucket (Red Sox) 12:05 PM
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Trenton
Reading (Phillies) 7:05 PM
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Lakeland (Tigers) 7:00 PM
Tampa
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Charleston
Augusta (Giants) 7:05 PM
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Staten Island
Williamsport (Phillies) 7:05 PM
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GCL Yankees
GCL Blue Jays 12:00 PM
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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MON – AUG – 3 – – –
TUE – AUG – 4 – at Blue Jays  – 7:07 PM – YES
WED – AUG – 5 – at Blue Jays  – 7:07 PM – YES
THU – AUG – 6 – vs Red Sox  – 7:05 PM – MY9/MLBN
FRI – AUG – 7 – vs Red Sox  – 7:05 PM – YES
SAT – AUG – 8 – vs Red Sox  – 4:10 PM – FOX
SUN – AUG – 9 – vs Red Sox  – 8:05 PM – ESPN

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD August 2, 2009
Pawtucket (Red Sox) 0
Scranton/WB 3
W: Towers (4-6, 3.78); L: Tazawa (0-2, 2.38); SV: Albaladejo (6)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_08_02_pawaaa_swbaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Trenton 5
Altoona (Pirates) 7
W: Herrera, Y (8-0, 3.42); L: Pope (4-9, 5.45); SV: Nestor (7)
HR: TRN: Nunez, E (7). ALT: Chang (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_08_02_treaax_altaax_1
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Jupiter (Marlins) 8
Tampa 7
W: Battisto (4-3, 2.75); L: Bartleski (2-1, 4.02); SV: Gunderson (12)
HR: JUP: Tripp (10), Mense (3).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_08_02_jupafa_tbyafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Lexington (Astros) POSTPONED
Charleston
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Staten Island 11
Aberdeen (Orioles) 4
W: Vizcaino (2-4, 2.16); L: Kantakevich (2-3, 4.15)
HR: SI: Murton (6), Higashioka (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_08_02_staasx_abeasx_1
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD August 3, 2009

Scranton/WB
Pawtucket (Red Sox) 7:05 PM
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Lexington (Astros) 7:05 PM
Charleston
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Staten Island
Aberdeen (Orioles) 7:05 PM
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GCL Yankees
GCL Phillies 12:00 PM
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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The cycle was truly awesome. One of the best things I’ve seen this year.

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