Finally, the Yankees prove they can win without home runs

The Yankees had been 0-12 in games they did not homer in before Saturday’s 5-3 win over the Nationals, and even though they had 14 innings of chances, Nationals Park held them for the whole game. Joe Girardi didn’t seem too broken up about having deleted the nagging statistical quirk.

“I don’t have to hear about it any more. Thank goodness,” Girardi said. “See? There’s something really good about today.”

Mark Teixeira said that he and Boone Logan had been ribbing Curtis Granderson for slugging a tack-on ninth inning homer in the Yankees’ 7-2 win on Friday.

“It’s good to get it out of the way,” Teixeira said. “We joked with Curtis last night that he was selfish for hitting that home run because the game was already in hand. He didn’t need to hit that one.”

Girardi has reminded questioners several times that home runs count as hits, and seems to have been bothered by criticism that the Yankees rely too heavily on the long ball. But Teixeira is proud of the Yankees’ reputation as a bunch of homer hitters.

“We hit a lot of home runs. That’s our team,” Teixeira said. “Our team is built like that. We don’t have a lot of speedy, slappy guys that try to get on base and steal a lot of bases. We have a lot of big guys that hit home runs. Sometimes you live by it, sometimes you die by it, but we’re in first place right now. We could be playing better. We always can be playing better, but we’re going to take that positive and keep rolling with it.”

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