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Melky Cabrera Hits for the Cycle Leading the Yankees to Victory

Sports Betting News - August 3rd, 2009 - Written by Bruce

Going into Sunday's game against the White Sox only fourteen Yankees had accomplished what Melky Cabrera did yesterday in the franchise's storied history. In remarkably dramatic fashion Cabrera slid safely into third base for a triple to complete the cycle when he led of the ninth inning. The four hits tied a career high for Cabrera and he became the fifteenth Yankee to hit for the cycle. The last Yankee to accomplish this difficult feat was Tony Fernandez back in 1995. The big game from Cabrera helped the Yankees beat the White Sox 8-5 and was a major reason why they were able to avoid their first four game sweep in Chicago since 1964.

In the second inning Cabrera stepped to the plate and with two men on connected for his tenth home run of the season. The three run shot gave the Yankees the early lead and that was just the beginning of a historic night for Cabrera. In the fourth inning Cabrera hit a double off Chicago starter Mark Buehrle which left him a single and a triple short of the cycle. In the very next inning he got the easier of the two with an RBI single scoring Alex Rodriguez. Cabrera was now only a triple short of the cycle but that would still be a tough task to ask of him considering he had not recorded a triple yet this season. When he stepped to the plate in the ninth inning he hit a shot to right field off of White Sox reliever Scott Linebrink that went over the head of right fielder Jermaine Dye. Cabrera raced around the bases and slid safely under the tag for the triple which completed the cycle.

The Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitched seven innings and gave up five earned runs which was enough to improve him to 11-7 on the season. Philip Hughes came in for Sabathia in the eighth inning and continued to pitch well for the Yankees giving up no runs. Mariano Rivera recorded the game's final four outs for this 30th save of the season. The White Sox had pummeled the Yankees so far this series and handed them a 14-4 loss yesterday. The White Sox starter Mark Buehrle had a much tough time pitching at home yesterday than he did when he threw a perfect game in his last home start against the Tampa Bay Rays. Buerhle allowed seven runs and was chased out of the game in the fifth inning dropping his record to 11-5. The Yankees are now a half game ahead of the Red Sox for the AL East division lead.

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