The awards for the September 27 NAPA NY Yankees Show:
AAA Outstanding Achievement
Michael Pineda. Never more dominant than he was on the night of September 22, Pineda held the AL East-champion Baltimore Orioles to one hit in 7 1/3 innings of work and struck out eight, helping the Yankees win by a 5-0 margin.
Crouse Hospital – Official Hospital of SU Athletics – Mark of Excellence
Jacoby Ellsbury. With his team trailing, Ellsbury hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning that put the Yankees ahead for good as it defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on September 19 at Yankee Stadium, also getting a double and earning three RBIs.
Dave & Buster’s Big Hitter
Brian McCann. During the Yankees’ 5-2 victroy over the Toronto Blue Jays on September 21, McCann hit a pair of home runs, including the two-run shot in the seventh inning that gave New York the cushion it needed.
Eaton-Crouse Hinds Prime Pitching Performance
Masahiro Tanaka. Back from missing three months due to elbow trouble, Tanaka returned to his winning ways in a hurry, going 5 1/3 innings and limiting Toronto to five hits while striking out four in a 5-2 Yankees victory on September 21.
Mark Teixeira. Despite injuries that kept him out for stretches of the season, Teixeira still managed to hit 22 home runs for the Yankees, the last of them on September 24 during his team’s 9-5 defeat to the Baltimore Orioles.
Reymore Chevrolet Rising Star
Antoan Richardson. Injuries and other considerations have helped Richardson secure some playing time in right field for the Yankee, along with pinch-running duties. On September 25, he scored the winning run on Derek Jeter’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.
Summit Auto Group Superstar
Derek Jeter. In his last homestand, Jeter managed two hits in each game of the Yankees’ four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays, including his first home run at home this season in the opener and an RBI double in the series finale.
Travel Leaders Top Performer
Stephen Drew. Perhaps offering Yankee fans a hint of the future, Drew hit his seventh home run of the season in the bottom of the second inning during the Yankees’ 9-5 defeat to the Baltimore Orioles on September 24.
Turning Stone All-Star Glove
Chris Young. In 15 games played and 13 starts, Young, who contributed plenty to the Yankees in the last month of the regular season, did not make a single defensive mistake, maintaining the 1.000 percentage as the last weekend of the season loomed.
Upstate Urology Unsung Hero
Hiroki Kuroda. Considered the fifth Yankees starter when the season began, he was the only one to make all of his starts this season, avoiding injuries and picking up another win with a 6 2/3 inning effort against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 19.
U.S. Army Outstanding Effort
Ichiro Suzuki. If indeed he is heading toward the end of his career, Suzuki is doing so still hitting the ball, as he went two-for-four in the Yankees’ game against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 20, even if it ended in a 6-3 defeat.