Cabrera says he had no angle on throw
Two defensive plays helped lead to the Yankees’ first-inning run on Friday, but the rain had little to do with either of them. Some luck did.
First baseman Miguel Cabrera has been aggressive in trying to retire lead runners this season, and his first thought on Robinson Cano’s ground ball was to try to start a double play or at least force out ex-teammate Curtis Granderson at second base. But Cabrera said he realized he didn’t have a throw.
“I didn’t have a good angle,” Cabrera said. “Granderson was in the middle of the base path. It’s going to be a bad play if I throw and hit Granderson right there, if I make the error right there. You can’t give them any chances. You have to be play good baseball and go for one out.
“It was a tough throw. If you’re not sure you have the out, you have to play for one out. It was the right play.”
As for Brandon Inge’s choice to throw to first rather than go home on Alex Rodriguez’s run-scoring groundout, Justin Verlander said the ball seemed to take a high hop on Inge, costing him a split second.
“Brandon, in my opinion, is the best defensive third baseman in the league,” Verlander said. “It kind of hopped up on him a little bit. You’ve got to make an out. You can’t afford to throw the ball and not get an out. Then you’re really in a jam.”