Didi Gregorius leads the major leagues with 27 RBI and has eight home runs in 22 games, totals matched previously in Yankees history by only Babe Ruth in 1921 and Alex Rodriguez in 2007.
Perhaps with a few more big nights, the promotional people at Yankee Stadium will spell his name correctly.
Gregorius had a two-run homer and three RBI as New York romped past the Minnesota Twins yet again, 8-3 on Tuesday. During the game, an advertisement board at the ballpark promoted “Didi Gregious Bat Day — May 12.”
CC Sabathia (1-0) rarely allowed hard contact in his second start back from the disabled list and gave up an unearned run and two hits in six innings. He is 20-9 in 39 regular-season starts against the Twins.
Dellin Betances entered with a 5-1 lead in the seventh but lasted just four batters, giving up a pair of walks, a hit and another unearned run. David Robertson pitched out of two-on, one-out trouble by striking out Ehire Adrianza and retiring pinch-hitter Joe Mauer on a comebacker.
LEBRON JAMES, CAVS STAR WHO’S SURE IT WAS NOT A GOALTEND: I definitely thought it was a goaltend. (Laughs) Of course I didn’t think it was a goaltend. I try to make plays like that all the time. He made a heck of a move, got me leaning right, and he went left, and I just tried to use my recovery speed and get back up there and make a play on the ball. And I was able to make a play.
JOE BORGIA, NBA SENIOR VP OF REPLAY AND REFEREE OPERATIONS ON TNT AFTERWARD: In super-slow motion, you just see the ball hit the glass and maybe come off an inch, and that’s when LeBron got it. Like I said, once the ball touches the [backboard], defenders cannot touch it, and unfortunately, James did.
LANCE STEPHENSON, PACERS VETERAN WHO CLEARLY THINKS IT WAS A CLEAR GOALTEND: We can look at the replay. Clearly, clearly goaltending.
GARY MANN, CAVS SEASON-TICKET HOLDER SINCE 1978: During the timeout after the block, I said one word to my wife: “Orlando.”
CEDI OSMAN, CAVS SMALL FORWARD: Before we took the ball out of bounds, I was together with Tristan (Thompson) and I said, ‘Hey, Tristan, this is going in. Definitely.’
JEFF GREEN, CAVS SMALL FORWARD WHO MADE THE PASS TO LEBRON: What was going through my mind? The same as every time I’m inbounding the ball at that time and moment: Don’t turn it over, I hope he catches it. And then once he caught it, I mean, hopefully it goes in.