Grand Jorge Posada Leads New York Yankees To First Place

Double G Sports@DoubleGSportsCorrespondent IJune 14, 2010

NEW YORK - JUNE 12:  Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees hits a grand slam in the third inning against the Houston Astros on June 12, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Its was Jorge Posada's 250th career home run.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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When Yankees fans woke up today and looked through the sports page of their local newspaper, they will see a friendly and familiar site. The New York Yankees are back in first place, albeit a tie with the Tampa Bay Rays .

While the Rays have gone just 5-5 in their last ten games, the Yankees won seven of their past ten to pull even with the Rays at 40-23 overall this season.

New York just completed a span of 13 games in which they played teams with below .500 records. The Yankees won 11 of those 13 games, including a weekend sweep of the Houston Astros .

Veteran Jorge Posada was a big reason why the Yankees were able to complete the sweep of the Astros. Posada who had been strictly used as a DH since coming off the disabled list with a foot injury, returned to catching duties on Sunday.

Against the Astros, Posada went 4-for-9 including two grand slams. The grand slams came in back-to-back games, Saturday and Sunday. He became the first Major Leaguer to hit grand slams in back-to-back games since Carlos Beltran did it in 2006.

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