The switch-hitting catcher will look to continue his impressive start when the Yankees play the middle game of their series with the Chicago White Sox.
On a team loaded with offensive stars who are all struggling at the same time, Posada has done his part to make sure the Yankees haven’t fallen too far back in the AL East.
Posada, who finished third in the AL MVP voting last season after putting up a career-high 30 home runs and 101 RBIs, leads the Yankees in batting average, homers and RBIs. He went 3-for-4 with his sixth home run and four RBIs as the Yankees bounced back from losing three of four in Boston to beat the White Sox 11-8 on Tuesday.
“The guys on the top of the lineup got on base and that’s why we had a lot of chances to score. Everybody contributed,” said Posada, who also leads New York in slugging percentage at .791.
When the Yankees scored seven runs in the first on Tuesday, it was their biggest opening inning since scoring eight against the California Angels on June 4, 1995, en route to an 11-3 win at Yankee Stadium.
It was their biggest first inning on the road since also plating seven against the Kansas City Royals on July 24, 1988.
The Yankees scored just 56 runs in their first 13 games, but with their 16-hit effort on Tuesday, they upped their team batting average to .234. Struggling third baseman Alex Rodriguez had three hits, and is now at .196.
White Sox outfielder Magglio Ordonez had a single, double and triple on Tuesday and is now batting .321 with four homers and 13 RBIs.
However, Ordonez may feel a bit of extra pressure for a while because shortstop Jose Valentin was placed on the 15-day disabled list and designated hitter Frank Thomas is listed day to day, both with hamstring injuries.
Chicago has won five of its last seven.