New York Yankees defeat Houston Astros, 9-3

As Jorge Posada was answering questions from a crowd of reporters Saturday, longtime Yankee trainer Gene Monahan leaned in and passed the veteran a special memento encased in a plastic box: the ball Posada had hit for his 250th career home run, a grand slam that gave the Yanks the lead for good in a 9-3 victory over the Astros at the Stadium.

While Posada admitted that the drive was "not like another homer, it's meaningful," perhaps just as important to him was the fact...

Maybe Alex Rodriguez will be back in the lineup on Tuesday, when the varsity games resume with the Phillies coming to town, and the Yankees continue on in the express lane to October. But for now you have to think A-Rod's hip injury could become a lingering issue, which is why Jorge Posada's grand slam Saturday was no small development.

That he hit it as a DH, the pivotal blow in Saturday's 9-3 snoozer over the Astros, made it all the more significant.

Posada seems t...