Pedro Ciriaco beat the tag of Yankees catcher Russel Martin for the winning run on Tuesday. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
By Peter Abraham, Globe StaffRemember how Baltimore's Robert Andino tortured the Red Sox last season? The Yankees have their own version of that dynamic in Pedro Ciriaco in 9 games against the Yankees this season: .486/.500/.657 with 11 runs, 7 RBIs, 4 SBsCiriaco in 47 games against everybody else: .265/.279/.384 with 16 runs, 10 RBIs, 7 SBsCiriaco also made two nice plays at third base last night. All this from a 26-year-old former Triple A backup for the Pirates."He finds a way against us," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.Then there is this: Ciriaco was in an 8-for-50 slump before going 2 for 3 and scoring the winning run on Tuesday night.Most of this is probably just statistical coincidence. Ciriaco laughed at the idea that somehow he plays better against the Yankees. "I wish I played like that against everybody," he said.But for now, it's a fun thing to watch.
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