Cervelli building on clutch reputation

Cervelli building on clutch reputation

NEW YORK -- When Francisco Cervelli stepped to home plate Tuesday against Phillies reliever David Herndon with the bases loaded, he was about as safe a bet to get a hit as anyone in New York's lineup.

Cervelli continued to stake his claim as a clutch performer with a two-run single through the left side that scored Mark Teixeira and Jorge Posada, giving him 15 RBIs with the bases loaded in 2010 -- second on the club only to Alex Rodriguez's 16, including two grand slams.

"I'm just going to hit the ball -- that's it," Cervelli said. "I wanted a base hit or to put the ball in play. That's what I try to do all the time."

Cervelli is now 6-for-8 (.750) with two walks in bases-loaded situations this year. He owns a .447 mark (17-for-38) with runners in scoring position, including two doubles and a triple, driving in 28 of his 29 runs.

"I never look at my numbers or anything. I don't know," Cervelli said. "Every time I go up there, I just want to do a good job and put the ball in play. I don't try to do too much."