The Old Guys Take Their Turn

April 15, 2009 – 8:41 pm

NYY 4, Tampa Bay 3. Last night it was the new guys carrying the team, today it was the old veterans taking care of business.  Andy Pettitte chalked up another solid start, Johnny Damon drove in the  tying run in the 8th, and Derek Jeter drove in the winning run in the 9th.  Then Mario Rivera got in on the action with a 3-and-out save.

That’s two straight excellent starts by Pettitte.  Not only is he giving the team innings, they are quality innings.  There in the third inning it looked like he was slipping back in to his old form, giving up three doubles — and had it not been for a nifty double-play turned by Teixeira and Jeter covering third that inning could have been his undoing.  But he recovered nicely, giving up only one run on three hits over the next 3.1 innings.  Nice to see Andy starting out so strong!

All of a sudden, things are starting to fall in to place after a shaky start to the season.  We’ve got contributions coming from everyone — even Cody Ransom got a key hit and scored the winning run.  After starting the season 0-2, the Yankees have now won 5 of their last 7, including taking 2 of 3 from the defending league champions on the road.

So now it’s back home to open the season and the new stadium, and the opponent is a struggling Cleveland who has started the season with the worst record in the league.  Time to kick things in to high gear!

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