Winning Cures All Ailments…

 

No A-Rod in the line-up?  No problem, just call Andy…

 

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Andy had a run-scoring double in the 2nd inning to put New York on top of the Florida Marlins, 3-0.  It was a lead that the Yankees never relinquished.  They won the game, 5-1, behind Pettitte’s other skills….a solid pitching performance that saw only three hits in 7 innings, with 7 strikeouts.  He had good control as he did not issue any walks, and became the first Yankees pitcher to reach 7 wins.  He was, of course, quite winded after the long run to second base!  Hahaha! The lone Marlin run was a homer by outfielder Cody Ross.  Pettitte did say after the game that several other fly balls would have been home runs in Yankee Stadium.  Nevertheless, they were in Miami and the Yankees easily won, snapping a two game losing streak.

 

Alex Rodriguez celebrates with Hideki Matsui after the Yankees defeated the Florida Marlins 5-1.

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The Yankees also got great production from their bullpen with two innings of hitless relief provided by Brian Bruney and Brett Tomko.  I can’t say that I was excited to see Tomko enter the game, but he did his job.

The Yankees only had one home run, a solo shot by Melky Cabrera in the 3rd.

Before the game, it was announced that Alex Rodriguez would sit the first two games of the series in Miami against the Marlins.  Alex has been struggling lately, and his batting average has plummeted to .212.  Kevin Long tracks swings that are considered reaches, and indicated that since early June, A-Rod has extended his arms from his body in his swings nearly 85% of the time.  He wants to work with A-Rod to bring his arms back in for a tighter, more compact swing.  Hopefully, the rest will do A-Rod some good, although I am sure it’s frustrating for him to sit while the team is in his hometown.  Angel Berroa filled in for A-Rod at third, while Jorge Posada batted clean-up.

 

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It was a good game for the Yankees, beginning to end.  I had some concerns that they were facing a pitcher they had never seen before (Sean West), but they easily figured him out and scored all 5 runs against West in his four innings of work.

Derek Jeter was back in the lineup Friday night, but you could tell that the ankle is still bothering him. 

It was a reunion of sorts for manager Joe Girardi, who got his first managerial job with the Marlins in 2006.  He was named NL Manager of the Year, and was subsequently fired by owner Jeffrey Loria.  Girardi and Loria chatted briefly outside of the Yankees clubhouse prior to the game.  Per Girardi, it was a pleasant conversation with Loria and they have a good relationship.  Still, you just know that Girardi took satisfaction in taking the first game of the series with the Marlins…

 

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, right, and Florida Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez share a laugh as they watch Yankees' batting practice.

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The Yankees picked up a game on both first place Boston and third place Toronto as both of those teams lost on Friday night.  The Yanks are two games behind the Red Sox and two games ahead of the Blue Jays.  I wonder if the Red Sox could start Dice-K again tonight?  I kinda like it when he pitches…  ;)  Seriously, I have faith in the Braves’ Derek Lowe even though he is facing Josh Beckett.  Vindication is always a sweet feeling, and Lowe is a gamer.  Good luck to him as he faces his former teammates!

 

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Despite watching Pedro Martinez pitch in the Dominican Republic, the Yankees expressed no interest in signing the 37 year old pitcher.  Whew!

 

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Brett Gardner is still feeling the effects of the collision with the outfield wall on Thursday, but is improving.

 

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It has nothing to do with the game, but Miami always reminds me of one of my favorite singers, the late great Keith Whitley.  This is one of my favorite Whitley songs…

 

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Have a great Saturday!

–Scott

 

5 Comments

Great video! And no – we won’t be pitching Dice-K tonight. (The problem of a 6-man rotation might have been solved for a while also.) If you didn’t see the Red Sox game on NESN last night you missed out on some “colorful” comments by Dennis Eckersley about the state of Dice-K’s pitching. I’m glad to hear that Gardner is better – the hit looked and sounded terrible! And D-Lowe. Wouldn’t it be great to have him back pitching for us. His comments that he made yesterday just shows how much he misses being in Boston. It will be a great matchup but I have faith in Josh Beckett. And since your Yankees don’t want Pedro – I have another pitcher you might be interested in! ;-)

Have a great day!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Saw that double by Pettite last night and I’m jealous. Jays pitching has gotten a hit yet in interleague play. Cito said he doesn’t care if don’t swing the bat at all!
http://homerfoodandhistory.mlblogs.com/

I’m wondering how AJ will do when he gets booed by Marlins fans (wait – maybe there aren’t any?) because of his parting shots that got him thrown out the door in Miami. I guess we’ll find out in an hour or so! GO YANKS!

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

I’m wondering how AJ will do when he gets booed by Marlins fans (wait – maybe there aren’t any?) because of his parting shots that got him thrown out the door in Miami. I guess we’ll find out in an hour or so! GO YANKS!

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

“3” is such a great number – don’t you think? You know – 3 periods in a hockey game, the number of sides on a triangle, Three Dog Night, the number of games the Red Sox are leading the Yankees….. ;-)

Happy Father’s Day!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

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