After a rough 0-3 start against the Rays in the first week, the Yankees bounced back nicely as they won five out of six in their first full week of the season. They face the Twins in a four game series at the Stadium this week before heading to Fenway Park in Boston for a big weekend series.
Mon: Minnesota 7, Yankees 3. W: Carl Pavano (1-1, 5.23), L: Freddy Garcia (0-1, 6.97). HR: Derek Jeter (3, off Pavano), Curtis Granderson (3, off Pavano), Justin Morneau (2, off Garcia).
After one inning the Yankees had a 3-2 lead over the Twins as both Pavano and Garcia got off to shaky starts. Both settled in though and the game was scoreless until the 5th inning when Garcia broke down again. In the 5th he allowed two runs on a pair of RBI-hits then gave up another in the 6th when Justin Morneau knocked him out of the game with a solo shot that made it 5-3.
Two more runs off of Cory Wade in the 8th inning was more than enough insurance as the Yankees offense was almost completely shutdown after the 1st as they never even threatened to score again. A poor showing by an offense that has been more or less adequate, but inconsistent.
Tue: Yankees 8, Minnesota 3. W: CC Sabathia (1-0, 5.59), L: Francisco Liriano (0-2, 11.91). HR: Andruw Jones (2, off Maloney), Josh Willingham (5, off Sabathia).
Sabathia finally pitched his first good game of the season as he went 7.1 while striking out seven, walking one, and allowing just three earned runs. CC started off well in the 1st, but gave up a homer in the 2nd and struggled in the 3rd. He settled down and retired 13 in a row after that and showed much improved command.
The Yankees offense scored runs in five different innings with the big one coming in the 3rd. That inning Eduardo Nunez picked up an RBI-single, Chris Stewart a 2-RBI single, and a sac fly by Derek Jeter. They got contributions from everyone except Alex Rodriguez, who went 0-for-4, and Mark Teixeira, who sat.
Wed: Minnesota 6, Yankees 5. W: Jason Marquis (1-0, 7.20), L: Hiroki Kuroda (1-2, 5.00), S: Matt Capps (3). HR: Derek Jeter (4, off Capps), Robinson Cano (1, off Marquis), Justin Morneau 2 (4, both off Kuroda).
Kuroda started and didn’t have it today. A four run 1st inning was capped off by a 2-run homer from Morneau. He then gave up another run in the 3rd and another in the 5th before Clay Rapada, Boone Logan, and Rafael Soriano combining to throw 4.2 scoreless innings.
The Yankees offense, which came up in the bottom of the 1st already down 4-0, scored three in the 1st on RBI hits by Cano and Nick Swisher to make it 4-3. Cano homered in the third which made it 5-4 at the time. That was it, the offense went to sleep after that except for a solo-shot by Jeter in the 9th which wasn’t enough to win the game.
Thrs: Yankees 7, Minnesota 6. W: Phil Hughes (1-2, 6.75), L: Anthony Swarzak (0-3, 6.75), S: Mariano Rivera (3, 4.15). HR: Curtis Granderson 3 (6, 2 off Swarzak, 1 off Gray), Mark Teixeira (1, off Swarzak), Ryan Doumit (1, off Hughes).
The story of the night was clearly Curtis Granderson, who went 5-for-5 including three home runs. His second home of the night tied the game at 4-4 in the 2nd and his third gave them a 7-4 lead that held up for the win.
The Yankees needed every one of those runs because Hughes really struggled in the 1st after Eduardo Nunez’s error lead to four runs. Hughes then settled down and more or less cruised through the 2nd through 5th innings. In the 6th though we saw typical Hughes as he went 0-2 to Morneau before walking him and giving up a 2-run homer to Doumit.
The bullpen did what it does to finish the game as Boone Logan, Rafael Soriano, David Robertson, and Rivera pitched 3.2 shutout innings.
Fri: Yankees 6, Boston 2. W: Ivan Nova (3-0, 3.79), L: Clay Buchholz (1-1, 9.00). HR: Alex Rodriguez (2, off Buchholz), Nick Swisher (3, off Buchholz), Eric Chavez 2 (2, both off Buchholz), Russell Martin (1, off Buchholz), David Ortiz (2, off Nova).
The Red Sox held a pregame ceremony to honor the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park Friday afternoon and the Yankees brought the fireworks, hitting five home runs en route to a 6-2 victory. Chavez hit two, Swisher, and A-Rod also hit one each and Martin hit one that appeared to lift a giant weight off his shoulders. That was most of the offense.
As for the pitching, Nova went six and pitched a great game, walking none while striking out five. He gave up the homer to Ortiz and the other run scored when Swisher lost the ball in the sun. The Yankees once again got three scoreless from the bullpen. Cody Eppley made his Yankees debut in the 9th but did not retire a batter.
Sat: Yankees 15, Boston 9. W: Rafael Soriano (2-0, 1.50), L: Alfredo Aceves (0-1, 24.00). HR: Nick Swisher (4, off Vicente Padilla), Mark Teixeira 2 (3, off Felix Doubront and Matt Albers), Cody Ross (3, off David Phelps).
The Yankees were down 9-0 by the 5th inning as Freddy Garcia just didn’t have it, but a solo shot by Teixeira got the Yankees on the board. Then a 7-run 7th, highlighted by a grand slam by Swisher, put the Yankees down 9-8 and another 7-run inning in the 8th capped off an unbelievable comeback against the Red Sox’s terrible bullpen.
Nobody on the Yankees pitching staff really contributed to this victory. Soriano’s scoreless 7th was big as a few runs by the Red Sox right there could have changed the entire course of the game. This win was on the offense though. Derek Jeter, Swisher, Teixeira, and Eduardo Nunez each had three hits and seven different players scored at least two runs. Alex Rodriguez and Andruw Jones were the only starters not to get a hit.
Sun: Yankees at Boston, 8:00 pm, ESPN. LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 6.75) vs. Daniel Bard (0-2, 4.63).