Pettitte looked great. He only needed 94 pitches to get through eight innings. He was sitting comfortably in the low-90′s, had the hitters off balance all game, and enduced three double plays.
Rivera, who only walked eight batters in all of 2011, walked the first batter he faced this season in Dustin Pedrioa. A run scored on a ground out three batters later, but by the final batter, rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. who is just about half Rivera’s age, Rivera looked vintage striking him out on three pitches.
• Lyle Overbay got his first couple of RBI’s for the Yankees on a two-run single in the second inning that gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
• We’ve seen Pettitte get the win and Rivera the save for decades now, but seeing a Brett Gardner and Francisco Cervelli home run is a rarity and, even though the pair has actually gone back-to-back once before, there is a good chance that’ll be the last time we see them homer in the same game again. Gardner’s shot was a solo blast in the third inning to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead. Cervelli’s was also a solo shot that made it 4-1 in the seventh.
Gardner went 2-for-3 with a walk on top of his home run. He attempted to steal off Ryan Dempster and was nailed thanks to a bad jump.
• Eduardo Nunez went 2-for-3 to raise his average on the season to .400. He made an error the second game of the season, but that was a fielding error. His throwing, which was the main source of his problems, has been strong so far. It’s definitely too early to get excited by that though.