A-Rod crushed a 2-run homerun with Abreu on base and Derek Jeter had a couple hits. Mussina put up a mediocre effort lasting 5.2 innings with 4 runs, 3 of them earned. Not the best outing but certainly good enough for a 4 or 5 starter. Ross Ohlendorf threw a perfect 9th inning, striking out 1. Farnsworth did not allow a run in his inning, but he did give up 2 hits.
Burnett dominated the Yankee hitters, limiting them to the two runs from A-Rods homer. Latroy Hawkins also gave up a run in his debut.
The Yankees put two runners on with no outs in the 9th and A-Rod coming up to bat. A-Rod struck out swinging. Later, with one out remaining and runners on the corner, Cano popped up the first pitch. I thought we fixed that Cano. Take a pitch or two!
Around the Majors
The most devastating offense in the entire universe was shut down by the most dominating pitching staff in all the league*. Brian Bannister of the Kansas City Royals threw 7 shutout innings of 2 hit ball and struck out 4. Tigers Kenny Rogers pitched a good 6 innings of 2 run ball, but it wasn't enough. Good start for the Royals.
*The Independent League.
The Nationals no longer believe the Phillies are the team to beat after taking the second game from them. The 1 - 0 victory was punctuated by 7 innings of one hit, shutout ball by former Yankee Tim Redding, and a solo homerun by Ryan Zimmerman.
Mariners closer JJ Putz is going to the DL with costochondritis. Sounds dirty. Across town, Pedro Martinez blew a hammy. "A mystery is what it is." Says Mets new Director for Performance Enhancement, Marty Miller. Former Yankee third base coach Larry Bowa has already been suspended for 3 games for arguing with an umpire. The season just started. That has to be some sort of record.
Respect Jeter's Gangster is for the Children
Respect Jeter's Gangster joined Johnny Damon's Homerun Club, and is giving $1.00 for every homerun the Yankees hit this season. The money goes to the Children's Health Fund. Throughout the season, we will keep a running tally of the homeruns and money donated:
Melky Cabrera 1hr = $1.00
Alex Rodriguez 1hr = $1.00
Total = $2.00