The Yankees beat the Tampa Rays by a score of 4-3. Andy Pettitte started and gave up three earned runs on six hits in 7.1 innings of work, for the no-decision. Brian Bruney got the win and Mariano Rivera got the save.
Derek Jeter drove in Cody Ransom for the winning run.
As much as Mariano Rivera makes us believers with his clutch pitching, you have to put Derek Jeter in the same category with clutch two out hits. He did it yesterday with a home run, and today with a clutch two out RBI single in the ninth inning.
We take Derek Jeter for granted but he's been a great clutch hitter throughout his whole career. Derek Jeter just has "it, " something you can't quantify. After the Yankees gave him the starting short stop job in 1996, it's no coincidence that that's when the Yankee franchise took off again after a big slump in the '80s and early '90s.
Cody Ransom came in the game as a pinch runner and then stayed in for defense. He's been struggling at the plate, but he got his chance in the top of the ninth inning.
In Kansas City, they were pitching Ransom every thing with breaking balls and fastballs on the outside corner, so he worked with batting instructor Kevin Long on it. The result was a double and a run scored in the top of the ninth inning.
Cody Ransom is a very popular player in the Yankee clubhouse and all the players must feel for him because he's gotten off to a slow start. Everyone seemed to be pumped for him after he got the double.
Robinson Cano had great game going two-for-four and driving in two runs. This man is on fire to start the season.
You have to give Andy Pettitte credit for giving the bullpen a break and pitching 7.1 solid innings. The bullpen was exhausted from pitching a lot of innings in the the last game of the series at Kansas City and first game of the series against Tampa.
Everyone was concerned about the blowout the Yankees suffered yesterday, including myself, but the Yankees have won the series against the Rays. That's what you want to do in baseball: win series.
The Yankees just finished their longest road trip ever to open up their season and ground this game out and came away with a victory. The Yankees know they can beat the Rays, which is a positive going forward.
The Yankees will go into the new Yankee stadium with a winning record.
Player of the Game: Derek Jeter for being Mr. Clutch and driving in the go ahead run.
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