With Hughes on the DL and Kennedy being sent down, all eyes, with hopes high, were on Rasner at the start of the game but the eyes quickly turned to the Yankee offense before the game’s end. The bats made their return official today with 8 runs on wait for it… 14 hits [seriously]. The top of the order kicked *** today, scoring 6 of the 8 runs. Damon, Jeet, Bobby and Matsui were a dominant relay team, each just handing on down the baton and keeping it moving. Johnny & Hideki had 2 hits, Bobby had 3 and El Capitan had 4… not bad. The C&C boys also made a reappearance today, as the Melk Man, Cabrera, and Cano had back to back homers [yes, I said Cano.] Nice to finally see the Bronx Bombers live up to their claim to fame again. I was honestly starting to forget what the ball looked like going over the wall… good times.
With the burst of offense, Rasner’s start got somewhat lost in all the chaos. Even though the kid gave up 2 on a home run in the first, he didn’t do too shabby. All he needed to do really was go 6 innings and keep the score under 5 and he would’ve done better than Hughes & Kennedy have been doing. He did just that. After the mishap in the first inning, he settled down, had a bit of trouble but kept the Mariners scoreless for 5 innings after that. The bullpen had no problems either. Ohlendorf came in with a lead for a change and sat them down. Farnsy did the same. As did Mariano, who I don’t think should’ve been in the game, considering the 6 run lead, pitching two days ago and other guys in the pen who need work, but what-ev, no harm no foul.
The Yanks get their second day off of the season mañana and face Cleveland. The starter for tomorrow is not up yet on yankees.com, but I’m assuming it’s Pettitte. He finally does not have to be the stopper with the last three wins, but it’d still be nice to see his stopper-esqe A-Game.
– I am seriously willing to bet $100 that if you pick a random guy off the street, he’ll get more hits than Big G. They say even the worst hitter in the world will get a hit once in a while… Giambi is the one exception. It’s okay though, he’ll do better when he sees the present I got him.
– The prices for the All-Star Game are seriously outrageous but as I said in the HDLR, I am willing to sell my liver… even my soul for those tickets, but I will take under consideration Mike’s suggestion of selling my kidney instead… I do have two of them.