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Friday April, 06 2007.
Gloves Yet to Arrive in New York
By mvyb, 16:48

           Devil Rays 7, Yankees 6ys 7,
W- Lugo
L- Vizcaino
S- Reyes
Tampa Bay:
Dukes: 1-4, HR
Iwamura: 2-4, 2B, 3R
New York:
Matsui: 2-5, 2RBI, R
Cano: 3-5, RBI, R
Sheesh..... another defensively embarrassing game.... The Captain committed two more errors (he now has three on the season) and our Gold Gloving firstbaseman also contributed to one of the most unpleasant Yankee games I've ever seen.
The evening started off with much excitement, as Yankee fans watched the beloved Andy Pettitte take the mound once again for New York. Pettitte pitched a nice, quick inning, and let the Yanks get to work. Cano, who was leading off for the first time in his career, singled to get things started. Alex doubled him home.
But from there.... things went just awful. Pettitte left after pitching four innings (83 pitches) and allowing four runs (two earned). Jae Seo settled in and held the Yanks to just four runs in six innings. The D'Rays took the lead off of Scott Proctor, who was less than sharp in his first appearance of the season. Matsui tied it up, but Monday's winner, Luis Vizcaino, gave it back to the Tampa Bay (on a wild pitch/passed ball). The Yanks loaded the bases in the eighth (with only one out) for Abreu and A-Rod.... but neither slugger could get the ball out of the infield (Abreu grounded back to the mound and Alex popped to second).
"We played sloppy. I don't care who you're playing. You're not going to win too many games when you play sloppy, so we've got to tighten it up a little bit."  - Derek Jeter
I think I was as ticked off as any other Yankee fan was last night.... and I went to bed muttering things like, "This team doesn't have a shot of winning it all" and "the idiots didn't deserve to win."
But in the morning, I've looked back on the game and have found a few positives.
1) Andy Pettitte wasn't THAT bad.
Whenever a starter goes only four innings in a ballgame, you know he doesn't have his best stuff. But the real reason that Pettitte's line in the boxscore looks so bad, is that he had no help from his teammates.
-There were two outs in the second, when Cano botched a play that he should have made (and usually does make). That lead to an "earned" run.
- Ben Zobrist grounded to short on Pettitte's first pitch of the third.... and Jeter couldn't make the routine play. Zobrist later scored.
- Doug Mientkiewicz committed error number two, a  play that allowed Crawford to advance from second to third. He later scored. Delmon Young reached base later in the inning thanks to the Captain's third error of the season.
Now you have to also remember, that it was bitterly cold and windy in the Stadium... and Pettitte, I'm sure, had a lot of jitters in his return appearance in the Bronx.
(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
2. The bullpen was halfway decent
Vizcaino and Proctor both allowed runs (thanks, Jorge), but Bruney, Myers, and Farnsworth were pretty sharp. That's a good sign for the Yanks.
But, in conclusion, I think it's best we put this game behind us, and look forward to tonight's game ( boy, can the Moose be a hero tonight).
Goat of the Game:
Derek Jeter
- committed 2 errors
- left 4 men on base
- was caught stealing

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