Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, and Andy Pettitte all played together for the first time this 2013 Grapefruit League tonight in Tampa against the Philadelphia Phillies.Â Collectively, they are 3 of the â€œCore 4â€³ New York Yankees heavily responsible for five World Series title since they came onto the scene in the mid-1990â€²s.Â All are 38 years old or older, all are coming off injuries which have delayed their spring progress.
For the record, Jeter went 0-2 with 1 BB, Pettitte pitched 3 innings of only allowing 1 run, but 7 baserunners, Rivera pitched 1 spotless inning in relief and left to a standing ovation from the Tampa faithful.Â It was Jeterâ€™s third game, Riveraâ€™s second game, and Pettitteâ€™s first game back.Â Yankee fans in attendance must have been delighted to get these three Yankees legends back between the lines.
The Yankees have been beset by crushing injuries thus far in the two weeks of Spring Training, losing Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira to injured wrists and expected to miss months.Â With 3000-hit man Jeter back at the top of the lineup, Pettitte manning one of the middle-rotation spots, and all-time save leader Mariano Rivera closing games, the Yankees are still to be feared in the American League East.
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