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For a long time now, you’ve heard the outcries. The Yankees are too old, they need to get younger. While some of this may be true, who secured the first win of the season last night? Who pitched deep into the game to preserve the bullpen? Who came in to close the door?
Andy and Mo.
In an uncertain season, only two things are for certain. Pettitte and Rivera will always give you a chance to win.
For a record 69th time, the greatest closer in history converted a save for the greatest postseason pitcher in history (who just happens to be the oldest starter in the majors this year). The two, whose combined age is 83, will have one last go around with each other in 2013. Mo is set to retire after the season, while Pettitte, like he has for the past five or so seasons, will play things by ear.
Last night called for Andy Pettitte. It screamed for him. Following two losses to open the season, at home no less, fans already had their fingers hovering over the panic button. But who else on this team would you rather have on the mound following a loss?
Pettitte is a notorious stopper. Former manager Joe Torre would always start him in Game 2 of a playoff series, just in case the team faltered in Game 1. Pettitte grinds. Admittedly, he has said that nothing pitching wise has ever come easy to him, and it shows. The intensity and focus on every pitch is what makes Pettitte great. His ability to escape out of any jam provides big lifts to his team, evident by his three important double plays last night.
On Monday, CC Sabathia could only go five innings. On Wednesday, Hiroki Kuroda lasted just 1.1 innings. The Yankees needed depth, and Pettitte went 8 and handed the ball over to Rivera.
Rivera is in his swan song. Immediately upon entering the game last night, the crowd sprung to life, capturing photos of living greatness. Although Rivera gave up an uncharacteristic run, walk and a hit, he closed the door without any more damage.
In what may best describe the night, and possibly the season, Rivera froze rookie sensation Jackie Bradley Jr. on a backdoor cutter which ended the game and preserved a Yankee win. Rivera is 21 years older than Bradley. Experience will beat youth every time. Remember last year when Bryce Harper looked lost against Pettitte?
This Yankee season will depend on pitching and veteran leadership. Last night, we saw both at it’s best.
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It is certifiably insane to claim the Yankees needed to win last night's game. Yep. Lunacy. Booga-booga. We know better. Any blogger or writer who says it was a "must" victory - send 'em down to Columbus! That said, holy crap, did Andy Pettitte save our butts or what?Someday, when the Hall of Fame voters look back on Pettitte's career, I hope they remember...
Pettitte notched the first win of the season with eight strong.
Boston Red Sox 2 — New York Yankees 4
Andy Pettitte kept the Yankees from being swept in today’s 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox.
With two losses to start the season, the Yankees turned to Andy Pettitte to get the first win of the season. In eight innings, the 40-year-old Pettitte allowed just one run on eight...
Former steroid user and now 40-year old pitcher who is somehow magically still good Andy Pettitte led the Yankees to their first win of the year, a 4-2 defeat of the Sox at Yankee Stadium.
Pettitte went eight strong, scattering eight hits and giving up just one earned run before handing things over to Mariano Rivera, who had a rocky first appearance since his knee injury last...
After Andy Pettitte retired and came back last year, you knew he would have only done it if he thought he had a little something left in the tank. And while the Boston Red Sox didn't get a chance to see him last year, they did get to see him last night.
And boy oh boy, did he look like the Pettitte of old in the Yankees 4-2 win over the Red Sox.
He did allow eight hits...
Tossing eight innings of one-run ball, borderline Hall of Fame southpaw Andy Pettitte led New York to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday at Yankee Stadium. Thanks to the 40-year-old Pettitte (1-0, 1.13 ERA), a three-time All-Star who has captured five crowns in pinstripes, the Yankees (1-3) finally triumphed for the first time in 2013. Considering New York’s everyday...
The walls were starting to close in on the Yankees after the first two games of the season. An 0-3 start would not have doomed their season, but combined with all the injuries the club has sustained the feeling of a lost season in the making would only have grown stronger.
It would be easy to say that last night Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera turned back the clock. It would also...
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The Yankees will send veteran left-hander, Andy Pettitte to the mound tonight in the series finale against the Boston Red Sox.
Right-hander Ryan Dempster is on the mound for the Boston Red Sox. In five career starts against the Bombers, Dempster is 0-4 with a 7.62 ERA.
Girardi shakes up the lineup; Cano batting second.
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It was a farewell of sorts in New York yesterday, when Andy Pettitte made the start for the Yankees in what is more than likely is last ever Opening Week start. Pettitte was spectacular in the Yankees'4-2 win over the Red Sox, allowing one run on eight hits over eight innings. Mariano Rivera made his first appearance in nearly a year and picked up his first save of his final...
There is something special about watching homegrown talent succeed. That's why, even though the first win of the season is always sweet, this one, with its distinct Yankee farm flavor, was definitely one to savor. From Andy Pettitte starting the ballgame to Mariano Rivera closing it out and everything in between, the Yankee farm system showed up, defensively and offensively...
On the brink of a sweep in the opening series against their worst rivals, the Yankees, behind a stellar Andy Pettitte eight-inning effort, crushed the Red Sox’s dreams of a 162-0 season. Here are the four bases from Thursday’s game:
First Base: There is a new phenomenon sweeping the Red Sox media! Shane Victorino‘s “relentlessness” might be the next catchy saying sweeping...
After opening the season with two losses to the Red Sox, the Yankees won their first game of the season the “old” fashioned way. Two long-time Yankees locked down the win as Andy Pettitte threw eight fantastic innings leading to Mariano Rivera’s first save of the year. If the Yankees want to pick up wins this weekend in Detroit, they will have to rely on their young pitchers...
We are definitely riding on a positive wave.True, we were down 7-1 for a while, and some cynics undoubtedly " cashed it in" and watched a documentary on NOVA. But our assembled team of all pro players and candidates did not do that. No one was eating over-sized pastrami sandwiches in our dugout. No, sir.We rallied smartly and nearly made a game of it.And we learned more...