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An extremely short recap tonight, but that shouldn't take anything away from the weight of the performance. Andy Pettitte was worth every bit of his $16M contract on a rainy day in Baltimore. He threw 7 shutout innings and got the ball directly to Joba after the previous three starters in the rotation had completely blown up the bullpen with horrible outings.

We've come to expect performances like this from Andy, and as commenter Alex said to me earlier today, Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy should pay very close attention when Pettitte pitches. He doesn't have dominant stuff anymore, but he still pounds the strike zone. Pitching in the zone will do wonders for you, the sooner those kids figure that out, the better.

Johnny Damon came through with a big tack-on dinger in the top of the ninth to give the Yanks some breathing room. Brian Bruney did a great job getting out of Joba's jam in the bottom of the eighth.

The only downer of the day was a strained quad for A-Rod (hey, that rhymes). I get the feeling that A-Rod's removal from the game was precautionary. I doubt he'll miss any time beyond tomorrow's off day and any days he was planning to take to be with his wife for the birth of their child.

Player of The Game: Damon Pettitte, sorry a little distracted tonight.
Team Record: 10-10 (.500 again)
Damon's Broken Bats: nada.
by Brian on Apr 20 2008
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