Just when you think the Yanks might be getting their acts together, Darrell Rasner happens
. Rasner couldn't get out of the second inning and if you're looking for a blessing in disguise, it turned out that Girardi is a genius for refusing to give Aceves a shot in the rotation because they needed him for 5 long innings of relief tonight. Then again, if Alfredo had started maybe the Yanks would've been in a position to win the game. Just a thought.
The offense waited until the 9th to come alive, plating all five runs in the final frame on two bombs by Jeter and A-Rod. But, as is so often the case in 2008, it was too little, far too late.
Abreu was a scratch from the lineup with a gimpy wrist. Gardner got the start and 0 for 3 with 3 ks. His OPS is now a sparkling .487. Speaking of light-hitting center fielders, the Melk Man and his .633 OPS got the call from Scranton to provide another warm body for the outfield.
The Yanks are probably in the air right now, flying all the way from Tampa to Seattle where they will take on the Mariners tomorrow night. The Mariners will send Brandon Morrow to the hill for his first start after 100 relief appearances. For the Yanks, it will be Andy Pettitte. The same Andy Pettitte who has dropped two straight decisions in pathetic fashion. He's totalled 11 innings and allowed 12 earned runs.Player of The Game:
None that I saw, but I missed parts of the game.