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This afternoon's 6-3 loss to the Rays was my first game of the year and other than the weather, not too much was pleasant about it. The seats were great, which meant I had a perfect view of another lackluster effort by the Bombers. I've decided I'm going to wait until the first week of the season is officially over before I start being overly-critical. If things keep going like this, I'll have plenty of ammunition stored up.

Andy Pettitte made his first start of the season and honestly besides one pitch to Jonny Gomes, he wasn't that bad. The offense managed to make Edwin Jackson look like Bob Gibson (much like they made Andy Sonnanstine look like Sandy Koufax last night). I just seemed like there was no spark there.

I'm going to chalk this two-game losing streak up to the absence of Melky Cabrera. His two-game suspension is up and he should be back in his rightful position in center tomorrow. Damon should be in left and Matsui should be DHing. That's an immediate upgrade beyond words.

It was good to see Jorge back behind the dish today. That shoulder injury was troubling me a little bit. It was unnerving to see Joe Girardi miss his second consecutive game due to illness. I can't remember Torre ever missing a game outside of his cancer treatment. Get back on the bench, Joe. You can sleep in December.

It looks like we're going to see Morgan Ensberg, much to my chagrin. The Giambino left the game with a groin injury today and he's listed as day-to-day.

Player of The Game: A-Rod (2 for 4 with a double and RBI)
Team Record: 2-3
Damon's Broken Bats: 1 (5 on the season)

The Wanger looks to end the losing streak at two tomorrow against Jason Hammel.


by Brian on Apr 5 2008
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