May 26, 2010

Jeter takes over in 2nd half, Yanks win 1-0

Maybe Joe Girardi should think about switching Derek Jeter back to the second spot in the lineup.

In today’s completion of yesterday’s game, Jeter cracked a homer to break a scoreless tie after watching today’s leadoff hitter, Kevin Russo, strike out.

The solo shot was the only run scored in the second half of the game, giving A.J. Burnett, who completed five shutout innings in the first half yesterday, his fifth victory of the year.

Best of all: Jeter made a “Jeterian” play in the field in the home half of the sixth. Getting to the ball saved two runs from scoring, and making the play at first prevented the tying run from scoring.

Honorable mention: Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera got the hold and the save, respectively. Chamberlain didn’t look outstanding, but was sharp enough. Likewise for Rivera, but he got Denard Span to end it on a 4-6-3 double play.

Worst of all: Girardi said before today’s game nobody will pitch twice today. After today’s game, he didn’t exactly stand by that promise. Without David Robertson, Chamberlain and Rivera, Andy Pettitte will need to pitch deep or the Yankees will need to score a lot of runs if they want to sweep the one-and-a-half header.

Coming up: Pettitte takes on fellow lefty Francisco Liriano on a nationally televised game.

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