Old buddies

LHP Andy Pettitte, SS Derek Jeter and RHP Mariano Rivera all appeared in Saturday’s Game 3 win at Philadelphia, 13 years after playing together for the first time in a World Series in 1996…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the longest such span for any trio of teammates in Series history…

Prior to 2009, the trios with the longest spans between World Series as teammates bookended their appearances with different teams: Nippy Jones, Del Rice and Red Schoendienst (1946 Cardinals and 1957 Braves); Joe Morgan, Tony Perez and Pete Rose (1972 Reds and 1983 Phillies).

Here are some more notes from the Yankees today:

The Yankees have outscored opponents 60-37 this postseason, hitting .254 (107-for-422) with 19HR…opponents have batted .237 (101-for-426) with 8HR…Yankees pitchers own a 2.83 ERA (114.2IP, 36ER) while their opponents have a 4.32 mark (110.1IP, 53ER).

JETER METER: SS Derek Jeter has reached base in all 12 games this postseason, hitting safely in 11 of the contests and scoring at least one run in nine of the games.

START ME UP: Yankees starters are 7-1 with a 2.70 ERA (80.0IP, 24ER) in the 2009 playoffs…opponents are batting just .211 (61-for-289) off Yankees starters, with 80K and 24BB …have allowed 3ER or less in 21 of their last 24 games since 9/21, including 10 of 12 playoff contests…have held the opposition to 1ER or less in seven of the ’09 playoff games.

With his eighth-inning pinch-hit HR in Saturday’s Game 3 win, Hideki Matsui became the eighth Yankee to hit a pinch-hit HR in a World Series gamem and first since Jason Giambi on 10/23/03 at FLA in the Game 5 loss…Matsui batted .381 (8-for-21) with 2 doubles, 1HR and 4RBI as a pinch-hitter during the 2009 regular season.

RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY: With the start of Saturday’s game delayed by rain, the Yankees have now endured 18 rain delays in 2009 (including the playoffs), for a total of 26 hours and 41 minutes lost to Mother Nature this season…in addition, have had four games – including Game 6 of the ALCS – postponed due to rain.

MO’ OF THE SAME: RHP Mariano Rivera made his 22nd career World Series appearance in Saturday’s Game 3 win, tying Whitey Ford for the most all time…with his Game 2 save on Thursday, Rivera became the second-oldest pitcher ever to record a WS save behind Baltimore’s Dick Hall (1970 at age 40 and 1971 at age 41)., according to Retrosheet’s Dave Smith.

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