Yanks’ resiliency “good for the spirit”

Ichiro SuzukiThe Yankees have shown some resiliency of late, as they did last night in last night’s exciting comeback to topple David Price, Fernando Rodney and the Rays. They’ll try to parlay that into taking two of three in the series tonight at Tropicana Field, as Andy Pettitte heads to the hill for a New York team that is pleasing their manager.

“They’ve done a good job coming back in games during the course of this stretch,” Joe Girardi said. “After getting off to a little bit of a slow start they’ve bounced back very well, so I’m pleased with that.”

Ichiro Suzuki played a key role in the rally last night, singling and scoring the tying run in the eighth inning against Price and then lacing a two-run single to center field in the ninth. For his efforts, and also because the Yanks’ lineup doesn’t have Kevin Youkilis and Vernon Wells tonight, Ichiro has been bumped to the No. 2 spot in the lineup.

Girardi said that, as the Yankees prepare to face right-hander Alex Cobb, there can be a carryover effect from a rally like the one they had in the late innings last night.

“I think it gives you confidence when you’re behind in a game that your guys are going to figure it out if your pitcher can just hold them down, give us a chance to win a game,” Girardi said. “I think it builds character, and they’re good wins. They’re hard fought wins. It’s good for the spirit of a club.”

Pettitte is making his fourth start of the season, and outside of a brief setback with some back spasms, he has looked absolutely vintage. He’s 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA and is trying to win his first four starts of a season for the first time in his career.

“He’s such a competitor,” Girardi said. “It’s kind of like Derek [Jeter], in a sense. Nothing really ever surprises you because we’ve seen him do it for such a long time and he’s such a competitor. If you look at one thing he’s really done well, he’s really given us distance. Maybe you don’t quite expect the distance that we’ve gotten out of him in the games, but I did expect him to pitch well.”

Expanded lineups and game information is available via MLB GameDay. 

3 Comments

Why are we trotting out Fransisco again tonight? This is really tiresome. Do we think the guy suddenly is going to start hitting bombs as the DH? Or even a single would be a start. Man, with a 080 batting average how low does it have to go before a guy is taken out of the lineup. I’d rather have a left handed hitter in there than Fransisco. He’s supposed to be in the lineup to hit lefties but he can’t hit either. He’s totally washed up and a poor signing in the offseason. Are we now stuck with him for the rest of the season? Is our cupboard that bare? What the hell is Girardi thinking anyway?

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Yanks see why Tampahad thebestpitching staff I the AL last season, their rotation has no slouches. I just wish Yankee lineup had a better lead off man than Gardner to get the offense going. Right now his OBP is pathetic for a lead off man,he strikes out too much ( I think he leads Yanks in strikeouts or is right up there), and his BA is average. He also hasn’t gotten going in the stolen base department, not that his speed has really ever killed anyone at the major league level. His game just doesn’t fit the overall Yankee offense. Like I said before, this team didn’t miss Gardner’s offense last season.

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No matter how great Andy pitches you cannot win a game with only 4 singles.

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