EVERY Yankee fan knows how important it is to have Mariano Rivera coming in and saving the game. He’s done it more than anyone in the history of the game. You can ask the opposition and you will get a unanimous response, he’s the most important component of the Yankees and has been the main reason why they have won all those championships since 1996. If you were living in another planet since then, you will not understand how important he is to the Yankee success. He is the PERFECT example of “Mr. Automatic.” How it happened:
He’s out now and all indications point to a season ending injury, a torn ACL and more, he frustratingly explains:
Mo is a real competitor, this is very unfortunate for both him and the Yankee team, let’s hope they rally for him and show their appreciation by winning another one.
KANSAS CITY — David Phelps accepted the loss in his first Major League start as the Yankees dropped their third straight contest on Thursday, falling 4-3 to the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
Kansas City’s first home victory of the season came just hours after the Yankees crossed their fingers for closer Mariano Rivera, who injured his right knee chasing a fly ball during batting practice. The closer was sent for an MRI during Thursday’s game.
Pitching in front of a group of friends and family that made the trip from his hometown of St. Louis, Phelps held the Royals to two runs and six hits, but the rookie right-hander needed 85 pitches to get through four innings and was bounced earlier than the Yankees had hoped.
Phelps, who made the club as a long reliever out of Spring Training, walked none and struck out five in the effort. He figures to receive at least one more turn in the rotation as the Yankees continue to hold the fort until Andy Pettitte’s projected big league return later this month.
Kansas City’s Mike Moustakas crushed a solo home run in the second inning off Phelps, his fourth, and Eric Hosmer knocked in Jarrod Dyson with a third-inning RBI single. Moustakas added a big two-run single facing rookie D.J. Mitchell in the fifth to open up a 4-1 lead at the time for the Royals……Read More