Wow! What a performance by Pettitte! He pitched 7.2 shutout innings, gave up only 2 hits and struckout 10 Rays. He was sharp as a diamond, hitting the corners, throwing first strike curves and an occasional 90 MPH high heater to do away with the futile Rays. Great stuff! Go Yanks!
NEW YORK — You don’t hear the Yankees being asked anymore if Andy Pettitte will be able to succeed at the big league level. He’s proven that this comeback is no fluke. What everyone wants to know is how long he can keep dominating like this.
Pettitte received another well-deserved standing ovation following another vintage performance and Russell Martin provided the thunder with his fourth career grand slam as the Yankees trounced the Rays, 7-0, on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
“I feel like I’m going to be how I was when I left,” said Pettitte, who struck out a season-high 10 over 7 1/3 stellar innings. “You don’t really know what to expect coming back, but I’m obviously pleasantly surprised so far.”
Just 10 days shy of his 40th birthday, Pettitte made it easy to forget that he spent most of last year tossing batting practice to his sons outside their Texas home. The Rays seemed baffled by the veteran, who has wielded a biting slider as a useful weapon.
“I feel like on days that he pitches, it gives a different energy to the team,” Martin said. “It’s remarkable. It seems like he hasn’t missed a beat.”
Pettitte’s 243rd career victory helped inch the Yankees closer to first place in the American League East, which has the Rays and Orioles leading New York by a half-game. The suddenly surging Yankees have won four of their last five games and nine of their last 12.
“We’re basically in control of our own destiny, which is a good thing,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We’ll start putting together some better streaks.”
Martin led the attack against Rays starter James Shields with his fourth-inning grand slam, the catcher’s first slam since the Yankees’ historic game last Aug. 25 against the Athletics in which Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano also hit grand slams……Read More
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