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Sorry Mets fans: Yankees finally win one on the road

yankeeslogo110509_optBY DAVE RAGAZZO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Let’s face it Mets fans, the Yankees weren’t going to lose every game this season.

And although it would have been nice to see the Yankees losing streak extended through the week, the men in pinstripes got back to their winning ways and locked up their first win of the young season.

The Yankees went into Baltimore and beat the Orioles 6-2 on Monday night. The offense that had been stagnant through the first three games came alive behind the bat of shortstop Derek Jeter, who racked up four hits.

"It's good to get the first one," Jeter said. "You don't want to think about it too long."

The three game losing streak to start the season brought little worry to anyone within the organization, but the New York media has a way with blowing things out of proportion. Before Monday night’s game at Baltimore, Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn’t think much of his team’s slow start.

“If you’re a baseball player and you’ve never been through a three-game losing streak, God bless you,” Girardi said. “You were on some really good teams for a long, long time. I think we had three-game losing streaks in T-ball, for crying out loud.”

Now that the skid is over, everyone can focus on the good that the Yankees do and on Monday there was a lot to talk about.

Starting pitcher Ivan Nova showed everyone the 16 game winner that pitched last season. Some were worried about Nova, who struggled throughout the spring, but he showed up Monday pitching seven innings striking out seven and allowing no walks. He was charged with two runs and 10 hits.

"I thought Nova threw well, especially when he got in trouble," Girardi said. "He gave up some hits but got some big outs when he needed to."

Nova will have to pitch like he did last year in order for the Yanks to return to the playoffs because the AL East has not gotten any easier. Besides the usual suspsects (the Red Sox and the Rays), Baltimore started their season 3-0 and the Blue Jays are a much improved team from last season.

He will have to be a consistent starter and could be the X-factor for the Yankees starting rotation, which lost newly acquired Michael Pineda to an injury in the spring.

The Yankees offense has still yet to hit its full stride, but the team has many streaky hitters who normally do not perform well in April. Mark Teixeira is going through his usual April blues with his batting average at .143 so far this season and guys like Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano have also gotten off to slow starts.

Despite the slow start, the Yankees will still be factors when it comes down to September. When aren’t they? They may be a year older and slower in a few positions, but they still have a core of players who strike fear into opposing pitchers when they step into the box.

Another thing to note: They are yet to play a home game this year. Last year, the Yanks were 52-29 when playing in the Bronx.

And as the old saying goes; there’s no place like home. New York will play their first home game on Friday April 13 when they host the LA Angels at 1:05 p.m.

 

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