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Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera help lead Yankees to first win of season

Apr 4, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

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It felt like old times tonight in the Bronx, as Andy Pettitte tossed eight innings of one-ball and Mariano Rivera notched the save as the Yankees topped the Red Sox 4-2 for the team’s first victory of the 2013 season.

Pettitte was in control for most of the night, scattering eight hits while striking out three and walking just one. The 40-year-old southpaw held the Red Sox off the board until Jackie Bradley Jr. delivered an RBI double with two outs in the top of the seventh inning. He needed just 94 pitches to make it through eight innings.

Pettitte eventually gave way to Rivera, who made things interesting in his first regular season appearance since his knee injury last May. The 43-year-old right-hander gave up a leadoff walk to Dustin Pedroia and a one-out double to Jonny Gomes to bring the tying run to the plate. However, after Will Middlebrooks grounded out to drive in a run, Rivera was able to strike out Bradley looking to send the Yankee Stadium faithful home happy.

This is the 69th time that Pettitte and Rivera have combined for a win and a save. That’s the most of any duo since the save statistic was introduced.

As for the offense, Brett Gardner and Francisco Cervelli each hit their first home runs while Lyle Overbay added a two-run single. Eduardo Nunez went 2-for-3 with a run scored and is off to nice start (4-for-10) while filling in for Derek Jeter at shortstop.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    There goes the Red Sox 162 win season.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      man, I thought the Yankees would finish @ 0-162.

  2. yankees218 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Mo and Andy still got it! Gonna miss watching these two play ball.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      why, did they retire last night?

      • yankees218 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        Did I say that?

  3. mybrunoblog - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Is this 2003 or 2013? These two guys are timeless.

  4. uyf1950 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Nice win for the Yankees. Pettitte looked good, Mo did what he needed to do probably just a bit rusty from lack of work. Offensively impressed by Gardner and Cervelli’s home runs they are not normally home run hitters. But special kudo’s to Nunez so far this season. Now if he can cut down on the errors this year there may just be hope for him yet.

  5. lazlosother - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Good to see Pettitte hasn’t lost it and would love to see him have a really good year. The man knows how to pitch. Gardner and Cervelli? Who Knew?

  6. tfbuckfutter - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Of all the questionable contracts the Sox signed I knew Dumpster-fire’s was going to be the worst.

    Prepare for an entire season of this.

    BEST case scenario was “Ok, well his period of adjustment to the AL occurred while he pitched for Texas”…..most likely scenario “Another slightly above average NL pitcher who will be below average in the AL.”

    Obviously it’s too early to tell, but I have no expectation that this is anything but John Burkett/Jeff Suppan redux.

    But at least there’s only 3 years of it.

    Jesus, he even LOOKED like he struggling with the pressure.

    • bozosforall - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      Typical crybaby Boston sports fan response. Biggest whiny tittybabies in all of sports fandom.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:57 PM

        I speak for no one but myself.

        And, assuming your a Yankee fan….well you can’t really talk much shit after a game against Boston with 40% of the seats empty.

      • bozosforall - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:24 PM

        You are a loser, no matter how your teams do.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:58 PM

        It was like watching a Marlins game.

      • bozosforall - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:24 PM

        Yep. Boston crybaby.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:58 PM

        *you’re

        I see it.

      • bozosforall - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:25 PM

        Loser

      • uyf1950 - Apr 5, 2013 at 5:53 AM

        tfbuck…, not sure where you learned your math but the official attendance for each games was:
        Monday: 49,514
        Wednesday: 40,216
        Thursday: 40,611
        Average attendance for the 3 days: 43,447

        Considering the seating capacity for Yankee Stadium is: 50,200 +/-, now I’m no math whiz but but even a Red Sox fan can tell that’s not a 40% empty seats rate. Maybe what seats were empty we can attribute to the fact the Yankees were playing the Red Sox and their 69-93 record last. year. But that last part is just speculation on my part.

      • bozosforall - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:25 PM

        He’s a chump.

      • bbil2012 - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:42 AM

        The weather conditions,especially Wednesday, were not ideal for watching nine innings of baseball. Darn cold and windy. Probably a lot of early exits and no-shows.Hopefully Spring weather will arrive soon here in the northeast.

      • bozosforall - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:25 PM

        Boston is for crybabies.

      • buggieowens - Apr 5, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        Thank you for proving my prediction true. Oddly, for some reason, I actually enjoy your posts. Probably for the “oh, no he didn’t” factor.

      • bozosforall - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:26 PM

        Boston crying for eternity.

      • badintent - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:10 AM

        Nice one. Even if yo are a Laker fan, any slam on Boston is a good one. Especially the Red Sox with their traitor manager John Ferrel.Jays fans will remember him chasing the $$$ in the same division.

      • bozosforall - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:27 PM

        Boston will always suck.

    • 18thstreet - Apr 5, 2013 at 9:06 AM

      He pitched 5 innings. In three of them, no runs scored. In one, he gave up a leadoff homer (plus a walk) and nothing in else. In another, he gave up a single, struck out the next two hitters, and give up a double and a single (for two runs) and then another strikeout.

      Five innings, three runs. He did fine. He didn’t win the game, but he didn’t single handedly lose it, either. That’s not a bad outing.

      Also, it’s a two-year deal, not three. http://www.baseballprospectus.com/compensation/cots/al-east/boston-red-sox/

      I think I’m done responding to you, tfbuckfutter. You are exactly what Bozos, of all people, thinks you are.

  7. balfe13 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    He “tossed eight innings of one-ball”? Interesting. I expected him to use more than one.

  8. aceshigh11 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Those two are amazing…but it’s gotta be worrying to the Yankees that it took two guys in their 40s to lead them to their first victory of the season.

    But hey, a win’s a win. Well-done.

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      Pettite pitched splendidly, Rivera did not….but don’t discount the advantage of Ryan Dumpster putting 9 guys on in 5 innings….many of whom are guys who can’t even hit their weight.

      • aceshigh11 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:59 AM

        Rivera was a bit off his game, which is understandable. You can’t ever count the guy out though.

        As far as Dumpster…I wasn’t psyched about that signing, and I don’t see it panning out unless he gets his AL East sea legs, and quickly.

    • uyf1950 - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:07 AM

      aces, actually no one here is giving any credit to Gardner or Cervelli for their contribution to last nights win. I’d say the two 20 somethings had something to do with the Yankees win as well.

  9. jdrew506 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    You can say all you want about the Yankees, doesn’t really matter to me but Andy is the ultimate stopper. He has pitched in 24 games for the Yankees where they have had a loosing streak going and he is 18-3 in those games. In my opinion that is the definition of being clutch.

    • joshcarey - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:15 AM

      I love the Yankees. I think Andy Pettitte is an excellent pitcher. But using pitcher Wins to support clutchness just makes me want to vomit.

  10. jdrew506 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Tb you can say all you want about the stadium being empty it’s a game in April when it’s cold out. I was at Fenway last year for a day game and it was just as empty and it was the middle of July so what’s your excuse for that?

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:01 AM

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/BOS/2011-schedule-scores.shtml

      That’s weird, considering the Red Sox drew the same 37-38k fans in every game during the season. Even during an embarrassingly bad season. But sure, I’ll take your eye-witness account vs what the entire country saw.

      Your fans fled by the THIRD GAME OF THE SEASON against their bitterest rival.

      That is goddamned pathetic.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        tfbuckfutter, ‘the Red Sox drew the same 37-38K fans in every game during the season”. You may want to check out these links and the photos accompanying them. Before you post a comment like that next time.
        http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/05/03/felger-mazz-red-sox-sellout-streak-a-bogus-deceitful-myth/

        http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2012/05/04/red_sox_sellout_streak_proves_to_be_a_real_numbers_game/

        BTW, these are just 2 that I found very, very easily there are plenty more. I find your comment goddamned pathetic. You have obbviously drank from the John Henry “kool-aid”.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        correction: You have “obviously” drank from the John Henry kool-aid.

      • jerseydevi1 - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        According to the numbers that you and ufy1950 have put out there (admittedly not checked them myself).

        ufy1950:
        the official attendance for each games was:
        Monday: 49,514
        Wednesday: 40,216
        Thursday: 40,611
        Average attendance for the 3 days: 43,447

        tfbuckfutter:
        the Red Sox drew the same 37-38k fans in every game during the season.

        Still looks like the Yankees are ahead here….

      • uyf1950 - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        jerseydavi1, “tfbuckfutter” just throws stuff out there and hopes it sticks. I provided 2 links that clearly cast doubt on his comment about the Red Sox attendance. He’s obviously had one to many “kool-aids” from the John Henry fountain.

  11. riverace19 - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Over / Under on Dempster’s 2013 ERA: 4.66.

  12. riverace19 - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Hey buckfutter:
    Be sure to take your medication. Usually in early April after Opening Day there are seats to be had. Thin skinned NYers aren’t too thrilled about 38 degrees

  13. jdrew506 - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Actually what’s pathetic is you trying to prove a point using 2011 stats when we are talking about 2012. Also do you need an explanation on the difference between tickets sold vs actual fans in the seats. And truthfully I don’t give a rats ass if you believe me or not just telling you what was at your beloved stadium when I was there.

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:35 AM

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/BOS/2012-schedule-scores.shtml

      Haha, you’re right. However it looks like their attendance in July of last year was actually better than in 2011.

      But again, you’d like me to just take your word that the attendance was bad.

      Sure. I’m sure no one showed up to those games, but kept selling out the stadium in the last week of a 60-something win season.

  14. theskinsman - Apr 5, 2013 at 6:14 AM

    HGH Andy pitched a great game. The Yanks got impressive defense,and Dempster pitched not so well. I’m glad the yanks got into the win column,so their fair weather,bandwagon fans can start posting again.

  15. ironyisadeadscene - Apr 5, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    Damn you Pettitte, If the Yankees were smart, they would sign him just to pitch one game in each series against the Red Sox….. even after he retires. We just can’t beat the guy.

  16. themagicfanguy - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    @Jdrew It’s a good thing you don’t care if anybody believes your lies considering that nobody who knows anything would believe them. You probably didn’t even go to a game.

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