Our Dear Lord 6 Pound 8 Ounce Baby Joba only lasted 4 and 2/3 innings today, letting in 5 earned runs on 6 hits and 5 walks, while striking out 4. Not his greatest outing, but it's Joba, hell be fine. However, if he has another start like this we'll here all those discussions about he should be in the pen (especially with Marte, Veras, and Edwar playing as they have). But, just remember it's early in the year. Things will change. I mean, so far this year Emilio Bonifacio has been the NL MVP, David Price and Matt Wieters haven't played in major league games, and nor has A-Rod. If Joba is pitching like this in Mid-May, and Marte, Veras, and Edwar continue to be bad, then we'll talk about it, but for right now we don't have a big enough sample of games to draw any big conclusions about the team. I mean sure, we can use what we've seen to make some predictions or assumptions, but saying Joba has lost it this early into the year would be a huge overreaction. On a good news front, Mark Teixeira, Johnny Damon, and The Melkman have all hit home runs today, they were all solo shots..but still home runs.
UPDATE: Robby Cano just smacked a solo shot to right field. 5-4 Cleveland.
UPDATE: Johnny Damon scores in the 7th on a Vinnie Chuck throwing error, Tex goes to second. In the 8th, Jeter hits a solo shot (his first at the New Stadium) to give the Yanks a 6-5 lead. Phil Coke threw 1 and a third scoreless innings, with one strikeout only letting one baserunner. Jonathan Albadejo pitched one perfect inning. Brian Bruney pitched a perfect inning, striking out Travis Hafner and Shin Soo Choo. And now Mariano is pitching with one out in the 9th, Tony Graffanino is on first, while Asdrubal Cabrera is at the plate. He could get the first New Yankee Stadium save to seal the Yanks' first win at their new home. Stay tuned.
FINAL: Mariano strikes out Grady Sizemore and Mark DeRosa to get the save, and...BALL GAME OVER. YANKEES WIN. THAAAAAAAAA YANKEES WIN! Great first win at the stadium. Jeter gets the go ahead run with his homer, Mariano gets the save. We see home runs from Damon, Teixeira, Melky, Cano, and Jeter. That's a quality game. Bruney gets the win.