<
>

Rapid Reaction: Yankees 5, Mets 1


Recap | Box score | Photos

What it means: That the six-man rotation lives, in theory at least. Or else, it's one more rehab start for Phil Hughes.

What's good: Ivan Nova, who may well have saved his spot in the rotation with his performance --5 IP, 7 H, 1 ER -- and more specifically, with one pitch, his last of the game, a 1-2 curveball that struck out Angel Pagan with the bases loaded and the Mets trailing 3-1 in the fifth. Eduardo Nunez had his first-ever four-hit game and drove in the Yankees' last run with a single in the eighth. Nick SwisherCurtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira started the game red-hot, with two singles and a double to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead before Jonathon Niese could record an out. Alex Rodriguez got robbed of a homer by the double-height left-center field fence at Citi Field, and he made a trio of sparkling plays at third, plus the "faux tag" on Jose Reyes to complete a key seventh inning (that got Mets manager Terry Collinsejected). David Robertson pitched another spotless eighth, and Mariano Rivera had to leave the rocking chair to retire Reyes and Carlos Beltran, sandwiched around a single by Justin Turner, after Hector Noesi couldn't lock things down in the ninth.

What's not so good: Well, after their first-inning outburst, Swisher, Granderson and Teixeira combined to go 0-for-9 with six Ks and three walks, two by Teixeira. Nunez, who already has 10 errors, could have been charged with two more tonight, but recovered nicely to gun down Reyes after flubbing the relay throw from Granderson on the seventh-inning double play. Besides the fact that he has a nice smile, I'm still not sure why Andruw Jones is on the team.

What's coming from us: Ian O'Connor is writing a column on the two big free agents to be, Jose Reyes and Brian Cashman. Mike Mazzeo will write about Nova and prowl the Yankees clubhouse for blog items. I've got Rodriguez, who put the pregame whammy on Reyes by anointing him the "best player in baseball," a title A-Rod used to own for himself.

What's next: The return of Bartolomania! Bartolo Colon (5-3, 3.10) makes his return from nearly three weeks on the disabled list with a left calf strain, facing RHP Dillon Gee (8-1, 3.32), first pitch at 4:10 p.m.