Rapid Reaction: Mariners 6, Yankees 2
May, 13, 2012
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
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WHAT IT MEANS: Andy Pettitte was rusty in his return.
Pitching in the majors for the first time since Oct. 18, 2010, Pettitte allowed four runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings in Sunday afternoon's 6-2 loss to the Mariners at the Stadium.
Prior to Pettitte's outing, Yankees starters had posted a 4-0 record with a 1.31 ERA in five games.
Kevin Millwood, who came in 0-4 with a 5.88 ERA, threw seven innings of one-run, three-hit ball to pick up his first victory of the season.
HE'S BACK: Pettitte -- whose fastball was clocked between 88-90 mph -- carried a no-hitter with two outs in the fourth inning. But Justin Smoak -- a .195 hitter who was the key piece in the M's-Rangers deal for Cliff Lee in 2010 -- broke it up with a two-run homer. Casper Wells also connected for a two-run shot off Pettitte in the sixth.
Pettitte, 39, ended up throwing 94 pitches (60 strikes), issuing three walks and striking out two.
OH (NO) CAPTAIN: Derek Jeter grounded into a pair of double plays, struck out and singled in the eighth. Trailing 4-0, Russell Martin put the Yankees on the board with a one-out, bases-loaded walk in the fifth. But Jeter bounced into a twin-killing to end the frame.
DJ4K: Jeter moved into a tie with Robin Yount for 16th place on baseball's all-time hits (3,142) with his seventh-inning single.
TEX MESS: Mark Teixeira's season-long funk at the plate continued. He went 1-for-4 but struck out with the sacks packed in the eighth after Robinson Cano drew an RBI walk. Tex is batting .223.
CARDINAL BASEBALL RULE: Never make the first out at third base. Never! Nick Swisher did while leading off the ninth, as he tried to stretch a double into a triple, leaving Joe Girardi shaking his head in the dugout.
UP NEXT: Ivan Nova vs. Jason Hammel, Monday night in Baltimore.