Postgame notes: Nixy, Wellsy, Gardy

June, 8, 2013
6/08/13
10:41
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SEATTLE -- After four innings today, Jayson Nix had cost the Yankees a run. After seven innings, he had won them a game.

Nix bobbled what looked like a sure double-play grounder in the fourth, leading to the Mariners first -- and as it turns out, only -- run of the game. But his RBI singles in the fifth and seventh more than made up for it as the Yankees went on to win 3-1, earning Andy Pettitte the 250th win of his career.

"Nix has swung the bat really well for us," Joe Girardi said. "That's why we put him in the two-hole against lefties, because he's done a really good job. To get us that tack-on run, the third one, was extremely important."

-- Vernon Wells' last at-bat on Friday was a line drive scorched right at Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager to end the game with a runner at second. Wells was disappointed at the time -- the Yankees lost 4-1 -- but it may be a sign that things are beginning to turn around for him. Saturday, he had two singles, his first multi-hit game since May 13, and only his third hit in his last 29 at-bats.

"I've been making too many right turns [back to the dugout] and not enough left turns [towards second base]," Wells said. "You kind of chuckle and shake your head, know that eventually it’s going to turn around. That’s the only thing that’s kept me from snapping; I’ve had some good at-bats, hit some balls hard, but obviously the results are all that matters. Today I took some good swings, found some holes and hopefully I can continue doing that for a good stretch here."

Wells' two-hit day raised his batting average to .241.

-- Brett Gardner had a big day, doubling twice, singling once, and scoring on the second of Nix's two RBI singles.

-- Kevin Youkilis, who just came off the DL with a lumbar spine sprain, had to slide into first to retire Raul Ibanez in the second inning. He walked through the clubhouse with a large ice pack wrapped around his lower back, but Girardi insisted he was fine. We'll see tomorrow.

-- Asked how he felt about seeing the sons of Pettitte and another former Yankee, Paul Quantrill, get drafted today, a laughing Rivera said this: "C'mon, man, why you asking me that question? What do you want me to tell you? There’s only one word for that and I ain’t gonna say it."

Let me guess. The word is "bald?"
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .289
HRM. Teixeira 17
RBIM. Teixeira 48
RB. Gardner 61
OPSB. Gardner .787
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135