First Pitch: Mo says, 'We have to fight'

July, 20, 2013
BOSTON -- He is like the sage in the locker room, just sitting back, telling the young men around him that this is what the game sometimes brings.

"We've been tested," Mariano Rivera said when asked about all the Yankees' injuries, including Derek Jeter's. "And we have to pass the test. We have a captain and the first day he comes back, he goes down. It is like when you are a teacher and give your kid a toy and then in the afternoon you take it back. It was hard. At the same time, we have to fight. It is not easy. No one says this is easy.

"We have the second half now. We still have to fight with what we have. We can't sit and wait for help. We need to do it and do our job. You have to take the best from everybody."

Do you have enough?

"Definitely, you need those guys back," Rivera said. "Again, they are not ready yet. We have to do it with what we have. What we have, if we do what we did the first two months, we are capable. You guys saw it. We are capable to do it. So therefore, yes, we can do it."

UP NOW: Zoilo Almonte is hurt, Brett Gardner was mad and Alex Rodriguez is closer to coming back. Plus, the full Jeter story, if you missed it.

ON DECK: The Yankees will try to keep fighting when they face the Red Sox a little after 4 p.m. The game is on Fox and ESPN Radio. The pitching matchup is Hiroki Kuroda (8-6, 2.65) versus John Lackey (7-6, 2.78).

QUESTION OF THE DAY: Can the Yankees overcome all the injuries?
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »



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Masahiro Tanaka
13 2.77 141 136
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146