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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Yankees 5, Astros 4

By Andrew Marchand

WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees took care of business against the terrible Astros. It wasn't pretty, but two-out-of three moves the Yankees to a very solid 17-10 on the young season.

THE ADVENTURES OF EDUARDO: In the bottom of the sixth, with the score tied, Eduardo Nunez started the inning with a double. Of course, his helmet fell off, which it seemingly always does.

He eventually would come home with the go-ahead run. With runners on the corners and one out, Ichiro Suzuki grounded to first for what possibly could have been a conventional double play. But Ichiro is fast. Running from first, Lyle Overbay smartly held up in the middle of the basepaths, making it so there could be no tag out and throw-to-first double play. The Astros were hung up converting an unconventional 4-3-6 double play. Before the final out, Nunez scored to give the Yankees the lead.

Earlier, Nunez slid into first feet-first on a close play. He was out, but he always entertains.

FOUR UP: The Yankees scored in each of the first three innings to take a 4-0 lead. In the first, Ichiro led off with a triple and came around on Jayson Nix's single. In the second, Erik Bedard walked the first three batters, but the Yankees got just one run on a Chris Stewart sac fly. In the third, Robinson Cano nailed his team-leading eighth homer, while the much-maligned Ben Francisco knocked his first as a Yankee. They both were solo shots and it was 4-0 Yankees.

FOUR DOWN: The Yankees gave David Phelps four runs and he gave them back. This was a terrible start for Phelps.

Phelps came in with a chance to really stabilize his spot at the No. 5 man. With Ivan Nova hurt and having not pitched particularly well for a long time, Phelps entered with an opportunity to secure the job.

Instead, he gave up four runs in the fourth on four hits and hit two batters. He ended up going 5 2/3 innings, allowing the four runs on eight hits. He struck out five and walked one. Joe Girardi may talk about how Phelps only had one bad inning, but was a Nova-like performance.

For a guy that Hal Steinbrenner constantly references as a pillar pitcher for the $189M dream, Phelps has to eventually show more consistency.

ROBERTSON UPDATE: YES' Jack Curry, the network's dugout reporter Wednesday, reported that David Robertson might have twisted his ankle. Robertson apparently caught his ankle on the mound, moving toward first base during his scoreless eighth. We will follow that in the postgame.

NO KNEE-D TO WORRY: Mariano Rivera's knee is fine. After recording a career-best 10 saves in April, the 43-year-old picked up his first save of May on Wednesday.

PAID ATTENDANCE: 34,117. There were more empty seats I can ever remember at the new stadium.

IN THE HOLE: The Yankees are off Thursday and then have a three-game series with the A's. On Friday, the CC Sabathia V-lo watch will continue. Sabathia (4-2., 3.35 ERA) will be opposed by A.J. Griffin. Game time is 7:05 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the Yankees play at 1 p.m. It will be Phil Hughes (0-2, 4.67) vs. Bartolo Colon (3-0, 3.38). On Sunday, it is Andy Pettitte (3-2, 3.86) vs. Dan Straily (1-0, 6.35).


QUESTION OF THE DAY: What do you think of Phelps?