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Monday, May 13, 2013
First Pitch: Frontrunners!

By Andrew Marchand

The Yankees are off to an amazing start and it is largely because of their amazing starts. When they get up, they stay up, as Dave Schoenfield expertly pointed out in his SweetSpot blog.

The most remarkable thing about this team, however: Once they get the lead, they win. They've lost just one game all year after they've taken the lead. Look at their record when leading at the start of each inning:

Second: 4-0
Third: 9-0
Fourth: 13-0
Fifth: 14-0
Sixth: 16-1
Seventh: 18-0
Eighth: 20-0
Ninth: 20-0

That late-inning record, of course, is a testament to the great Mariano Rivera, who recorded his 15th save already on Sunday, and setup man David Robertson -- but also credit to the starting rotation for battling through those middle innings to get the ball to Robertson and Rivera. The Yankees are 11-6 in games in which they score three or four runs. It's a team that doesn't beat itself.


The Yankees are in Cleveland on Monday to play a real, live, one-game-after-the-next doubleheader. First pitch is at 12:05 p.m. The Indians should probably try to score first.

UP NOW: Wallace Matthews with the news story on Mariano Rivera vs. Joba Chamberlian. Plus, Wally's column on Joba's last days as a Yankee.

ON DECK: All the coverage from Cleveland with Scott Sargent handling clubhouse duties.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: Who deserves the most credit for the Yankees ability to finish what they start?