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Saturday, September 7, 2013
Notebook: Ichiro can't save Yankees

By Matt Ehalt

NEW YORK -- Ichiro Suzuki just didn't have enough hops to save the Yankees.

The Yankees' right fielder just missed snagging Mike Napoli's grand slam that tied the game in Boston's eventual 12-8 win at Yankee Stadium on Friday night. Napoli's homer tied the game at 8-8 in the seventh.

Ichiro Suzuki
Ichiro Suzuki narrowly missed Mike Napoli's game-tying granny.
"I thought [Suzuki] gave his best effort," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

The Yankees led 8-4 with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh when Napoli drove an outside fastball toward the short porch in right. Suzuki, a great defensive outfielder, drifted slowly toward the wall before eventually jumping in an attempt to make the catch. The ball landed right on the edge of the wall, beyond Suzuki's glove, and bounced into the stands to tie the game.

The play was similar to the one from last Sunday's loss to Baltimore when Curtis Granderson just missed catching J.J. Hardy's three-run homer to right that put the Orioles ahead for good.

Girardi said he thought Napoli's ball was gone once it left the bat.

"I was a little surprised it was as close as it was," Girardi said.

ANDY SHINES: The Yankees once again wasted a strong performance from Andy Pettitte.

Pettitte threw six innings of three-run ball and left with his team ahead 8-3 on Friday before the bullpen imploded in the seventh and eighth innings. In Pettitte's previous start Sunday against Baltimore, he departed with the Yankees ahead 3-0 only to have the bullpen allow seven runs in a 7-3 loss.

The Yankees needed a solid outing from the veteran on Friday with their taxed bullpen, and he delivered against a tenacious lineup. He allowed five hits while striking out eight, his most strikeouts since April 24.

"I felt good," said Pettitte, who got stuck with a no-decision. "I wish I could have gone a little bit deeper in the game but all my pitches were working."

The veteran said he is not worried about the Yankees bouncing back from yet another tough loss.

"I think if we keep playing the we are we're going to be fine, I really do," Pettitte said. "I love the fight in us. Last night we battled to come back, today, just kept tacking on runs against a tough starter for them, and unfortunately weren't able to hold it tonight."

DALEY DEBUTS: Garden City product Matt Daley made his Yankees debut on Friday night and threw a scoreless ninth inning. Daley was signed to the roster before the game, and didn't arrive at the Stadium until around 6:30 p.m.

"Pretty amazing," Daley said. "My wife's whole family are Yankees fans. To get to pitch in this stadium I think means a little bit more than it would have in any other stadium, that's for sure."

WHERE DID YOU GO? The Yankees did not record a hit after the fifth inning, and only two baserunners reached over the final four innings, both via walks.