Well, Ivan Nova probably won’t be losing his spot in the rotation after this start. Nova kept the Yankees in the game, even though he had trouble in each inning and waited for the bats to come around and that’s exactly what happened. Nova went five innings giving up two runs, and the bullpen went four innings only giving up one hit as the Yankees beat the Arizona Diamondbacks in the opener of the series 4-2.
Tonight was Jackie Robinson night, but also the first Yankees game after yesterday’s horrific attacks in Boston. The Yankees had a moment of silence before the game to honor them and played Sweet Caroline, a Fenway staple, after the third inning. Our thoughts and prayers from everyone at Yanks Go Yard are with the victims, their families, and the city of Boston.
The Diamondbacks got the scoring started in the third. Gerrado Parra singled and stole second. Martin Prado walked and Paul Goldschmidt singled to load the bases. Miguel Montero drove one run in with a sacrifice fly and Cody Ross followed with a single for the second run.
The Yankees came back in their half of the fourth. Lyle Overbay and Chris Stewart singled. Two batters later, Robinson Cano hit his fourth homer of the year. The Yankees got some insurance in the seventh. Kevin Youkilis singled and Travis Hafner doubled. Vernon Wells then grounded out. Ichiro Suzuki was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Eduardo Nunez followed with a sac fly.
YGY Player of the Game: Cano
Notes: Derek Jeter‘s rehab will be decelerated a bit. Jeter coming back May 1 is looking less and less likely. Andy Pettitte threw a bullpen and should be ready to go Friday night. In Yankee business news, they have settled their lawsuit with StubHub. The stadium will also play host to outdoor hockey in January. The New Jersey Devils will face the New York Rangers January 26, 2014. Three days later, the Rangers will face the New York Islanders.