How does five scoreless innings trump seven hits, a game-saving catch and driving in the winning run in the second of two games in the same day by one man? When it's Andy Pettitte rejoining the Yankees rotation after missing three months and offering five blanks in the first of two victories over the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. That doesn't mean Ichiro Suzuki's seven hits in eight at-bats, four stolen bases and acrobatic catch didn't contribute to the Yankees winning the opener, 4-2, and the nightcap, 2-1. "They both were vital for us. [Ichiro] was healthy, and we knew he could be huge for us when we traded for him,'' manager Joe Girardi said when asked who provided the bigger lift. "But to get Andy back in the rotation is very important as we go down the stretch here with 14 games to go, and basically a lead of one game in the loss column. And the experience is important as well, and you get it with both of them.''
Pettitte shines in opener as Bombers take two
New York Post | Sep 20