Mike Mussina pitched like Mike Mussina tonight, thank you very much. He didn’t have a good curveball so he went with sinkers, cutters, changeups and a few four-seamers.
The results spoke loudly: 7 innings, 4 hits and 2 runs against a team that was averaging the most runs in the AL.
“I’m a big believer that you don’t forget how to pitch,” Joe Girardi said. Good lesson there for those who like to panic in April.
You might have missed this on television, but when Girardi went to the mound in the seventh to see how Mussina was doing, he started to signal to the bullpen then stopped.
Turns out he asked Jorge Posada how Moose was doing and Posada said, “He’s got nothing.”
“I meant to say, ‘Nothing is wrong.’ ” Posada said. “It came out the wrong way.”
Mussina stayed in, got Joe Crede to line to right and all was well.
Mariano Rivera has pitched nine scoreless innings this season, allowing four hits without a walk. He’ll probably have a bump or two along the way but don’t concede the “Best Closer” title to Jon Pabelbon or anybody else quite yet.
Rivera’s next save will be his 450th.
Meanwhile, the new A-Baby has a name. According to Newsday, it’s Ella Alexander Rodriguez.
Easiest dollar I ever made.