Could the Yankees ask for a better night from their Rehab Gang?
· Hideki Matsui (knees) went 2 for 2 with a double, a home run and four RBI.
· Jorge Posada (shoulder) caught five innings and was 1 for 3. He’ll rest on Wednesday and then catch Thursday and Friday.
· Mariano Rivera (shoulder) was Mariano Rivera. 11 pitches, 8 strikes, one easy inning.
Mo said his body will feel sore tomorrow but that it will be a normal sort of soreness. Posada said the one throw to the bases he made came without having a good grip on the ball, but that his shoulder felt fine.
That those three guys are on the field and playing well on Match 17 is a good sign for the Yankees.
Another good sign will be Team USA losing so Derek Jeter can come back. “No comment,” Joe Girardi said when asked who he was rooting for tonight in the WBC.
UPDATE, 11:03 p.m.: But wait! The most clutch third baseman in New York, David Wright, saves Team USA in the bottom of the ninth.
USA! USA! USA! They’re off to the semifinals.