Curtis Granderson is definitely part of the rivalry now. His 10th-inning home run sent the Yankees to a 3-1 win last night. Andy Pettitte matched John Lackey pitch for pitch, the Yankees bullpen was tremendous and Granderson came up with the big hit in extra innings.
Speaking Pettitte, Sam wrote that the veteran of the Yankees rotation is just as important as ever. “All that matters,” Sam wrote, “is that, after all this time and all these pitches, the Yankees believe he still has it.”
The Yankees also believe in Chan Ho Park, and he earned their trust with three scoreless innings last night. The notebook also has items on on Derek Jeter getting hit by a pitch and the Yankees claiming a minor league outfielder.
Just for fun, here’s one more Associated Press image from last night.