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Sunday, April 15, 2012
Jeter and Ibanez help Yanks crush Angels
The key word of the night was "offense". The pitching on both sides was mediocre and balls were flying all over the park. Nova started strong but after the Yankees bats woke up to score him eight runs he allowed four runs in six innings of work. The important thing for Nova was that he didn't let the game get away. Jerome Williams lasted less than three innings after surrendering five runs to the Yankees bats.
Derek Jeter was the topic of the night. He went 2-5 with a 3-run home run and an RBI double. He continues to prove that he is still as good, if not better, than he was earlier in his career. After the Yankees allowed a few scattered runs in the middle innings, they got just what they needed: a two run BLAST into the upper deck in right field by Raul Ibanez. Ibanez has shown that he is the real deal and that he can pepper the right field seats with home runs. Teixeira also showed signs of life today after a double and an RBI, as well as a single. All of the Yankee hitters had at least one hit except Martin, so you know that the bats were awoken tonight after only scoring one run yesterday in a 7-1 loss.
Overall, I really liked what I saw today from the Yankees hitters. Nova's fastball has improved from last year, getting a lot of swings and misses. The Yankees open a 4 game set tomorrow night at the stadium against the Minnesota Twins. The starting pitchers will be former Yankee Carl Pavano for the Twins and Freddy Garcia getting the ball for the Yankees.