CC's Opening Day numbers did not look good. He gave up five runs in six innings but settled down after allowing Pena's grand slam in the first. CC said he found his fastball command in the final three innings against Tampa. He had been looking for his command all spring. He loses it from time to time, the way ordinary people lose their car keys. CC threw a bullpen with pitching coach Larry Rothschild two days ago and seemed pleased with the results. We'll find out tonight.
Orioles' CF Adam Jones is 11-for-33 lifetime against CC with two homers. Jeter has been torching Baltimore's soft pitching in this series with 6 hits in 10 trips including a homer and is hitting .391 at the moment, much better than last year's .137 start (3-for-22) after five games. He didn't hit his first homer last year until May 8. His leadoff homer Tuesday night broke a franchise record. He had been tied with Rickey Henderson for most homers to open a game. Jeter now has 25 in his career. Henderson only needed 4 1/2 seasons in pinstripes to accumulate 24.
The Yanks go home after this game. They have three games with the Angels beginning Friday, then four more with the Twins next week. They miss Weaver and Haren in the LA series, never a bad thing.
Edited by terrynever, 11 April 2012 - 05:43 AM.