Roy Halladay entered the scene, fresh off his immortalizing earlier in the day in Jeff Passan’s article.
He seemed even more stoic than usual, probably because we had spent all morning drooling over him. WE ARE SO LUCKY TO HAVE YOU ROY. YOU DESERVE THE BEST. And we are not it.
But if Roy was personally affeceted by the words that he most likely did not even know about, he didn’t show it. Just want out there and pitched everybody to hell, per usual, if you forget most of last year.
Doc chucked two and a third innings of hard work, striking out two guys to get out of a bases loaded jam in the first inning. His K-casualty count for the day was three, with one walk, three hits, and a single run. The bullpen took over from there and didn’t fuck up enough to ruin everything, despite Jonathan Papelbon’s ERA exploding again. Raul Valdes allowed a home run to some no-name Yankee, then struck out the side, then gave up a second home run. Guy can’t decide what he’s gonna be out there. Phillipe Aumont (1.0 IP, 1 H) and Rodrigo Lopez (2.0 IP, 2 H) logged scoreless campaigns.
On the offensive side, things continued to look promising. Hiroki Kuroda took the mound for the Yankees at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, and allowed four runs, only one earned, through an inning and two thirds. Jimmy Rollins tagged him for an RBI double, and Freddy Galvis, Michael Young, Josh Fields, Ben Revere, John Mayberry, and Steven Lerud all hit the ball well (Galvis’ RBI single was a giggling blooper).
Cody Asche had a 2-for-2 day after taking over at third for Michael Young, and Domonic Brown walked twice, scoring two runs, solidifying his role as Ruben Amaro’s eternal nemesis.
Darin Ruf struck out on three pitches, and appeared to be frustrated, though he had an error-free day in the field, which is more than you can say about the Yankees, who had four collectively.