WHAT IT MEANS: After 10 games, the Yankees are a .500 team. The Twins are not very good and, given how competitive getting into the playoffs will be, every game has added importance for the Bombers. Losses will happen, but you can't lose too many to poor clubs.
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FREDDY UNSTEADY: Two starts in, Freddy Garcia is not earning his keep if he plans to remain in the rotation when Andy Pettitte and/or Michael Pineda return. Garcia got beat up from the start. He had a good stretch when he retired 11 in a row. In the end, he failed to make it through the sixth. His uninspiring line included five runs (all earned) on nine hits. Garcia's ERA in two starts is 6.97.
IDLE TURNS TO IDOL: The Yankees put up their three runs in the first off Carl Pavano. After, Pavano settled down and dominated.
In the sixth, with a two-run lead, Pavano allowed two runners before striking out Nick Swisher and forcing Raul Ibanez to ground out to second.
He ended up going seven innings, allowing just the three first-inning runs. Pavano finessed the Yankees to sleep with zero after zero following the explosive first.
Pavano was originally dubbed American Idle by Hondo of The Post for the pitcher's penchant for not pitching as a Yankee.
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DJ4K: During the pregame, Joe Girardi was asked about the possibility of Derek Jeter collecting 4,000 hits over his career. Girardi said it is "kind of crazy."
It probably is, but Jeter continues to look out of this world in 2012. As I wrote in my column, he has staying power. On Monday that meant another leadoff homer. It was his second to start a game this year, and his Yankee-best 26th leadoff homer of his career. He ended the night 2-for-4. He is hitting .378 on the season.
BACK-TO-BACK: After Jeter went yard on a 1-0 pitch, Curtis Granderson hit his own long ball. The Yankees took back the lead on a Mark Teixeira RBI single. Granderson and Jeter lead the team with three homers apiece.
WHAT IS NEXT: The Yankees and Twinkies go at it again on Tuesday night with a pretty good lefty vs. lefty matchup. CC Sabathia (0-0, 6.75 ERA0 faces off with Francisco Liriano (0-1, 10.00).
COMING ATTRACTIONS: Matt Ehalt and I will be on the blog. We will be writing about unsteady Freddy and how the Yanks' offense went to sleep after the first inning. At 7 a.m., I will deliver your First Pitch asking, "What's up with Cano?"
QUESTION OF THE NIGHT: The Yankees are at .500 after 10 games, what concerns you the most?