WHAT IT MEANS: The real story is that the Yankees can't stay healthy. It was a battered battery on Friday night. Francisco Cervelli is out for at least six weeks with a fractured hand, while Ivan Nova went for an MRI on his elbow. That is never good.
What is good for the Yankees is they are halfway to sweeping this four-game series.
PHELPS TAKES COMMAND: Well, David Phelps makes the speculation easy. With Nova possibly headed to the DL or at least missing a start, Phelps put on a fine display, allowing just one run on two hits (a home run) and striking out nine in his four innings of relief of Nova.
Phelps is clearly the man who will be in the rotation if Nova's elbow is seriously hurt. With Adam Warren able to step into the long man role, Cody Eppley, who is on the 40-man, could be the corresponding move if Nova goes on the DL.
CHANGE HIS NAME TO DUARDO NUNZ: Take the "E"s out of Eduardo Nunez's name. In the seventh inning, he made another slick defensive play, ranging to his right to take a possible single from Maicer Izturis. To end the eighth, Nunez veered toward second to snare a Melky Cabrera hard grounder. He threw a one-hopper to first to nail Cabrera.
TAKE THE "O" OUT OF OVERBAY: Lyle Overbay was 0-for-his-last-16 before his fourth inning RBI triple. He would later score on a wild pitch to give the Yankees a 4-2 lead after four.
GARDNER GOES DEEP: Adding some insurance, Brett Gardner nailed a solo shot in the eighth. It was his third of the season.
EDWIN THE EXCELLENT: Edwin Encarnacion is on fire. He hit solo shots in the second and the sixth. He has hit five homers in the past four games.
MAKING IT CLOSE: In the eighth, Jose Bautista hit a long home run to cut the lead to one run in the eighth. Gardner took the run right back.
ENTER SANDMAN: Mariano Rivera handled the ninth, making him 8-for-8 in save chances. Rivera allowed two one-out singles before striking out Munenori Kawasaki. Next, Rajai Davis hit a ball in the hole. Nunuez fielded it cleanly, but his throw to second could not nail pinch runner Emilio Bonifacio. To end the game, Rivera got Colby Rasmus swinging.
Looks like the knee is okay.
ANNOUNCED ATTENDANCE: 36,151. It seemed like some might have stayed home to see the Geno Smith Experience begin and watch the Knicks.
QUESTION OF THE NIGHT: Do you have faith in Phelps and Stewart?