WHAT IT MEANS:The Yankees improve to 2-3, even though they continue to fail in the clutch. They were 2-for-18 with RISP. In the 12th, Raul Ibanez finally came through with the two-out game-winner, an RBI double. The Yankees were able to win this game because of tremendous relief pitching from David Phelps, David Robertson, Boone Logan, Cory Wade, Clay Rapada and Mariano Rivera.
NOT STEADY FREDDY: The Yankees have now gone through the rotation and have had one good outing. That was by Ivan Nova on Monday. Freddy Garcia threw five wild pitches and couldn't make it through the fifth. He will need to pitch much better if he wants to have any hope of starting when the Killer P's, Andy Pettitte and Michael Pineda, are ready.
MANNY WHO?: Phelps has always been looked at as a very good prospect, but as one valued a notch below Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances. That is changing quickly. Phelps pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings. He didn't allow a hit and struck out four of the seven batters he faced.
CORY STORY: Wade pitched stellar relief. He threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings and struck out four.
RUDE START: Derek Jeter, the first batter Wei-Yin Chen ever faced in the majors, hit a leadoff homer. It was Jeter's 25th leadoff long ball breaking a tie with Rickey Henderson for the franchise record. Chen ended up doing pretty well, going 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs, just two earned. Off his debut, you have to say Chen might turn out to be pretty good.
D(J)-FENSE: After the Yankees allowed a run in the fourth, Jeter, playing in a shift, made a diving stop of a Chris Davis grounder. It looked like an RBI. Jeter made the play in short right field, popped up and fired to first. It kept the score at 3-1.
LEFT LEANING: Brett Gardner, who has sat against lefties before Tuesday, started and tied the game with a pulled RBI single in the sixth. It was against Chen, the lefty.
BAD SEND?: With no outs and the score tied in the seventh, I wouldn't have sent Nick Swisher from first on Robinson Cano's double into the corner. Swisher, who had just been hit on the leg, was gunned out, 7-6-2. It was a bang-bang play, but Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira were due up. The duo didn't come through, anyway, with Cano on second. They both struck out. It wasn't a terrible call by third base coach Rob Thomson, but I thought it was wrong as it happened.
A-ROD: Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-5, striking out twice and left four men on base. He showed warning track power in the sixth. He didn't come through in the seventh or ninth. A-Rod's RBI-less start is an issue we are going to address in First Pitch on Wednesday.
TEX MESSAGE: Teixeira nearly killed me with a foul ball into the press box in the fourth. I bailed, but I tossed the ball to a young Yankee fan in the stands. A second foul ball, from Russell Martin, nearly hit me later in the game.
WHAT IS NEXT: On Wednesday night, CC Sabathia faces Jake Arrieta. Sabathia struggled on Opening Day, lowlighted by Carlos Pena's grand slam after Joe Girardi's dubious intentional walk of Sean Rodriguez. The Yankees are off Thursday and then open at home against the Albert Pujols and the Angels on Friday.
COMING ATTRACTIONS: I'll be filing to the blog after heading over to the clubhouse, and remember First Pitch on A-Rod and the deficient offense will be up at 7 a.m. Mark Simon will have something up shortly that compares Phelps to David Robertson.
QUESTION OF THE NIGHT: Are you concerned about Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira?