Joel Pineiro was fantastic for the Halos, picking up his first victory in his new red uniform. Pineiro went seven innings, giving up just one run on five hits. He struck out seven, including getting A-Rod three times, Nick Johnson twice and catching Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher looking one time each.
For the Yankees, Javier Vazquez's return to the Bronx and pinstripes was more reminiscent of his last outing of 2004 than of his Cy Young-caliber season last year with the Braves. He lasted just one out into the 6th inning, giving up four runs on six hits. "His command is not as good as we've seen it," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said afterwards. "As soon as he can get a win here, I think it will be best for all of us."
After spotting the Angels a 2-0 lead, Swisher got the Yankees on the scoreboard in the 5th inning with an RBI triple to left-center that scored Robinson Cano. After Vazquez departed, Alfredo Aceves gave up a run to put the Angels up 5-1. The Yankees scored two more runs in the 8th inning, but the comeback fell short when Jorge Posada struck out to end the rally. Fernando Rodney picked up his first save of the year as the Yankees went one-two-three in the 9th.