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A much needed win- second in a row and 3 of 4.

Which do you think is most important:

  • Joba pitched phenomenally (6 innings on 88 pitches) and he figures to be ready to go to 100 for the rest of the season.
  • Jeter drilled one- only his 4th extra base hit since his HBP on May 27th, and only his 14th hit in those 16 games.
  • Jose Veras was dominant in relief- 2IP, 0H, 0BB, 3K.
  • The Yanks improved the bench and the defense by bringing up Alex Gonzalez in place of Shelley Duncan.

I know Joba is crucial; I know Jeter breaking out of his slump is important. I'm glad to see Shelley go.

Maybe it's just because I was expecting and counting on those three, but I was wowed by Veras. His fastball topped out at 92, but the movement was hellacious. Gameday's Pf/x said his fastball averaged about 5" a pitch, sometimes moving as much as 7". For a point of reference, Joba's fastball seemed to averaged around 3" of break and his slider 10".