The New York Yankees lost this afternoon to the Los Angels Angels to a score of 5-3, which is coincidentally the same mark as their record. Click on the article to get the in-depth look.

Initial Reaction:

Not the best game today from our Yankees. Javy Vazquez was overall unimpressive and was unable to bounce back from his rough start against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankee lineup didn’t really get it going offensively until the 8th inning, and by then it was too late.

Positives From The Game:

-Beating Down Godzilla: The Yankees’ staff was able to keep Hideki Matsui off the scorecard again as he went 0-4 with¬†three K’s.

-Nick Johnson’s 8th Inning AB: Nick Johnson showed why he belongs in the 2nd spot and why Brett Gardner belongs in the 9-hole. Gardner worked a walk, then Jeter reached first on an infield single. Then, after three foul balls, Johnson ripped a single into left center to score Brett “The Jet” Gardner.

-Damaso Good: Damaso Marte shut down the power in the Angels’ lineup in the 9th inning. More impressive was that it was against two players who have been brutal to the Yankees’ (Bobby Abreu and Torii Hunter) and of course, Hideki Matsui.

Negatives From The Game:

-Pineiro v. Vazquez: More times than not, you’d think Javier Vazquez would beat Joel Pinerio in a pitching duel. Wrong. In 5.1 innings, Vazquez allowed six hits, four runs (all earned), and two walks, all while recording only four strikeouts. On the other side, Pineiro was solid all game, posting seven innings of 5-hit ball, while only allowing one earned run and striking out seven.

-Alfredo Aceves: I don’t like to beat up relievers for one bad outing, but Aceves simply did not stop the bleeding when he was brought in to replace Vazquez. In 1.2 innings, he allowed three hits, an earned run, and walked one. Right now, the Yankees’ long-reliever spot is open for whoever wants it between Aceves, David Robertson, or Chan Ho Park.

-Teix and A-Rod: They went a combined 0-7 with A-Rod reaching base once due to a walk. I don’t care how good the lineup is; it will be hard to win games without production from the meat of the order.

Interesting Facts:

-Here’s a great tid-bit from our friends at Lo Hud:

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Nick Johnson is the first player to go six or more seasons between Yankee home runs since Ruben Sierra. Johnson homered yesterday, his first with the Yankees since September 23, 2003. Seirra homered for the Yankees in 1996 and again in 2003.

¬†What do ya know?: Robinson Cano has now recorded a hit in all 8 games so far this season for the Yanks. At the rate he’s going, he might have to be switched with Teix! (Just kidding. I’ve used the April excuse before, but really, it’s April, relax.)

What’s Next:

The Yanks will try to win the series tomorrow night against the Angels at 7:10 EST.

Projected Starters: RHP Jered Weaver (1-0, 3.00) vs RHP Phil Hughes (0-0, 0.00)

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