Andy Pettitte returned after an eleven day absence and threw 6 1/3 innings of two-hit baseball. Pettitte’s line improves to 5-0 with a 1.79 ERA! Mark Teixeira and Jorge Posada homered off relievers, Jesse Crain and Ron Mahay in the Yankees, 7-1 victory. The Yankees record improved to 24-12 on the season.

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

Initial Reaction:

Pettitte matched up against Twins lefty starter, Francisco Liriano. Coming into the game, both lefty starters had ERAs below three. Liriano was solid today, striking out nine in six innings while only giving up three runs. However, Pettitte out-dueled him. It was great to see Andy Pettitte pitch well after having issues with an inflamed left elbow last week. Pettitte has yet to lose a game this season.

After Alex Rodriguez’s grand slam last night, Mark Teixeira followed suit with a long home run into the right field suites. It’s a great sign to see the Yankees’ 3, 4 hitters start to drive the ball. Given the team’s injuries, the Yankees will need these two to carry the team.

Positives From The Game:

Andy is a Dandy: Pettitte bedazzled the Twins today. He mixed his curve ball in well, proving that there are no ill-effects from last week’s elbow issue.

Teix Message Sent: Teixeira’s 7th inning home run landed in the luxury suites in right field. It was a shot that gave the Yankees a 5-0 lead.

Hip Hip: Two hitters later, Jorge Posada hit a home run to dead center that hit to the right of the restaurant.

Hawks Always Fly: Even though he is dealing with a sore bicep, Nick Swisher refuses to sit. Swisher, a switch hitter, is hitting only from the right side. When he attempts to swing left-handed, he strains his bicep. Defensively, Swisher made an excellent diving catch today. No days off for him.

No Glove, No Love: We’ve already indicated that the Yankees had some nice defensive plays. Swisher and Gardner both had diving plays. Alex Rodriguez gun from 3rd base. Andy Pettitte’s line drive snare in the 2nd inning. The Yankees brought their gloves to the park tonight!

Negatives From The Game:

Cisco and The Jet Leave the Bats at Home: Francisco Cervelli and Brett Gardner went 0 for 7 today. However, Cervelli called a great game and Gardner picked up his 17th stolen base of the season. Gardner also made an excellent diving catch to rob Denard Span of a single in the first inning.

Boonie Baseball: After the Yankees had established their 7-0 lead, they brought in lefty reliever Boone Logan. Logan got the final six out for the Bombers, but he gave up a run on four hits. Logan is fine in mop up or blowout duty, but that’s about it.

Interesting Facts:

15-2: Dating back to last season, Andy Pettitte is 15-2 in his last 23 starts, while carrying a 2.90 ERA.

3-25: Ron Gardenhire’s Twins are 3-25 at Yankee Stadium.

17: Brett Gardner has now stolen 17 bases in 18 attempts this season.

Other Notes:

Designated hitter, Nick Johnson, may require surgery for his injured wrist. Johnson wasn’t expected back before June 1st, but if he needs surgery, expect him to be out until at least August 1st.

Outfielder, Curtis Granderson did some light running in the outfield today. No problems there. Granderson has been out for two weeks with a strained groin. He hasn’t had any setbacks, so expect him back in early June.

The Yankees will activate reliever, Chan Ho Park tomorrow. Park has been out for weeks with a hamstring strain. He completed his assignment in Triple A Scranton Wilkes Barre on Friday night. A roster move is coming, so expect Ivan Nova to be returned to SWB.

What’s Next?:

Yankees will go for the sweep against a Twins team who hasn’t won in the Bronx since 2007.

Sunday, 1:05 PM, YES: Nick Blackburn (3-1, 4.76 ERA) vs. Sergio Mitre (0-1, 3.86 ERA)

Career Stats:
Blackburn: 0-1, 5.89 ERA
Mitre: Has Never Faced The Twins.

**Due to the Wednesday’s double header in Detroit, the Yankees will ask Mitre to pitch on Sunday.