Andy Petitte wanted to come back to the Yankees so he could have the experience of pitching in the "new" Yankee Stadium. Well that expereince is pending for another week or so, but, untill then, Petitte put on a heck of a performance against the Kansas City Royals, Friday afternoon.
Petitte pitched seven innings, surrendering only three hits and a run, while walking one and striking out six. His opening ERA is 1.29. The only run he gave up was a Mike Jacobs double to score Brett Butler in the second innning.
As for the Yankee offense, they did just enough to make sure that Petitte got the win. In the first inning, Johnny Damon singled to left and Mark Texieria walked with one out. Two batters later, Jorge Posada singled to right to drive in both Damon and Texiera to make it 2-0 Yankees.
Later, in the fourth, Nick Swisher doubled home Robinson Cano to make it 3-1. Later in the inning, Derek Jeter grounded into a fielder's choice, allowing Swisher to score to make it 4-1 Bombers.
Sidney Ponson was quite decent for the Royals. The former Yankee struggled in the first four innings of the game but settled down to pitch two more scoreless innings, to finish with a six inning opening performance.
Mariano Rivera made his first appearance of the season and closed down the Royals for his first save of the season. The Yankees are now 2-2 on the season. BOXSCORE.