Yanks Shine In Tampa

Another good series is in the books for the New York Yankees as they win their second straight. This one coming at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays.

On Friday night Javier Vazquez made his Yankee return but it wasn't one for the ages. He was hit hard and gave up 8 runs in his first outing of the season. The Yanks dropped the opener of the series but they didn't let the loss affect them for long.

Saturday afternoon was all Pinstripes. The Yankees dominated every part of the gamein a 10-0 win. Pitching saw CC Sabathia come four outs away from pitching a no-hitter, defense saw Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeria made amazing plays at the corners to preserve the no-no, and the offense saw Robinson Cano continue his hot start to the season with his second HR of the year to start the 10-run outburst. It also saw A-Rod record the 1,000th hit of his Yankee career. Still, the story was Sabathia who rebounded quite nicely after getting roughed up in Boston for his first start of the year. CC looked good as he was spotting his fastballs and getting swing and misses from his chaneup.

On Sunday AJ Burnett took the hill and delivered a quality start as he pitched seven strong innings. Alex doubled twice and drove in two runs. We're still awaiting his first big fly of the season but maybe he's waiting to get back to the Bronx to do that.

So the Yanks win their second series in a row after losing the first game. That's a good sign considering they'll need to look at that come October (assuming they make it of course). Nothing new to the Bombers as they lost Game 1 of the 2009 World Series at home to the Phillies and they went on to win it all.

The first week of the season is over and all pieces of the team seem to be clicking early on. It's only been six games but they took two of three from the Rays and the Red Sox, two teams that are going to the Yanks main competition all year. Every game counts with both teams so in essence these were huge wins, even if they are in the early days of the season. Good first week for New York who now heads back home to recieve their championship rings.

C800 Asks You: What did you find as the most impressive aspect of the Yankees play this week against two of the American League's best teams? The Yankees return to Yankee Stadium on Tuesday and they welcome back World Series MVP Hideki Matsui. What are your thoughts on Matsui's return? Share them on the forum.
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