Mike Mussina takes to the hill today as the Yankees travel to Kissimmee to go against the Houston Astros. Former Yankee Andy Pettitte will get the nod for Houston.
Yankees lead it 3-1 after 3 1/2; Mitch Jones has smacked his third home run. It came off of knuckleballer Steve Sparks.
Yankees lead the Astros 8-1 after 7 1/2. Some good news - an MRI on Johnny Damon's shoulder revealed tendonitis.
Yankees win it 11-1 as Mitch Jones homers twice, and Robinson Cano goes 3-4. Mike Mussina picked up the victory, while Andy Pettitte was shouldered with the loss.
The Yankees ripped 17 hits off of 4 Astro pitchers, lead by Kevin Thompson's 4-5 effort. Thompson drove in 3 runs and scored a pair. Andy Phillips and Robinson Cano had 3 hits apiece. Jason Giambi was in the lineup for the second straight game, going 0-1 with 2 walks.
The big story of this game, however, was Mike Mussina. Moose went 5 innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits, while walking 1 and striking out 8. He threw 78 pitches, 60 of them for strikes. Ron Villone, Scott Erickson, Ramiro Mendoza, and Frank Brooks each tossed a scoreless inning to close out the victory.
Former Yankee Andy Pettitte allowed 2 runs on 5 hits in 3 innings pitched.