|Goin' Back to Cali (Form): Chavez like his A's days (AP)|
Eric Chavez played the first ten years of his career as a healthy member of the Oakland Athletics, until he started off the 2008 season on the disabled list and he would only go on to average 21 games for the next three seasons. He joined the Yankees with 230 homeruns and he added his fifth in pinstripes with a second inning shot into the New York bullpen.
That would be the only offense needed by Kuroda as he went seven innings striking out three and only allowing four hits.
His highlight of the day came as he showed off his defensive awareness by covering home plate on a wild pitch in the seventh inning. Nick Markakis singled and found himself at third shortly after. Kuroda threw a splitter into the dirt that passed by Russell Martin. Martin threw it back to the pitcher in time for a tag on Markakis, who took off but came up short.
|Kuroda saves his lead as he tags out Markakis in the 7th (AP)|
Mariano Rivera only threw nine pitches, six of which were strikes, in the ninth inning to earn the save. When "Enter Sandman" began to blast in the Bronx, it signaled the 1,051st time that Rivera has entered a ballgame. He is now 8th place on the All-Time list for games played in.
Eduardo Nunez is a player that can only dream of having a career that lasts that long. He started in left-field today as manager Joe Girardi tires to see how flexible his utility man can be in the absence of Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner in the outfield. He did not commit any errors, so the adventure of trying him out at that position could continue for Girardi.