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Jeter, Pettitte, and Rivera are all back for the New York Yankees

  • David Whitlock

YANKEE STADIUMDerek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, and Andy Pettitte all played together for the first time this 2013 Grapefruit League tonight in Tampa against the Philadelphia Phillies.  Collectively, they are 3 of the “Core 4″ New York Yankees heavily responsible for five World Series title since they came onto the scene in the mid-1990’s.  All are 38 years old or older, all are coming off injuries which have delayed their spring progress.

For the record, Jeter went 0-2 with 1 BB, Pettitte pitched 3 innings of only allowing 1 run, but 7 baserunners, Rivera pitched 1 spotless inning in relief and left to a standing ovation from the Tampa faithful.  It was Jeter’s third game, Rivera’s second game, and Pettitte’s first game back.  Yankee fans in attendance must have been delighted to get these three Yankees legends back between the lines.

The Yankees have been beset by crushing injuries thus far in the two weeks of Spring Training, losing Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira to injured wrists and expected to miss months.  With 3000-hit man Jeter back at the top of the lineup, Pettitte manning one of the middle-rotation spots, and all-time save leader Mariano Rivera closing games, the Yankees are still to be feared in the American League East.

-Dave (@lhd_on_sports)

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David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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