Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sergio Mitre Wins His First Game In Two Seasons For The Yankees

Newly minted Yankees starting pitcher Sergio Mitre gave Yankee fans a glimmer of hope for plugging the rotation by pitching 5 2/3 innings in a win over the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night. Recalled from Scranton-Wilkes Barre and making his first MLB start since 2007, Mitre scattered 8 hits and gave up 4 runs (3 earned). With a lifetime record of 10-23 with a 5.36 ERA and a 50 game suspension earlier this season for using performance enhancing drugs, Mitre appeared to be an unlikely candidate for the Yankees rotation. Injuries to the Yankees starters have paved the way for Mitre's redemption. Now that Mitre has put his first win for the Bronx Bombers behind him, the true test will be to see if he can continue to put the Yankees in a position to win as they attempt to keep a lock on first place in the American League East. While Mitre's history of mediocre performance may tell us otherwise, one of baseball's redeeming qualities is that there is that hope for at least this season that Mitre will defy the law of averages and help the Yankees push towards another pennant.


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