2006_04_syankeeslogo.jpgAfter days of waiting for their bats to step up, the Yankees’ offense came around on Monday and that combined with great pitching propelled them to an easy 6-1 win. Bobby Abreu got things started in the first with a screaming liner over the wall in right for a home run that put New York up 2-0. It was part of a 3-for-3 night for Abreu that ended with him only a double short of the cycle. Hideki Matsui continued his good hitting with two hits and two RBI’s.

Mike Mussina pitched six innings, making only one mistake, a home run to Johnny Gomes. Brian Bruney and Kyle Farnsworth pitched perfect innings and although LaTroy Hawkins struggled a bit, he escaped without giving up a run.

The only down note in the game came when Derek Jeter had to be removed in the second inning. Jeter has a strained quad and is listed with the proverbial “day-to-day”, but with the Yankees playing again today at 4pm, you shouldn’t expect him in the lineup.