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Yanks win in 10

From the Times -

Last night’s 5-4 Yankee victory over Pittsburgh — won on a bases-loaded infield single by Derek Jeter in the 10th inning — was not a flawless game, but it was a delight for those who enjoy good pitching, especially from left-handed starters.

Neither Andy Pettitte of the Yankees nor Tom Gorzelanny of the Pirates got the decision before 54,240 fans at Yankee Stadium. But both starters pitched well enough to win in masterly displays of their art.

The victory came when Jeter “didn’t have a good swing,” he said, on a two-seam fastball from Matt Capps (3-3), the fifth Pittsburgh relief pitcher. The ball bounced slowly to second baseman Freddy Sánchez, who could not make a play while Robinson Canó scored.

“I was lucky,” Jeter said. “It’s not like you try to hit it right there.” But, with a smile, Jeter added that it was all right to write that he tried to do just that. It was his night, from start to finish. On their way in, fans were given souvenir dolls of Jeter, who had two hits and two runs batted in while raising his average to .332.

Hideki Matsui hit a two-run homer in the sixth off Gorzelanny, who is in his first full season and has a 6-3 record. Getting the victory was Mariano Rivera (2-3), who worked the final two innings after Pettitte gave up four runs and nine hits in eight innings.

- Elsewhere, with the 1345th pick in the amateur draft, the Yankees selected switch-pitcher Pat Venditte from Creighton University. Yes, a switch-pitcher! No more need to matchup handedness during the late innings of games, and just having Venditte saves a valuable roster spot. (This is all of course assuming that he ever signs with the Yanks and makes the majors, but I’m pulling for him.) He was second in Division I college baseball in appearances and fifth in batting average against. He also led his team in era (1.88), strikeouts (99), innings (95.2), hit by pitches (13) and wild pitches (8).

For a complete rundown of the Yanks draft, go here.

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