LADY AT THE BAT: Ten Mo Saves, Ten More Highlights: Yankees In The Month Of April

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Ten Mo Saves, Ten More Highlights: Yankees In The Month Of April

April was a good month for Mariano Rivera and, by extension, the New York Yankees. Rivera set a personal record for saves in the month with nine. He added to that total last night as the team closed out the month with their 16th win of the season. In honor of his 10 saves, let's look back at the 10 biggest Yankee highlights for April 2013 (in no particular order):

10- Four April wins for CC Sabathia, the first time he has accomplished this in his career.

 9- Travis Hafner's month: A .318 average, six home runs and 17 RBIs.

 8- Derek Jeter's vow to return, ending speculation that he was about to announce he would not.

 7- Vernon Wells' month: A .300 average, six home runs and 13 RBIs.

 6- Hiroki Kuroda's career-best four-game winning streak.

 5- Vidal Nuno's Major League debut: three scoreless innings, no walks, two strikeouts.

 4- Lyle Overbay's non-Teixeira-like start: A .241 average, four home runs and 12 RBIs.

 3- Eduardo Nunez's three errors which, for him, is like going error-less.

 2- A four-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays, the first of its kind since September 1995.

 1- The entire Stadium singing "Sweet Caroline" during the first game after the Boston Marthon Bombings.

So, April was very kind to the New York Yankees.  Now that we've reached May, Yankees Universe can look forward to several members of their Walking Wounded returning at some point. It won't be a stretch to predict an even better record before the arrival of June.

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