Sunday, June 10, 2007

Yankees 9, Pirates 3

Roger's return--to, if all indications hold true:

1. A moderately successful year: say, ten wins.

2. At least one stint on the DL, either an aching back or a balky groin.

3. Five- and six-inning starts that will sap an already-drained bullpen.

Right now, Clemens is slotted as either a third or fourth starter, behind Wang and Pettitte for sure, and maybe Moose.

It is undeniable that the Rocket returns at a propitious moment. With 60 percent of the season still to go, the Yankees stand five games in the loss column behind Detroit for the wild card.

So, the season started yesterday.

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