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New York Yankees Inside Pitch 2008-08-08


New York Yankees Inside Pitch 2008-08-08
He supposedly was finished, either at the end of the last season or the beginning of this one.

He was going to be the old man shown the door, propelled out by the rush of the Yankees' youth movement.

Instead, Mike Mussina has been one of the Yankees' MVPs, salvaging the team's season along with his career and providing some lessons for those young pitchers who turned out to sorely need them.

With Ian Kennedy finally about to return and Phil Hughes still coming back from an injury, Mussina won his 15th game of the season Thursday, pitching seven shutout innings in the Yankees' 3-0 win over Texas.

Mussina has attributed part of his success to personal catcher Jose Molina, with whom he has clicked, saying the pair can connect with a simple "hello." Beyond that, Mussina has made adjustments to his advanced age and altered several perceptions -- and, perhaps, the fate of the Yankees' season.

YANKEES 3, RANGERS 0: Mike Mussina won his 15th game with another strong performance, and Derek Jeter picked up three hits including a homer and two RBIs as the Yankees salvaged a four-game split in Texas. Mussina pitched seven shutout innings against the Rangers, who had only been shut out twice this year.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: August 8, 2008

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