Doug Davis came into Friday afternoon's game 0-5 this season with a 5.90 ERA. He hadn't won a game since last May when he was with the Brewers and he was facing a Yankee offense that had scored 12 runs in two of their last three games.
It was a mismatch...in Davis' favor.
The Yankees didn't get a hit until Robinson Cano's two-out single in the fourth and Davis shut them out over seven innings before they pushed one across in the eighth.
"I thought our guys put some pretty good at-bats on him and hit some balls hard today," Joe Girardi said.
Davis' fastball rarely reached, and rarely reaches, 85 mph. Alex Rodriguez compared facing him to facing a knuckleballer.
“He’s one of those guys you have to really center the ball and we didn’t do that today,” A-Rod said.
Said Girardi: "He was on the edges, that's the bottom line. We talked about, somedays you're going to swing the bats better than others and sometimes there's no rhyme or reason and sometimes there is, and it seemed he did a really good job of changing speeds."