The one thing you always get with Andy Pettitte is an honest answer and so after tonight's game, in which he allowed two runs over seven innings, the sixth straight start in which he’s gone at least seven innings and allowed two earned runs or less, he was asked if he's thought about making the All-Star game.
"It would be nice, there's no doubt," said Pettitte, who turned 38 last week. "It would definitely be nice, at this stage, not knowing how much longer I've got. It would be extremely cool. And then obviously to have our coaching staff there, that would be be pretty special."
Joe Girardi would certainly use that word to describe Pettitte's season to this point. Pettitte improved to 9-2 tonight with the only runs he gave up coming off the bat of Diamondbacks' starter Dan Haren, who brought a .425 average into the game and had two hits.
"Outstanding, as long as he wasn't facing facing Danny Haren he was really good," Girardi joked.
Pettitte labored through a 30-pitch second inning, which was highlighted by Haren's two-run single. But, as has been the case in most of his outings this year, Pettitte kept the damage there. Girardi, though, wasn't thinking the outing would be a long one with the lefty already at 44 pitches after two.
"Thinking he's going to go seven [at that point] is probably wishful thinking," Girardi said. "He can get some quick outs and get some double plays because he attacks the strike zone, but I wasn't counting on seven."
“I feel really comfortable with all my pitches and my command of all of them for a while now,” said Pettitte, who also had a fifth-inning single. “I’m glad that I’ve been able to be in a good rhythm and be able to hold that rhythm for a while now.”
*** Alex Rodriguez hit his first home run since June 3, a two-run homer in the first that was the 592nd of his career. The homer drought, however, wasn't something that bothered him, or that his power numbers have been down in general.
“The one thing I do worry about if you’re not making solid contact and not driving runners in,” he said. “The columns that I worry about are RBI and wins."
A-Rod is now hitting .281 with nine homers and 48 RBI -- the second highest total on the team behind Robinson Cano's 50 -- with a .353 OBP. Rodriguez said he feels the tendonitis he had in his hip flexor is just about behind him.
“The last four or five days, every day’s been a little bit better,” A-Rod said. “I’m not out of the woods yet, but I just have to keep working hard, doing my pool work…and every day it’s getting a little better."
*** Nice moment during the Yankees' six-run eighth when Colin Curtis, called up at the start of this trip, hit a two-run double, to left-center, for his first Major League hit. It was accomplished in front of plenty of family and friends as Curtis went to nearby Arizona State and his parents, who came in from Seattle, own a second home here. After his hit and time was called, second base umpire Laz Diaz tossed the ball into the dugout at the request of the Yankees.
"You always imagined and dreamed of playing in the big leagues someday," said Curtis, who played at Chase Field against Arizona when he was at ASU. "I think it's kind of cool that the first one is right near where you played college ball."