Javier Vazquez's first three innings went well enough and then it all came apart.
"The first three innings I was making good pitches, being aggressive, but I didn't make good pitches after that," Vazquez said after giving up eight earned runs tonight.
“From the stretch it looked like he wanted to rush a little bit,” Jorge Posada said.
Vazquez, well aware of how things went his first time around in New York (he is only reminded of it just about every time he talks to the media), hoped for a better beginning.
“It’s just one [start] but obviously you want to start out on the right foot, and to lose this game is disappointing,” Vazquez said.
Joe Girardi isn't worried.
“You worry about a guy that’s younger more than you do with a guy who’s experienced,” Girardi said. “Javy’s been through this where he’s had a tough start and he’s had to bounce back. It’s no fun, though, when it’s the first start of the year.”
*** Mark Teixeira's nightmare start to the season continued as he went 0-for-4 and is now 0-for-16 for the year, matching the worst start of his career, which came in 2003, his rookie season.
He remembered how he ended that slump in at-bat No. 17.
" A double, off [the A's] Mark Mulder," Teixeira said after the game.
Teixeira, who rarely shows or admits to frustration, said he was "disappointed" because he's not making solid contact. And Rays starter David Price, throwing 97 in the first inning, wasn't the easiest guy to do that against.
"You want to give guys credit but at the same time I’m a little disappointed I’m not hitting the ball hard," Teixeira said. "I tend to do this to myself a lot. I’ve hit a few balls hard but not enough to feel great about myself so just keep working. Like I said, unfortunately I do this to myself every year. You all know I just punish myself early on then I get it going so hopefully it will turn around soon."
Girardi had a prediction on that, or at least when the first hit will come.
"I have a feeling it's going to happen tomorrow," he said.
*** Joe West chimed in from Baltimore (he's working the O's/Blue Jays series), pleased with tonight's pace as the game went 2:51. Speaking of that, interesting comments to say the least from Dustin Pedroia on the topic.