Yanks get three hits, Jeter none in loss to Angels

Derek Jeter made Jered Weaver toil through a 15-pitch at-bat

leading off the game. It didn’t help the New York Yankees in the

long run, because they got only three hits against the Los Angeles

Angels’ ace in seven innings.

Weaver tied for the AL lead with his seventh victory – 39 days

after getting his sixth one – and No. 9 hitter Peter Bourjos

singled home the go-ahead run for the Angels on Friday night in a

3-2 victory that ended the Yankees’ four-game winning streak.

”That was the game plan all along – go up there and just foul

off as many pitches as I could early on to get his pitch count

up,” Jeter joked. ”It was a while, probably the longest I’ve been

up there. I’m not known for being up there too long.”

Jeter saw a total of 10 pitches in his other three plate

appearances. He has gone 43 consecutive plate appearances without

striking out, his longest stretch of the season.

”Weaver made some tough pitches,” Jeter added. ”I don’t think

he threw any over the middle – just inside corner, outside corner.

We’ve faced Weave enough. I’ve known him for a long time, and he’s

going to battle. You don’t go up there and plan on taking pitches

because he doesn’t walk too many guys.”

The 11-time All-Star, who came in 2 for 17 against Weaver,

fouled off nine straight 3-2 pitches before flying out to center

field. As he was rounding first base after the out, he and Weaver

made eye contact.

”I was like, `You gotta be kidding me,’ That’s not the way you

want to start the game off,” Weaver said. ”But he is who he is,

and hes a battler. I’m glad we were able to get him out there. I

was just hoping to get through five innings after that.”

Eight years to the day that he was named the Yankees’ 11th team

captain since 1900 and the first since Don Mattingly, Jeter went 0

for 3 with a walk and remained 16 hits shy of 3,000.

Weaver (7-4) allowed two runs, and four walks while striking out

eight in his first start against the Yankees since Game 3 of the

2009 AL championship series. The right-hander won his first six

starts of the season with a 0.99 ERA, and was 0-4 with a 3.38 ERA

over his next six outings after beating Oakland 5-0 for his fifth

career shutout.

Weaver threw 119 pitches. In the right-hander’s previous start

last Saturday, he threw a career-high 128 pitches at Minnesota and

allowed just two hits but got no decision in the Angels’ 1-0

loss.

The Yankees, who lead the majors with 82 home runs, failed to

hit one for the 12th time in their first 55 games. Weaver has

allowed only two homers in 65 innings over his last nine starts,

and six in 143 innings over his last 20 outings.

”He was just keeping us off-balance, mixing all his pitches and

pretty much painting with his fastball and not leaving too many in

the middle of the plate,” Yankees catcher Russell Martin said.

”We managed to get his pitch count high early, but he managed to

stay in the game all the way through the seventh. He knows how to

pitch and he knows exactly what he’s doing when he’s out

there.”

Scott Downs pitched a hitless eighth inning and rookie Jordan

Walden got three outs for his 13th save in 16 chances.

Rookie Ivan Nova (4-4) allowed three runs – two earned – and

eight hits in six-plus innings. The only Angels player the

24-year-old right-hander had faced previously was injured left

fielder Vernon Wells, who has missed the last 25 games because of a

groin strain.

Bourjos snapped a 2-all tie in the fourth, driving in Russell

Branyan with a line single through the left side with the bases

loaded. Nova minimized the damage by striking out Maicer Izturis

and retiring Erick Aybar on a flyball.

”I thought he did a good job of battling out there,” Martin

said. ”He didn’t have his best stuff, but he battled through some

tough innings and kept us in the game.”

Nova, who had allowed only one first-inning run in his 17

previous big league starts, fell behind 2-0 after five batters.

Former Yankee Bobby Abreu, who passed Lou Gehrig on the all-time

doubles list last Sunday, doubled to left-center in the first

inning to drive in the game’s first run. He advanced on Martin’s

passed ball and scored on Alberto Callaspo’s groundout.

”I wasn’t crossed up,” Martin said. ”It’s just that he’s got

so much movement on his fastball, it’s kind of unpredictable

sometimes. It was just a ball that was up and I couldn’t get a hold

of it. I mean, they can call it a passed ball if they want, but I

tried my best to catch that ball.”

Martin got one of the runs back in the second with an RBI single

after a leadoff double by Rodriquez. New York tied it in the fourth

when Jorge Posada broke out of a 1-for-18 skid with a ground-rule

double that scored Rodriguez, who drew a leadoff walk.

The hit came moments after a number of Yankee fans behind the

first base dugout started a chant of ”Hip Hip Jorge!” New York

did not get another hit the rest of the game.

NOTES: The Yankees are playing their first series at Angel

Stadium since April of last season, when Mark Teixeira wiped out

Bobby Wilson in a violent collision at home plate in the rookie’s

first major league start behind the plate. It left Wilson with a

concussion and injured left ankle that sidelined him for 21 games.

… The Yankees are 318-223 in the regular season since Joe Girardi

replaced Torre as manager in 2008. Torre was 334-207 in his first

541 games in the job.