It’s Small’s world

Huge win for Aaron Small and the Yankees today in Oakland. Small gave the bullpen a day off, shutting out the A’s, 7-0.

Small, starting for the injured Mike Mussina, allowed five hits and two walks while striking out three. He improved to 6-0, and it’s his first career shutout.

Small did a great job of keeping the A’s off the scoreboard while the Yankee bats scuffled. Thanks to a six-run seventh, Small had some wiggle room, and he did not dissappoint. Despite his gem, the A’s weren’t that impressed.

“He didn’t do anything crazy, he just hit his spots,” said Jay Payton. “He’s one of those guys that you feel pretty comfortable against. We just weren’t able to put anything together against him.”

Well, I was impressed by Small’s big effort. With Mussina now a question mark, Small must continue to pitch well for the Yankees down the stretch. With other starters either hurt or inconsistent, Small has been New York’s MVP — most valuable pitcher — since getting called up from Columbus.

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