Pirates 4, Yankees 2

I was at that first Mike Mussina- Paul Maholm matchup, the one that got delayed by rain, and it wasn't much fun--not only because we sat for hours in a very hot, wet, crowded park before the game was eventually called, but because Maholm was off to a terrible start, giving up three runs in the first inning. 

Well, those runs vanished when the game was rescheduled, and I bet Maholm's glad. He pitched eight innings today, giving the Bucs' struggling bullpen a breather, and Nate McLouth delivered a two-run homer in the seventh, giving the Bucs a 4-2 lead that turned out to be decisive. Damaso Marte grabbed his third save in four days. Maholm now has five quality starts in a row.

There's a pretty interesting discussion about Freddy Sanchez in the gamethread, in case you missed it.

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