Vazquez pinpoints rhythm issue on mound

Vazquez pinpoints rhythm issue on mound

NEW YORK -- Saddled with two of the Yankees' three losses this season, Javier Vazquez is off to a slow start, and he attributes it to being too quick on the mound.

Vazquez came out of his Saturday bullpen session concentrating on staying back and in rhythm on the mound and not getting ahead of himself during his delivery.

"In the game, you get the adrenaline going and start rushing a bit," Vazquez said. "It's easily correctable."

When Vazquez gets too quick with his delivery, his fastball has a tendency to both tail a little out of his hand and straighten out in the strike zone. That has led to two disappointing outings in his return to pinstripes. Vazquez is 0-2 with a 9.82 ERA, reminding fans more of his late-season swoon in 2004 with the Bombers than of his banner season in Atlanta last year. He was booed as early as the second inning in his home debut Wednesday.

"Fans are fans, and once I start pitching better, they'll root for me," Vazquez said, pointing out that the fans even booed Derek Jeter during his first stint in the Bronx in 2004. "I know what to expect. You've just got to forget about it and not let it bother you."

For his part, manager Joe Girardi thought Vazquez improved from his first start in Tampa to his second against the Angels. He expects even better results against the Athletics.

"For Javy, it's making sure he has a good angle on his fastball," Girardi said. "I thought he threw better in the second start. If that trend continues, I think he'll throw well Tuesday night."