Take cover, Core Four

Uh-oh; just what the Yankees didn’t need, having to contend with the dreaded SI Jinx. The Yankees’ celebrated “Core Four” of Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte grace the cover of this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated. As always, it is flattering to be the topic of a cover story, in this case by Tom Verducci, but what often comes afterwards is less than flattering.

And it comes at a time when each of the quartet is off to a strong start. Entering play Tuesday night, Jeter was batting .316 with 3 home runs and 12 RBI and Posada .315 with 4 homers and 11 RBI; Pettitte was 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA and Rivera was 6-for-6 in save conversions and a zero ERA.

Ride it out, guys.

Elsewhere in the media, former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling stirred it up on two ESPN radio interviews by saying that Javier Vazquez won’t be any different this year as a starter for the Yankees from the way he was back in 2004.

“It is easier to pitch and be successful in the National League than it is the American League,” Schilling said. “If anyone thinks that Javier Vazquez is going to be different the second time around than he was the first time I think they are fooling themselves.”

Yankees fans have their own doubts about Vazquez, as we heard from the booing at Yankee Stadium in his one start there April 14. But Schilling’s diss could help Vazquez, who will make his next start Friday night at the Stadium against his former White Sox club. Yankees fans might welcome Javy with supportive cheers rather than give the impression they are of the same mind as a Red Sox Nation loudmouth.

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