One morning: The air was cool and damp, but everyone could feel the promise.
One afternoon: Darrell Rasner stepped out of the dugout and into the sun almost a year after a hard-hit grounder broke his finger and ended his season.
One pitch: Adrian Beltre smacked a two-run homer to give the Mariners a first-inning lead.
One comeback: Rasner retired seven of the next eight hitters and waited for his team to score.
One inning: Everything unfolded neatly in the bottom of the third and opened up the game. Johnny Damon led off with a single and Derek Jeter sent him to third with another single. Bobby Abreu scored Damon with a base hit and Hideki Matsui drove in Jeter with a double. Then Jason Giambi pushed across Abreu with a deep drive to left. Melky Cabrera cleaned up the bases with a two run homer and Robinson Cano polished it off with a homer of his own.
One strikeout: Rasner threw a fastball under Jeff Clement’s hands in the fourth with a runner on third and one out. That big swing and miss made the big inning stand and was the key to a big win.
One catch: A sixth-inning double died in Damon’s glove.
One ending: Mariano Rivera stood on the mound and caught a lazy pop fly.
One evening: The air turned back cool, but the promise remained.
One day off: They are nice after a win and even better after three in a row.
One more game: Andy Pettitte starts on Tuesday and the Bronx always rests easily with the thought of the big lefty taking the ball.