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Brandon McCarthy wins Yankee Stadium debut while wife gets stuck in New York traffic

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Brandon McCarthy's home debut for the New York Yankees was exactly what the team was looking for when they acquired him from the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 6. In six strong innings, McCarthy allowed one run on six hits while striking out nine as the Yankees cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds

Overall, that had to be a thrilling day and experience for the 31-year-old right-hander. Unfortunately, his wife, Amanda McCarthy, had a less than memorable experience. On her drive to the Stadium for the early Saturday afternoon game, she got caught up in New York City traffic and apparently missed out on some of the action.

Here's her unfortunate tale as told through her always hilarious tweets and an Instragram photo.

Hey, wasn't this Zack Greinke's idea for beating traffic in Los Angeles?

This Instagram photo was simply captioned with "Baseball."

Unfortunately, MLB was not receptive to this idea. But it sounds like she did get some sound advice from experienced Yankees' fans.

We live and we learn. But here's some good news: She got to the ballpark just in time to see Derek Jeter come to the plate.

And all was not lost.

As for how Brandon McCarthy reacted when he heard of his wife's plight.

''If everybody isn't apprised of what she's doing every few minutes, God knows what would happen,'' he said.

Zing!

But hey, if there was ever a day when McCarthy could afford to deliver a zinger, Saturday was it. He had his first Yankees win under his belt, and he's starting to see much better results overall after a slow start to the season. Over his past four starts, he's 3-0 with a 1.78 ERA. In his first 16 starts, he was 1-10 with a 5.38 ERA.

A big difference, though McCarthy says he doesn't feel any different on the hill.

''Actually, that was the frustrating part about the beginning part of the season is, I felt sharp,'' McCarthy said. ''I felt like everything was where I wanted it to be, I just wasn't doing everything I needed to to get the best out of it. So I felt like I've thrown better this year than any year in the past, it's just the results haven't followed.''

The Yankees aren't worried about the first 16 anyway. They just want to see more of what McCarthy provided on Saturday.

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Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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