Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Yanks Beat Jays in Spring Training Opener

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The Yankees opened up their spring training schedule in grand fashion today, defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1.

Alex Rodriguez responded to a chorus of boos by blasting a two-run home run in the fourth inning to give the Yankees 3-1 lead.

Brett Gardner led off the game with a solo homer.

Nick Swisher, Juan Miranda, and Todd Linden each added one RBI.

Also on the offense side, Derek Jeter went 1-for-3 with a run scored, Robinson Cano went 1-for-2 with a double and 2 runs scored, Austin Jackson went 1-for-2 with a double, and Kevin Cash went 2-for-3 and stole a base.

On the pitching side everyone but Jose Veras pitched well. Ironically, Jose Veras picked up the win.

Here's the box score:

Gardner, CF3111002.333
Jackson, A, CF2010011.500
Jeter, SS3110000.333
Pena, SS2000012.000
Cano, 2B2210010.500
Ransom, 2B1000101.000
Rodriguez, A, 3B11122001.000
Russo, 3B2000013.000
Swisher, RF1101211.000
Curtis, RF2000000.000
Duncan, S, DH3000024.000
a-Montero, PH-DH2010010.500
Miranda, 1B3011021.333
Leone, 1B1000011.000
Linden, LF3011013.333
Rodriguez, John, LF2010001.500
Cash, C3020000.667
Pilittere, C1000012.000

a-Singled for Duncan, S in the 7th.

2B: Cano (1, Bauer), Jackson, A (1, Hayhurst).
HR: Gardner (1, 1st inning off Cecil, 0 on, 0 out), Rodriguez, A (1, 4th inning off Romero, R, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Gardner 4; Jackson, A 2; Jeter; Cano 2; Rodriguez, A 4; Montero; Miranda; Linden; Rodriguez, John; Cash 2.
RBI: Gardner (1), Rodriguez, A 2 (2), Linden (1), Swisher (1), Miranda (1).
2-out RBI: Linden.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gardner; Russo 2; Pilittere.
GIDP: Linden.
Team LOB: 11.

SB: Cash (1, 2nd base off Burres/Thigpen).

E: Gardner (1, throw), Pena (1, throw), Leone (1, fielding), Russo (1, throw).

Tomko 2.01000000.00
Veras (W, 1-0)1.01112209.00
Giese 1.01000000.00
Igawa 1.01000100.00
Garcia 1.00000100.00
Dunn 1.00000000.00
Jackson, S 1.00000100.00
Robertson 1.00001200.00
The Yankees take on the defending AL Champion Tampa Bay Rays tomorrow afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Phil Hughes will make the start for the Yankees. The game is at 1:05 p.m. and will be on YES.


Anonymous said...

on they said that the Yankee fans that were there gave arod a Standing ovation after the home run

Jeff said...

I didn't get to watch the game but I'm curious to see how Tomko continues to pitch. He could be a valuable asset as a long reliever.

Liam Gallagher said...

He could but I would rather have Hughes be long relief.

Anonymous said...

LOL Hughes as long relief , man what are you smoking , a 22 year old kid with the potential to be a top starter, rotting away in the bullpen as a long reliever ? hmmm yea that makes sense

Greg Cohen said...

Yea I just heard about the standing o on the radio. Nice job by the Yankees fans.

Liam Gallagher said...

Well he can't be a full time starter. It's either long relief or be in the minor leagues. If I was in that postion, I would want to be in the majors.

Yankeeboy98 said...

Will the Yankees be wearing their pinstripe jersey tomorrow? They usually do in Spring home-openers.

Liam Gallagher said...

Yea, if Mark Tex. plays tommorrow, then we get to see him in pinstripes for the very first time playing in pinstripes.

Yankeeboy98 said...

Any word on why he (Teix) didn't play today, or at least pinch hit?

Liam Gallagher said...

No, but he is most likely playing next game because the yanks are at their home field.

M-Rod said...

nice road BP jerseys this year. i'm gonna have to get me a #13

Anonymous said...

You don't won't to just be in the majors if youbelieve you have the ability to be a top starter. Hughes and everyone in the organization sees him as a top starter still . That's why he will be happy to work on things in minors until he can take over a full time spot next season. This year he
Will still get spot starts and emergency starts . Prob he will get like 10 starts this season in majors