Thursday, February 26, 2009

Yanks Make it Two-For-Two To Start Spring

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The Yankees won their second straight game to open up the spring, this time defeating the AL Champion Rays 5-1.

Phil Hughes started for the Yankees and he pitched two scoreless innings without giving up a hit. He also struck out two, walked one, and hit two batters.

Phil Coke
also pitched two scoreless innings and picked up the win.

Brian Bruney, Damaso Marte, Mark Melancon, and Jonathan Albaladejo each threw a scoreless inning. The only run the Yankees allowed came against reliever J.B. Cox in the Rays 7th.

Offensively the Yankees were led by Jorge Posada and Shelley Duncan. Posada got them on the board with a solo homer in 3rd. Two innings later he added another RBI with a ground-rule double to deep center. Duncan drove in the other three Yankees runs with a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 7th.

Mark Teixeira and Xavier Nady both went 1-for-2.

Here's the box score:

Damon, LF2000010.000
Gardner, LF2000000.200
Jeter, SS3000000.167
Nunez, E, SS1000000.000
Teixeira, 1B2010010.500
Ransom, 1B2000010.000
Rodriguez, A, 3B2000011.333
Bernier, 3B11100001.000
Cano, 2B2000010.250
Berroa, 2B11100001.000
Nady, RF2110000.500
Duncan, S, RF1113000.250
Posada, DH21220001.000
a-Anson, PH-DH1000000.000
Molina, J, C2000001.000
Cervelli, C1000000.000
Cabrera, M, CF2000001.000
Curtis, CF1000010.000

a-Grounded out for Posada in the 7th.

2B: Nady (1, Abreu, W), Posada (1, Abreu, W).
HR: Posada (1, 3rd inning off Orvella, 0 on, 0 out), Duncan, S (1, 7th inning off Medlock, 2 on, 0 out).
TB: Teixeira; Bernier; Berroa; Nady 2; Duncan, S 4; Posada 6.
RBI: Posada 2 (2), Duncan, S 3 (3).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cabrera, M.
GIDP: Rodriguez, A.
Team LOB: 1.

Outfield assists: Gardner (Ensberg at 2nd base).

Hughes, P 2.00001200.00
Coke (W, 1-0)2.01000100.00
Bruney (H, 1)1.00000100.00
Marte (H, 1)1.01000000.00
Cox (H, 1)1.03110009.00
Melancon 1.00000100.00
Albaladejo 1.00000000.00

The Yankees travel to Ft. Myers tomorrow to take on the Minnesota Twins. Ian Kennedy starts for the Yankees and he will face the Twins Scott Baker. Game time is set for 1:05 p.m.


Anonymous said...

im sure there will be plenty of sawx fan losers there tomorrow since their camp is near the twins'

Greg Cohen said...


Anonymous said...

Gardner looks like a better player than Melky to me. I know its been very limited at bats but his approach has been better, he has been hitting the ball hard. He hit a ball hard today in center and got robbed of a triple. Melky looks lost at the plate.

anonyMOOSE said...

Anon: Everyone looks like a better player than Melky to me. It's actually not a stretch to say that Melky was one of the worst regulars in all of baseball last season until he got demoted.

There's no reason Melky should have any chance of making this team. I'd much rather see Swisher play CF, even with the lesser defense, than see Melky out there. If Gardner has anything resembling a decent spring, he should far and away be the CF of choice.

Anonymous said...

I agree with anonyMoose I dont mind Swisher in center I dont know why the yankees dont want to do that. They then could use Gardner as a late inning defensive replacement.

The only reason Melky is involved is because of Cashman's ego. He know he looks like a fool by not wanting to include Melky in the Santana trade. He totally overrated Melky.

Michael Kay said on the radio that Girardi wants Gardner in center but Cashman wants Melky.