The Yanks dropped a close one to the Twins today after the bullpen couldn’t hold a slim lead. Ian Kennedy gave up a hit and a walk (no runs) while striking out three in two innings of work, and Andrew Brackman made his spring debut in the losing effort.
Brackman was part of the bullpen that couldn’t hold the game. He gave up a home run to Jason Kubel in one inning of work. George Kontos and Wilson De La Rosa gave up the other three runs as the Twins eked out a 5-4 win. The Yanks loaded the bases in the 9th but couldn’t push across the tying run.
Offensively, Brett Gardner went 2-for-2 with a double, two stolen bases and a run scored. Melky Cabrera went 0-for-3 and is hitless in five spring ABs. Gardner has a stranglehold on the center field job or as much of a stranglehold as you can have on a job three games into the exhibition season. Jorge Posada, DHing again, went 2-for-3, but then again we weren’t really concerned about his bat coming back from shoulder surgery. Nick Swisher picked up a pair of hits too.
To the links:
- Dave Cameron has a great take on the plunging newspaper industry.
- More Hardball put together the All Minor League Contract Team. Where’s Andruw? His defense alone makes him more valuable than Corey freaking Patterson. (h/t MLBTR)
- Joe Brescia takes a look at the players who’ve dropped some weight this offseason. Given the economy and how hard it’s been for some players to find jobs, I’m sure plenty of players will be trying to shed extra weight next offseason to impress potential employers.
- The great new site Minor League Notebook keeps tabs on how the game’s top prospects have been doing in camp each day. Here’s yesterday’s recap.
- ESPN has a fancy new MLB Draft Blog., but unfortunately it’s behind the iron curtain of Insider. KLaw and Jason Churchill of Prospect Insider will be providing updates all spring about the best amateurs in the country.
- Speaking of the draft, Stephen Strasburg’s already in midseason form.
- Drunk Jays Fans on their expectations for the team this year.
Here’s your open thread for the night. The only local team in action is the Knicks, who are hosting the Sixers. You know the deal, anything goes, just be nice.