Mar
14

Open Thread: Recapping an early weekend marathon

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A-Jax makes a catchThe Yankees have played three games in the last twenty hours or so, meaning we haven’t had much time to recap all the action. Last night’s game against the Red Sox was a forgettable one, as the only regulars in the lineup were Brett Gardner and Xavier Nady, and even those two are fighting for starting jobs. Chien-Ming Wang made his third start of the preseason and didn’t fare to well, giving up seven runs (only one earned) and six hits in 1.2 innings, victimized by Juan Miranda throwing the ball into center field as he tried to turn a 3-6-3 double play. Both Mike Lowell and David Ortiz took the Wanger deep, Ortiz’s being a uber-clutch two run job in the second inning with his team leading by five.

Other than that, not all that much happened in that game. Brett Tomko threw 3.1 strong innings while Kei Igawa chipped in another scoreless frame. Xavier Nady doubled while Cody Ransom tripled, and Angel Berroa picked up two hits to raise his spring batting avg to .444. Boston won 8-4.

AJ Burnett flashed his greatness in today’s game, twirling four perfect innings on just 40 pitches. He was so efficient that he had throw an extra ten pitches in the bullpen. The fastball was an effortless 94-96, and the curve was dropping in for strikes at the knees. I know it’s just March, but Burnett had no-hit stuff today, and even a lineup of All-Stars wouldn’t have touched him. Johnny Damon hit a first inning solo homer before the Yanks tacked on two unearned runs in the fourth. Cody Ransom picked up another two hits, he’s been really impressive since A-Rod went down. Edwar Ramirez made his spring debut, and although he struggled to locate his fastball he still pitched an effective frame. Jason Johnson picked up the save in his debut, nailing down the 3-1 win.

As Burnett was carving up the Astros, Phil Hughes had his first rough out of the spring an hour south against the Pirates. He gave up first inning solo homers to Nate McLouth and Adam LaRoche, and finished the day with two hits and three walks allowed in 3 IP. He said afterward that he was working on his changeup, but overall he just didn’t have it today. Mark Melancon also had his first bad outing, allowing seven baserunners (six hits, one walk) and five runs in just two-thirds of an inning. It was bound to happen sometime, but as Ben noted in an email, this probably guarantees he’ll be in Triple-A Scranton to start the year.

The offense was highlighted by the Yanks’ two best prospects, as both Austin Jackson (pictured) and Jesus Montero knocked a ball out of the park. Montero’s shot was a salami, and he now has two career Spring Training homers to his credit, both grand slams. Mark Teixeira struck out in all three of his at-bats, so he clearly can’t handle the pressure of New York and is a bust. Doug Bernier drew three walks, Nick Swisher just one (today). The Yanks swept today’s split-squad action with a 13-10 win.

Andy Pettitte will take to the mound for the second time this spring tomorrow, when the Twinkies come to Tampa. Otherwise here’s your open thread for the night. The only local team in action tonight is the Devils, who are up in Montreal. Marty Brodeur has a chance to tie Patrick Roy’s NHL record 551 wins tonight, and me thinks it has to happen just because of all the stars lining up (Roy will be in the house, he played for Montreal, etc.). Talk about whatever your heart desires, just be nice.

Photo Credit: Keith Srakocic, AP

63 Comments»

  1. Matt says:

    Hughes: Bust
    Tex: Choker
    Melancon: Bust

  2. Reggie C. says:

    Gardner made a defensive miscue today when he back-pedaled and lost the baseball that got hit over his head. I think he could’ve made the catch but slowed down too soon. With that speed, not too many balls hit towards the warning track should go over Gardner’s head unless he’s playing a shallow CF.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

      Reggie, Ye shall never make point out alleged mistakes by Gritt Gritner, because THEY DON’T HAPPEN. Gritt missed that ball on purpose. It’s the only rational explanation.

    • anonymous says:

      They said it was really windy today to go along with a bright sky. I saw alot of balls played badly in the outfield. Wasnt just Gritner on that one play.

    • Double-J says:

      Not the first time I’ve seen that happen to Gardner in ST. He’s doing well at the plate, but he’s had a couple of bad defensive lapses.

  3. Manimal says:

    Our top two minor leaguers hit hr’s and we had to watch the freaking Astros game. Thanks YES.

  4. yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    A.J Burnett was very impressive today, his curveball was amazin he looked like if he was in midseason form.

  5. yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    Wow USA down 4-0.

  6. Artist formerly known as 'The' Steve says:

    Jake Peavy hates America.

  7. joe says:

    “He said afterward that he was working on his changeup, but overall he just didn’t have it today.”

    I keep reading that. Can we all just agree Hughes can’t throw a change up?

    • Ed says:

      Can we all just agree Hughes can’t throw a change up?

      That would be why he’s working on it. His main goal for AAA was supposed to be to work on his changeup, but then he got called up way too early and stuck to the pitches that got him through the low minors.

  8. yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    Not Looking so good for Team USA. Puerto Rico offense is pretty good the score 6-0.

  9. Manimal says:

    If the US loses is that the end?

  10. GG says:

    Everything AJ’s been doing indicates he is both very greatful to the organization and pumped to be here. Hes definitely not trying to take the club on a Pavanoesq ride and seems like a real good guy. Now lets just hope he holds up. The way the A-Rod thing has shaked out, I hope they are on top of all things health related to the extent which we fans all basically assume they would be.

  11. Manimal says:

    Jeter has no range.

    BTW, Yanks should offer Pudge a minor league deal. He might be pissed but what other deal does he have on the table?

    • Matt says:

      Jeter has no range.

      In other news: the sky is blue. More at 11.

    • Artist formerly known as 'The' Steve says:

      Latest on MLBTR has 3 teams (Twins, Giants, Marlins) looking at him. The sticking point seems to be playing time, not so much money.

      It’s the opposite in Pedro Martinez’s case. He wants 8 mil guaranteed, which no one will give him. He could get a 1-2 mil deal with incentives tomorrow.

      If I were the Mets, I sign him to an incentive laden deal at whatever the market will bear. A motivated Pedro could be a bargain, and their 5th starter situation is a disaster right now. I also like the idea of Pedro having to earn his $, he doesn’t have a rep for being rehabbing like he should or being a gym rat.

      • Manimal says:

        People are really interested in pudge? I had no idea. Its not like some egotistical jackass singlehandedly took over ESPN’s news coverage for like a month and a half.

        PS: I still can’t believe Manny got 25 mil.

        • Artist formerly known as 'The' Steve says:

          Think of all the awful hitting catchers there are out there, even a diminished Pudge is better than most of them. I’m surprised someone hasn’t given him a deal, although I didn’t like Pudge as a defensive catcher much last year.

    • Ed says:

      BTW, Yanks should offer Pudge a minor league deal. He might be pissed but what other deal does he have on the table?

      The Marlins and Astros both want him. The holdup is he wants a starting job, they’ll only offer him a backup job. If the 2nd catcher job isn’t good enough for him, no way he’ll sign on to be the 3rd catcher.

    • anonymous says:

      Not only can Pudge not hit but he cant cant call a game and pitchers hate him. Why bother (again)?

  12. Artist formerly known as 'The' Steve says:

    Looks like Julio Lugo could have a meniscus tear in his knee.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=3980744

  13. yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    Here comes USA with a Rally.

  14. John says:

    “Marte’s initial evaluation indicates left shoulder inflammation. Cano’s initial evaluation indicates right shoulder tendinitis”

    damn

    • Artist formerly known as 'The' Steve says:

      I wouldn’t overreact. Marte is downplaying his injury and Cano’s doesn’t affect his swing. He played today. Let’s wait till the MRI’s come out before we react. Neither sounds serious at this point.

      One thing, though. Marte being shelved for a week or two would scratch him from the opening day roster. With Edwar just seeing his first game action today, he might not be ready either. That TWO more bullpen spots (4 total) that are up for grabs.

      Maybe Melancon DOES head north with the team after all.

  15. HAVE MERCY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Moshe Mandel says:

    Time for a mini-rant, this is as good a place as any. Spent weeks tweaking my blog look, making sure everything is perfect, and that idiot Lombardi changes his theme to the same one three weeks later. So not cool.

  17. wiljaq says:

    Your Teixeria comment was priceless dead-pan.

    But wait, the lead-headed NY press might read it and think that your comment confirms their plans on a “Tex is a Bust” article, in March already!!!

  18. Baseball Mogul says:

    Mike,

    Hughes gave up the homeruns to Doumit and the infamous Nyjer Morgan (his was of the Rickey-Henderson-leading-off-the-game variety). Even worse than serving two up to regulars like McLouth & LaRoche…

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