Mar
30

Pettitte strong as Yanks win again

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It was an relatively uneventful day in Dunedin. Andy Pettitte was strong for sixth and two-thirds innings, retiring ten straight at one point. He allowed just five hits and one run on the day, striking out seven against no free passes. He did uncork a wild pitch, but got himself up to 92 pitches. Afterwards Pettitte said he was pretty gassed, but feels good and has no complaints.

Damaso Marte finished the seventh inning, giving up a hit before recording the final out. Marte’s been entering games this spring in the middle of the inning with runners on base almost exclusively, so I guess they’re just getting ready for the situations they plan on using him in during the season. Jose Veras allowed a hit in an inning of work, while Edwar Ramirez threw a flawless ninth.

The Yanks scored a run off David Purcey nice and early, setting the tone for the rest of the game. Derek Jeter led off the first inning with a double, Johnny Damon followed with a walk, and Mark Teixiera singled in the Captain for a quick 1-0 lead. Tex drove in another run in 7th when he doubled down the first base line. Brett Gardner went hitless in three at-bats, but he managed to throw Scott Rolen out at third with an assist from Cody Ransom’s leaping skills. Hideki Matsui and Nick Swisher went a combined 0-for-7, leaving a total of eight runners on base. Godzilla did reach base when Purcey plunked him.

It was just another day in the office, and the win is the Yanks fifteenth in their last seventeen games. Spring Training records actually mean less than Spring Training stats, but it is good to see the team on a nice little roll with the season just a week away. Joba Chamberlain will make his final start of the preseason tomorrow afternoon against the Reds, and is scheduled for at least six innings of work.

Minor Note: Phil Hughes was scheduled to start today, but was pushed back to Wednesday to give him some extra time off and get the Triple-A rotation all lined up.

  • Tom Zig

    Good to see that Edwar is doing well. I guess he isn’t starting the season on the DL?

    • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Bronx Baseball Daily

      As far as I can tell Edwar is fully healed from whatever bothered him early in spring. It’s a good thing too because he was big last year and I thought he could be even better this season.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Minor Note: Phil Hughes was scheduled to start today, but was pushed back to Wednesday to give him some extra time off and get the Triple-A rotation all lined up. because he will be shipped off with Melky Cabrera, Ian Kennedy, Austin Jackson, Jose Veras and Juan Miranda in a deal for Toronto’s Roy Halladay and Vernon Wells.

    Seriously, not one word of that was a joke; fucking LoHud.

    • Tom Zig

      Well that’s a hell of a lot of players to give up.

      Even if that were a legit trade. Who would get bounced from the rotation for Halladay?

      • radnom

        CC.

        Actually, they probably go ahead and put Wang on the trading block. Have Pettite come out of the pen until they can swing a deal (wouldn’t take too long I figure).

      • Tom Zig

        That trade would give B-jobbers credence.

        *shudders*

        • radnom

          Meh. That too.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          That trade would give B-jobbers credence make B-Jobbers happy.

          Nothing would ever give B-Jobbers “credence”.

      • andrew

        My guess would be Joba to the bullpen and then next year Joba would become the 5 man replacing Pettitte

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Wait, Vernon Wells?

      Seriously? Vernon Wells?

      VERNON FUCKING WELLS??!?!?!

      VERNON “I’m under contract for the next 6 years at $100M” WELLS?!?!?!?!?!?!

      WHAT FUCKING IDIOT THOUGHT THAT WAS A GOOD IDEA??!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!?!?!??!

      MULTIPLE INTERROBANGS!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!

      • steve (different one)

        i’ve said it before: if Vernon Wells were put on waivers and you only had to assume his salary, no one would take him.

  • andrew

    I like that they are giving Marte work in that fireman role. I like the idea of having a distinct setup man and closer, and then having a 3rd reliever be your stopper. If saves weren’t a stat, I think Mo would be perfect for that stopper role, while Marte and Bruney would have the 8th and 9th. I doubt anyone will try that, but I’d like to see how much more effective a bullpen is when they use their best relievers in the highest leverage sitautions

    • Rey22

      Mo is perfect for…anything. Mo is Mo. The end.

  • Drew

    Why, whenever I google Brett Gardner, does an image of Doug Minciewicz(whatever)in ST clothes appear?

    I must say, I’m not a pro-Brett anti-Melky guy, in my heart of hearts I’d rather see Melky start and return to his first 2 MLB season’s form. That said, I see the potential in Brett and what he can mean to an offense. I hope his second showing in MLB is similar to his second showing in every other league that he’s been in. Most importantly, GO YANKEES!

    • radnom

      Um, how often are you googling Gardner?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Hey now!

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Because they’re both so gritty that Google Image confuses them.

      • jsbrendog

        ietc

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      http://i44.tinypic.com/24xgyfd.png

      (h/t… I don’t remember. Whose is this?)

  • Mike Pop

    Joba go 6? He cAn’t last!!!!!!!’

    • Reggie C.

      hilarious

  • A.D.

    BG choking once he’s won the starter job.

    • jsbrendog

      they spell bust g-a-r-d-n-e-r

  • A.D.

    Looks like these Jeter 1, Damon 2 thing is working out.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I’m very aroused.