Some Yanks lose to Atlanta

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When the Braves and the Yankees who bothered to travel to Orlando started playing today, the Yanks’ lineup featured Johnny Damon, Brett Gardner, Xavier Nady and, um, Jose Molina. The team has to send four starters, and well, that’s the crowd they put together.

Unsurprisingly, by the time the ninth inning rolled around and Doug Bernier and Todd Linden were in the lineup, the Yanks were facing a one-run deficit. They never closed the gap and despite decently strong pitching, fell 3-2 to Atlanta. The team hasn’t won a game since Feb. 26. It matters little.

For the Yanks, Ian Kennedy started and didn’t have his breaking pitches going early on. He gave up a pair of runs in the first, and the Yanks would never recover. He settled down and allowed no more runs while giving up three total hits and a walk. He struck out nary a batter. Dan Giese relieved, going three strong and surrendering a run. He struck out three and walked one in a very solid outing. Andrew Brackman and Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless inning each. Melancon has now made three spring appearances without surrendering a run. He’ll get some early game action soon to face some big league hitters.

Offensively, the Yanks went 5 for 31 against the Braves, and no one had more than one hit. Johnny Damon tripled, and Dan Giese picked up a hit. That was about all.

This is of course the problem with spring road games during the WBC. The Yanks’ big guns are away from the team, and they don’t have to take too many other players with them. The pitchers got in the work they needed; the hitters got their swings. The outcome just doesn’t matter.

Things will start to heat up tomorrow when Joba takes on Team Canada at 1:15 p.m. After him come the rest of the the starting five for the first time this spring. Mariano Rivera is also primed to throw a bullpen on Thursday as the Yanks while away the lazy days of March. Just 33 more days until Opening Day.

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  • Michael

    This is a huge deal! No Yankee team that has lost 4 straight spring training games has ever gone on to win the World Series……..EVER!! This team might not be above .500 until August 10th and by then, Boston and TB will be 14.5 games up. We’re screwed.

    • LB

      Time to give up on 2009 and wait for the 2010 season

      • Cor Shep

        WE CANT LOSE TO TEH BRAVES!!111!!1

        • Mike Pop

          How did Cashman not sign Derek Lowe!!!

          • LB

            Fire him!!!!!!!

  • Bronx Baseball Daily

    I really wish they would broadcast all of the games. I’d love to watch Brackman pitch even if it were just for one inning.

  • touchtoneterriost

    “and um,Jose Molina.”

    Man this site loves to hammer the good but not great players.Lucky Miguel Cairo isn’t playing anymore.

    • Jack

      Miguel Cairo is good?

    • Ben K.

      It’s not dumping on the bad players. I didn’t mean to make it sound like that.

      My point was that if you’re going to see the Yanks play during Spring Training and Jose Molina is one of their four starters the team is required to bring, I wouldn’t be too enthused about that.

    • Ryan S.

      It really doesn’t. I think any of the 3 RAB guys will tell ya Jose Molina is a fine backup and a shitty #1 catcher (which is what he is until Jorge is ready). They just tell it like it is.

    • Joseph P.

      Considering we yell “Hava Monlina!” every time the dude gets a hit, no, I don’t think we lover to hammer him.

      That said, I fucking hate Miguel Cairo.

  • LC

    Is Jesus Montero still in the major league camp? How about A-Jax?

    • Jamal G.

      Each had a Plate Appearance today, and Jackson walked while Montero stranded a runner on base.

      • Kevin G.


      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Get rid of him now, he failed in the clutch.

  • Lanny

    I think there’s a 10% chance we ever see Ian Kennedy pitch for the Yankees again.

    • anonymous

      Typo? Its more like 100%

      • Ben K.

        Don’t bother. Lanny’s been an irrational Ian Kennedy hater since day one.

        • Mike Pop

          Mike: Ya, well IPK threw a shutout down in AAA last night.

          Lanny: BUT remember what he did in the 08 season for the actual real Yankees?

          Let down Lanny strikes again.

          • A.D.

            Lanny & Bo the depression duo

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            You can’t make lemonade with lemons.

          • Doug


  • Reggie C.

    Would love to find out Brackman’s velocity …. anybody know?

    • A.D.

      110…with the change-up!!!

      I kid, no idea, and not being televised, probably only the scouts know

  • GG

    Manny opting out and becoming DH next year…He’ll take a paycut to mash against the RedSox all season. And cut his hair.

    • Ryan S.

      Manny….take a paycut?

      BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA you are hilarious. He’d have signed with the Pirates this year if they had paid him the most money. I’m sorry, I love the guy (now that he isn’t with the Red Sox) and I’d be thrilled to have him in pinstripes, but the man is a straight up mercenary.

      • Mike Pop

        He earned it, son!

        • Ryan S.

          The man is a capitalist and I don’t hold that against him at all. I don’t see why anybody would ever begrudge a guy for getting the most money possible. Still, he is what he is, and that is exactly what he is.

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Michael Jordan signed a one year deal for the 1997-1998 season for 36 million dollars.

            The Bulls gave him that money so that nobody else would contemplate giving him that money.

            He was a great player and a great teammate as well, but he was a mercenary too. The only reason he isn’t perceived as selling his services to the highest bidder is the Bulls wisely made sure they were always the highest bidder.

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