The dream of an undefeated season is over. The Yankees lost their first game of the spring today, falling to the Phillies 9-3. Michael Pineda started and threw two scoreless innings (video), allowing a ten-hop single back up the middle to the first batter before retiring the next six. He struck out two: Shane Victorino on a changeup in the dirt and Jim Thome on a fastball up high. Afterwards, Pineda told Jack Curry that he threw about five changeups, including the one whiff from Victorino. Marc Carig spoke to a scout who said he was 89-92 with a flat slider. Typical first outing of camp.
David Robertson allowed a run in his inning, but things really got out of hand in the sixth. Adam Miller allowed five runs on six baserunners with his only out coming on a caught stealing. Juan Cedeno (three runs in one inning) did him no favors by allowing all three inherited runs to score. Gus Molina was the offensive star by going 2-for-2 and Zoilo Almonte continued his perfect spring by going 1-for-1. He’s now 5-for-5 across three games. Brett Gardner hit an inside-the-park homer that was really a fly ball followed by a comedy of errors. Here’s the box score, and here’s the rest from Tampa…
- Mariano Rivera threw a 28-pitch live batting practice session this morning and could get into a game as soon as this weekend. “I’ll be ready,” he said. “I was born ready.” Rafael Soriano threw 26 pitches in his live BP session. [Carig, Erik Boland & Bryan Hoch]
- Brad Meyers, Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Ivan Nova, and David Phelps all threw their scheduled bullpen sessions. Freddy Garcia, D.J. Mitchell and Joba Chamberlain are scheduled to throw tomorrow. CC Sabathia and Phil Hughes will both pitch against the Pirates in a game that will not be televised. [Chad Jennings]
- Cole Garner is day-to-day with a hamstring injury. He’s suddenly a step behind Zoilo in the race for the Jon Weber Memorial He Should Make The Team! Award. [Jennings]
- In case you missed it early, Eduardo Nunez left today’s game with a contusion after getting hit by a pitch in the right hand. He was sent for precautionary x-rays.
Here is your open thread for the night. None of the basketball or hockey locals are in action, but the Mets are playing (on SNY) and MLB Network will be carrying various games all night. Talk about whatever you like here, enjoy.