Masahiro Tanaka started and goodness, he was razor sharp. Seven strikeouts in four perfect innings. He fanned the first six men he faced. Bryan Mitchell followed and allowed a run on three hits and a walk in four innings. Good hitting, good pitching, and some good defense too. Start the season already. Here are the box score and video highlights, and here are the rest of the notes from Tampa:
- Tyler Austin‘s foot is healing, though he still has a ways to go before resuming baseball activity. “Tyler is not ready to be out of the boot or off his scooter, but it is progressing and we were happy with what we saw,” said Joe Girardi. [Lou DiPietro]
- Some other injury updates: Mason Williams (shoulder) could get in a game next week. Ronald Herrera (shoulder) has resumed throwing. James Reeves (elbow) and Kellin Deglan (shoulder) are still shut down. [DiPietro]
This is the open thread for the rest of the day. This afternoon’s game will be replayed on YES at 7pm ET, if you’re interested. MLB Network is going to have the much anticipated USA vs. Dominican Republic game tonight at 6:30pm ET. MLB Network has other World Baseball Classic games right now (Venezuela vs. Italy) and at 9:30pm ET (Puerto Rico vs. Mexico), 12:30am ET (Cuba vs. Israel on tape delay), and 6am ET (Japan vs. Netherlands). The Knicks, Islanders, and Devils are all playing, and there’s a bunch of college basketball on the schedule too. Talk about all that stuff and more right here, as long as it’s not religion or politics.