Masahiro Tanaka started and looked very much like a veteran going through the motions in his three scoreless innings. He struck out four. The splitter was on. Tommy Layne, Aroldis Chapman, and Tyler Clippard all threw an inning. Rotation candidate Luis Cessa finished the game off and allowed an unearned run in two innings. Here are the box score and video highlights, and here’s the rest of the day’s news from Tampa:
- James Kaprielian threw another simulated game today, so it seems he’s healthy. The Yankees say they’re going to take it very slow with Kaprielian following last year’s elbow injury and he might not pitch in an actual Grapefruit League game. [Brendan Kuty]
- Ji-Man Choi took a pitch to the face in today’s game and was walking around afterward with an ice pack on his cheek. I guess that means it wasn’t something more serious. Also, Tyler Wade fouled a ball off his foot but remained in the game. [Mike Mazzeo]
- The Yankees will be on the road to play the Pirates tomorrow and I think Bryan Mitchell is the scheduled starter. He lines up to pitch tomorrow, anyway. That game will be on MLB Network and MLB.tv, but not YES.
- And finally, Kevin Kernan has a neat story on Brett Gardner, who is mentoring Aaron Judge in camp. Judge, meanwhile, has been mentoring some younger players over in minor league camp. Pretty cool.
Here is the open thread for the rest of the weekend. This afternoon’s game will be replayed on both YES (7pm ET) and MLB Network (11pm ET). The Knicks, Islanders, and Devils are all playing, plus there’s some college hoops on the schedule as well. You know how these things work by now, so have at it.