The Yankees lost again this afternoon to fall to 2-4 in Grapefruit League play. The Astros shut them out 1-0. Doomed. Doomed I say. Anyway, Michael Pineda allowed two hits in two scoreless innings in his spring debut, striking out three. Luis Severino bounced back nicely from his ugly outing last week, allowing two hits and striking out three in three scoreless innings. Jacob Lindgren also bounced back from his walk-filled spring debut by retiring all three men he faced.
Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances both made their spring debuts this afternoon. Miller allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless inning, and Betances allowed the game’s only run on two hits in his inning of work. Brian McCann had two hits while Carlos Beltran had one, a double. Chris Denorfia went 0-for-1 with a strikeout in his spring debut after signing a minor league deal last week. Here’s the box score, here are the day’s photos, and there are the day’s notes from camp:
- As usual, Chad Jennings has the day’s workout groups. Nathan Eovaldi and Nick Goody were among those to throw bullpen sessions and all the position players who didn’t play in the game instead took batting practice. Not much to see today.
- Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) felt fine following yesterday’s start and will start Friday’s game. Brett Gardner (wrist) and Pete Kozma (back) both took batting practice on the field for the first time today. Starlin Castro will not play the next two days because he’s having some dental work done. [Jennings, Brendan Kuty, Ryan Hatch]
- The Yankees play their next two games on other side of Florida, so a bunch of players will make the trip and stay overnight instead of making the four-hour bus ride back and forth each day. Didi Gregorius, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, Jorge Mateo, CC Sabathia, and James Kaprielian are among those making the trip. Tomorrow’s game will not be televised. [Jennings]
- The Yankees had a ten-year-old boy named Landis Sims in camp today. Landis was born without legs and hands, but thanks to prosthetic devices, he was able to take batting practice with the team today. Good stuff, Yankees. Here’s the story.
- And finally, make sure you check out Sabathia’s post on the Players’ Tribune. He opened up about his battle with alcoholism and his road to recovery. Powerful stuff.
This is tonight’s open thread. MLB Network is playing the Phillies and Pirates on tape delay later tonight, which is good because none of the local hockey or basketball teams are playing tonight. No college basketball either. What gives? Anyway, talk about whatever here.