Results tagged ‘ Scott Baker ’
- Rodriguez’s home run in the first was his second of the season and the 616th home run of his career. With his two RBIs he also surpassed former Yankee great Dave Winfield on the all-time RBI list and tied Rafael Palmiero at 1,837.
- Posada’s three two-run home runs in the past two games give him three home runs and six RBIs and a .286 average after four games as the DH. Posada’s home run into right-center followed a Baker walk to Nick Swisher to begin the inning.
- Nova looked excellent in the first 3 2/3 innings until he allowed a Justin Morneau double, an infield single by Delmon Young and Thome’s two-run double. But he recovered and held the lead after Nishioka’s RBI double in the fifth. He threw 50 strikes in 83 pitches and benefitted by two double plays. In fact, of the 18 outs he recorded, 11 were retired on groundouts.
- The Chamberlain, Soriano and Rivera combination in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings combined for no runs on two hits, no walks and two strikeouts. Out of 42 pitches they threw 30 were strikes.
- Brett Gardner is struggling at the plate. He is 2-for-15 (.133) with seven strikeouts, including two on Monday in an 0-for-4 night. Gardner is likely to be rested on Tuesday with a left-hander pitching for the Twins.
- Derek Jeter is also struggling in the early going. He was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and is 2-for-14 (.143).
- Despite the victory the team was 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position and Rodriguez did not help by grounding into two double plays. Russell Martin also hit into a double play as the Twins turned three on the night.
- By far the highlight of the day for Yankee fans was the spring debut of Mariano Rivera in the sixth inning. Rivera shook off the winter rust to strike out all three batters he faced on only 12 pitches. Two strikeouts were called and the other was swinging.
- Rafael Soriano and David Robertson also looked sharp in their one-inning relief stints. Soriano needed just eight pitches to retire four batters and Robertson needed only 12 to retire three. It looks like the bullpen, indeed, will be the team’s strength heading into the 2011 season.
- Alex Rodriguez singled and hit his second home run of the spring, a solo shot off Baker in the second inning that briefly tied the score.
- We have been assured that no Yankees were harmed in the making of this horrible display of a game. That is a good thing.
- It was just one of those days for Garcia, 34. He gave up four runs on six hits and two walks and he struck three in 2 2/3 innings. He threw 68 pitches in that span and his main problem was an inability to put away hitters when he was ahead in the count. Garcia was previously unscored upon in five innings and was an early favorite for a rotation spot. Manager Joe Girardi said he was not focused on the results but he did say he will be interested in seeing how Garcia bounces back in his next start.
- The hitting drought continues for the Yankees. Against the Twins they managed only six hits. They have scored just 12 runs in the past five games and they have a total of 28 hits in those games. It is spring training but it seems clear Girardi would like his players to get more hits, get those runners in scoring position and score them.
- Errors have become a problem the past two games. Jeter’s error cost the Yankees four runs and in the ninth inning Daniel Brewer dropped a routine fly ball to allow a fifth unearned run to score. Yesterday Eduardo Nunez’s two-base throwing error in the bottom of the ninth inning cost the Yankees a 6-5 loss to the Nationals.
“I was checking the computer what I was doing wrong when I had men on base,” Cano told MLB.com. “As long as I don’t swing at bad pitches and I don’t have bad at-bats, I’m OK.”
act ever since he was a rookie in 1996, it is pretty good bet that Foster lied to Hirschbeck to cover his hindquarters. Hirschbeck said on Monday that umpires must look to confirm tags are made and not just assume the runner is always out when the ball beats the runner to the bag. Hirschbeck said Girardi was ejected from the game for arguing a call from Sunday’s game. He did not allow Foster to speak the media on Monday or Tuesday., the Associated Press said . . . Cervelli’s good night at the plate Monday may be his last with the Yankees for a while. Jose Molina is ready to rejoin the team after a long rehab of his strained left quad and could be activated in time for Wednesday night’s game. Cervelli was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs on Tuesday. Though he was hitting just .190 with Double A Trenton when he was called up to replace Molina, the Venezuelan rookie is hitting .287 with the Yankees and has impressed the coaches and the pitching staff with his defensive work behind the plate and his strong throwing arm . . . The Yankees unconditionally released infielder Angel Berroa. Berroa, who was called up from Triple A Scranton-Wilkes Barre to replace infielder Cody Ransom when Ransom pulled a quad muscle, was designated for assignment when Ransom was reactivated from the disabled list. Berroa, the American League Rookie of the Year in 2003, hit .136 in 21 games with the Yankees.