L – Bobby Abreu (DH)
R – Derek Jeter (SS)
L – Robinson Cano (2B)
R – Alex Rodriguez (3B)
L – Hideki Matsui (LF)
S – Jorge Posada (C)
L – Josh Phelps (1B)
L – Kevin Reese (CF)
R – Kevin Thompson (RF)
Bobby Abreu led off and played the full game to compensate for some of the at-bats he lost to his oblique injury. He went 1 for 3 with a single, a walk, and a strikeout.
Pitchers: Steven Jackson, Ron Villone, Jeff Kennard, Scott Proctor, Kevin Whelan, Colter Bean
Subs: Doug Mientkiewicz (1B), Miguel Cairo (2B), Chris Basak (SS), Andy Phillips (3B), Tim Battle (LF)
Opposition: The Blue Jays’ starters save for Vernon Wells.
Big Hits: Solo homers by Alex Rodriguez (1 for 3), a two-out shot in the fourth, his team-leading fourth of the spring, Robinson Cano (1 for 3) leading off the seventh, and Derek Jeter (1 for 4) leading off the eighth. A double and a two-RBI single by Kevin Thompson (2 for 3).
Who Pitched Well?: Steven Jackson, who was awful in his original spring stint, acquitted himself well against the Blue Jays’ starters, allowing just two runs on five hits and a walk in five innings. Jeff Kennard pitched a perfect sixth inning, stranding an inherited runner. Colter Bean pitched a perfect ninth, stranding two inherited runners.
Who Didn’t?: Ron Villone faced one batter in the sixth. That batter singled. Kevin Whelan faced two batters in the ninth. Both of those batters singled.
Ouchies: Jeff Karstens and Chien-Ming Wang will throw bullpens from half-way up the mound tomorrow.
Battles: Joe Torre has said he’d announce the 25-man roster tomorrow. Peter Abraham suggests that Josh Phelps, Wil Nieves and Brian Bruney will be the right-handed first baseman, backup catcher, and last righty reliever, respectively. That just leaves the second lefty reliever (Villone allowing a single to his only batter tonight is yet another data point in Sean Henn’s favor), and the fifth starter. With Karstens not throwing his bullpen until tomorrow, one assumes Torre’s either already made up his mind there, or that the announcement will come immediately following Karsten’s “bully,” as Torre likes to call bullpen sessions.
Notes: Cory Lidle’s widow and son with throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day. A correction to yesterday’s note: Mike Mussina’s minor league outing will occur tomorrow, not today, as will Andy Pettitte’s, as initially reported.
Cuts: The Kevins were optioned to triple-A after the game, but will remain in major league camp through Saturday.
Also: Mike Myers gave up a pair of runs on four hits in two innings, but also struck out four against the Devil Ray’s triple-A campers.