Brett Myers and 22-year-old righty Andrew Carpenter shut out the Yanks 4-0.
L – Brett Gardner (CF)
L – Robinson Cano (2B)
L – Bobby Abreu (RF)
R – Alex Rodriguez (3B)
L – Jason Giambi (1B)
S – Jorge Posada (C)
S – Wilson Betemit (SS)
R – Jason Lane (LF)
R – Chien-Ming Wang (P)
Pitchers: Chien-Ming Wang, Ross Ohlendorf, Joba Chamberlain, Billy Traber, Brian Bruney
Subs: Morgan Ensberg (1B), Chris Woodward (SS), Cody Ransom (3B), Jose Molina (C), Bernie Castro (PH/CF), Nick Green (PH), Greg Porter (PR), Carlos Mendoza (PR)
Opponent: The Phillies’ starters.
Big Hits: Robinson Cano went 2 for 4 with a pair of singles. Bobby Abreu walked twice in four trips. The rest of the Yankee hitters reached base just four times on two other singles and two other walks.
Who Pitched Well: Billy Traber retired the only two men he faced. Those two men happened to be lefties Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, the latter of whom struck out. Ross Ohlendorf pitched around a Geoff Jenkins double, striking out two in the sixth. Joba Chamberlain faced three batters, walking one, striking out one, and getting the third to ground out.
Who Didn’t: A bad second inning ruined Chien-Ming Wang’s outing. Wang allowed four runs on six singles and two walks in his five innings, but all four runs, four of those singles, and one of the walks came in the second inning. Things were worse than they should have been in that frame as Wang induced two double-play balls, but due to misplays by Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez (the latter Alex Rodriguez’s third error of the spring) only got one out from them. Brian Bruney only retired half of the four men he faced, allowing a double to So Taguchi and a single.
Ouchies: Andy Pettitte threw 36 pitches in the bullpen and said he felt good. He’s on target to make a minor league start on Saturday and start Game 3 of the regular season, though he’ll have to throw another bullpen today to stay on target. Brett Gardner fouled a ball off his face. Bloodied, he came out of the game immediately and headed to the dentist for x-rays. Johnny Damon missed the game as he continues to struggle with the flu. Don’t be surprised if you start hearing about other players battling the flu in the coming days (Pete Abe reports Shelley Duncan and Jeff Karstens aren’t feeling so hot . . . easy fix on the latter: send him to minor league camp).
Minor Work: Pitching for Tampa, Mariano Rivera tossed a perfect inning and Kyle Farnsworth pitched a scoreless one, but allowed two hits.
Roster Moves: As predicted by Chad Jennings, Sean Henn has been placed on the 15-day DL with tendonitis. Nick Green chose not to opt out of his Yankee contract, but the Yanks did reduce their futility-man glut by releasing Chris Woodward. Analyzing the battle for the final bench spot two weeks ago, I wrote, “We’ll get our first big lesson on Joe Girardi’s decision making when he’s forced to choose between Chris Woodward and Morgan Ensberg, a choice which should be obvious.” Well, with four days left in camp, Ensberg’s on the 40-man roster and Chris Woodward is looking for a new team. I couldn’t be more impressed.
More: Gardner got the start because Damon was sick and Melky Cabrera stayed behind in Tampa for some sliding practice. Legends Field becomes George M. Steinbrenner Field today. Porn enthusiast Hideki Matsui is getting married.
On a more serious note, Bob Sheppard, the Yankees legendary public address announcer, will not be on the mic for Opening Day. In fact, the Yankees don’t expect Sheppard to return to work until at least June. I’ve long suspected that Sheppard’s tremendous career might end with the closing of Yankee Stadium. Hearing this news, I just hope he’s able to return to the old park at least one more time to say goodbye and to hear the ovation the fans so desperately want to give him.