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Twins 5, Yankees 4

The Yankees took their first loss of the spring this afternoon in the first game in which they faced an opponent’s major league starters. Twins win, 5-4.


L – Brett Gardner (CF)
R – Cody Ransom (2B)
S – Nick Swisher (1B)
S – Jorge Posada (DH)
R – Xavier Nady (RF)
S – Melky Cabrera (LF)
R – Angel Berroa (SS)
R – Justin Leone (3B)
R – Francisco Cervelli (C)

Subs: Juan Miranda (1B), Ramiro Peña (2B), Eduardo Nuñez (SS), Doug Bernier (3B), Austin Romine (C), Todd Linden (RF), Austin Jackson (CF), Kevin Russo (LF), John Rodriguez (DH)

Pitchers: Ian Kennedy, Eric Hacker, Anthony Claggett, Andrew Brackman, George Kontos, Wilkin De La Rosa, Steven Jackson

Opposition: The Twins’ starters minus Joe Mauer.

Big Hits:

Justin Leone (1-for-3) homered off Twins’ starter Scott Baker. Brett Gardner (2 for 2, BB, 2 SB) singled and doubled off Baker. Jorge Posada and Nick Swisher were both 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.

Who Pitched Well:

Ian Kennedy struck out three in his two scoreless innings while allowing just two baserunners on a walk and a single. Anthony Claggett pitched two scoreless innings of his own, stranding two inherited runners in the fourth and allowing just one of his own on a single.

Who Didn’t:

Eric Hacker failed to get an out in the fourth, giving up a run on three hits before getting pulled in favor of Claggett. He also walked two men in the third. George Kontos blew the save in the seventh by allowing a run on three hits. Wilkin De La Rosa gave up two runs on two walks and two singles in the eighth before Steven Jackson was brought in to get the last out.


In a game they both started Brett Gardner (who got the nod in center) went 2-for-2 with a double, a walk, and two stolen bases, while Melky Cabrera (starting in left) went 0 for 3 and stranded three runners. Gardner led off the game with a single, stole second, and scored on a Cody Ransom single. That after homering leading off the first game of the schedule. Who does he think he is, Rickey Henderson? Nick Swisher went 2-for-3.

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1 tommyl   ~  Feb 27, 2009 5:36 pm

Go Little Brett Go!

2 Chyll Will   ~  Feb 27, 2009 6:09 pm

Yeah man, work that arm!

3 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Feb 27, 2009 6:53 pm

Chyll, if you're ragging on Gardner for that bad throw on TV yesterday, he was running at a full spring in the opposite direction of the throw and didn't take the time to turn his body. When his momentum is going the right way, he has a very strong arm, and I bet he learned from that play that he could have had Weber if he'd taken a step to set himself.

4 rbj   ~  Feb 27, 2009 7:40 pm

Just watch out when Brett starts referring to himself in the third person.

5 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Feb 27, 2009 8:04 pm

first loss..I miss the days of Big George getting in an uproar over an exhibition loss..maybe Hank will keep us entertained again this year?

btw, anyone know if he is still a chain smoker? i would guess that smoking is banned in the Stadium..

6 Chyll Will   ~  Feb 27, 2009 8:17 pm

[3] Well good, that way I won't have to rag on him. I'm all for the guy who earns the spot (and not earn it by default) But, I will take your word and leave him be for now... >;)

[5] I'd rather lose with this lineup than yesterday's, that's for sure... and it's good that IPK pitched well in those two innings. Hope we see that consistently before he hits Scranton.

7 randym77   ~  Feb 27, 2009 9:04 pm

I just came across this spring training photo gallery at the Boston Globe. Some great pics.

8 PJ   ~  Feb 28, 2009 12:00 am

At least Brett showed up to ST on time...


9 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Feb 28, 2009 12:17 am

Good stuff, Randy, thanks for that.

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