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Tigers 7, Yankees 4

Posted By Cliff Corcoran On March 11, 2009 @ 5:27 pm In Cliff Corcoran | Comments Disabled

The Yankees didn’t hit much and CC Sabathia and Alfredo Aceves gave up a bunch of runs. Yanks lose to Tigers 7-4 [1].

Lineup:

S – Melky Cabrera (CF)
L – Johnny Damon (LF)
S – Mark Teixeira (1B)
S – Jorge Posada (DH)
S – Nick Swisher (RF)
R – Cody Ransom (3B)
R – Angel Berroa (2B)
S – Ramon Peña (SS)
R – Kevin Cash (C)

Subs: Juan Miranda (1B), Doug Bernier (2B), Eduardo Nuñez (SS), Justin Leone (3B), Austin Romine (C), Todd Linden (RF), Austin Jackson (CF), Colin Curtis (LF), Hideki Matsui (DH)

Pitchers: CC Sabathia, Alfredo Aceves, Brian Bruney, Jose Veras, Mark Melancon

Opposition: The non-WBC Tigers.

Big Hits:

No Yankee had an extra-base hit, but Johnny Damon went 2-for-2 with a walk, and Mark Teixeira, who is hitting .529 this spring, went 2-for-3. The rest of the team had just two singles (by Cody Ransom and Juan Miranda).

Who Pitched Well:

Brian Bruney and Jose Veras each pitched a perfect inning while striking out two. Mark Melancon pitched around a single for a scoreless eighth.

Who Didn’t:

After a scoreless first inning, CC Sabathia gave up five runs on five hits in the second, capped by a Gary Sheffield homer, and was pulled with two outs in that inning. Sabathia said he felt fine, but was having trouble locating his pitches. Alfredo Aceves then gave up a second home run to Sheffield, a solo shot, as well as a solo home run to Triple-A outfielder Wikin Ramirez.He also gave up a walk and a double, but only struck out one in his 3 1/3 innings.

Battles:

Melky Cabrera went 0-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored. Nick Swisher went 0-for-3 with two walks and a sac fly, but left six other runners on base. Angel Berroa went 0-for-3. Jose Veras is locked in. Mark Melancon still hasn’t given up an earned run. Alfredo Aceves has struggled in two of his three outhings this spring.

Ouchies:

Mariano Rivera and Edwar Ramirez both threw bullpens without incident.

WBC:

Derek Jeter and the USA take on Venezuela at 6:30 tonight (that’s now, actually) to decide the seeding for Round 2, but I won’t be liveblogging it this evening. My next liveblog will be of the USA’s first Round 2 game on Saturday.


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