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The Yankees kicked off 2010 in classic 2009 style with a walk-off win in their first spring training game of the year, a 6-3 win over the visiting Pirates. It was a typically colorless spring training game. Neither team drew a walk, and the Yankees sent just three men to the plate in each of the first four innings, failing to get a ball out of the infield in those 12 at-bats. Alex Rodriguez got the first Yankee hit leading off the bottom of the fifth. Ramiro Peña and Nick Johnson got the Yankees a lead in the sixth. Jonathan Albaladejo blew that lead in the seventh, and Colin Curtis delivered the game-winning three-run homer in the ninth. Here are the details:


R – Derek Jeter (SS)
L – Curtis Granderson (CF)
S – Mark Teixeira (1B)
R – Alex Rodriguez (3B)
R – Marcus Thames (DH)
R – Jamie Hoffmann (RF)
L – Brett Gardner (LF)
R – Francisco Cervelli (C)
R – Ramiro Peña (2B)

Subs: Nick Johnson (1B), Reegie Corona (2B), Eduardo Nuñez (SS), Brandon Laird (3B), Mike Rivera (C), David Winfree (RF), Greg Golson (CF), Colin Curtis (LF), Jon Weber (DH)

Pitchers (IP): Chad Gaudin (2), Sergio Mitre (2), Alfredo Aceves (2), Jon Albaladejo (3 batters), Royce Ring (1 1/3), Jason Hirsh (2/3), Amaury Sanit (1)

Big Hits: A solo homer by Ramiro “Boom Boom” Peña off former Yankee Steven Jackson to lead off the bottom of the sixth and break the scoreless tie. An RBI double by Nick Johnson later in that inning. A three-run walk-off homer off Virgil Vazquez by Colin Curtis with one out in the bottom of the ninth. All three men went 1-for-2 in the game.

Who Pitched Well: Chad Gaudin pitched around an infield  single by Andrew McCutchen and his own error for two scoreless frames including a 1-2-3 second. Sergio Mitre and Alfredo Aceves each worked two perfect frames while striking out one. Royce Ring allowed an inherited runner to score on a groundout, but he entered with that runner on third and none out and retired all four men he faced, striking out two. Jason Hirsh struck out both men he faced. Amaury Sanit worked a perfect ninth. Those six pitchers allowed just one baserunner, McCutchen, and no runs while getting all 27 outs, seven by strikeout.

Who Didn’t: Jonathan Albaladejo started the seventh by hitting a batter on the thigh, then giving up a single and a two-run double, then got pulled.

Nice Plays: Nick Johnson made a nice, soft-handed pick at first base on a wide and low throw by Eduardo Nuñez.

Oopsies: Chad Gaudin fired a pickoff throw past Mark Teixeira in the first. Greg Golson threw wild on Erik Kratz’s RBI double in the seventh, missing two cutoff men and allowing Kratz to move to third, from where he was able to score on an groundout to first.

Ouchies: Francisco Cervelli was hit by a pitch on the meaty part of his left forearm in the third, but wasn’t injured, though is pride might have been when he tried to avenge the HBP with a steal and was thrown out. Joba Chamberlain (flu-like symptoms) threw his scheduled bullpen before the game, but looked tired and was sent home immediately after, in part to avoid his infecting his teammates, though Kevin Russo is already feeling sick. Joba is still expected to pitch in Friday’s game.

Other: It took Michael Kay less than a minute to annoy me . His narration over footage of Jeter breaking Lou Gehrig’s Yankee hit record during the YES broadcast’s opening montage included this sentence: “The record book was assaulted as milestones were etched into forever.” That’s the verbal equivalent of a Michael Bay explosion, making the similarity between two names seem like more than a coincidence. The inanity and wrong-headedness of his and, to a lesser degree, Ken Singleton’s commentary throughout the game reminded me why I started blogging. On the other hand, Jack Curry made his YES debut as a field reporter and brought some logic, wisdom, and restraint to the proceedings. I’m encouraged by his addition.

The new spring training hats worn by Pirates (the Yankees wore their regular season home duds) look really stupid, though less obnoxiously stupid than the ear-cutout caps they’ve replaced.

Curtis Granderson said he’s experimenting with contact lenses this spring, which suggests that he took his poor showing last year pretty hard.

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1 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Mar 3, 2010 11:16 pm

“The record book was assaulted as milestones were etched into forever.” That’s the verbal equivalent of a Michael Bay explosion, making the similarity between two names seem like more than a coincidence.

Well done, sir!

Someone recently told me there is a "Fake Michael Kay! on twitter..i will have to check that out.

2 williamnyy23   ~  Mar 3, 2010 11:39 pm

I completely agree with the Kay sentiment, but I think we can cut Kenny some slack. His track record is very solid. In fact, he is probably my favorite broadcaster in the YES era.

3 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Mar 3, 2010 11:43 pm

[2] I agree on Singleton, but he wasn't on his game today. Also, it drives me nuts when he refers to a first-round draft pick as "a number-one draft pick." A number-one draft pick is the first guy drafted and that player only.

4 williamnyy23   ~  Mar 3, 2010 11:53 pm

[3] I am watching the replay now and haven't noticed anything that off with Kenny, but it is the first game of the Spring.

As for Curry, he definitely did a good job challenging Kay's drivel about all five candidates for the #5 spot being on equal footing. Having said that, I hope the Yankees aren't going to be a using a field reporter during the regular season. There is no need to distract from the game once they count.

5 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Mar 4, 2010 12:02 am

[4] "So tell me Joe, Joba just gave up consecutive 500-foot home runs to Jed Lowrie and Jacoby Ellsbury..do you think he's off his game tonight?"

I'm all for field reporters!

6 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Mar 4, 2010 12:06 am

[4] No, from what I hear, Curry will be doing pre and post game desk analysis during the season. They have the field reporter spot in spring training because a) they don't have a studio in Tampa and b) the players are allowed to talk mid-game after being taken out.

7 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Mar 4, 2010 12:23 am

Note, my DVR ate the top of the 5th so I didn't see the supposedly fine plays by Brett Gardner and Jamie Hoffmann on windblown balls to the outfield. Prior to that there had been just two balls hit into the outfield, both by the Pirates.

8 Mattpat11   ~  Mar 4, 2010 3:10 am

I think "colorless" is a much nicer way of describing the game than I did. Opening Day cannot possibly come fast enough.

Although if we're going to bring up Michael Kay, we need to include “There’s a typical Gardner hit! But he’s gunned down by Iwamura!”

9 williamnyy23   ~  Mar 4, 2010 6:08 am

[7] The wind looked like it affected both balls, so both Gradner and Hoffman did a nice job staying with them. Hoffman's catch was more impressive because it caught running toward the wall. Gardner ran back to the wall and then had to drift toward center.

[8] In Kay's defense, Gardner was not exactly busting it out of the box as you would expect during the season.

10 RagingTartabull   ~  Mar 4, 2010 9:17 am

I'm a big Curry fan, so I'm all for his addition. Kay is Kay, what can ya do? I still legitimately enjoy his stream-of-conscious ranting on 1050 everyday.

I agree that on March 3rd we can cut Kenny some slack, he'll be on his game once April hits. Still gonna miss Coney though.

11 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 4, 2010 10:20 am

Michael Bay explosion...great line, Cliff.

12 rbj   ~  Mar 4, 2010 12:08 pm

Yay, first game recap of the season! And it's supposed to hit the 40s this weekend.

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