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Yankees 6, Rays 4

The Yankees beat the Rays 6-4 thanks to some strong relief pitching, including Chan Ho Park’s spring debut, and a three-run homer by Colin Curtis.


R – Derek Jeter (SS)
L – Curtis Granderson (CF)
S – Nick Swisher (RF)
S – Jorge Posada (C)
L – Robinson Cano (2B)
R – Marcus Thames (DH)
S – Randy Winn (LF)
L – Juan Miranda (1B)
S – Ramiro Peña (3B)

Subs: Jon Weber (1B), Reegie Corona (2B), Kevin Russo (SS), Eduardo Nuñez (3B), Austin Romine (C), Reid Gorecki (RF), Greg Golson (CF), Colin Curtis (LF), P.J. Pilittere (DH)

Pitchers (IP): Javier Vazquez (3), Romulo Sanchez (2/3), Boone Logan (1/3), Chan Ho Park (1), David Robertson (1), Mark Melancon (2), Dustin Moseley (1)

Big Hits: A booming two-run double just shy of the warning track in center field by Derek Jeter (2-for-3). That double came before he hurt his hand, but the single came after. A three-run homer by Colin Curtis (1-for-3), his second dinger of the  spring. Ramiro Peña had two singles in three at-bats.

Who Pitched Well: Chan Ho Park looked sharp in a perfect fifth inning, needing just eight pitches to retire the side, striking out one and making a nice play coming off the mound. David Robertson struck out two (one on a nose-to-toes curve, the other on high heat) in a perfect sixth. Though Jorge Posada sullied it with a run-scoring passed ball, Boone Logan made like a proper LOOGY in the fourth, coming in with two out and the bases loaded to strike out Carl Crawford with a good slider and strand the remaining runners. Dustin Moseley worked a perfect ninth. Mark Melancon gave up a run following a booming leadoff triple by Justin Ruggiano in the eighth, but he didn’t allow any other hits and only one other man hit a ball to the outfield in his two innings of work. In the seventh, he erased a leadoff walk with a strike-em-out/throw-em-out double play with Austin Romine throwing out opposing catcher Dioner Navarro.

Javier Vazquez worked into some deep counts and walked two, shaving an inning of his intended workload by using up 60 pitches in just three frames, but he limited the damage to a solo homer by Carlos Peña (on a fastball up and on the outside half of the plate) and only allowed one other hit (a harmless single) while striking out three.

Who Didn’t: Romulo Sanchez gave up two runs on a walk and three hits, including a B.J. Upton double, before he could get three outs. He was all over the place, which was one reason Jorge Posada whiffed on a low fastball to allow one of those runs to score.

Nice Plays: On a slow roller to second, Robinson Cano circled the ball, came in on the grass, and scooped and shoveled the ball to first with his glove to get the out. Later in the game, the coaching staff had Cano positioned perfectly on Pat Burrell. Robby needed just two steps to knock down a would-be single up the middle that nearly took off David Robertson’s head. Chan Ho Park sprung off the mound to make a clean play and a strong throw on a bouncer well on the grass to the left side by Carlos Peña. Though it didn’t result in an out, Jorge Posada made a near-perfect throw to second on a stealing Carl Crawford in the third. Crawford was safe, but barely.

Oopsies: Playing shortstop, Kevin Russo was unable to come up with a hard grounder to his right in the eighth, allowing a run to score from third on what was ruled an error. On a chopper in front of the plate by Ben Zobrist in the third, Javier Vazquez and Jorge Posada both charged the ball but simultaneously pulled up expecting the other to make the play, thus allowing Zobrist to reach safely as the ball went untouched. In the fourth, Posada failed to block a low fastball from Romulo Sanchez that got through his wickets and allowed B.J. Upton to score from third. Later that inning, Posada had a Boone Logan fastball that was nearly a strike clank off his glove allowing another run to score. All of which would seem to bode well for Jesus Montero. Posada’s been out-hitting his defense for years. I’m guessing Montero can do the same.

Ouchies: A diving Derek Jeter, in failing to come up with a hard single to his left, got his throwing hand caught on the lip of the outfield grass but stayed in the game and got a hit in the bottom of that inning. He was seen wincing during warm-up throws later in the game, but, say it with me: he’s fine and will play tomorrow. A day after getting hit in the lower back with a Ryan Howard line-drive, Damaso Marte is doing well and could pitch in Friday’s home game.

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1 RIYank   ~  Mar 19, 2010 7:00 am

I swear to god, when I read this

Boone Logan made like a proper LOOGY in the fourth, coming in with two out and the bases loaded to...

I was sure the rest of the sentence was going to be

...walk in a run.

I guess I don't have the proper respect for the LOOGY role.

2 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Mar 19, 2010 7:40 am

[1] I thought about that when I wrote it. Perhaps I should have reworded.

3 Raf   ~  Mar 19, 2010 7:43 am

I guess I don’t have the proper respect for the LOOGY role.

I have to admit, if I were to have a MLB career, it would be as a LOOGY. Good pay for little work.

4 a.O   ~  Mar 19, 2010 8:23 am

This is the point in the Spring when I start to complain about how it goes on too long and the injury risks outweighthe training benefits since everybody is at the same readiness level...

Wonder how much Cervelli will play? If Johnson gets hurt maybe Jorge becomes the most-time DH?

5 Chyll Will   ~  Mar 19, 2010 9:30 am

[4] Last year we were waiting for the inevitable injury with A.J., but it didn't happen. If Nick Johnson somehow escapes unscathed this year beyond obvious wear for any player, I will send my hearty donations to the training staff immediately upon the ending of the season. This is almost like a test between an unstoppable force and an immovable object, only less iron and more irony...

6 rbj   ~  Mar 19, 2010 9:33 am

Derek Jeter’s fine and will play today.

7 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 19, 2010 10:00 am


I think I'm going to have to include LOOGY in my $$$ roto league team name somehow this season.

Right now, I have "Panda Sandoval" as a placeholder team name.

Hmmm .... Denny Hocking a LOOGY?

8 Shaun P.   ~  Mar 19, 2010 10:22 am

[5] There may be sample size issues with the data, but I am VERY curious to see how things are different with Gene Monahan out and Steve Donohue running the show. Or even if things are different. That may not be a fair way to look at things, and it may not have any meaning - but I am still curious.

[7] "Denny Hocking a LOOGY" FTW, Diane! I wish I was that creative with my fantasy team names.

9 Chyll Will   ~  Mar 19, 2010 10:26 am

[7] At Jacque Jones, no doubt... >;)

"LOOGY Me Ma, Top Of The World!"

10 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 19, 2010 11:05 am


Thanks .... in past seasons, I've had

Pavanomas no mas
Plantar Fascists
Big Head Bonds and the Monsters

My favorite though, was when I was in a roto NBA league on a discussion board at http://www.fool.com/ (The Motley Fool website) ...

Foolhoopian Tubes (I joked that their star player was Lamar Ovum, and that he made a vas deferens in the team's won-loss record, and they played their home games at The Placenta) :-)

Someday I'll put this brain of mine to some profitable use :-)

11 ms october   ~  Mar 19, 2010 11:17 am

[10] sheeeeit - i thought it was going to be gave up a grand slam

12 Chyll Will   ~  Mar 19, 2010 11:40 am

[10 That deserves a round of applause... >;)

13 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Mar 19, 2010 12:21 pm

"He's fine and will play tomorrow!"
Heh ehh eheh eh eheh heheh.
Our boy Derek, indeed.

14 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Mar 19, 2010 12:22 pm

[1] Hah ha hahah ha. :)
Tsk, tsk, RI.

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