Friday, March 6, 2015

Matt Harvey makes his spring debut and looks great as the Mets win



The New York Mets defeated the Detroit Tigers by the score of 5-4 on Friday afternoon.  The game took place in Port St. Lucie, Florida and the big story was Matt Harvey pitching two perfect innings.  The offense was led by Wilmer Flores with two hits, Matt den Dekker with two RBI and Curtis Granderson had a hit and an RBI. 

Harvey pitched two perfect innings with three strikeouts.  He was also throwing in the upper 90s.  Noah Syndergaard pitched two innings giving up two hits and two runs with two walks and two strikeouts, Jeurys Familia pitched an inning giving up two hits and an unearned run with a walk and a strikeout and Jennry Mejia pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out one.  Scott Rice pitched a perfect inning, Vic Black pitched an inning giving up a hit and a run with a walk and Carlos Torres pitched a perfect inning. 

Juan Lagares had a hit and drew a walk, Granderson had a hit and an RBI and den Dekker had a hit and two RBI.  Muno had a hit and drew a walk, Michael Cuddyer drew a walk and Carillo had a hit.  John Mayberry Jr. had a hit and drew a walk, Flores had two hits and Matt Reynolds had a hit and an RBI.  den Dekker hit a double, Reynolds hit a homerun and the Mets were 3-10 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.  Castellanos was picked off, Cuddyer, Familia and Flores each committed an error and d'Arnaud had a passed ball.  Familia had a pickoff. 

Granderson hit an RBI single in the third to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.  In the fourth Jose Iglesias hit an RBI single to tie the game at one.  Bryan Holaday hit a sacrifice fly to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.  In the fifth Rajai Davis hit an RBI single to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead.  In the bottom of the seventh Anthony Recker hit into a double play but a run scored and it was 3-2 Tigers.  den Dekker hit a two run double to give the Mets a 4-3 lead.  In the top of the eighth the Tigers tied the game on a Aaron Westlake RBI single.  In the bottom of the ninth Reynolds hit a solo homerun to give the Mets a 5-4 win.   The Mets will take on the Miami Marlins on Saturday afternoon from Jupiter, Florida. 

New York Yankees pick up first win of the spring



The New York Yankees defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday afternoon.  It was the Yankees first victory of the spring and the game took place in Bradenton, Florida.  Esmil Rogers started for the Yankees and Chase Whitley followed him in relief.  Tyler Austin was the star of the game. 

Rogers pitched two scoreless innings giving up a hit and he struck out one, Whitley pitched two scoreless giving up two hits and striking out one and Cesar Vargas pitched two innings giving up four hits and a run with a strikeout.  Fred Lewis pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out two, Nick Rumbelow pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out the side and Garrison pitched a perfect inning. 

Brett Gardner drew two walks, Ramon Flores had a hit and Chris Young had a hit.  Austin had a hit and an RBI, Garrett Jones had two hits, an RBI and drew a walk and Jose Pirela had a hit.  Rob Refsnyder had two hits and Tyler Wade had a hit.  Refsnyder, Young and Jones each hit a double and Austin hit a homerun.  The Yankees were 2-6 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.  Flores was picked off and Gardner and Austin each had an outfield assist. 

In the top of the fifth Jones hit an RBI double to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. The Pirates tied the score in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single from Jaff Decker.  In the top of the eighth Austin hit a solo homerun to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead and that was the final score.  The Yankees will play a split squad day/night game on Friday.  They play a day game against the Phillies in Clearwater and a night game in Tampa against the Pirates. 

New York Mets defeat the Atlanta Braves 8-2 in first game action of spring



The New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves by the score of 8-2 on Wednesday afternoon.  The game took place in Orlando, Florida at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.  Dillon Gee started for the Mets and was followed by six other pitchers.  Matt Reynolds had two hits and Kirk Nieuwenhuis had four hits to lead the offense. 

Gee pitched two innings giving up two hits and two runs with two walks.  Jon Velasquez pitched two innings giving up two hits with a walk and a strikeout, Jack Leathersich pitched an inning and walked two batters and Zach Thornton pitched an inning with a strikeout.  Dario Alvarez pitched an inning giving up a hit and a walk with a strikeout, Akeel Morris pitched a perfect inning and Erik Goeddel pitched an inning giving up a hit and he struck out one batter. 

Juan Lagares had a hit and drew a walk, Brandon Nimmo drew a walk and Matthew den Dekker had a hit.  Cesar Puello drew a walk, Wilmer Flores had a hit and Matt Reynolds had two hits and an RBI.  Johnny Monell had a hit and three RBI, Nieuwenhuis had four hits and an RBI and Eric Campbell had a hit, two RBI and drew a walk.  Daniel Muno had a hit, Brandon Allen drew a walk and Kevin Plawecki had a hit and an RBI.  Wilfredo Tovar had a hit and drew a walk, Lagares and Campbell each hit a double and Monell hit a homerun.  The Mets were 6-16 with runners in scoring position and left 14 men on base.  They will play on Thursday night against the Washington Nationals. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

New York Yankees notes



The Yankees plan on playing Carlos Beltran on Friday in right field which will be his spring debut.  Alex Rodriguez will take the day off tomorrow, he will get his work in back in Tampa and then play again on Friday in another home game.  He said he was surprised he got a hit in his first at bat, that he was nervous but it was good to be back out there and hear some cheers. 

Brendan Ryan had the day off.  He felt a little sore after the workout yesterday but said he felt good during it.  He is optimistic that he will be on the field soon.  He doesn't expect to play before next week.  Masahiro Tanaka threw a bullpen today and came through it fine.  He will make his first start sometime next week but will have a simulated game before that. 

Scott Baker will start on Saturday for the Yankees.  Girardi said he doesn't have a pitcher to announce after Saturday.  Esmil Rogers starts tomorrow and Chris Capuano and Bryan Mitchell will each pitch on Friday in the split squad game. 

Stephen Drew made an error today but he said he is still learning second base and he is happy to just get in a groove again and have a normal spring training.  He said he considers himself a second baseman and doesn't want any reps at shortstop.  it seems that he will be the starter with Gregorius at short and Ryan as the backup for now.  It is looking more and more like Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela will be back in AAA but that could change. 

Nathan Eovaldi impressed the Yankees today and even some scouts according to Chad Jennings of the Journal News.  He said he felt good and used some splitters that he has been working on.  He also is trying to pitch up in the zone more even if it is just to change the eye level of the batter. 

Rodriguez said he could play the field whenever Joe Girardi wants.  He said he had some good work in the back fields today and that he is ready whenever Girardi is ready for him to take the field.   

New York Yankees lose as Alex Rodriguez makes his spring debut



The New York Yankees were defeated by the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 on Wednesday afternoon in Tampa, Florida.  The game took place at George M. Steinbrenner Field and saw the return of Alex Rodriguez to action after a year long suspension.  He was 1-2 and drew a walk and had a mix of cheers and boos but nothing overwhelming.  Nathan Eovaldi made his pitching debut for the Yankees and looked pretty good as well as Andrew Miller. 

Eovaldi pitched two innings giving up two hits and a run with a strikeout.  Miller pitched a scoreless inning giving up a hit and striking out two, Kyle Davies pitched two innings giving up three hits and a run with a walk and Danny Burawa pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout.  James Pazos pitched an inning giving up two hits and a run with a strikeout, Wilking Rodriguez pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout and Tyler Webb pitched an inning with a strikeout.  

Didi Gregorius drew a walk, Cito Culver had a hit and Rodriguez had a hit and drew a walk.  Gary Sanchez had an RBI, Francisco Arcia had a hit and Cole Figueroa had a hit.  Mason Williams had a hit which was a double, Arcia also hit a double.  The Yankees were 2-4 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.  Drew committed an error and Williams had an outfield assist. 

In the second Cord Phelps hit an RBI single to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead.  In the fifth Maikel Franco hit an RBI single to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.  The Yankees got on the board in the bottom of the sixth on a Sanchez sacrifice fly.  In the seventh Aaron Altherr hit an RBI single to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead.  The final score of the game was 3-1 and the Yankees record is 0-1-1 now in the spring.  The Yankees will play in Bradenton against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday afternoon.  Esmil Rogers will make the start. 
 

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