Saturday, March 27, 2010

A.J. and Jorge work well together and Joba closes out game

The New York Yankees defeated the Detroit Tigers today by the score of 2-1. The game was played at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida. A.J. Burnett made the start and despite not having a good curveball he had a good outing. He pitched 6 2/3 innings picking up his first win of the spring. He gave up 3 hits and 1 run with 3 walks and 2 strikeouts. He worked well with catcher Jorge Posada and said this about him "I was relaxed and confident because my catcher was." This is the second start in a row where Burnett has really praised Jorge Posada. I guess the working together this spring has paid off and they put whatever went on last year behind them. Dave Robertson finised off the seventh inning for Burnett giving up a walk. Chan Ho Park pitched another scoreless inning giving up a hit and Joba Chamberlain closed the game out. Joba gave up 2 hits but had a double play and a strikeout. He was hitting 93-94 on the gun and only threw fastballs and sliders as he said he would. Joba said "You don't want to give up the lead for sure and lose the game. It was a good position to be in for my first one." The offense really didn't do much again but Jorge Posada had a couple of hits and so did Curtis Granderson who is now hitting 297 on the spring. He had a double off of a lefty today which is a good sign. Marcus Thames who is trying to make the team as a bench guy had a solo homerun adn a walk. He has now played 2 days in a row against lefties and looked good. Ramiro Pena and Brandon Laird each had a hit. Here is what Joe Girardi had to say about Burnett and Posada "It's been good, obviously the numbers show it today. They have worked hard and we have worked hard. Sometimes it is just getting comfortable with a guy, seeing them as much as you can." Here is what he said about Joba "I thought he attacked, he was ahead. For him it was positive and we will get him back out there soon." Girardi had this to say about Gardner and Granderson in the same outfield. "A lot of times when you see two center fielders in one outfield, the one that is playing left is used to taking charge and he is going to call balls, but I haven't seen any issues." Andy Pettitte will pitch tomorrow with Javier Vazquez on Monday. CC Sabathia will pitch tuesdays split squad on the road and Sergio Mitre at home. Phil Hughes will pitch on Wednesday.

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