Here are the Yankees notes from Saturday. Chad Jennings of the Lohud Yankees blog has everything covered down in Tampa. I add my two cents to some of the notes in here.
Hiroki Kuroda never looked particularly bad this spring, but he never looked
overwhelmingly sharp either. Today he looked sharp. Kuroda allowed one run
through four innings. Of his 59 pitches, 49 were strikes.
“Very happy with this outing compared to the last one,” Kuroda said. “My
command was better. I was able to throw all my pitches where I wanted. … I’m not
a power pitcher. I don’t strike out a lot of hitters. The less pitches the
This was more the kind of outing the Yankees expected when they gave Kuroda
$10 million this offseason.
“I thought he was really good,” Joe Girardi said. “I thought his fastball
command was good. I thought his sinker was really good, (so was) his split. He
threw some curveballs. Good outing for him. I thought he threw the ball well and
it’s kind of what you’re going to see. He’s going to locate.”
Robinson Cano’s first spring homer was positively
crushed to right field. “I hit that one pretty good,” Cano said. “I don’t think
I could any one any harder than that.” Cano said he never saw where it landed,
and someone joked that it still hadn’t. “That’s good,” Cano said. “I might see
it when I go out then.” He has been struggling this spring but the last couple of games it looks like he has started to pick it up. Spring Training is six weeks long for a reason and guys like him I don't worry about. Cano is a great hitter and may be the best player on the team now. He will be ready to go on Opening Day.
Mariano Rivera needed eight pitches — seven strikes — to get through his
scoreless fifth inning. “I feel good, thank you very much,” he said. “I felt
good out there. Got a little sweat. It was good.” He continues to amaze although he shouldn't. I guess none of us should ever be suprised at anything he does anymore. He is so special and a treasure to watch.
Rivera has gone 24 consecutive spring training innings without allowing an
earned run. That dates back to 2008. This is probably meaningless but a fun stat.
Girardi’s take on Rivera’s inning: “It was the inning that I was on TV so
it was a good inning to bring Mo in.” That is a funny quote from the manager.
Dellin Betances pitched just one scoreless inning today, and that was
according to plan. Betances will pitch again mid-to-late next week, and the
Yankees didn’t want him to go too many days between appearances. He’s still
getting stretched out, just needed to face a few hitters today. “His last two
outings have been really good,” Girardi said. “He has had command of his three
pitches. I’ve been very pleased. His first one, it was like a guy who hadn’t
thrown since October. Since then, I’ve been very pleased with what he has
Eduardo Nunez played only four innings today, but that’s strictly because
he hasn’t played in almost two weeks. His bruised right hand actually felt good
the whole time, and he got an infield single to show for it. “I’ll take it,”
Nunez said. It is good to see him back especially with Derek Jeter being a little banged up.
Russell Martin has been scratched from tomorrow’s
trip strictly because Girardi decided to let Martin, Derek Jeter and Nick
Swisher all rest until Tuesday. “During the season I probably could have played
all three of them today,” Girardi said. “But we might as well be safe.”
The plan is for Dave Robertson to throw a bullpen tomorrow. He played catch
and did more running today.
Another hitless day for Raul Ibanez. He went 0-for-2 with a walk and is
hitting .071 this spring. “I’m not worried about it,” Girardi said. “I thought
his at-bats were better today. This is a guy that hasn’t played every day this
spring, it’s not like he’s in a groove. We’ll get him going.” I wouldn't worry about him just yet but he is older and 071 is pretty bad.
Freddy Garcia said this morning that he expects to miss only one start
because of his swollen right hand. Girardi agreed, saying Garcia was scheduled
to pitch on Monday but that outing will be pushed back. Doesn’t sound like a
The plan is for Andy Pettitte to be in Tampa in time for Tuesday’s workout.
He’s scheduled to throw a bullpen that day. Wonder what I’ll be writing about
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