Recap: Yankees 6, Tigers 10 – March 23, 2013

Don’t worry, it’s only spring training.
Andy Pettitte pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up 4 runs, striking out 5, and walking 1. There is nothing more to see here than an off-day. He wasn’t actually the problem, it was the 5 ER that Cody Eppley allowed in the seventh without getting one out that sealed the game for the Tigers.
On a higher note, the bats were alive today, as the team managed to produce 14 hits for 6 runs. Eduardo Nunez managed an RBI-single in the third, scoring Chris Stewart, signs that the shortstop isn’t totally useless. Ben Francisco homered in the top of the fourth, doubling the Yankees lead to two. In the top of the fifth, Kevin Youkilis drove in Brett Gardner and Eduardo Nunez on a double. I hope this is indicative of the kind of production he will be having during the regular season. With the Yankees down 9-4 in the top of the eighth, Ben Francisco went yard yet again, this time for 2 runs.
Not a terrible day for our boys, minus Cody Eppley.

Preview: Yankees vs. Red Sox – March 20, 2013

It’s no secret that the greatest rivalry in all of professional sports has been stale since 2004. There have been no fights, Roger Clemens retired, and A-Rod has been on his best behavior. As much as Manny Ramirez is my least favorite baseball player of all time, but he was good for the rivalry because he gave Yankees fans a reason to detest the Red Sox. Now, I kind of just feel bad for them.
Anyway. Today, Felix Doubront (Bos) and Vidal Nuno (NYY) square off in a rubber match for the ages. The lineups are as follows:

New York Yankees
1. Brett Garnder, LF
2. Eduardo Nunez, SS
3. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
4. Juan Rivera, 1B
5. Ben Francisco, RF
6. Jayson Nix, 2B
7. Chris Stewart, C
8. Thomas Neil, DH
9. Melky Mesa, CF

Boston Red Sox
1. Brock Holt, 2B
2. Daniel Nava, 1B
3. Jackie Bradley, CF
4. Mauro Gomez, DH
5. Mike Carp, LF
6. David Ross, C
7. Ryan Sweeney, RF
8. Drew Sutton, 3B
9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Age is just a number

Yesterday was a promising day in the life of this pinstriped Bostonian. Both Mariano and Jeter made their spring debuts after recovering from gruesome leg injuries. Mo’ struck out two batters looking for a perfect fifth inning and El Capitan went 1-2 with a single on the very first pitch that he saw. Small steps.