Sunday, March 29, 2015

Recap: Yankees 7, Astros 0

Nathan Eovaldi threw 4 2/3 shutout innings and Chase Headley went 2-for-3 with three RBI Sunday as the Yankees beat up Astros, 7-0, in a one-sided affair in Kissimmee. 

Eovaldi's Gem: Eovaldi struck out five and allowed just three hits during his 14-out performance -- walking none and conceding a wild pitch. He let just one man reach third on the day, and his ERA for the preseason is now an impressive 0.66.

Headley Keeps Hitting: Headley broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run off Scott Feldman in the third, and drove in two more with a bases-loaded single in the sixth. His homer to right was his third of the month -- the highest total on the Yankees. 

A-Rod at First: Alex Rodriguez played first base for three innings in this one -- fielding just one routine grounder in the bottom of the second. Rodriguez picked up the roller without issue and flipped it to the covering Eovaldi -- a relatively-easy out that at least seemed to show Rodriguez's competency.

Rogers Bounces Back: Esmil Rogers retired each of the five Astros he faced in the sixth and seventh -- striking out two to lower his ERA to 2.57. Rogers came in for the sixth after Chase Whitley fanned the last batter of the fifth -- the only out Whitley induced in the contest.

Notable Offense: Slade Heathcott plated Rodriguez with a sharp single in the fourth -- Heathcott's ninth hit in 28 at-bats this spring. Rob Refsnyder also brought in a run with a double in the sixth -- one of four the Yankees scored in the frame.

Next Up: The Yankees are off Monday before heading to Ft. Myers for a 1:05 p.m. meeting with the Twins on Tuesday -- the Yanks' lone visit to Hammond Stadium this season. Masahiro Tanaka is slated to start for the Yankees when they go head-to-head with Minnesota's Tommy Milone -- a matchup you can see live on FS-North as well as MLB Network. 

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