Saturday, March 9, 2013

Braves Out Pitch The Yankees In Latest Spring Game

Yankees Lose 2-1

Mariano Rivera made his Spring Training debut to a standing ovation when Enter Sandman started playing. Rivera went an inning while getting Dan Uggla to pop up on the infield and striking out the next two batters. His cutter was working although his command could use a little bit of work, obvious rust, but he was sitting in the low 90's all afternoon long. Great sight to see Mo back on the mound in pinstripes.

Derek Jeter also made his spring debut as the Yankees lead off hitter and designated hitter. Jeter finished the day 1-2 with a single and ran the bases full speed with no problems. Jeter said everything went as planned and is still  on track to be ready for Opening Day against the Red Sox.

David Robertson, David Aardsma, and Phil Hughes all threw bullpens this morning and came through them just fine. No set backs, no reported pain, stiffness, soreness, etc. It was only 10 pitches for Phil Hughes but he expects to throw 25-30 pitches in the bullpen on Monday.

Jose Ramirez pitched four shut out innings against the Atlanta Braves in his latest dominant Spring Training performance. He had a scare in the 4th inning with what looked like a blister on his finger but he was allowed to stay in the game and finish his inning so it must have been nothing. Jose Ramirez is definitely opening some eyes this spring on the mound after being added to the 40 man roster.

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