Joba Sharp as Yanks Win Again, 4-3

Joba has strung together three good ST starts now, going 3 1/3 and allowing 4 hits, a run earned, and no walks while fanning 5 as the Yanks again got good pitching, and just enough hitting, to beat Detroit 4-3.  Joba was working at nearly 20 pitches an inning through the first three, resulting in his pitching perhaps fewer innings than expected.  He was slated to go about 60-65 pitches, but used up many of those due to what he termed “nibbling.”  His worst trouble was allowing three straight singles in the second, with a sac fly from Raburn giving Detroit a 1-0 lead.  But consecutive doubles from JD (who threw out Gerald Laird at home, ahem) and Mark Teixeira gave the Yanks a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third.  Juan Miranda addd a two-run homer off Rodney in the bottom of the seventh to break a 2-2 tie, and the Yanks shrugged off a solo shot by Larish off Veras in the top of the eighth to win.

Mariano continued his comeback and fine-tuning with a good sixth inning, allowing a hit and fanning two.  Albaladejo allowed three hits in relief of Joba but kept the Tigers from scoring. Edwar and Veras each allowed a run, but Zach Kroenke had a scoreless ninth to win it.  Melky was 2-3 with a double, Brett the Jet had a single in his only at-bat, Teixeira is hitting .419 this Spring with his double and 1-2 day, and I’ll add this: I have no idea of Juan Miranda will develop into a good defensive first baseman and, if he does, it likely won’t be with the Yankees with Teixeira in front of him for the next eight years.  But his bat is Grade A, homering off a very good power-pitching reliever in Rodney for the game-winning runs.  If nothing else, he can be a pretty decent fill-in if necessary (hopefully not at first) especially if needed as a DH.  His bat is an asset.

Aceves toes the rubber tomorrow against the Rays at 1:05 ET.

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  1. this was a fun one to listen to—especially with john and suzyn trying to shout over the loud vendors who kept passing by them. it would have been nice if joba could have been a bit more economical, but nevertheless –no worries. i love your ahem about JD–i almost fainted when i heard john exclaim with astonishment that he had thrown him out at the plate. i wonder how deep he was in LF…

    perhaps a nice package of melky and miranda will bring us something…i’m not sure what we need at this point though

  2. Those loud voices were so annoying (and I’m not talking about John and Suzyn)! I would love to have seen that Damon throw. Whose arm did he borrow???

  3. Good to see Kroenke back and pitching well. He only came back because he’s not quite ready. Maybe next year or he’s good trade fodder.

  4. The vendors were hilarious, Mike. I think I would have found them more annoying if they had not given me that reminiscent feeling that I get from listening to the games on radio. I guess the vendors reminded me of different times, when I heard Sterling but also the crowd, and I almost felt as if I were there. I have the feeling that Joba will be more economical as he gets sharper, and as he adds velocity. He’ll be able to more easily blow batters away, and once his fastball is blazing it will help set up his wicked slider better.

    Funny about JD’s arm, Jane. Every dog has its day, I suppose.

    Good point about Kroenke, Rob.


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