Yanks Open ST With 6-1 Win

Brett Gardner cranked the second pitch of the game over the right-field fence, A-Rod added a two-run shot in the fourth, and the Yankees hit well to start Spring Training with a 6-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.  Brett Tomko pitched two scoreless, one-hit innings to start and, after Veras worked out of some trouble in the third allowing only one run, a cadre of pitchers–Giese, Igawa, Christian Garcia, Michael Dunn, Steven Jackson, and David Robertson–allowed only two hits and a walk in the final six innings.

Cano (batting third) and Austin Jackson each doubled, and several other players added singles.  Although he was only 0-1 with a K, Nick Swisher showed patented patience, drawing two walks, as did A-Rod, while driving in a run.  Yet the game was also a mixed bag, filled with as many negatives to correct as positives upon which to build.  The team committed four errors (though I believe the one on Gardner was when his strong throw from center hit John McDonald tagging from third), fanned thirteen times (though eleven were by players likely to begin the season in the minors), and left eleven on base.  Much to correct, but the arms and bats were on the whole good. Juan Miranda and Todd Linden each added an RBI.

Gardner’s home run occurred as his wife and three-month-old son were in attendance, providing a nice moment for Little G and the family.  If only Gardner can maintain consistent gap power.  He and the Yanks will really have something, and Melky better bring his “A” game this ST.  Gardner started strong out of the gate.

Great to be discussing baseball again.  It’s possible that I might catch a couple innings of tomorrow afternoon’s game, but I have a lot of running around to do, including registering, getting new plates for, and transferring the title for a second car we bought today.  It’s old but seems a good runner, and goodness knows a second vehicle will come in handy for kids’ activities, our jobs, and much more.  We’ve had one car for most of the last six years, so this is a bonus we’ll appreciate.

Pete Abraham has a touching story about Jose Molina still dealing with the passing of his father, who died unexpectedly of a stroke last October 11.

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