Yanks Lose 7-3 to Twins; World Coming to an End

Joba struggled, Giese followed up with struggles of his own, and the Yankees offense cooled off after the second inning as they dropped the second straight game to Minnesota 7-3.  I can’t help but think how destructive this will be heading into the regular season, Minnesota having the Yanks’ number.  Clearly, their psyche is damaged after this.

Joba left pitches up and got hammered as a result in his one inning of work.  Francisco Liriano experienced the same fate as the Yanks tied it at 2 in the bottom half of the first.  But Giese got hammered, giving up a homer to Carlos Gomez and four runs earned in his two innings.  Igawa actually looked good in his two innings, and Veras was dominant in his one, fanning two.

The Yanks managed just seven hits, only one (Teixeira’s double) for extra bases. Jeter singled, Shelley the Marauder had two, Melky had one, and Jesus Montero had an infield single off former Yankee Sean Henn in the ninth.

Unfortunately, Jorge Posada experienced some shoulder soreness when stretching Thursday, and its acting up today caused him to be scratched from the DH slot.  He says it’s nothing major, but I’ll be relieved when Posada is back behind the plate on a regular basis.  He’s just too crucial to the team, especially offensively and with his leadership.  Fingers crossed.

Thanks to everyone for coming by the HDLR; it was fun regardless of the loss. Oh well, get ’em next time.

Published in: on February 28, 2009 at 3:02 pm  Comments (7)  

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  1. wait till next year…

  2. Indeed Mike. The media pressure on Girardi over this must be unbearable–all before you had the chance to come around to him. Pity.

  3. i wonder if they will even be able to open the new stadium.

  4. At this point Mike, they might want to shut down the whole operation and start entirely from scratch. I don’t see how this can go on a minute longer.

    I’m ashamed and appalled.

  5. I love the post header: World coming to an end. very cute.

  6. The sad thing is I hate losing spring training games! I’m pathetic!

  7. Winning is great, but I just don’t see ST as being as much about that as fine tuning. I’d greatly prefer to see the youngsters play well and secure wins. Yet ST is just usually not a harbinger of season success. The Yankees, especially in the 1950s, often struggled in ST, sometimes from Stengel’s tinkering and sometimes from injuries, but always came around. Heck, the Yanks have had all of one inning from a starter–Joba’s one-inning stint yesterday. They’ll be fine.

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