Yanks Trounce Tigers 12-3

The Yankees offense responded to Jane’s calling them out in a comment, getting 12 hits and working a remarkable 10 walks in a 12-3 blowout win.  Berroa continues to make a good case for a backup job, going 2-3 with a three-run homer in the second, a double, and 4 RBIs in all.  This Spring, he’s batting an impressive .500.  Xavier Nady cranked a long homer to lead off the fifth off journeyman Scott Williamson.  Jose Molina was 2-2 with 2 RBIs and 2 walks.  Cody Ransom didn’t hurt himself at all with a 2-2 day with 2 runs and a stolen base.  For the most part, Melky had a good day, going 1-2 with 2 walks, but he got picked off first by Nate Robertson, and also grounded into a DP.  Brett Gardner was 0-3 with a run, and his cooling off a bit was expected.  I still think he’s ahead of Melky in the CF race, but Melky hasn’t exactly been a dud this Spring (.267), and his patience (3 walks/15 at-bats) is a welcome sight.

The bottom of the order (#6-9 spots) had a terrific day, going 9-17 with 7 runs, 7 RBIs, and 5 XBH.  Although they didn’t get hits, Matsui and Swisher contributed with 5 walks combined–three by Swisher and two from Matsui–scoring a run apiece.  Swisher in particular has impressed me even though he’s only hitting .167.  He’s always on base, amassing a .474 OBP despite the low average because of a team-high 7 walks.  His bat will come around, as will Matsui’s.  The OBP makes him Giambi-like but, with his defensive flexibility, superior in some ways to the now-departed Big G, who had more power and got on base but did the team no favors in the field.  I admit to being a bit of an early Swisher fan.

The pitching was again excellent, with AJ Burnett working his first two innings facing only the minimum six after a DP erased the lone hit he surrendered.  He was very sharp, as was Hughes, who allowed only two lead-off walks that he summarily stranded.  Hughes had very good location and didn’t seem the least bit rattled from the walks, working 1-2-3 afterward each time and fanning four in his three terrific innings.  He’s not allowed an earned run this Spring.  Bruney gave up a two-run homer in the sixth, and Brackman allowed a run in the seventh, but Hacker and Melancon were good in the final two, with Melancon’s walk the only base runner allowed.  Melancon had a K.

Great day to listen to the game–sunny and warm but with gale-force winds in the Midwest.  We got a new king-size bed that is great and should treat the back much better than the older queen-size one.  There was a funny moment that only baseball, and a rabid Yankees fan, can have.  Right when Nady smashed his long homer, I pumped my fist and shouted “Yes!” as I tidied up the kitchen.  Immediately afterward, my cell phone rang, and it has as the ring tone Sterling’s “Ball game over! Yankees win!  The-e-e-e-e-e, Yankees win!” Baseball provides a seemingly endless stream of such sweet, serendipitous moments, and that was one I enjoyed with a laugh.

Pettite goes tomorrow against the Jays as the arms look good thus far.  Enjoy the game if you’ll be there, Jane.

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