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.