Pitching coach Dave Eiland discovered a mistake in Wang's motion that was causing him to keep his pitches up in the zone. Today, the Wanger came out with his great sinker and reach the mid-nineties on his fastball.
The Yankees lineup gave Wang a boost immediately to start the game. Melky Cabrera led off with a single and Derek Jeter followed with a walk. Bobby Abreu, celebrating his 34th birthday, doubled to drive in both runners for a quick 2-0 lead. Alex Rodriguez followed with a blast to deep center, for his second home run of the spring and a 4-0 lead.
Wang left to a loud ovation after 3.2 innings, having allowed 2 hits and 2 walks. He also struck out 1 batter and induced 1 double play grounder.
After Edwar Ramirez finished the 4th, Joe Girardi turned things over to Kyle Farnsworth. The hard throwing right-hander allowed a hit and a walk, but escaped without giving up a run. Joe Girardi continued to back his boy in a mid-game interview with Michael Kay.
Darrell Rasner, battling for the long man job in the pen, allowed a run on 2 hits and a walk in 2 innings. Brian Bruney finished up the final 1.2 innings to complete a win.
Cabrera added an RBI double in the 4th and Jason Lane belted a long solo home run in the 6th. It was Lane's 2nd blast of the spring.
Johnny Damon went for X-Rays and MRI on his right foot today after fouling a ball of it last night. Both turned up negative. He'll sit out tomorrow's contest with the Rays in St. Petersburg and is listed as day-to-day.
|Gardner, B, CF||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.267|
|Rodriguez, A, 3B||2||1||1||2||0||1||0||.500|
a-Struck out for Rodriguez, A in the 4th. b-Lined out for Giambi in the 5th.
2B: Abreu (1, Chacin), Cabrera (3, Davis), Ransom (1, Purcey, D).
HR: Rodriguez, A (2, 1st inning off Chacin, 1 on, 0 out), Lane (2, 6th inning off Purcey, D, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Cabrera 3; Ransom 2; Abreu 3; Rodriguez, A 4; Giambi; Lane 5; Molina 2.
RBI: Abreu 2 (4), Rodriguez, A 2 (4), Cabrera (4), Lane (4).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Green 2; Porter 3.
Team LOB: 9.
DP: (Rodriguez, A-Cano-Duncan).
HBP: Ensberg (by Machi, J).
Ground outs-fly outs: Wang 8-1, Ramirez 0-1, Farnsworth 0-3, Rasner 2-3, Bruney 0-3.
Batters faced: Wang 13, Ramirez 1, Farnsworth 5, Rasner 10, Bruney 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Bruney 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Paul Emmel. 1B: Mark Carlson. 2B: Andy Fletcher. 3B: Dan Iassogna.
Weather: 73 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 12 mph, Varies.