Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Yankees Capture 3rd Straight

The Yankees got another round of good pitching performances this afternoon as they toppled the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-1 at G.M.S Field in Tampa. Chien-Ming Wang recovered from last week's debacle to go 3.2 innings as the Yankees won their 3rd straight game and improved to 6-4 overall. Five Yankees pitchers limited the Blue Jays to just 6 hits

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.

March 11, 2008

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
1 6 1
NY Yankees
4 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 X
6 11 0

Cabrera, CF3121001.389
Gardner, B, CF1000100.267
Jeter, SS1100202.222
Ransom, SS1010100.214
Abreu, RF3122012.526
Porter, RF2000014.364
Rodriguez, A, 3B2112010.500
a-Green, PH-3B2000012.091
Giambi, DH2010000.353
b-Posada, PH-DH2000000.067
Cano, 2B3000001.409
Betemit, 2B1000000.211
Duncan, 1B3000011.421
Ensberg, 1B0000000.400
Lane, LF3221000.333
Woodward, LF1000001.474
Molina, C2020000.235
Moeller, C2000001.071

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).

Wang (W, 2-1)3.22002108.53
Ramirez 0.100000010.13
Farnsworth 1.01001002.25
Rasner 2.121112010.13
Bruney 1.21000206.00

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.
T: 2:59.
Att: 10,510.

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