Friday, February 27, 2009

IPK Tries to Get Off on the Right Foot

Ian Kennedy got the start today as the Yankees and Twins faced off in Ft. Myers, FL. Kennedy had a miserable 2008 season after showing much promise in a call up in September '07. So far, he's thrown one scoreless frame.

The Yankees lead 3-0 in the top of the second inning after Justin Leone's solo home run. The Bombers scored a pair in the first on hits by Brett Gardner, Cody Ransom, and Nick Swisher, and an RBI ground out by Xavier Nady. Gardner also stole a base.

Box Score

Yankees lead it 3-1 after 4 1/2 innings. Ian Kennedy did a nice job, with 3 strikeouts in 2 innings of work. Eric Hacker, on the other hand, struggled in the third inning and that struggle continued into the fourth. He allowed a run on 3 hits and walked two, but Anthony Claggett came on to escape further trouble.

Justin Leone had a chance to bust the game open in the fourth, but grounded out to end a bases loaded threat. Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher have 2 hits apiece, with Gardner adding 2 stolen bases.

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