Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Braves Edge Yankees 3-2

Without Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and Robinson Cano in the lineup, runs are hard to come by. With no Hideki Matsui, Jorge Posada, or Mark Teixeira, your chances are slim to none of winning baseball games. That was the case today when the Yankees were limited to 5 hits in a 3-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves in Orlando, Florida.

Casey Kotchman's 2-run double off of Ian Kennedy in the first inning put the Braves ahead for good. Rookie pitcher/Japanese import Kenshin Kawakami picked up the win and has not allowed an earned run in two spring appearances.

Pitcher Dan Giese reached on a single and later scored on Johnny Damon's single in the fifth, and Xavier Nady led off the sixth with a triple and scored on Juan Miranda's ground out.

Giese allowed one run in three innings of work as he battles for the long man spot in the pen.

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