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Monday's Game
2006-03-06 21:45
by Cliff Corcoran
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

Returning home, the Yankees--sans anti-WBC propaganda--rematched with the Blue Jays, winning their second straight game despite a poor first outing from Chien-Ming Wang. Final score: 11-8.

Lineup:

Miguel Cairo SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Hideki Matsui LF
Jason Giambi 1B
Andy Phillips DH
Mitch Jones RF
Kelly Stinnett C
Marcos Vechionacci 3B
Kevin Reese CF

Subs: Eric Duncan 1B, Kevin Howard 2B, Ramiro Pena SS, Felix Escalona 3B, Ben Davis C, Wil Nieves C, Chris Prieto RF, Melky Cabrera CF, Kevin Thompson LF

Pitchers: Chien-Ming Wang, Aaron Small, Ramiro Mendoza, Scott Erickson, Ron Villone, J. Brent Cox

Big Hits: Homers by Cano (one on, 2 for 2) and Nieves (a solo shot that hit the base of the foul pole in right, 1 for 1), Doubles by Matsui (1 for 1, 2 BB), Jones (1 for 4), Thompson (1 for 2) and Duncan (1 for 4). Andy Phillips (2 for 5) picked up three RBIs.

Who Pitched Well: Ron Villone struck out two in 1 1/3 hitless innings, echoing fellow lefty Mike Myers by making up for an ugly first outing in his second appearance, J. Brent Cox pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up the save, Scott Erickson, alarmingly, struck out two and walked none while allowing two hits in 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Who Didn't: Chien-Ming Wang said he had his sinker working in the pen, but once he hit the mound everything was up, resulting in home runs by Troy Glaus (that'll happen) and Erik Hinske (who you'll recall beat Randy Johnson on a slider in that fantastic duel between Johnson and Roy Halladay last April). I caught the pitch to Glaus on Encore. It sunk, but it started at the shoulders and sunk into the zone where Glaus absolutely creamed it to dead center. It would have been in the black seats in the Stadium (Legends Field, built to the same dimensions as Yankee Stadium, has a large black screen beyond the 408-foot sign representing the black seats, Glaus's shot hit half-way up the screen).

Nice Play: Mitch Jones broke out his canon again, nailing Aaron Hill going first to third on a single, his second outfield assist in three games.

Oopsies: Bad throws by Cairo from shortstop and Vechionacci from third.

Ouchies: Hideki Matsui played the field for the first time and reached base in all three trips to the plate. He stumbled around first base on his first-inning double, but showed no ill effects. Jason Giambi, meanwhile, left the game in the second with a cramp in his left calf and is expected to sit out today's game as well. Gary Sheffield sat out with his sore hamstring and will also miss today's game. Carl Pavano threw another 30 pitches off a bullpen mound, mixing fastballs and changeups, though only ten were tossed from the rubber. Octavio Dotel also threw 30 pitches from the bullpen mound, 15 of them fastballs from the rubber.

M.I.A.: Mariano Rivera did not wind up making his spring debut, the Yankees preferring to give him an extra day of rest after his Saturday bullpen session. He'll pitch today. There are six other healthy Yankee campers who have not yet seen game action: Danny Garcia, Jason Brown, T.J. Beam, Mark Corey, Jose Veras, and, say it with me, Colter Bean, the only one of the six who should be getting a serious look this spring.

Comments
2006-03-07 04:20:18
1.   mikeplugh
First things first....Kirby Puckett R.I.P.

1987 was a tremendous boost for baseball and we owe thanks to the round mound of artificial ground for much of that magic.

Next, John Harper wrote a very nice piece about the youth at Spring Training for the Yankees and the power it seems Cashman actually has over the direction of the club.

http://tinyurl.com/gya49

2006-03-07 04:26:58
2.   Levy2020
I caught part of it on YES and Ramiro Mendoz looked awful. I keep hoping he'll be as good as he was years ago, but he looked like "the pitcher who can't throw strikes." The balls just kept moving from "off of the corner" to "look out!" I don't know how many walks he recorded, but he wasn't throwing strikes.
2006-03-07 07:05:22
3.   Cliff Corcoran
As in the regular season, the score in my game posts will link to the box scores. Mendoza walked none, hit none, threw no wild pitches. In one inning-pitched he gave up a solo homer to Kevin Barker, his only baserunner, and picked up the win.

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