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Freddy Garcia has rough outing as the rotation starts to take shape for the Yankees

By Gary W. Marchese Jr.

Tampa, FL (March 19) – The New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays played to a 5-5 tie Saturday afternoon. The game went 10 innings and then they decided to end it in a tie. Freddy Garcia got the start and was cruising through the first three innings not allowing a single base runner. He started to run into trouble in the fourth inning.

Garcia finished pitching six innings giving up five hits and five runs. He did not walk a batter and struck out six. He gave up three runs in the fourth inning and came close to coming out of the game with a quality start but gave up a two run homerun after a misplayed ball in the outfield that would of ended the inning.

Garcia right now has the worst numbers of any of the candidates. It appears that Ivan Nova will be the fourth starter as he is lined up that way right now. The final spot could come down to Garcia and Bartolo Colon or they could keep both of them and cut Sergio Mitre who has pitched well but was slowed down by a oblique injury.

Brian Cashman said on Saturday that the decision is going to come sooner than later. Joe Girardi said he would like to see each of them get one more start before deciding.

Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts. Mark Prior gave up a hit in one inning but also struck out two, Luis Ayala gave up a hit in one inning, and Ryan Pope pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up one hit. Steve Garrison faced one batter and got him out on a long fly ball to the wall. The Yankees pitching has been good this spring.

The Yankees named A.J. Burnett as their number two starter on Saturday leaving Phil Hughes as the third Nova as most likely the fourth and then they need to decide on the fifth starter and long reliever.

Derek Jeter had three hits, Eduardo Nunez and Eric Chavez each had a hit. Nunez had an RBI, Mark Teixeira had a hit, Alex Rodriguez had a hit, RBI and two walks, and Robinson Cano had two hits and two RBI including his first homerun of the spring. Jorge Posada had two hits and an RBI, Andruw Jones and Melky Mesa each drew a walk in the game.

The Yankees spring record is 8-12 and they have three ties. They will head to Clearwater to take on the Philadelphia Phillies. C.C. Sabathia makes the start and Rafael Soriano, Dave Robertson, and Boone Logan are scheduled to pitch as well.

The Yankees expect to bring their full lineup for the game. It is not a long trip and we are getting closer to opening day so they want to get them together as much as possible now.

The other news of the day for the Yankees was the health of their bullpen is getting better. Joba Chamberlain threw a full bullpen on Saturday and felt fine. He is expected to get into a game this coming week and be ready for Opening Day. Pedro Feliciano threw a bullpen also though not as intense and felt good and Boone Logan is making the trip on Sunday.

It looks like these players had minor ailments that only set them back for a few days and they should all be ready to go for Opening Day.


gmarchesej Posted by on March 20, 2011. Filed under MLB News,News and Sports with Gary W. Marchese Jr.,Sports,US Sports,Yankees. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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