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Yankees win final spring game as they break camp

By Gary W. Marchese Jr.

Tampa, FL (March 30) – The New York Yankees won their final game of spring training by the score of 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon. They headed to the airport and home to New York after the game to get ready for the season opener on Thursday. The Yankees will have a workout at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday in preparation for Opening Day former Yankee Mike Mussina would be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

In the game Tuesday Freddy Garcia made his final start of the spring and was effective. He pitched 4 2/3 innings giving up four hits and one run with two walks and three strikeouts. Luis Ayala who is in competition for a spot in the bullpen because Jesus Feliciano is beginning the year on the disabled list pitched 2/3 of an inning.

Ayala gave up a hit, Steve Garrison is also in competition to be in the bullpen, he pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up two hits, and he struck out one batter. Mark Prior pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out one. Prior will stay in Tampa with the A team and then when the weather starts warming up North he will head to AAA Scranton/Wilkes Barre. He has looked great all spring and the Yankees still think he will help them this year but they want him to build his arm strength up. Eric Wordkemper faced two batters and got both of them out; Rafael Soriano pitched to one batter and struck him out earning the win. Bartolo Colon earned the save with a perfect inning.

Brett Gardner had a hit in three plate appearances. He led off once again and even though manager Joe Girardi did not say it, it is a safe bet that he would leadoff on Opening Day. Girardi said that Jeter would be leadoff against lefty starters.

Austin Romine had a hit and an RBI finishing his spring strong. Mark Teixeira drew a walk, Alex Rodriguez had a walk, and an RBI and Justin Maxwell had a hit. Nick Swisher had a hit, Jorge Posada and Andruw Jones had a hit. Russell Martin had a hit; Romine hit his second homerun in as many games. Rodriguez finished the spring with 6 homeruns and 15 RBI.

The Yankees were 0-7 with runners in scoring position and left seven on base.

The Yankees will take on the Detroit Tigers on Thursday afternoon from the Bronx. The weather looks like it will be ok for that game, sunny and high around 50. C.C. Sabathia will face off against Justin Verlander in a marquee pitching matchup.

The Yankees will have all the pomp, circumstance, Mike Mussina will throw out the first pitch, and George Steinbrenners granddaughter Haley Swindall will perform the National Anthem. They will have a Broadway star singing God Bless America during the seventh inning stretch. It has been a long winter and everyone can rally around the fact that baseball is back and that is a great thing. Baseball always makes us think spring and summer. It should be an exciting day around the league.

The Yankees off on Friday and then resume their series with Detroit Saturday and Sunday. A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes will be the next two starters in that order.

gmarchesej Posted by on March 30, 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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