Spring Training Game Ten: Yankees 5, Red Sox 2

The rivalry was renewed and the Yankees won the first battle…

Okay, even I can’t pretend that this was anything more than a Spring Training game with scrubs – and Brett Gardner – making the trip to Fort Myers. I probably should also admit to not watching the game. Although I did catch a glimpse of Andrew Miller of the Red Sox sporting a mountain man beard. Hey Andrew, 2004 called, it wants Johnny Damon back.

The Red Sox struck first with a run in the second inning on a home run by Mike Napoli which came off of Adam Warren. Warren pitched three innings and only gave up that one run on that one hit. He struck out two and walked one batter.

The other Red Sox run came against Kelvin Perez in the bottom of the ninth when Perez threw a wild pitch which scored Mauro Gomez.

The Yankees scored their runs during a three-run sixth inning in which Eduardo Nunez hit an RBI single, Jayson Nix grounded into a force out with the bases loaded and that scored Austin Romine who was on third and Ronnier Mustelier who moved to third on that force out scored on a fielding error by Drew Sutton which also allowed the batter, Juan Rivera to reach first.

And they scored again in the eighth thanks to a J.R. Murphy which scored Jose Pirela and a Thomas Neal solo shot off Pete Ruiz.

Some news that came out after the game ended: Joe Girardi basically put the kibosh on the Curtis Granderson/Gardner outfield switch. I guess it makes sense with Granderson not scheduled to come back until May, you wouldn’t want him trying to navigate left field in Yankee Stadium without much practice.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

4 thoughts on “Spring Training Game Ten: Yankees 5, Red Sox 2

  1. Professor Longnose

    You watched the Knicks, didn’t you?

    • srosegots

      I actually didn't watch the Knicks. And I had been good about watching the ST games but I really needed to get some chores done and Sunday seemed like the best day to do them. I was keeping track on my phone with the At Bat app though. Thank goodness for that.

  2. uyf1950

    I know it's very early in spring training and that fans shouldn't make or take to much from these games. But I can't help think that Gardner is making a believer out of me that he should get serious consideration as the lead off batter for the Yankees when the real action begins in April. If he keeps up his torrid pace I say give him that opportunity.

  3. John

    Figured that the outfield switch would be DOA with Grandy out, but props to Girardi saying it now so there wasn't speculation by the beat writers for months. I'm sure the beat writers are chagrined at this news as I'm sure they each had 10 articles lined up discussing this. So sad.

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