In the first of what is hopefully not many starts for the Major League club this year, Chase Whitley took the ball to start this afternoon's Spring Training square-off with the Baltimore Orioles. Whitley's one of the guys who is stretched out to work multiple innings early while guys like Tanaka and CC work at a slower pace, and that's why he got the nod. He turned in a perfectly Whitley-esque 3-inning outing and got a lot of strong relief innings from a pretty solid group of scheduled bullpen guys. But the offense didn't generate much and the Yanks racked up another meaningless L in the ST W-L column.
- Whitley's 3 innings came with 2 hits and 3 walks, but ultimately no runs. He successfully worked out of the trouble he created for himself and there's something to be said for that. Definitely needs to sharpen up the command though. He only threw 24 strikes out of 46 pitches.
- Esmil Rogers was scheduled to follow Whitley today and he did with a solitary scoreless inning. I'm a little surprised to see him already limited to 1-inning duty. I thought the Yanks would keep him stretched out as much as they could for as long as they could.
- Other notable relief outings today were those of Jose Ramirez (1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K) and Jacob Lindgren (1 IP, 0s, 2 K). Branden Pinder took the loss after getting touched up for 4 hits and 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th.
- Didi Gregorius got the start and hit leadoff against a left-handed starter, and he took an 0-3 day with 2 K. Slow start for him this spring, but props to Joe for giving him chances to prove himself.
- Offensive star of the day was Chase Headley, who knocked a hit in all 3 of his plate appearances, including a double off the wall. Mark Teixeira singled and walked in 3 trips, and Gary Sanchez popped a solo home run in the top of the 9th to account for the only Yankee run.