So big news, gang. I finally got to watch my first televised Yankee baseball of 2015 last night! The girlfriend and I ran out to a bar to get takeout Reubens for dinner and the bar happened to have MLB Network on a few TVs. It wasn't much. I basically got to watch the last few batters of the bottom of the 2nd and Dellin Betances give up that triple to Reyes, but it was still baseball and I'm counting it.
As for the game itself, it was chock full of storylines. The biggest and most important was the return of CC Sabathia, but that was far from the only one. Al from Miami was back at the hot corner and batting second as Joe continues to see what he can get out of Al in a variety of different scenarios. While the rest of the starting lineup was in action, Chase Headley and Jacoby Ellsbury were not, and we later found out that Ellsbury's absence was due to the mildest ab strain in the history of human existence. Oh yeah, the Yanks lost the game too. Whatever.
- Sabathia looked pretty good in his first game action since May of last year. His final line wasn't great (2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K), but his velocity was sitting low 90s and his mechanics looked smooth. He threw 22 of 31 pitches for strikes and said he felt good afterwards. He still needs to work on his command, which he acknowledged after the game, but the early velocity was a pleasant surprise and he came through the start healthy. Next step accomplished.
- Quiet night for A-Rod at the plate (0-3, 1 K), but he did make another nice defensive play at third, snaring a ball hit sharply down the third base line and making a good throw for the out. Considering his age and mobility, I'm going to go ahead and call it a highlight reel defensive play at third.
- Mark Teixeira carried the biggest offensive stick, going 1-3 with a solo home run that he, believe it or not, hit the opposite way to left-center field. I didn't believe it until I saw the replay. I also know I'm the last one to this joke party, but if that's how he wants to try to beat the shift this year I am all for it.
- Betances was the first man out of the 'pen after CC and he gave up a run on 2 hits. Grooved a pitch to Jose Reyes and Reyes almost hit it out. Lucky it was just a triple. It happens.
- After the game, the Yanks announced another round of roster cuts. Gary Sanchez, Domingo German, Kyle Roller, Branden Pinder, and Greg Bird were all sent down. Sanchez was somewhat surprisingly assigned back to Double-A.