It was the second spring start for Masahiro Tanaka last night, and it went even better than the first. 3.2 innings of scoreless, walkless ball and a whole heaping helping of run support against an Atlanta Braves team sporting more former Yankees than Old Timers' Day. Only thing that would have made this game better would have been the game actually counting.
- Tanaka's full line: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. He looks great, like he never missed a beat. In a spring that's been littered with major starting pitching injuries, it would be pretty sweet if Tanaka was the exception and stayed healthy all year.
- Andrew Bailey made his 2015 debut, his first game appearance since July of 2013 actually, and looked about how you'd expect for a guy who hasn't pitched in that long. He gave up a few hits, an unearned run, and was wild with his offspeed stuff despite sitting low 90s on the radar gun.
- Lots of offensive stars last night. Didi Gregorius went 3-3 with a triple, a run, and a RBI, Brian McCann went 2-2 with a 2-run homer and 2 BB, Stephen Drew hit a 2-run dinger, Garrett Jones and Mark Teixeira each doubled, and Mason Williams picked up another hit in late-game action.
- Rob Refsnyder went 0-2 at the dish and made his 4th error of the spring at second base. I think it's safe to say that he'll start the year in SWB and Drew will have the Opening Day second base job.
- Update on Jacoby Ellsbury. Turns out he doesn't have a quad strain or the mildest of ab strains. An MRI yesterday revealed a low-grade oblique strain and he's going to be shut down for the next week. It's too early to say for certain, but he could miss Opening Day.