With the regular season a little more than a week away, it's fair to start talking about games as if they matter a little more. This afternoon's game was a wire-to-wire victory for the Yankees in which a lot of good things happened on both sides of the scorecard. The team hit, they fielded, and they got great pitching. It was a solid all-around team win. The biggest individual story to come from the game was another strong start by Nathan Eovaldi. He continued to show improvements in his ability to finish off hitters, successfully navigate lefties, and work his way out of trouble when he did put runners on base. He finished with 4.2 scoreless, walkless innings, only 3 hits against, and 5 strikeouts. He threw 89 pitches and 60 strikes.
Offensively, it was Chase Headley's turn to carry the torch again. His solo home run in the top of the 3rd, his third of the spring, got the scoring started for the Yanks and he finished with 3 hits and 3 RBI on the day. Rob Refsnyder was also a standout with 2 more doubles, and the Yanks finished with 11 hits and 7 walks as a team.
In what all but wrapped up the 5th starter spot for Adam Warren, Esmil Rogers was the second man out of the 'pen today and he looked pretty good. He pitched 1.2 perfect innings and struck out 2. I think he's a lock for the Opening Day bullpen at this point. How long he stays there is a different story.
- Oh yeah, A-Rod played first base today too. He was out there for 4 innings, made a few defensive plays without issue, and went 1-1 with a walk and a run scored. His strong spring keeps right on going.
- Ditto that for Refsnyder, who now has 5 doubles this spring and a .343/.452/.571 tripleslash in 35 at-bats. Dude can hit.
- Stephen Drew doubled and scored a run. He's been much better since the first week of ST games and I think he's going to do enough to make the hatred for him die down quickly when the regular season starts.
- After the game, the Yanks announced another big round of roster cuts that included Slade Heathcott, Ramon Flores, Nick Rumbelow, and Jacob Lindgren. He was a hot name on the Twitter wire earlier today as a potential spot stealer at the back of the Opening Day 'pen. Now I bet that spot ends up going to Chasen Shreve.