(Good work, kid. Courtesy of the AP)
We're two weeks into camp and things are starting to pick up. Starting pitchers are making their second trips through the rotation, more veterans are getting deeper into their spring routines, players are leaving camp for the WBC, and roster battles are starting to change after the first small sample size results. It's only right that I keep up with the players and get another ST game recap under my belt.
- Adam Warren and Jose Ramirez followed up strong first starts with equally strong second outings. Warren gave up just 1 run on his only hit allowed (solo HR), walked 1, and struck out 2 in 3 innings of work, and Ramirez followed up with 3 scoreless IP of his own, working out of trouble in each of the first 2 to keep the Sawx at 0.
- Getting the start in left field instead of center, Brett Gardner continued his strong spring start with a hit and a walk in his 3 PA. He's gotta be the early favorite for Opening Day leadoff hitter, even if his transition to full-time center fielder is up in the air.
- The Yanks got on the board with 3 runs in the 6th on a couple hits and a couple of Fraud Sawck errors. Eduardo Nunez came through with an RBI single, and had his batting helmet fly off his head for the 237th time this spring.
- The Yankee 'pen was solid after the first 2 pitchers left, highlighted by a scoreless 7th with a K from fringe prospect Chase Whitley.
- The second string offense tacked on a few runs in the late innings. J.R. Murphy double home a run in the 8th and Thomas Neal hit a solo HR to get himself a blip on the outfield comp radar in the 9th.
- Gardner: 1-2, 1 BB. Showing everything you want to see from a leadoff hitter so far in camp, outside of the headfirst slides into first base, and not showing any signs of being sluggish after all the missed time last year.
Melky Mesa: 0-3, 2 K, 3 LOB. These are the types of games you have to live with if you're going to play Mesa, but every game like this works against him in a roster competition.
Gotta take this one easy. Don't want to over-exert in my second recap of the spring. But trust me, two guys will pitch.