(Courtesy of the AP)
After pitching in a few MiL games to avoid facing AL East rivals, CC Sabathia
was back on the mound against a Major League team last night for his final Spring Training tuneup. Well, he was on the mound against the Houston Astros, and I guess technically they still qualify as a Major League team since they're in the AL West but whatever. While it was CC's final spring game before the start of the regular season, it was Vernon Wells
' first spring game as a Yankee, so there's no shortage of juicy talking points from last night. It might actually have been one of the most interesting games the Astros will be involved in all year.
- Sabathia wasn't sharp in the 1st inning, giving up 3 earned runs on 4 hits (3 of them doubles) and a leadoff walk. He wasn't locating his breaking pitches well and the Astro hitters were just professional enough to make him pay.
- The big fella got some help from his offense to make up for the early runs. Brett Gardner
went 2-3 with a triple and an RBI, continuing to strengthen his case for the leadoff spot on Opening Day, and Travis Hafner
woke up from his spring slumber with a 3-hit day of his own.
- Wells got the start in left field and hit sixth in the batting order. He had a relatively uneventful 0-3 night at the dish, but did drive in a run with an RBI groundout in the bottom of the 6th.
- Final line for CC: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. Not great, but he's way past the point of needing to be great in ST. As long as he's healthy and ready to go Monday, that's all that matters.
- Strong performance behind CC from an almost all-Major League bullpen. Mo, D-Rob, Joba, Logan, and Vidal Nuno
combined to throw 5 scoreless innings with 5 K and 1 BB before the teams decided enough was enough after 10.