You’re looking live at Osceoloa County Stadium in strip-mall strewn Kissimmee, Fla.
It’ll be Mike Mussina against Wandy Rodriguez. We’re about to get underway. I have some work to do but I’ll throw in some updates from time to time.
First inning: Melky Cabrera doubled with one out but was stranded as Robbie Cano grounded out and Shelley Duncan flew to right.
I asked Joe Girardi this morning about the Yankees sending Jesus Montero down. He said he was impressed with how the 18-year-old caught in the Philadelphia game on Saturday. It was better than he looked during bullpen sessions.
“He had an ability to take charge. The way he was receiving the ball, I was impressed,” Girardi said. “Obviously I’ve always been impressed with his bat.”
Is Montero a catcher moving forward?
I would hate to say, I mean the improvement I saw in two weeks and into the game was amazing,” Girardi said. “Great kid, too.”
Second inning: Moose needed 12 pitches to get through the first. The Yankees took a 1-0 lead when Astros expatriate Morgan Ensberg doubled and came around on a grounder by fellow former ‘stro Jason Lane.
The Astros tied it up when Hunter Pence doubled and scored on a two-out single by Jose Cruz Jr., who dropped a 1-2 pitch into right field as Moose couldn’t finish him off.
Moose didn’t back up the plate and Cruz went to second when the ball got away. Humberto Quintero followed with an RBI single and it’s 2-1 Astros.
Third inning: The Yankees have taken a 4-2 lead, scoring three runs off Wandy Rodriguez. After Melky Cabrera and Robbie Cano singled, Shelley Duncan delivered an RBI single. Cabrera scored, as did Cano when Houston threw the balla around.
Morgan Ensberg followed with an RBI single. Rodriguez was pulled after throwing 61 pitches. 61 pitches on March 3? Seems like a lot.
UPDATE ON BOBBY MURCER
Bobby was at a Houston hospital today for a biopsy to determine whether he has had a reoccurrence of brain cancer. The Yankees received this update from his wife, Kay:
“Bobby is doing great and is resting comfortably after this morningâ€™s biopsy. He could be released as early as tomorrow. Results wonâ€™t be available until later this week.”
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Meanwhile, back at the game, Moose got tattooed in the third as Matsui and Berkman singled ahead of a homer by Carlos Lee. 6-4 Astros.
Back later, Mussina is available to the media.