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Rays-Yankees: The Live Blog

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 08, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

It’s windy and 62 here at Legends Field as the Yankees get set to face the Plain Old Rays.

It’ll be Mike Mussina vs. Matt Garza. Today’s game is on YES and WCBS so you shouldn’t need me to provide many details. But I’ll chime in from time to time.

UPDATE: The Yanks just made four cuts as RHPs Dan McCutchen, Steven Jackson, Scott Strickland and Steven White were assigned to the minor-league camp.

FIRST INNING
Thanks to Mark Carlson’s floating strike zone, Mike Mussina threw 21 pitches in that inning, 12 of them strikes. But he K’d Carlos Pena and Cliff Floyd to work out of trouble.

SECOND INNING
Mussina has his act together in this inning. Gomes homered, but it was a pop fly that carried out on the wind. The Moose then K’d Longoria and Riggans looking on great curveballs.

THIRD INNING
Great outing for Mike Mussina: 2.2 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts. The run came on a wind-blown homer and one of the walks was a travesty. He threw 30 of his 54 pitches for strikes and had four strikeouts looking.

Mussina was able to locate his curveball and throw his fastball for strikes. Mussina was around 88-89, which is fine for him.

UPDATE FROM THE CLUBHOUSE:

Mike Mussina was pleased with his outing. Here’s how he answered some questions:

On the home run: “That was a fly ball to right. He inside-outed the thing. Bobby took three steps to this right and then turned around and started running. But that’s OK.”

On his curveball: “I was able to put it where I wanted to put it. I was able to dump it in there for strikes. Or I could throw it harder and get it down in there.”

On his arm strength: “It’s about where it should be. There will be more. 88 in March is OK. I can pitch with that if I can get the ball where I want to. 88 is fine in June. But there should be a little bit more.”

NINTH INNING
Does anybody want that last spot in the bullpen? Ross Ohlendorf just allowed a home run, a day after a rocky outings by Jose Veras and Brian Bruney. Could Chris Britton sneak in there?

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