Good afternoon. It’s windy and 64 here at Hammond Stadium. We have Phil Hughes vs. Boof Bonser.
In his first at-bat of the spring, Hideki Matsui grounded into a 3-6-3 double play. The Japanese media is here in force to chronicle his debut.
A few of the New York writers went over to talk to Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire to get his opinion about yesterday’s incident. Gardenhire hadn’t seen the play but defended Elliot Johnson because it’s such an instinctive decision. “When you try not to get hurt, that’s when you get hurt,” he said. But Gardenhire made it clear that running the catcher over is not the norm for a spring training game.
This is one of those situations where both sides have a point. In my opinion, Johnson used unnecessary roughness for a spring training game. The question now is when and how the Yankees will retaliate.
Meanwhile, Phil Hughes just had a 1-2-3 first inning. 12 pitches/9 strikes.
The Yankees scored three runs off Boof Bonser. Jose Molina had a two-run double with the bases loaded.
Three up and three more down for Phil Hughes. 13 pitches/8 strikes. He looks great.
Phil Franchise is the man. Three more easy outs. Nine up and nine down. 35 pitches/24 walks.
Counting the game against South Florida, he has retired all 15 batters he has faced this spring.
Phil Hughes threw four great innings: 4 0 0 0 2 1 57 pitches/35 strikes. He walked two in the fourth inning as he appeared to tire a bit. But the Yankees left him in to get out of his own jam and he got Craig Monroe to ground out to end the inning.
Hughes is driving back to Tampa once he showers, so we’ll have to head down to the clubhouse soon. Thus endeth the live blotgeth.