23 pitches / 16 strikes
“I felt good,” Rivera said after his first two-inning outing of the spring. “All of my pitches were in the strike zone. Everything is fine.”
The photo is of Mariano signing for people through the fence. He signed for everybody who was there.
Mike Mussina vs. Class AAA Syracuse:
3 earned runs
72 pitches / 53 strikes
Mussina allowed two runs on three hits in his final inning as he appeared to grow tired on the 82-degree day. “I threw a couple of bad pitches that makes it looks worse than it was,” he said.
Mussina had good velocity, reaching back for 87, 88 when he needed it. Jose Molina, who caught him, said Mussina was throwing all of his pitches for strikes.
Of the seven hits he allowed, two of them were bleeders. But he also gave up a bomb to center field off the bat of Adam Lind that Matt Carson made a Willie Mays-style over the shoulder catch on.
Mussina being at 72 pitches with two outings to go this spring is about perfect. He can get to 100 before the regular season.
As for the hitters:
Hideki Matsui was 1 for 4 with a single and played three inings in left. He said his knees felt fine and that he expects he will be ready for Opening Day. One of his outs was a fly ball to the base of the wall in center.
Jose Molina was 1 for 4 with an RBI single.