Joba on his quick inning: “It felt great. Just getting going, itâ€™s like riding a bike. â€¦ I was more aggressive; just attack the zone. You let your competitive edge and your abilities take over. I think I did a better job of throwing my slider. It was back to the slider that Iâ€™m used to throwing and not trying to baby it.”
Girardi on Ian Kennedy: “Todayâ€™s the sharpest heâ€™s been and thatâ€™s a good sign for us. Heâ€™s got a couple more starts before we start the season but he looked much better today. Heâ€™s so consistent in what he does. He knows itâ€™s about location and changing speeds.â€
A few other notes: Don’t get too, too excited about Joba. Two of the kids he faced are Class A players and the other Class AA. But he did have that electric slider he’s been missing all spring. … Kennedy needs to be a little more economical with his pitches and go deeper in games. But you’d much rather have a young player like that as you’re fifth starter than a retread veteran. He’s going to get better and better. … Johnny Damon is an above-average left fielder. He and Melky will get to a lot of balls in the gap.
The beat writers are having dinner tonight with Hideki Matsui. Godzilla invited the writers out when he arrived in New York in 2003. The writers reciprocated the following year and it has become a tradition during spring training. It’s a lot of fun, he’s a good guy and very funny.
Thanks for reading today. The Yankees have a night game tomorrow but I’m going to see CMW pitch his minor-league game at 1 p.m. and will file a report on the blog after that.