Good evening and welcome to Legends Field. It’s 80 degrees and the Yankees are playing the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Kings of the Grapefruit League, the Rays are 14-4 behind hard-chargin’ Joe Maddon. The Yankees are 11-7-2 but have had a perfect week.
It will be Darrell Rasner against Andy Sonnanstine.
Meanwhile, what a terrible loss for UConn. The NCAA tournament makes it hard to find guys in the clubhouse for interviews. Everybody’s in the lounge watching games and tracking their pools.
Rasner put two runners on but worked out of trouble. Abreu (15 for 31 this spring) doubled with two outs but A-Rod grounded to second.
Rasner allowed a hit but got out of the inning. The Yankees went in order.
Rasner looked sharp. Still no score.
Nothing doing for either team. Still no score. Mariano Rivera coming on to pitch for the Yankees.
Line for Rasner: 4 2 0 0 1 4 68 pitches / 49 strikes. Pretty damn good. He’s making his case for long man. You have to figure it’ll be Rasner or Jeff Karstens with Kei Igawa starting for Scranton. Mo allowed an infield hit and that was it.
This is the most tedious spring training game ever. No score after six, each team with three hits and soon it will be all minors leaguers in the game. Sorry for the lack of updates but I’m writing for the newspaper tomorrow, watching the game and keeping track of the NCAA tournament scores. Wow, does Carolina look good.
New Yankees lineup: