Nice quick game here at Disney. Meanwhile, the Disney Garbage Army completely cleaned the entire stadium in 15 minutes. It was frightening to watch.
Not much to report from this one as the Yankees lost 3-2. Ian Kennedy allowed two runs and Dan Giese one, going three innings each. Andrew Brackman and Mark Melancon each went an inning.
Melancon allowed a leadoff double then retired three batters in order in the eighth. He has thrown three scoreless innings this spring, allowing two hits.
The five starters will get into the rotation starting tomorrow when Joba faces Team Canada. CC, Wang, Burnett and Pettitte will follow him. Sabathia starts Friday, Wang on Saturday and so on.
Joe Girardi said the long-reliever candidates (Tomko, Giese and Aceves) will continue to get innings. Kennedy and Hughes could be relegated to minor-league games once the starters get stretched out. Girardi called Phil Coke “half a long man” and said he would still get work.
They envision him going anywhere from one batter to two innings. Girardi they could keep Coke and a long man in the bullpen. With Edwar Ramirez on the shelf, that could be what they end up doing.