The game is over here in Tampa. The Yankees beat the Astros 3-1. Meanwhile in Bradenton, a Jesus Montero grand slam has helped the Yankees take a 13-5 lead. The game is close to being done, we’re told.
(I’ll be honest, I wanted to go to Bradenton to see Hughes, Montero and Austin Jackson play. But common sense said to stay here and watch Burnett. He does get hurt on occasion.)
Meanwhile, the hard-working media relations staff of the Yankees showed their versatility today. With no New York reporters in Bradenton, Mike Margolis obtained a quote from Phil Hughes for us.
“My command wasn’t perfect and I was behind in the count a lot, nibbling with my fastball. The home run to Morgan was a decent pitch and the other, I was behind in the count,” he said. “I was trying to get my change-up some work and mix in some cutters. I feel strong. I feel good.”
Mike also e-mailed Ian Kennedy’s line. That was 3 3 0 0 1 5 with one hit batter.
Meanwhile, Lauren Moran debuted as the press box announcer and official scorer in Tampa. She did admirable work.
Finally, here are a few notes from our post-game conversation with Joe Girardi:
· He spoke to Alex Rodriguez — remember him? — yesterday. A-Rod is off crutches, feeling good and about to move his rehab into a pool. He is in the proverbial good spirits.
· Colin Curtis and Austin Romine were reassigned to the minor-league camp while Mike Dunn was optioned out. I bet we see Dunn again this season.
· Edwar Ramirez pitched in his first game today and felt fine