The Yankees beat the Tigers 4-3 today. They have now won nine straight and 11 of their last 12. At this rate, they will take a 190-game streak into the World Series.
The nine straight is the longest in spring training since the 2002 Yankees also won nine in a row. If it mattered, I’d try and look up when they last won 10 straight. But it doesn’t matter.
Joba Chamberlain said in the clubhouse that while he feels good and is happy with his arm strength and command of four pitches, he needs to stop nibbling.
“I have to throw to halves instead of thirds,” he said, referencing how much of the plate he should try and get with his pitches.
In other news …
· Mariano Rivera will take two days off. He said he feels great and wants only another five or six one-inning outings before Opening Day. “Every time out, I feel stronger,” he said.
· Girardi praised the work Phil Hughes did in camp. “He had a very good spring,” the manger said. “He attacked the strike zone. The thing is we ran out of innings for him here and we need to get him stretched out.”
· Francisco Cervelli was optioned to Double-A Trenton after the game.