Courtesy of the Yankees, here are some postgame notes:
— The Yankees won their final nine spring games (last lost on 3/23 at Philadelphia, 3-8), matching their nine-game winning streak from 3/14-21…won 18 of their last 20 spring games…finished with a 24-10-1 record (.706) vs. Major League competition this spring, marking their most such wins and best such winning percentage since at least 1961.
— The Yankees hit a spring-high four home runs today, giving them seven home runs in the two-game series vs. the Cubs.
— All four probable Opening Day infield starters (1B Mark Teixeira, 2B Robinson Cano, SS Derek Jeter and 3B Cody Ransom) have homered in Yankee
Stadium during the two-game series with the Cubs.
— LHP Andy Pettitte started and allowed 1ER in 4.0IP (6H, 1BB, 2K, 1HR)…allowed just 2ER in 15.1IP this spring (1.17 ERA).
— RHP A.J. Burnett made his first relief appearance of the spring and tossed 4.0 scoreless innings (2H, 1BB, 6K, 59 pitches/39 strikes)…marked his highest strikeout total of the spring.
— The Yankees’ starting rotation of LHP CC Sabathia, RHP Chien-Ming Wang, RHP A.J. Burnett, LHP Andy Pettitte and RHP Joba Chamberlain finished with a 13-3 combined spring record and a 3.35 ERA (99.1IP, 37ER).
— 1B Mark Teixeira (2-for-3) recorded the first two-homer game by a Yankee this spring…finished as the Yankees’ team leader this spring with a .433 (26-for-60) batting average, 5HR and 15RBI.
— SS Derek Jeter (1-for-3) recorded a personal spring-best 3RBI and finished the Grapefruit League season with a .389 (13-for-33) batting average against
Major League opposition.
— C Jorge Posada (0-for-2) caught 6.0 innings behind the plate…has appeared at catcher in 12 games this spring (nine games vs. Major League teams and three games vs. minor league opposition)…caught 6-of-12 runners trying to steal this spring in all 12 games combined.