Another day, another crooked number for a Yankees opponent. After losing 11-0 to the Twins today, the Yankees have given up 32 runs in their past three games which, spring training or not, isn’t particularly good. Chad Gaudin gave up three runs, the immortal Kei Igawa gave up five and D.J. Mitchell gave up the last three, long after much of the Hammond Stadium crowd had headed for the early-bird specials.
Still, there were no major injuries to report and Joe Girardi got another look at two of his fifth-starter hopefuls. Sergio Mitre “threw the ball pretty decent,” Girardi said, while Gaudin “made a couple of mistakes, that’s all.” Gaudin said the homer he gave up to Jason Kubel was a good pitch that he could have sworn Kubel hit off the handle; Girardi, however, said he thought Kubel “squared him up pretty good.” Either way, the ball got out in a hurry.
Girardi was also pleased with Brett Gardner dropping a bunt down for a base hit. That’s something Gardner has said he’s been working on doing more and his self-critique afterward was that it was only an “OK bunt” – he was hoping to get it past the pitcher but couldn’t get it all the way there. He beat the throw by a half-step anyway. Gardner also talked about how it feels to be back in a playing-time competition yet again, saying, “That’s the way it’s been for me, always – even in college. Ever since I was drafted by the Yankees in ’05, I’ve always been competing for a job. I feel like it makes me better. It makes me work harder, and I’m sure it does the same for the other guys.” Check out the paper (or website) tomorrow for more on Gardner.
Lastly, Girardi said he spoke to Francisco Cervelli and reported that Cervelli sounded “pretty good.” There’s no timetable yet on when Cervelli might return to action but tomorrow’s examination by a neurologist is an important test. If all goes well, he could be back later this week but the Yankees will no doubt be careful.
That’s it from here. Long ride back to Tampa ahead but we’ll be back at it early tomorrow morning.