After this afternoon’s game, manager Joe Girardi was asked which was more impressive: CC Sabathia’s start or Alex Rodriguez’s monster home run over the scoreboard in left field.
“I really liked what CC did today,” Girardi said. “His last two starts he has been extremely efficient, and he had command all day today. Outstanding changeup. Very good breaking ball. Pace was great. It’s pretty much what CC is.”
But that home run? Girardi just smiled.
“Alex’s ball was pretty impressive,” he said.
Here’s Sabathia talking about his outing. He was happy with just about everything, but said he still wants to work on burying the ball inside against right-handers. ”Felt a lot better today,” he said. “Offspeed pitches were good. Changeup was really good. Got some swing and misses on my cutter, so I was pleased with today.”
• How did Rodriguez feel about the home run? “That one felt really good,” he said. “Because it wasn’t an everyday home run.”
• It felt good, but as you might expect, Rodriguez wasn’t too worked up over his first home run. ”My emphasis the first part of spring training is to go out and make sure I get my work done, and that goes way early in the morning,” he said. “As you get closer to opening day, obviously you want to make sure you hone in on your swing, and so far so good. I had a really good session with Kevin Long and Butchie (Wynegar) on one of the back fields a couple of days ago, and we’re on schedule.”
• Mariano Rivera threw only 10 pitches today, but that was enough. He didn’t throw any more in the bullpen and he’s scheduled to pitch again on Sunday.
• Damaso Marte has been pushed back to Sunday. “We’re just going to give him an extra day,” Girardi said. Marte said his back feels better, but not 100 percent. “Outside it’s fine,” he said. “Inside I still feel it.”
• I know he’s one of the smallest names in camp, but minor league veteran Jon Weber had two more hits today and has a .588 average. Girardi acknowledged that Weber is probably going to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but it’s “very possible” that he would be in the big league mix if he were a right-handed hitter instead of a lefty.
• Girardi once again backed up Marcus Thames, who went 0-for-3 and has a .120 spring average. “He’s had some good at-bats,” Girardi said. “He’s had some line outs. I’m OK with where he’s at.”
• Alfredo Aceves, Boone Logan and Dustin Moseley are scheduled to pitch on the road tomorrow. Marte was originally scheduled for the trip, but obviously he’s no longer going. I assume they’ll add a fourth pitcher between now and tomorrow.
• Position players not going on tomorrow’s road trip: Jesus Montero, Jorge Posada, Derek Jeter, Juan Miranda, Ramiro Pena, Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher and Randy Winn.
Both pictures are from The Associated Press.
UPDATE, 4:50 p.m.: The Yankees just optioned Romulo Sanchez to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and reassigned Ryan Pope to minor league camp.