This was pretty much the real Rays lineup tonight in Port Charlotte, and Sergio Mitre went through it for five innings, allowing two hits and one walk. He struck out seven, which would have been the highest single-game total of the spring if not for CC Sabathia’s eight strikeouts this afternoon.
“He threw the ball really well tonight,” Joe Girardi said. “Command of his fastball. He had good sink tonight. His curveball and changeup were very good tonight.”
If Mitre doesn’t win a spot in the rotation, Girardi said he wouldn’t rule out using Mitre as a reliever.
“I think Serge could do anything we ask him,” Girardi said. “Last year I think it would have been harder just because, a guy coming off surgery, it’s hard to go back-to-back days. You don’t want to rush him. But I think he’s more equipped to do that this year.”
Here’s Mitre talking about his night.
And here’s Jorge Posada talking about Mitre’s night.
And here’s Chad Gaudin talking about his night. “The line is worse than how he pitched,” Girardi said. “He didn’t give up a lot of hard hit balls. Defense wasn’t great behind him, (but) he wasn’t as sharp as I’ve seen him.”
• Curtis Granderson was hit by a pitch and taken out of the game. “It was more precautionary than anything,” Girardi said. “I think it kind of grazed his hand and the knob.” Granderson wasn’t scheduled to play tomorrow anyway. He’ll be back in the lineup Sunday.
• Girardi on making fifth starter decisions: “It’s something we’re going to have to talk over in the next few days and probably make some decisions fairly quickly.”
• More good work from Amaury Sanit. Two-thirds of an inning, no hits, one strikeout.
• The Seattle Mariners seem happy with Rule 5 pick Kanekoa Texeira.
• Nick Swisher extended his hitting streak to seven games.