Looks like A.J. Burnett and Jorge Posada can get along after all. This afternoon, Burnett did not have his curveball working, but he was still able to go 6.2 strong innings and get his first spring win against the Tigers.
“I was relaxed and confident because my catcher was,” Burnett said.
This is the second start in a row in which Burnett has gone out of his way to heap praise on Posada. They’ve been working together this spring and it seems their comfort with one another has grown. Burnett acknowledged that things got “a little bit destructive” last season, but they seem to have put that behind them.
“It’s been good,” Joe Girardi said. “Obviously the numbers show it today. They’ve worked hard and we’ve worked hard. Sometimes it’s just getting comfortable with a guy, seeing them as much as you can.”
Here’s the audio from Burnett, who admitted to not throwing a single changeup today because he wanted to work on getting his curveball fixed.
• Check it out, it’s Phil Coke. That’s an Associated Press photo of the former Yankees reliever chatting with Girardi pregame. That’s obviously an AP photo of Burnett up top.
• Girardi on Joba Chamberlain’s outing: “I thought he attacked. He was ahead. For him I thought it was positive and we’ll get him back out there soon.”
• Chan Ho Park seems to really be making an impression down here. He pitched another scoreless inning today.
• Two more hits from Curtis Granderson — including a double off a lefty — raised his spring average to .297. He’s finally gotten going. Of course, he’s nowhere close to Jon Weber, who’s hitting .583 after his 1-for-1 afternoon.
• Girardi called Marcus Thames’ home run, “the difference in the game.” I guess it’s difficult to argue with that considering it put the Yankees in the lead.
• Girardi on Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner working together in the outfield: “A lot of times when you see two center fielders in one outfield, the one that’s playing left is used to taking charge and he’s going to call balls, but I haven’t seen any issues.”
• The Yankees still haven’t made an announcement, and the players don’t know anything about it, but TMZ is reporting that the Yankees ring ceremony will be before the home opener on April 13th. Of course, TMZ previously reported the ceremony would be on the 14th, so who knows?
• Upcoming Yankees starters:
Sunday: Andy Pettitte
Monday: Javier Vazquez
Tuesday (ss): CC Sabathia on the road, Sergio Mitre at home
Wednesday: Phil Hughes
• Austin Jackson said he has no negative thoughts about the Yankees, but the Tigers have embraced him as if he came up through their system. “I’m just more comfortable this year and being allowed to do stuff that feels more comfortable to me, instead of trying to hit like somebody else or hit for more power,” Jackson said. “Just play your game. That’s why I like hitting in the lead-off because I think it plays into what I do.”