A few quick items from down south…
• Brennan Boesch told reporters that he should have said something about his rib cage before he got on the bus, which indicates the ride itself didn’t cause the soreness. He is apparently optimistic that this is a short-term problem.
• The Yankees beat the Twins 9-7, winning despite Ivan Nova’s shaky outing. Through 5.1 innings, Nova allowed five runs — four earned — one seven hits and a walk. He struck out three and gave up two home runs, back-to-back solo shots by Justin Morneau and Ryan Doumit. Probably goes without saying, but Nova wasn’t happy with the outing.
• Still making his case for a roster spot, Ronnier Mustelier went 3-for-4 with two RBI. One of his hits was a double, and his spring batting average is back up to .313.
• Also making a case for the roster is outfielder Ben Francisco, who had the go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning. Just guessing, but he would be my pick as the front runner for that right-handed outfield spot.
• This spring might have been a prime opportunity for Dan Johnson, but he went 0-for-1 with an error this afternoon. He’s now hitting just .063 with four errors.
• Jim Miller pitched 1.2 innings, allowing one hit and one walk with one strikeout. … Eduardo Nunez had two hits and his third stolen base of the spring. … Corban Joseph had a double and a triple after sliding into the lineup in the wake of the Boesch injury. … Thomas Neal had two hits today including his third double of the spring. … Juan Rivera, Chris Stewart, Melky Mesa and Robinson Cano had a hit apiece. Cano had two RBI. Mesa made an error in center field.
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