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Postgame notes: Two hits for Overbay in Yankees win

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 27, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

When you’re in camp for a three-day tryout, a two-hit day can carry a lot of weight.

Lyle Overbay went 2-for-5 tonight, getting one hit off a right-hander and one off a lefty. He also played the entire game at first base.

“Try to watch his swings and make the best judgment you can in three or four days,” Joe Girardi said earlier today. “That’s what you have to do, and see from an ability standpoint if he can help you offensively as well. … He does have a good glove, and he’s had a good glove over the years. He can save some stuff for you, there’s no doubt about it.”

Brian Cashman said this afternoon that Overbay would play tomorrow as well. He’s also on the travel list for the upcoming road trip to Washington D.C. and West Point. Based on his Friday out, I’d say Overbay is only going to West Point if he’s made the team.

• Ronnier Mustelier was scratched from tonight’s lineup because of soreness in his knee. He told Girardi that his knee “cracked” while running in the outfield, but that might be a translation issue. Either way, Mustelier will go for tests tomorrow. Hard to say right now how much this impacts his chances of making the team.

• The Yankees beat the Orioles 11-8 while getting home runs from Brennan Boesch and Ben Francisco. The Vernon Wells signing might be an indication that there’s no spot for Francisco, but don’t forget that the Yankees don’t really have a right-handed DH right now, so there could be a spot for a right-handed bat beyond Juan Rivera. Just something to keep in mind. The homer was one of two hits for Francisco.

• Eduardo Nunez had another error-free night and went 2-for-3 to raise his batting average to .293.

• David Phelps wrapped up spring training with his third win. He has a 4.18 ERA after allowing three runs — all of them coming in one inning — through 5.1 innings. At one point he retired 11 in a row, six on strikeouts. He had nine strikeouts total tonight.

• Good for Nick Goody to finally get in a big league game. He was in camp early this spring, but he was sidelined by a sprained ankle and was sent to minor league camp before he got a chance to pitch. Goody was brought up for the day and pitched a scoreless inning.  

• Mason Williams was also up for the day and had a two-run double. … Thomas Neal was 1-for-3 with two walks, two runs and a stolen base. … Another scoreless inning by Preston Claiborne. He’s pretty overlooked with all the other relief prospects in the Yankees system, but he has a 0.84 ERA this spring. … From the don’t-forget-about-me file, Melky Mesa doubled in his only at-bat of the night.

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28 Responses to “Postgame notes: Two hits for Overbay in Yankees win”

  1. Jerkface March 27th, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    RIP Musty

  2. Rich in NJ March 27th, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    I think a possible translation issue is a good take.

  3. Tackelberry March 27th, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Heat’s streak is over! Nice job by short handed Bulls

  4. Bronx Jeers March 27th, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    @SportsonEarth: No. 28 is always the hardest. Just ask Yankee fans (or don’t). #heat #thestreak

  5. Rich in NJ March 27th, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    For most teams No. 1 or 2 is the hardest.

  6. fantasygame101 March 27th, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    with nunez and youk, you need a gold glove 1b.

  7. Rich in NJ March 27th, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    With no Tex, Granderson, Jeter, A-Rod, having lost Swisher, and who knows what at catcher, you need all the bats you can get.

    If you want defense at 1B, you play Youk there.

  8. jacksquat March 27th, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Since Overbay hits rhp much better than Rivera does, he is the bat vs rhp.

  9. tucker March 27th, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    I doubt Girardi is going to go with Musty at third, which means it will be Rivera or Overbay at first. I don’t agree with that move, but that is what Girardi will do. Rivera’s bat may be slightly better, but he will miss some scoops that will cost the Yanks pivotal 1-run games in April.

  10. Rich in NJ March 27th, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    I don’t think Rivera should be on the team.

  11. tucker March 28th, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Don’t want Rivera anywhere near the roster. Saw a game or two where Scioscia got in Rivera’s face after he dogged it. In those instances, he made Cano look like Charlie Hustle.

  12. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 28th, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Random Notes for Early Thursday Morning:

    Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

    Lyle Overbey got two hits in a Yankee win last night. Today is looking better than many thought it would.

    Positivity about the possibilities beats a defeatist attitude every time! While this definitely isn’t the team that many here (most?) want to see on the field, most of them are major leaguers with a pedigree.

    I still vote these replacement vets will energize each other and the rest of the team. I’m psyched to see them play as a unit.


  13. Cujo March 28th, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Players on the Marlins, Astros, Mets, Mariners, Rockies, Cubs, Brewers, Indians, White Sox, Twins and Padres have the MLB ‘pedigree’ as well but it doesn’t mean those teams will gell, thrive and make the playoffs.

    Just because ‘the over the hill gang’ is all in one place doesn’t mean squat and the power of ‘positive thinking’ won’t help either.

  14. UnKnown March 28th, 2013 at 1:54 am

    I really just want the real games to start. Enough projecting and predicting. Everyone here has weighed in with their take and it’s time to see what really happens.

    I am ready to start the 2013 Journey.

  15. sammiejohnson March 28th, 2013 at 2:21 am

    Cujo March 28th, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Just because ‘the over the hill gang’ is all in one place doesn’t mean squat and the power of ‘positive thinking’ won’t help either.


    *Best Donald Sutherland voice*

    Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don’t you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?

    I mean like, so many positive waves… maybe we can’t lose.

    Always with the negative waves Moriarty, always with the negative waves.

    Arf arf arf… That’s my other dog impression.

    Have a little faith, Cujo. They’re beautiful people.

  16. Cujo March 28th, 2013 at 2:43 am

    sammiejohnson March 28th, 2013 at 2:21 am

    Classic ! ! One of my all time favorite movies …..’Kelly’s Heroes’ ! !

    And as Moriarity sez ……………. ” I can’t make it work without the parts no matter how positive I think” !

    Reality …………..(Parts = Injured)

  17. Chip March 28th, 2013 at 6:41 am

    Preston Claiborne – another reason you can release Eppley and Aardsma and be confident if someone goes down with injury.

  18. Doreen March 28th, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Good morning Chip

    When are they making final cuts?

    I feel so bad for Mustelier. That knee must have really been bothering him with all that is at stake for him.

  19. mick March 28th, 2013 at 7:17 am

    I would have sent francisco and boesch down and still would if musty is ok.

  20. mick March 28th, 2013 at 7:18 am

    It’s as if Francisco and Boesch knew a spot just opened up when they hit back to back HR’s last night almost to the same place.

  21. blake March 28th, 2013 at 7:42 am

    I feel bad for Musty too…,,sucks

    Heard an interview with Wells yesterday….he sounds like a really nice guy and a guy that’s genuinely excited to play for the yanks…..I still don’t like the trade because I think they could have better used that money elsewhere and I hate losing Adams…..but Wells is only 34 and it’s possible there is a 2nd wind in there somewhere….at least enough to get them through til Granderson gets back…..that’s the hope

  22. Doreen March 28th, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Blake, Wells is younger than Jete!!!

  23. Cashmoney March 28th, 2013 at 7:46 am

    blake, i like the idea of boesch and Wells platooning, if Yanks think Wells is a full time player then they need to have fall back option, because he very well could prove he is not.

  24. blake March 28th, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Doreen says:
    March 28, 2013 at 7:46 am
    Blake, Wells is younger than Jete!!!

    Like 5 years younger…..Wells said that when Derek first saw him in the clubhouse he sarcastically said “oh man….I get to play with Vernon Wells” …..and Wells just told him to shut up ….sounds about right

  25. blake March 28th, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Cashmoney says:
    March 28, 2013 at 7:46 am
    blake, i like the idea of boesch and Wells platooning, if Yanks think Wells is a full time player then they need to have fall back option, because he very well could prove he is not.

    Yea….I think Wells could be useful even after everyone comes back….or hope he will be as a RH DH and 4th outfielder…..he’d probably play 3-4 games a week depending on the schedule

  26. blake March 28th, 2013 at 7:54 am

    I have a feeling the Yanks will make a big trade at the deadline….I just hope it’s for the right player using the right players…..

  27. 86w183 March 28th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Wells has been slow to recover from a wrist injury. He was really good in 2010, so hopefully he can get back to that. There was no way he would get playing time with the Angels this year.

    This is certainly a weird assemblage of “talent” to open the season.

    To me Baseball is in essence six 27-game segments. The Yanks will probably be using a piece meal approach to the first two “segments”. They need to be within hailing distance at that point, because it may be then before Jeter, Granderson and Teixeira are healthy.

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