Alfredo Aceves had his first rough outing of the Spring yesterday as the Yankees lost a close one to Houston, 8-6. In 4 1/3 innings, Aceves gave up 5 hits and 5 earned runs. Aceves’s control was fine(walked only one), but left way too many balls over the plate. Coming into this game, Aceves was definitely making a case to become the Yankees’ 5th starter. However, yesterday’s performance doesn’t help his cause and the decision is ultimately up to management. Ace is such a weapon out of the bullpen(10-1, 3.54 ERA in 2009). Ideally, Aceves would make 35 starts as a start. In 2009, he appeared in 43 games after being called-up on May 4th. Point being, he can impact more games coming out of the pen rather than starting. I’m totally fine rolling the dice on starting either Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes in the 5th spot.

Other Game Notes:

1. Brett Gardner was 1 for 3 with a triple. Overall, triples are impressive, but the left-handed Gardner tripled to left field. No, Johnny Damon was not in left field, but that’s some serious speed.

2. Robinson Cano hit his first home run of the spring.

3. Alex Rodriguez doubled twice yesterday, raising his Spring Training batting average to .320.

With today’s scheduled game against Detroit getting rained out, get out there and enjoy the nice weather. Take your dog for a walk, do some yard work, have a BBQ. Just say ‘No’ to March Madness.

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