So far, so good for the Yankees. Manager Joe Girardi trotted out his ‘A-Lineup’ in tonight’s 4-1 win against Houston. AJ Burnett, who has not faced hitters in 10 days, was a little erratic. In 2 1/3 innings, Burnett walked four hitters and save up one run. This marked the first time that Burnett and catcher, Jorge Posada have worked together this season. Burnett and Posada did not work well in 2009, but will look to iron out any wrinkles this spring. Burnett has worked on developing a change-up, something worth monitoring as the season draws closer.
Pitcher Phil Hughes threw four very impressive innings in the victory. Hughes did not allow a run, scattered four hits and struck out two. Alike Burnett, Hughes worked on a change-up this off season. Hughes has a plus fastball and curve ball. Mixing a solid change up will only enhance Hughes’ value for the Yankees.
Closer Mariano Rivera made his Spring Training debut today. In one inning, Rivera gave up a hit and a walk while striking out one batter. Typically Mo stuff.
Mark Teixeira hit his 2nd Spring Training home run today, a 3rd inning solo home run off Brian Moehler.
Jorge Posada continued his hot hitting streak by going 2 for 3.
Both Nick Johnson and Curtis Granderson went 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts.
Joba Chamberlain is expected to pitch tomorrow. Joba has struggled in Spring Training so far(4 innings, 11 runs). All eyes will be on him.
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