TAMPA. It’s not exactly an easy commute from Bradenton to Tampa, but the Bucs came off the bus swinging. C.C. Sabathia was greeted with a line drive single off the bat of Andrew McCutchen. Ronny Cedeno followed with a double. Lastings Milledge got an RBI single setting the stage for Garrett Jones.
A blast off the bat of Jones, who has started to swing the bat well, spotted starter Charlie Morton a 4-0 cushion with his second HR of the spring. [video of Jones 3-run blast]
Two more runs were driven in off the bats of Jones and Andy LaRoche in the third inning.
GOOD: Octavio Dotel threw 30 painless pitches. Joel Hanrahan also moved back his long toss a few feet as well. Great news.
D.J. Carrasco locked up a job yesterday. The guy has some serious sink.
John Raynor is 7-for-13 this spring. So much for needing 30 at bats to show what he has.
Yankee pitchers in the late innings were, Boone Logan, Hector Noesi, and Jeremy Bleich. Yeh, you get it. Six runs scored in the last two innings off these three pitchers. Good news, but take a deep breath. When it becomes consistent, upgrade those outfield seats to the Cambria Club.
Ladies and Gentlemen, let us be the first to congratulate Argenis Diaz. He got a hit. Please make this a trend, please make this a trend, please make this a trend.
Bobby Crosby got his 6th RBI yesterday.
The Bucs were 7-for-15 with RISP.
BAD: Morton allowed three runs, four hits, and struckout two. Dejan is doing a cool thing at PBC Blog and as he noted, he walked two and was behind Yankee hitters for the majority of his three innings.
Cedeno was picked off second which took the bat out of Garrett Jones hands.
NY Daily News on the game.
Check out Raise the Jolly Roger. He was at the game today and has always provided great Pirate coverage. RTJR in the house=Big Win. Heh, Frank Coonelly maybe there is a connection?