The New York Yankees began their exhibition season with a win over the University of South Florida today. They won the game 11-0 even though most of the regulars got an at bat and then were out of the game. The pitchers used were all minor leaguers and they did an outstanding job. The Yankees will open their grapefruit league schedule with a game tomorrow in Clearwater against the Philadelphia Phillies. Here are the highlights from today with some notes.
Adam Warren started the game and threw two innings getting the victory. He gave up a hit and had two strikeouts. The Yankees used six other pitchers for seven scoreless innings. They gave up three hits, no walks and had eight strikeouts.
The hitting star was Zoilo Almonte who had two hits and four RBI. I would normally do the turning point of the game but in this game that is hard to do. In the regular season I will do that for sure. The exhibition is a lot harder so I may just look at the stars on offense and defense and the pitching stars. Doug Bernier, Ramiro Pena and Colin Curtis each had two hits also. Nunez, Pena and Almonte each had a triple. The Yankees did not hit a homerun in the game.
Raul Ibanez hit ahead of Swisher which would seem to indicate that is how Joe Girardi will do it in the regular season. Robinson Cano just got back from his grandmothers funeral and was held out today. The plan is for him not to play until Sunday. The outfielders and Russell Martin will make the trip to Clearwater tomorrow. Ivan Nova will get the start tomorrow but Phil Hughes will throw a simulated game in Tampa.
You can’t make too much of these exhibition games and with the Yankees there are no real spots on the roster. The roster seems to be set. Is it possible that a Bill Hall or Russel Branyan makes the roster, anything is possible but it’s not likely unless an injury happens.