The New York Yankees lost to the Tampa Bay Rays today by the score of 4-0. Hiroki Kuroda made his first start of the spring to finish out the New York Yankees first turn around the rotation. Kuroda pitched pretty well. He really only made one bad pitch that became a two run triple and then that run scored on a groundout. He pitched two innings giving up three hits and three runs. Kuroda struck out a couple of guys. Rafael Soriano pitched an inning giving up a hit and a walk and he struck out two batters. Cory Wade pitched an inning giving up a hit and no runs. That was it for the Yankees regular pitchers.
The offense was pretty much non-existent. They managed four hits. Nick Swisher had a double, Dewayne Wise had a hit and Russell Martin had a hit. Jose Gil had a hit. The loss was the Yankees third straight of the spring after winning their first three. If this were the old days everyone would be panicking. In the old days George Steinbrenner didn’t even like to lose spring training games and the fans would also feed off of that. The Yankees these days aren’t worried so much about the results now. They are looking at how guys look and making sure they stay healthy.
The story of this game was Kuroda. He was making his first start as a Yankee. He had mixed results but really it was just the one bad pitch. You can see why the Yankees wanted this guy so bad. He threw groundballs with a couple of strikeouts. He has a really good splitter and he said he felt good after the game. I think he will be a very good number three or four starter for them. He is just a solid pitcher and should be fine in the American League.
The Yankees have had a quiet winter and so far a quiet spring training. Is there any real drama this spring. Joe Girardi has said that CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova are the only locks in the rotation. This isn’t the case though as Kuroda and Michael Pineda will also be in the rotation. The question is who will be the fifth starter and will the other guy go to the bullpen. It is expected that Phil Hughes will be the starter and Freddy Garcia will be the long man out of the bullpen. A lot can happen though in the next month before Opening Day, injuries do happen, everyone has to be ready. I think Hughes will be much better this year and take back his spot and keep it for years to come. I think Garcia will be fine out of the bullpen and getting his chance when someone inevitably gets hurt. You can never have enough pitching and six starters will be fine for the Yankees.