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  (L To R) Boone Logan #48, Francisco Cervelli #29, Derek Jeter #2, And Ramiro Pena #19 Of The New York Yankees High

The Pitching:

Phil Hughes continued his great start to season this year, improving to 4-0 with another solid performance. His pitching line was: (W, 4-0) 7.0IP 7H 2R 2ER 1BB 7K (101 Pitches, 70 for Strikes).

David Robertson came on in the 8th, and gave up a run on two walks and a base hit. His ERA now stands at 13.50. Even with Mariano Rivera available, the Yanks didn’t need him with a 7-run lead. Instead, Boone Logan closed out the game in the 9th inning, throwing up a scoreless frame.

The Offense:

Nick Swisher is the hottest player on the team now, and he didn’t stop last night. He only got one hit, but it was a big one. He jacked a 3-run home run in the 4th inning to put the Yankees up 3-0. Marcus Thames went 1-for-2, and drove in two runs. A-Rod went 2-for-4 on the game, collecting two runs and knocked in an RBI. Randy Winn went 2-for-4, picking up two runs and an RBI. Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-3, collecting a run and an RBI.

In the process, two Yankees were lost due to injury. Cano was drilled with a 92-mph fastball off his left knee, and Johnson left the game with a wrist injury.

Final Score: Yankees 10, Red Sox 3 (more…)

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The Pitching:

Andy Pettitte didn’t have his best stuff today, but he worked out of trouble and earned his fourth win of the season. He was pulled from the game after five innings and 77 pitches, and made many fans concerned about what happened to him. We later found out that he is day-to-day with an inflamed elbow. His pitching line was: (W, 4-0) 5.0IP 6H 1R 1ER 2BB 2K (77 Pitches, 46 for Strikes). Sergio Mitre tossed 2.1 innings in relief, allowing 2 earned runs on 3 hits.

Damaso Marte entered the game with one out in the 8th inning, recorded an out and left the game. He was replaced by David Robertson, who has struggled mightily this season. D-Rob recorded the last out of the inning without any problems. Girardi sent him back out to the mound to close out the game, and that’s when it got ugly. Robertson continued his early season struggles as he served up back-to-back home runs to Wieter and Reimold, allowing the Orioles to pull within two runs. Boone Logan replaced him. Logan got one out, walked two batters and the ball was than handed to Aceves. Alfredo nailed down the victory with ease, picking up his first save of the season (S,1). This is what A World Without Mo looks like. Not pretty. 

The Offense:

Nick Johnson went 3-for-3 today. It was a huge game for him. He hit a solo blast in the bottom of the 1st inning off David Hernandez, and picked up a double and a single later in the game. His batting average is now up to .171 on the season. Nick Swisher hit a solo home run off Hernandez in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Mark Teixeira his a two-run double off of Mark Hendrickson. It was his only hit of the game. 

Brett Gardner went 1-for-3, picked up a run, a walk and another stolen base on the season (SB, 13). Randy Winn went 1-for-3, with a run and a stolen base. A-Rod went 1-for-4 and knocked in an RBI. Derek Jeter went 1-for-5, picking up two runs and an RBI.

Final Score: Yankees 7, Orioles 5

The Yankees will have the day off tomorrow, and will resume play on Friday night against the Red Sox. The team will ship up to Boston and open up a three-game series at Fenway Park. (more…)

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Before tonight’s game, Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter were given their 2009 AL Gold Glove awards. This was Teixeira’s first Gold Glove with the NY Yankees, and Jeter got his fourth of his career.

The Pitching:

C.C. Sabathia gave Girardi innings today, going eight strong frames, allowing only one run on six hits. His pitching line was: (W, 4-1) 8.0IP 6H 1R 1ER 2BB 2K (106 Pitches, 67 for Strikes). His ERA now dips below the 3.00 mark and stands at 2.74.

In the ninth inning, Joba Chamberlain entered the game instead of Mariano Rivera. This made the media and fans wonder…what the heck is going on here? It was a save situation, so it was really odd. We later found out that Mo was dealing with stiffness on his left side, and would be unavailable tonight. Joba picked up the save without running into trouble (S, 1).

The Offense:

Derek Jeter, Nick Johnson and Mark Teixeira went a joint 0-for-11 tonight. With that said, they still managed to score enough runs to win the game. Nick Swisher went 3-for-3 on the game (Double, 2 Singles) , picking up a run and an RBI. Alex Rodriguez went 1-for-4 and picked up a run. Brett Gardner went 1-for-2, collecting a walk and a run.

The player of the game was Randy Winn. He jacked his first home run as a New York Yankee in the bottom of the 4th inning off Jeremy Guthrie to put the team ahead 4-1. That score would hold up and become the final score of the game. (more…)

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The Pitching:

Phil Hughes took the ball yesterdayy, and was totally lights out against the White Sox. He went seven strong innings, allowing four hits and no runs. In the process, he struck out six batters. His pitching line was: (W, 3-0) 7.0IP 4H 0R 0ER 1BB 6K (99 Pitches, 69 for Strikes). Phil sits in 2nd place in the American League in league leaders for ERA. Hughes holds a 1.44ERA, while Doug Fister sits in first with a 1.29ERA.

Mark Melancon just got the call-up from Scranton due to the Granderson injury. He totally dominated at the minor league level so far this season, but didn’t fair so well yesterday. He was given the ball to finish the last two innings of the game, and it didn’t come easy for him. Paul Konerko crushed a three-run home run in the 2nd deck in left field to end the hopes of a shutout.

The Offense:

The team just entered the month of May, and Mark Teixeira looks like a totally different player. It’s hard to believe he already has over half  (6) the amount of hits he had in all of April (11). Tex went 4-for-5, collecting two runs and two RBI’s (Double, 3 Singles).

Robbie Cano went 2-for-4, with two runs and three RBI’s. He hit his 9th home run of the season, and leads all of MLB with a .387AVG. Brett Gardner shocked Yankees Universe when he smashed a solo blast into the stands. You just don’t see that everyday. He wound up going 2-for-4, picking up two runs and two RBI’s.

Nick Johnson delivered a much-needed two-run double in the bottom of the 7th inning. Hopefully that will get him going. Nick Swisher went 3-for-4, picking up two runs and two RBI’s (two-run HR). Derek Jeter is 2-for-4, with a run and an RBI. Jorge Posada went 2-for-5 and picked up a run.

New York Yankees
Hitters AB R H RBI BB SO #P AVG OBP SLG
D Jeter SS 4 1 2 1 1 0 20 .333 .367 .510
F Cervelli 3B
1 0 0 0 0 1 5 .346 .433 .385
N Johnson 1B 5 1 1 2 0 1 17 .141 .368 .234
M Teixeira DH 5 2 4 2 0 1 20 .189 .336 .311
N Swisher RF 4 2 3 2 1 0 18 .282 .371 .518
R Cano 2B 4 2 2 3 1 1 20 .387 .433 .763
J Posada C 5 1 2 0 0 1 22 .299 .373 .597
M Thames LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 19 .458 .552 .708
B Gardner CF 4 2 2 2 1 1 22 .342 .415 .438
R Pena 3B-SS 5 1 0 0 0 1 16 .071 .071 .071
Totals 41 12 16 12 4 7 179      
BATTING
2B: R Cano (6, M Buehrle); J Posada (5, T Pena); N Johnson (3, R Williams); M Teixeira (5, R Williams)
HR: B Gardner (1, 4th inning off M Buehrle 0 on, 1 Out); R Cano (9, 5th inning off M Buehrle 2 on, 1 Out); N Swisher (4, 6th inning off T Pena 1 on, 2 Out)
RBI: B Gardner 2 (9), R Cano 3 (21), N Swisher 2 (15), D Jeter (20), N Johnson 2 (7), M Teixeira 2 (12)
2-out RBI: B Gardner, N Swisher 2
GIDP: N Johnson
Yankees RISP: 4-13 (M Teixeira 1-1, M Thames 0-2, R Pena 0-2, N Johnson 1-1, B Gardner 1-2, J Posada 0-3, R Cano 1-2)
Team LOB: 10
FIELDING
E: R Pena (1, ground ball)
 New York Yankees
Pitchers IP  H  R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
P Hughes
(W, 3-0)
7.0 4 0 0 1 6 0 99-69 1.44
M Melancon 2.0 2 3 2 0 1 1 27-17 9.00
Totals 9.0 6 3 2 1 7 1 126-86  
WP: P Hughes
First-pitch strikes/Batters faced: P Hughes 19/25; M Melancon 4/9
Called strikes-Swinging strikes-Foul balls-In Play strikes: P Hughes 19-8-24-18; M Melancon 5-0-4-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls: P Hughes 6-8; M Melancon 2-3
Game Scores: P Hughes 74

Final Score: Yankees 12, White Sox 3 (more…)

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The Pitching:

C.C. Sabathia gave up more hits today (11) than in his last three starts combined. With that said, that doesn’t mean he didn’t pitch well today. Sabathia’s line: (W, 3-1) 7.2IP 11H 3R 3ER 2BB 5K (111 Pitches, 72 for Strikes). Joba Chamberlain came on in relief, and recorded the last out of the inning with no problems at all. Sergio Mitre came on in the 9th, and posted up a scoreless frame to put the nail in the coffin.

The Offense:

  • The Yankees had a season-high 15 hits on the game.
  • Jorge Posada left the game with a right knee contusion (in the 2nd inning) after being hit by a Guthrie fastball. He’s been listed as day-to-day. No further tests are in the works yet, but that could change if Posada doesn’t feel so good tomorrow morning.

Derek Jeter went 2-for-4, picking up a run and 2RBI. Nick Johnson went 1-for-4, collecting a walk and 2 runs. A-Rod went hitless, but picked up a sac fly. Nick Swisher went 3-for-5 on the game (Triple, 2 Singles), collecting  2 runs and 2RBI’s. It looks like Curtis Granderson is breaking out of his slump, as he went 2-for-5 on the game and picked up a run. Cervelli and Gardner both went 2-for-4 on the game.

The hottest player on the team would have to be Robbie Cano. He’s been a hit machine thus far. Cano went 2-for-5 on the game, picking up a run and knocked in an RBI. Cano is now hitting .500 (14-28) during his 7-game hit streak. He’s raised his average from .327 to .390 over that span.

Tomorrow night, the Yankees will play the final game (the rubber game) of this series. They will send RHP A.J. Burnett to the mound. He’ll be opposed by LHP Brian Matusz. (more…)

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Sorry I didn’t get this stuff to you sooner. Here are the updates on Nick Johnson and Chan Ho Park…just trying to catch up:

From the Star-Ledger:

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Nick Johnson said he felt better on Sunday morning though it remains unclear whether the soreness in his lower back will allow him to play against the Orioles on Tuesday.

“It’s a lot better,” said Johnson, who has been on anti-inflammatory medication.

and here’s some more on Mr. Park:

NEW YORK – Two days after allowing a run against the Los Angeles Angels, Yankees reliever Chan Ho Park met with team doctor Christopher Ahmad to assess some discomfort in his right hamstring. An MRI revealed a “real, real low-level” strain, manager Joe Girardi said on Friday before the team’s game against Texas.

The Yankees elected to place Park on the disabled list. In his place, they called up Boone Logan from Triple-A Scranton. The choice, Girardi said, was allow Park to rest for a few days or shut him down for 15.

“There’s a possibility that he would have pitched for us next week,” Girardi said. “But you run your bullpen short and the other thing that you do is you take the chance of hurting it worse.”

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The baseball season started less than three weeks ago, and the 2010 MLB All-Star Game voting process has already started. Weird…right?

Coming off a World Series victory, Joe Girardi has the task to lead the American League all-star squad this year. His squad could possibly be 50% Yankees the way they are playing now. Who knows. It’s all in the fans hands now, as the voting process started for the 2010 Midsummer Classic. You can vote up to 25 times until July 1st at 11:59PM ET. 

  • Starting rosters will be announced during the 2010 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on July 4th
  • Fans will be able to select the last player on each team via the 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint.
  • The All-Star Game will take place in Anaheim, California on July 13th. As always, the game will be carried on FOX and ESPN Radio.

Do you want the American League roster loaded with your 2010 New York Yankees players?

VOTE NOW!

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New York Yankees' Phil Hughes Works Against The Oakland AthleticsPhil Hughes gave us flashbacks of his no-hit bid back in Texas just a few years ago. Unfortunately, a comebacker to the mound from Eric Chavez broke this one up, but that doesn’t take away the fact that he pitched a terrific ball game.

The Pitching:

In his last start, Phil’s line was: 5.IP 3H 2ER 6K. Tonight, Phil was pitching in front of both of his parents, and he didn’t disappoint them. Hughes dominated the A’s, racking up 10K’s over 7.1 innings of work. He was in the zone all night. At one point in the game, he set down 20 A’s hitters in a row. His no-hit bid was broken up with none out in the 8th inning, on a single (a hard comebacker) by Eric Chavez. It was a pretty bad way to break up the no-no, but that kind of thing happens all the time. Phil was hit with the ball, but looked fine. After the game, Hughes said it left a red mark, but he wasn’t worried about it. His final line was: (W, 2-0) 7.1IP 1H 1R 1ER 2BB 10K (101 Pitches, 70 for Strikes). It’s just great to hear all of the Yankees fans raving about his performance.

Hughes was pulled by Girardi when he put two men on base, and Chamberlain entered the game. Justin recorded the last two outs of the 8th inning. Mariano Rivera was used in yesterday’s game in a non-save situation, which really hurt the Yankees today. It wasn’t necessary. Mo entered the game int he 9th inning to close out the game anyway. He ran into trouble, but locked down the save without giving up any runs (S, 6). His 0.00ERA streak continues.

The Offense:

Robbie Cano went 2-for-4, picking up a run and an RBI. (Triple, Single) He also picked up his 2nd stolen base of the season. Brett Gardner gave the club an insurance run in the top of the 9th inning, when he hit a line drive single to left field to put them up 3-1. Alex Rodriguez went 2-for-4 on the game, and picked up a run.  Nick Johnson and Mark Teixeira went a combined 0-for-6.

With this victory, the Yankees have now won six games in a row and improve their record to (W-L, 11-3) on the season. They currently own the best record in baseball. Tomorrow, the Yankees will attempt a series sweep of the Athletics, as they send Carsten Charles Sabathia to the mound. He will be opposed by LHP Dallas Braden. The game is scheduled to start at 3:35PM ET. (more…)

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  Javier Vazquez #31 Of The New York Yankees Reacts Javier Vazquez was horrible in his first start of the season, giving up eight earned runs over 5 2/3 innings. Looking to improve on that, he took the hill against the LA Angels yesterday.

The Pitching:

Javier Vazquez wasn’t very economical with his pitches and was knocked out early in the game. He pitched better than he did in his last start, but that was expected. His pitching line was (L, 0-2) 5.1IP 6H 4R 4ER 2BB 4K (100 Pitches, 60 for Strikes). It would’ve been difficult to actually do worse than his first outing, so it was definitely an improvement. If you really want to break it down though, he wasn’t very good today either. He is the 4th starter on this staff, but we still expect better things from him. The fans probably won’t lay off of him until he starts pitching better, as they still have the sour taste in their mouths from his last stint with the Bombers.

Alfredo Aceves entered the game in the 6th inning, recorded the last two outs and pitched the 7th as well. He wasn’t very good, allowing three hits and an earned run. Joba Chamberlain (8th) and Damaso Marte (9th) both posted up a scoreless frame to end the game.

The Offense:

The offense was completely shut down by Joel Piniero. Kind of a shocker. I’m sure many fans thought they would smash this guy to pieces, but that wasn’t the case. Piniero tossed 7 innings, allowing only one earned run and struck out seven Yankee batters. Derek Jeter and Robbie Cano both went 2-for-4 and picked up a run. Nick Swisher hit an RBI triple in the bottom of the 5th inning, posting the first Yankees run on the board. Nick Johnson went 1-for-4 on the game and picked up an RBI. Mark Teixeira went 0-f0r-4, and his batting average dropped to .097.

Later today, the Yankees will play their first night game of the season at Yankee Stadium. Phil Hughes will toe the rubber for his first start of the regular season under the bright lights of the city. He will be opposed by LHP Scott Kazmir. (more…)

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Yesterday, I skipped school to go to my very first home opener at Yankee Stadium. Here is a rundown of how it went:

I woke up early in the morning to head down to the stadium so I wouldn’t miss any of the festivities. I got there before the gates opened and had a chance to walk around. While walking past Gate 4, I noticed Chris Shearn recording one of his pre-game segments for the YES Network. After he was done, I introduced myself, took a photo with him and spoke for a couple of minutes. He’s a really nice guy. Than I waited on line for the gates to open.

The Pre-Game:

Got in a few minutes after the gates opened, and I went directly to Monument Park. I wanted to take pictures with some of the monuments that I didn’t get a chance to take the first time around. I walked around the ballpark after that and saw Harlan Chamberlain, but I didn’t get a chance to meet him. He was kind of busy talking to some people, so I moved on. I also noticed Mark Feinsand of the Daily News near the press elevator, but he too was busy talking to someone..so I didn’t bother. The halls of the stadium were jam-packed and the atmosphere was terrific. Stopped off at Nathan’s for some food and went up to my seats for the ceremony.

The Food & Merchandise:

Before the game: Nathan’s Hot Dog and Fries Middle of the 5th inning: Johnny Rocket’s Double Burger, Souvenir Yankees Cup (Pepsi). I also bought a 2010 NY Yankees Yearbook, Media Guide and home opener program.

Festivities:

I was very pleased with the way the ring ceremony was done. Watching Yogi and Whitey hand out the rings to the players was a pretty cool moment. The player introductions were great, and it was really nice to see Gene Monahan and Hideki Matsui return. All the players in the dugout gave Geno a standing ovation, and it was very emotional moment for him. The Yankees also put The Boss on the centerfield scoreboard during the ceremony, and the Yankees gave him a nice ovation as well. Matsui got the biggest ovation of them all, and he certainly deserved it.

The championship flags for each of the Yankees’ 27 WS titles, the giant unfurled American flag in the outfield, and the “Fighting Omars” fly over were really a sight to see. Kristen Chenoweth (National Anthem) and Mary May Messenger (“God Bless America”) did a fine job with their performances. Bernie Williams bounced the ceremonial first pitch, but I was still happy to see him there.

The Game:

I sat in Section: 329 Row: 2 Seat (Terrace ††). The view from my seat was pretty good.

  • The Bleacher Creatures did their first roll call of the season, and everyone was watching to see how Curtis Granderson would salute them.
  • I give major props to Andy Pettitte for stepping off the mound when Matsui came up to the plate, so the fans could give him his due.
  • Nick Johnson was stepping up to the plate to Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.” song, because his little daughter was in the building. A lot of the fans around me were making fun of him, and I thought that was interesting. He shut them all up when he went yard in the 1st inning.

Andy Pettitte pitched a hell of a game, throwing six shutout innings while striking out 6 batters.. There is no other guy on the team that I would’ve rather had starting that game than him.

Interestingly enough, many fans started to head for the exit when the Yankees took a 7-1 lead heading into the 9th. I stayed for the last out, as I always do. I kind of got that feeling that something was going to happen, and that the home opener wouldn’t be complete without The Sandman. I was right about that. David Robertson gave up a grand slam to Bobby Abreu, and the Angels trailed by only two runs. When Mo came in, you pretty much knew the game was over and there was nothing to worry about. Mariano did what he does best and nailed down the 2-out save for the victory. Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today. I want to be a part of it – New York, New York…

The Press Gate:

After the game was over, my friend and I walked over to the press gate in the back of the stadium. I wasn’t actually prepared to get autographs this time around, so I was just looking to take some photos with anyone I met. Next time, I’ll be sure to bring a ball and a pen.

We waited for the players, front office staff, broadcasters and celebrities to walk out. Who did we miss? Mayor Bloomberg, Jay-Z, John Sterling, Michael Kay and Suzyn Waldman. I stayed there for about an hour, and we saw pretty much all of the Yankee players roll out in their cars. Derek Jeter, Nick Swisher, Phil Hughes, Tony Pena, Fransisco Cervelli, and many other strolled out of the gate in their cars. You couldn’t identify many of them because of the tinted windows on their cars. Hal Steinbrenner walked out of the Yankees offices, signed some autographs for the fans and was on his way. The rest of the Steinbrenner clan followed (including Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal).

Nick Johnson also showed up with his family. His little daughter stood right next to him, as he signed autographs and took some quick photos with the fans. I got a chance to meet and take a photo with Randy Levine, Bob Lorenz, and Kim Jones. They were all glad to take a photo with me. Bob took the time to chat with me, and I really appreciated that. We spoke about the game, twitter, and our respective blogs. Unfortunately, my photo with Mr. Levine came out terrible so I had to delete it. Haha

Torii Hunter came out of the gate and signed autographs and posed for a photograph with anyone who wanted one. I don’t think he said no to one fan. He was doing this all for Yankee fans, so I thought that was pretty cool. You don’t see that out of many all-star caliber ball players these days. Ervin Santana, Eric Aybar, Bobby Abreu and Richard Gere (donning a Yankees cap) all walked out as well. I tried to get Gere’s attention by yelling out his name, but he didn’t want to be bothered and that’s fine with me. No hard feelings.

All in all, it was a great day.

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The Pitching:

Javier Vazquez made his first start of the season today, and it was a big let down. Javy was smacked around for eight runs on eight hits. His pitching line was ugly: (L, 0-1) 5.2IP 8H 8R 8ER 3BB 5K. I know people are going to get on him, as Yankee fans always do. They love hitting that panic button early in the season.

Sabathia allowed five runs in his first start and Vazquez gave up eight. Things can only get better..right? Who do you hold a higher standard for..Sabathia or Vazquez? Nobody jumped all over C.C. after his bad start. I guess it’s all that talk that Vazquez can “only pitch in the NL” bullshit. Javy is not some guy that “just made” the roster. You give him more than one start before you get all over him and claim that he can’t pitch in New York again. After five starts, I think you can fairly criticize a pitcher. Until than, just shut up.

Sergio Mitre came on in relief of Vazquez, and wound up pitching the rest of the game. Mitre went 2.1 innings, allowing one run on two hits and he struck out one batter.

The Offense:

Alex Rodriguez hit an RBI triple off of David Price in the 4th inning. He wound up coming around to score on a throwing error to third base by Dioner Navarro. Derek Jeter went 2-for-5 on the game and picked up a run. Nick Johnson went 2-for-5 as well, collecting a run and an RBI. 

Mark Teixeira went 0-for-4, and has yet to record a hit on the season. He always seems to start slow out the gate, and nobody can explain it. I wouldn’t worry about him though, as well all know what he is capable of. When the season is all said and done, his numbers will look just fine.

Final Score: Rays 9, Yankees 3

Just put this game behind you. David Price was nasty tonight, so I’m not sure if they would’ve won this game even if Vazquez pitched well. There’s 158 games left to play…

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Recap Courtesy of the Yankees Official Website:

Yankees at the plate: Nick Swisher gave the Yankees an early cushion with a two-run homer to left field in the first inning. The Yankees had first taken the lead earlier in the inning, on RBI hits by Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano. Randy Winn’s second hit was a game-tying single with two outs in the ninth inning. Mark Teixeira, who also recorded two hits, capped his Grapefruit League with a .362 average

Yankees on the mound: Making just his second start of the Grapefruit League season due to multiple rainouts, Andy Pettitte scattered seven hits over 4 1/3 scoreless innings. Mariano Rivera, battling a cold and a case of allergies, allowed three unearned runs in the sixth.

Worth noting: Yankees designated hitter Nick Johnson left the game in the first inning after fouling a ball off his right kneecap. He suffered a bruised knee and is day-to-day.

With this tie, the Yankees record moves to 13-15-1.

Up next: The Grapefruit League schedule is now complete for the Yankees, who have just one final game in Tampa — Saturday’s 1:05 p.m. exhibition against the Future Stars, a collection of their own prospects. The Yankees will put their starting nine on the field for the beginning of the game, with Javier Vazquez on the mound. Then, after the final out, they will pile on a Boston-bound jet in anticipation of Sunday night’s opener against the Red Sox. (more…)

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