Yankees' mind tricks don't work on Rays

March, 7, 2012
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Joe Girardi tried to inspire his club today by having Donnie Moore, part-motivational speaker, part-circus strongman, break a few things in the clubhouse to demonstrate the power of the mind.

Moore busted a few bats over his leg, tore a phone book in half, ripped a license plate in two as if it were a bad check, and for the piece de resistance performed his specialty, curling a frying pan into the shape of a burrito with his bare hands.

Duly inspired, the Yankees went out and lost their third straight spring training game today, 4-0, to the Rays at The Boss in Hiroki Kuroda's Yankees debut. Kuroda, possibly unnerved by the pregame demonstration of brute force, allowed three runs in the second inning, two on a triple into the right-field corner by Stephen Vogt.

Meanwhile, the Yankees, perhaps swinging the bats already busted by Moore, could do nothing with James Shields and five other Rays pitchers, managing just four hits, one of them a double by Nick Swisher.

Rafael Soriano, who last spring refused to pitch against teams in the AL East in preseason play, made his camp debut against his former teammates and pitched a scoreless inning. So did Cory Wade and Boone Logan. The Rays got their final run off Adam Warren in the sixth.

Maybe next time Girardi should bring in a Pilates instructor.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jacoby Ellsbury
BA HR RBI R
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OTHER LEADERS
HRM. Teixeira 21
RBIJ. Ellsbury 70
RB. Gardner 82
OPSB. Gardner .752
WM. Tanaka 12
ERAH. Kuroda 3.77
SOH. Kuroda 137