Forgetting a basic baseball fundamental led to Eduardo Nunez's first-inning error on Thursday.
On a hard-hit ball to his right, Nunez fielded the ball cleanly and had plenty of time to throw to first, but instead fired wide and dragged Mark Teixeira off the base, resulting in an error. The Twins went on to score four runs in the inning, and Nunez slammed his glove in frustration over his second error of the season when he returned to the dugout.
"I look at that. You want to call it mental, you want to call it physical, the bottom line is he didn't move his feet, that's why he made the error," manager Joe Girardi said. "Talked to him about moving his feet, he threw every ball chest-high after that."
While this is only Nunez's second error, both have cost the Yankees runs in the first inning. His first error came on April 7 against Tampa Bay, and resulted in the Rays taking an early lead against the Yankees in Hiroki Kuroda's's debut. Nunez did have a successful night at the plate, going 1-for-3 with a run scored, a walk and a stolen base.
Girardi did not seem concerned about Nunez, who had 20 errors last season.
"Every time he moves around, it's a different throw for him, and he's a young kid. He's not a guy that's been at this for 10 years and is a utility guy. This is a guy who was an everyday shortstop, asked to be a utility guy, and playing an important role for us," Girardi said. "It's the concentration of remembering to move your feet and remembering where you are and what type of throw you have to make. I really believe he'll continue to get better at it. Last year, we saw some errors early on and then he kind of settled down when he played more. It was his first day at second base. After that, he was pretty good."
TEX ON THE BOARD: Mark Teixeira snapped a 45 at-bat home run drought with a first-inning two-run homer to right field. Teixeira now has five RBIs on the year, and has raised his average to .286 after a slow start.
"I've seen him swing the bat and swing it well," Girardi said. "Maybe the day off helped him (on Tuesday). He was kind of run down. He was fighting it and Tex is a guy that expects himself to play every day and is very professional about it and there's no excuses -- unless he can't walk, he's going to try to play. I think he just got his energy back and that's what we're seeing."
MARTIN SCUFFLING: After going 0-for-3 on Thursday, catcher Russell Martin is batting .133 with just four hits in 30 at-bats and one RBI. He also has no extra-base hits, although he owns a .395 on-base percentage. The manager believes the catcher will get on track.
"We had to make a little adjustment, mechanically he was a little off, it might take him a few days to get going but I think you'll see Russell get going," Girardi said. "I think his swing has been better. I know the production hasn't been there but he'll get going."