Afternoon Notes: There was a game today

March, 24, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- Another quiet day -- not! -- in Yankees camp ended with a bang when Ronnier Mustelier, aka the folk hero known simply as "Musty," hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to earn the Yankees a win over the Tampa Bay Rays this afternoon at The Boss.

It was Musty's second home run of the spring and keeps alive, at least for two more days, his dream of making the squad, although with the Vernon Wells trade apparently imminent, that may not live much longer. Still, as Joe Girardi said after the game, "Musty will be here Tuesday."


-- Another rough outing for Adam Warren, who was touched up for five runs, although just one was earned thanks to an error by Kevin Youkilis, in 3-2/3 innings. Warren's first pitch of the game was lashed into the gap for a double by Desmond Jennings, and after Youkilis booted Jose Molina's grounder to third, another Jennings double scored two runs.

-- Youkilis hit a monstrous two-run homer in the first inning, and more than atoned for his error with another two-run bomb in the eighth to give the Yankees a 6-5 lead. It was Youkilis' fifth home run of the spring and 12th RBI, both team highs, and should have been enough, but ...

-- David Aardsma, who was having a good spring, couldn't hold the lead in the ninth when he fell behind Jake Hager, 3-0, with a runner on second, and then surrendered a double to center that tied the game. With Cody Eppley struggling, however, Aardsma is probably still a good bet to make the team in middle relief.

-- On the day it was pretty much confirmed that he will be the Yankees' starting shortstop on Opening Day, all of Eduardo Nunez' assets were on display. Nunie went 2-for-3, including an exciting RBI triple in the third inning. He also made a spectacular spin play at shortstop and fired a perfect one-hop throw to Juan Rivera at first, but Rivera couldn't handle it.

-- Three fewer bodies in the clubhouse: Infielders Walter Ibarra, Addison Maruszak and Jose Pirela were all reassigned to minor-league camp.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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