Spanking the kiddies

April, 3, 2010
4/03/10
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The Yankees wrapped up their spring by spanking a team made up of minor-league prospects, 9-6, before a less-than-capacity crowd at Steinbrenner Field. Javier Vazquez worked the first 4-1/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, and was followed by Mark Melancon and Noel Castillo, both of whom are headed to Triple A.

Jonathan Albaladejo, who appeared in 32 games for the Yankees last year and posted a 5-1 record out of the bullpen, started for the Futures and failed to survive the first inning, allowing a two-run double to Robinson Cano and an RBI sacrifice fly to Nick Swisher before departing with two out.

Most of the regulars -- Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, Brett Gardner, and Jorge Posada, who doubled after missing a couple of days with a stiff neck -- started and played three innings, but with Nick Johnson (bone bruise) being held out, Randy Winn started in right and Swisher replaced Johnson at DH.

Marcus Thames celebrated being officially named to the roster by hitting a fifth-inning home run off Ivan Nova.
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

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.77 141 136
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146