Postgame notes: Not all about Tanaka

March, 16, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. -- There were 41 players not named Masahiro Tanaka in today's game between the Yankees and the Atlanta Braves, won by the Yankees, 7-4. Here's what a few of them did:

Ichiro Suzuki, elevated to the leadoff spot when Jacoby Ellsbury was scratched with a tight calf, had two hits, including a double, drew a walk, and scored a run.

Eduardo Nunez had two hits and scored a run. Brian McCann knocked in run with a double. And Ramon Flores, who has had an impressive spring, went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

On the mound, in addition to Tanaka's 4-1/3 innings of one-run, three-hit ball, Shawn Kelley pitched a perfect (two-strikeout) sixth, and Shane Greene struck out four in two innings -- but did allow a run on a HR by Justin Upton. Matt Thornton had some problems, allowing a couple of hits and a run in 2/3 of an inning after coming in to relieve Tanaka, who had reached his pitch count, and Dellin Betances allowed his first run of the spring after 8-1/3 scoreless innings.

Topper goes out on top: Acting manager Rob Thomson -- called "Topper" for some reason by Joe Girardi -- finsihed up his brief managerial tenure with a 1-2 record. "I knew I couldn't win 'em all," he said. "But I wanted to win at least one. And I'm glad it was the last one."

Packin' 'em in: A sellout crowd of 10,527 came to The Boss today. With Derek Jeter, CC Sabathia and most of the "name" Yankees in Panama, it was presumably due to the drawing power of Tanaka.

Tomorrow's news: As reported earlier, Ellsbury will not make the trip for Monday's game against the Pirates, nor will Brendan Ryan (lower back) or Russ Canzler (hip). But Nunez, Mark Teixeira, Brian Roberts, Flores Austin Romine and a half-dozen Yankees -- Austin Murphy, Gary Sanchez, Dean Anna, Yangervis Solarte, Zelous Wheeler and Zoilo Almonte -- scheduled to arrive by 10 p.m. tonight from Panama will make the one-hour ride to Bradenton. Hiroki Kuroda, who struggled last Wednesday against the Tigers (3 2/3 IP, 6 ER) will make his third start of the spring. His spring ERA is 6.48.
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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Jacoby Ellsbury
.271 16 70 71
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
WM. Tanaka 13
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146