Thursday, March 22, 2012
3 Stars: Grandy, Warren and Bernier
The Yankees brought only two every-day starters to Fort Myers for their game against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night, yet led the Red Sox 4-0 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning.
That's when Boston rallied for three in the eighth and one in the ninth, resulting in a 4-4 tie.
The Yankees' Grapefruit League record is now 10-9-1. (Yes, I know, it looks weird.) The Red Sox are 9-7-1.
Here are the Yankees' stars of the game:
* Curtis Granderson, one of the two regulars who made the two-hour-plus bus ride. Granderson had a triple and a walk in three plate appearances -- the three-bagger drove in Brett Gardner in the top of the fourth, the first run of the game. The Yankees' centerfielder is now batting .393 this spring.
* Adam Warren, who started for the Yankees and threw four scoreless innings against Boston's "A" lineup, giving up just a pair of singles. Warren wasn't even slated to start this game -- David Phelps was, but Phelps' wife was having a baby, so Warren got the nod.
The 24-year-old right-hander was a fourth-round draft pick by the Yankees in 2009 out of the University of North Carolina. Last season he was 6-8 with a 3.60 ERA at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre.
* Doug Bernier, who hit a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth, extending the Yankees' lead to 4-0. He also had a double in the seventh, and made a very nice play at shortstop on a hot shot by Kevin Youkilis to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Bernier is hitting .364 in 22 at-bats this spring.
The 31-year-old infielder, who originally signed with the Colorado Rockies as a non-drafted free agent in 2002, spent all of last season at Scranton-Wilkes Barre. He appeared in 95 games, batting .237 with no home runs and 29 RBIs.