Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Afternoon notes: Yanks lose, 4-1
By Wallace Matthews
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- In a game that was decidedly secondary to the story that preceded it -- Derek Jeter's removal from the lineup because of stiffness near the are where he broke his left ankle last October -- the Yankees lost to the Phillies, 4-1 on Tuesday at Bright House Field.
The Yankees took a 1-0 lead on Ichiro Suzuki's RBI double in the fourth, but the Phillies got solo home runs from Domonic Brown and Ryan Howard, and the Yankees only had one other hit, a single by Brett Gardner, to lose their 15th of 24 spring training games.
WARREN REPORT: Coming off a disaster in which he allowed eight runs to the Blue Jays in 1 1/3 innings, Adam Warren was a lot better Tuesday, allowing seven hits in 3 2/3 innings but holding the Phillies to two runs, one on a Brown's homer. Why should you care? Because if anything happens to any of the Yankees' starting pitchers, Warren would be the first call-up option from AAA Scranton, that's why.
LOOK OUT, IT'S MUSTY! In his first game back since nearly denting the steel railing at The Boss in a full-speed collision on Friday, Ronnier Mustelier nearly ran over the ball girl sitting on a folding chair down the left-field line chasing down a foul ball. Thankfully for all concerned, Musty pulled up just before what would have been utter carnage.
BOONE DOCKS: After being shut down for a week with a sore elbow, Boone Logan finally got onto the mound this spring and performed well, pitching a scoreless fifth and striking out Brown and Laynce Nix after allowing a leadoff single to Chase Utley. "It may be premature, but I feel like I'm in midseason form," Logan said.
COMEBACK KID:David Aardsma, coming off Tommy John surgery 18 months ago, pitched a strong eight, with two strikeouts.