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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Afternoon notes: Brief encounter

By Wallace Matthews

TAMPA, Fla. -- I feel safe in predicting you will never see a Yankees-Red Sox game like Wednesday's during the regular season, and not just because some of the names in the starting lineup were Brock Holt and Jackie Bradley and Thomas Neal and Melky Mesa. The most striking line in the box score was the time of game: 2:17. When the real teams are playing, that would put you in the third inning. When the quasi-Yanks meet the pseudo-Sox, things get wrapped up in a hurry, a crisp 4-0 win for the home team.

VIDAL STATISTICS: Yankees starter Vidal Nuno threw five strong innings, allowing no runs and just two hits. The 25-year-old left-hander, a non-roster invitee, has been by far the best starter in this camp, with a 0.68 ERA and 13 Ks in 13-1/3 innings. Why his name is never mentioned as an emergency starter over, say Adam Warren, who has not had a good spring, is a mystery.

PEN PALS: Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson, who ideally will work the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, this year, pitched back to back scoreless innings following Nuno. Robertson allowed one hit and got one strikeout; he has yet to allow a run all spring. Joba threw a 1-2-3 seventh, with one K; his spring ERA is 3.68.

RISP REWARD: The Yankees didn't hit all that much, just six singles and Ben Francisco's double, but they were 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position. They did all their damage in the second inning off Bosox starter Felix Doubront, scoring on an RBI single by Chris Stewart and sacrifice flies by Jayson Nix and Eduardo Nunez. A fourth run scored on a wild pitch.

BOOOOO-OUK!: Lots of boos for Kevin Youkilis, which is not surprising because there were lots of Red Sox fans at The Boss. And Youk made them happy by going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.