I agree. I was against that signing from day 1. I thought at the time they did it more as a move because of losing Dice-K. I still think that was a big part of it. Igawa is a lefty though and did have some success so they could try to sell it that way, which they did. Somebody here posted his numbers the other day for his last 3 years and he was clearly going downhill before they signed him. It's time to admitt the mistake and move on.
lol That's a real fluke for Moeller of all people. Only Molina and Giambi would have been funnier. I expect the lineup to change around somewhat from the 5th to 8th spots depending on who's hot and who's pitching. I'll have a new SWB preview report out tomorrow. Game reports start Thurs night after opening night. I'll still be posting news articles the next morning along with news about the other minor league teams.
I like the bullpen a lot. Except I thought Patterson deserved the spot instead of Albadejo. It's only for a week anyway, but still, he pitched so good they should have rewarded him. He'll be up though at some point.
Right-hander surrenders one earned run in win over Marlins
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
YANKEES 4, MARLINS 2 at Miami Saturday, March 29
Marlins at the plate: Hanley Ramirez swatted Phil Hughes' first pitch into right field for a single. After stealing second base, Ramirez scored on Luis Gonzalez's two-out single. In the second inning, Florida scored an unearned run when center fielder Alejandro De Aza doubled with two outs, and the Marlins scored on Derek Jeter's error after Ramirez hit a slow grounder to short. Yankees at the plate: Melky Cabrera connected on a home run to left, an estimated 373-foot shot, off Renyel Pinto the fifth inning. Cabrera added a second-inning single. Jeter had a short night, getting two at-bats before being replaced by Wilson Betemit in the bottom of the third. Jason Giambi went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. Johnny Damon doubled to open the game but was stranded at second. Chad Moehler's three-run inside-the-park homer in the ninth inning rallied New York, and during the play, De Aza sustained an injury that forced him to leave the field on a stretcher. De Aza, 23, was Florida's Opening Day starting center fielder in 2007, but he played in just 45 games because of a stress fracture to his right leg. Marlins on the mound: Chris Volstad, the club's top pitching prospect, got his first taste of a big league atmosphere, and the 21-year-old delivered four scoreless innings, scattering four hits while striking out one and walking one. The 6-foot-7 right-hander threw 52 pitches, with 33 for strikes. He projects to join the rotation either later this season or next year. Pinto yielded Cabrera's homer in the fifth inning, and he escaped further trouble by striking out Alex Rodriguez -- after running the count full -- with two on. Lee Gardner and Taylor Tankersley each threw scoreless frames. Kevin Gregg blew the save in the ninth inning.
Yankees on the mound: Hughes worked five effective innings, giving up two runs (one earned), while limiting Florida to three hits. He struck out four and walked one. Of his 69 pitches, 44 were strikes. In the sixth inning, lefty Billy Traber logged two quick outs before Alexis Gomez's double. Mariano Rivera relieved Traber, and in an eight-pitch showdown with Jorge Cantu, the Yankees' closer retired Cantu on a hard liner to left. Cantu was the only batter Rivera faced. Kyle Farnsworth struck out both batters he faced in two-thirds of an inning, and Joba Chamberlain struck out one in two-thirds of an inning. Grapefruit League records: Marlins 19-11-3; Yankees 14-12-2. Up next for the Marlins: Opening Day is around the corner. On Monday, the Marlins will play host to the Mets at Dolphin Stadium at 4:10 p.m. ET. Mark Hendrickson will get the starting nod for Florida, while Johan Santana will make his Mets debut. Up next for the Yankees: With Spring Training now completed, the Yankees prepare for the franchise's 106th season. Monday will mark New York's 84th and final season at the current Yankee Stadium. Chien-Ming Wang will get the start at Yankee Stadium at 1:05 p.m., while Toronto will go with Roy Halladay.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Righty reliever's flawless spring ends with ticket to Triple-A
By Charlie Nobles / Special to MLB.com
MIAMI -- A day after being optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, reliever Scott Patterson was still in disbelief on Saturday. The right-hander had allowed just one hit and no runs in 7 2/3 innings this spring.
"I thought I had made it," Patterson said. "I thought I was there. I don't think I slept an hour last night, to tell you the truth." As Yankees manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman called players into Girardi's office one by one and gave them the bad news, Patterson took it as a good sign that he was the last one asked to visit. "I thought it was a good thing," Patterson said. "When I first knew is when I saw the looks on their faces. They weren't smiling." Patterson became one of five pitchers demoted, bringing the Yankees to their Opening Day roster of 25. On another side of the Yankees' clubhouse on Saturday, relievers Brian Bruney and Ross Ohlendorf were trying not to act too giddy about surviving the elimination process. "I've said from Day 1 that I didn't really care," Bruney said. "That might sound bad and it's not that I don't care, but I'm not going to worry about it. I did everything I possibly could to make it, so I had no regrets either way. I used to worry about what I was doing and what other people were doing. Now, I just focus on pitching." Bruney said he lost between 20-25 pounds in the offseason, worked on his pitching mechanics and went out of his way to live healthily. "I ate right, lived right, slept right -- everything," he said. "I drank nothing but water for the last four months. I just wanted to give myself every chance to succeed." Bruney had a 2.00 ERA this spring, striking out 12 batters in nine innings. As for Ohlendorf, who made the Yankees' postseason roster last season, this situation was different because he had such a long time to ponder his fate. Plus, the Yankees had plenty of options. "I tried not to think about it much," Ohlendorf said. "They could have gone a lot of different ways."
Ohlendorf is just thankful now that the Yankees converted him from a starter to a reliever at the end of July last season. He said he didn't like the idea initially, but a month later, he felt better about it. Asked if the move was a turning point in his career, Ohlendorf said softly, "I think so. At this point, it's worked out." Meanwhile, Patterson was getting ready to head to the Minor Leagues, still longing for the day when he can play in New York. He was asked what rationale the Yankees used in justifying his demotion. "I didn't get one," he said. "It's probably better that I didn't, because I was a little bit heated. But I didn't. They know I can do the job. I'll be up soon enough." A free agent this past offseason, Patterson said he only had eyes for the Yankees. "There's no chance I was going anywhere else," he said. "I want to be a Yankee." The right-hander said he developed the mental toughness to deal with successful hitters during the offseason in the Venezuelan Winter League, facing players such as Miguel Cabrera and Jose Castro. "I knew then that I'd be able to do OK against Major League hitters," Patterson said. Only now, he has to wait a while longer.
Charlie Nobles is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.