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Pineda & Wang duel as Yankees win 8-5 over Nationals

Sure Michael Pineda gave up 2 runs. What pitcher doesn’t give up 2 runs and makes mistakes. Besides of the 2 runs, Michael Pineda looked sharp as the Yankees defeated the Nationals 8-5 in the first game of a 2 game set. The Yankees were facing their former teammate Chien-Ming Wang who looked sharp until a Russell Martin collison at 1st forced him to leave the game with a left hamstring injury.

Pineda’s line was pretty good. He went 3.2 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 base hits while striking out 4. Clay Rapada is making his case to be the second lefty in the bullpen by going 1.1 innings and giving up only 2 walks. Juan Cedeno went 0.2 innings while giving up 1 run on 1, Brett Marshall went 2.2 innings giving up 2 runs on 2 base hits while striking out 3. Michael O’Connor pitched 0.2 innings giving up 1 hit and Adam Warren ended the Nationals threat by getting out the only batter he faced.

The Good: Bill Hall made his case for a spot on the 25 man roster today, having 2 base hits and driving in 2 runs.Russell Martin also had a base hit for the Yankees. He came out of the Chien-Ming Wang collision unscathed so that was also good news.

The Bad: Brett Gardner had a very tough game, striking out all three times he was at the plate. I know this is Spring Training, but his performance is beginning to worry me (along with Robinson Cano‘s who didn’t play today.)

WHAT’S NEXT: The Nationals will travel down to Tampa and face the Yankees on their turf this time. CC Sabathia is slated to start for the Yankees.

Morning Bits – 7/25/11

Good morning everyone. Good win yesterday, although it got kind of close there at the end. Hope you all had a great weekend.

Here are some morning links:

  • Rafael Soriano made his rehab appearence yesterday for SWB. He gave up a solo homer but then retired the next 3 batters with 2 ground-outs and a strikeout. 14 of his 20 pitches were strikes. Also noted that fomer Yankee Chien-Ming Wang pitched his rehab start in the same game.
  • According to Bob Klapisch, the Yankees are “growing tired of A.J. Burnett’s act”. Not surprising in the least. Who wouldn’t be…
  • Curtis Granderson is displeased with his strikeout count, despite fantastic other statistics.
  • GM Brian Cashman says A-Rod could return in mid-August. “…maybe the second week of August…at the earliest for me.”

Have a good day all. The Yankees begin a 3-game series against the Mariners tonight at 7:05.