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Spring Training Notes 3/7/12

Hiroki Kuroda pitching during today's 4-0 loss to the Rays

Good evening everyone! Today we saw the Yankees bat struggle for the third straight game offensively and we also saw Hiroki Kuroda take the mound today. Here are today’s notes:

— The Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees will change their name for the 2012 season since they are not in their ballpark due to construction: The Empire State Yankees.

— Some observations on Hiroki Kuroda from today: Kuroda was able to spot his pitches and had an effective splitter. The only bad pitch he made was a hanging curve ball which drove in 2 runs in a 3 run inning. He was also able to hit 95 MPH multiple times today which was impressive.

— There was something that Ken Singleton & David Cone said during today’s YES Network broadcast that made me understand what it means to be a pitcher. You can throw as hard as you want, but you can still get hit around because your pitches are in the middle of the plate. It’s better to be a pitcher that throws 89 MPH – 92 MPH and that has good location than a pitcher that throws 95 MPH – 96 MPH and having no location at all.

— Russell Martin and Hiroki Kuroda have a pitcher catcher bond already. Well, Martin & Kuroda were both on the Dodgers at one point, so there is the comfort zone.

— Mariano Rivera will throw another live batting practice tomorrow and will soon get in on the Spring Training action.

Note: Tomorrow’s Yankees Game will not be on television or radio but on Friday the Yankees return to YES. Saturday is a radio game and Sunday is a YES game, so there is your Yankees for the weekend.

Some Tweets:

https://twitter.com/#!/YESNetwork/status/177062159195439105

https://twitter.com/#!/BryanHoch/status/177502459353247744

Talk about whatever you like in the comment section.

Have a good night everyone!