Wrapping up the day in Tampa
Yankees lose, 5-2, as Brett Gardner has another full day, hitting a two-run home run and legging out a bunt single. So far it seems like this guy can do it all. And now comes the requisite disclaimer — never believe what you see in March or September.
Right, right. But the Yankees are going to have to start making some decisions at some point, and it’s not like Melky Cabrera is showing a ton so far. It’s early and Joe Girardi doesn’t want to let us know which way the wind is blowing – perhaps because he really is holding off until later to make that call.
But so far you’d have to think Gardner is the guy. Don’t get too excited about the power – three shots so far – but he is a game-changer offensively. Of the home run, Girardi said this: “He jumped on that one, didn’t he? That’s a hard line drive that could get out of Yankee Stadium, that’s for sure.”
Funny anecdote from the skip. Mark Teixeira was ribbing Gardner in the
dugout about hitting a homer and then legging out a bunt. Girardi said,
“Tex, you should try it.”
“You don’t want to see it,” Teixeira said, referring to the speed aspect of the play.
— Andy Pettitte was only supposed to go one inning but lobbied for more work. Dave Eiland gave him one more batter and Pettitte walked Scott Campbell on four pitches. “Way to go,” Pettitte told himself.
— Positive signs from Mariano Rivera today, throwing his third bullpen. Next time out on Wednesday, Mo will throw live BP and remains on track to get in a game March 17. Edwar Ramirez also threw today and is ahead of Mo’s pace.
— It’s early, sure, but Girardi says that he wants to see something better tomorrow night from Joba Chamberlain. “We need him throwing strikes,” he said.