Almost too easy
Get this outing from Mariano Rivera, who closed out the Yankees’ 4-1 victory tonight:
Paul Janish: Strike one, strike two, strike three.
Luis Bolivar: First-pitch groundout, score it 3-1.
Laynce Nix: First-pitch groundout, score it 4-3. Ballgame over.
That’s three outs on five pitches for Rivera, who looks just about as sharp as ever.
“Next time, I need to throw more pitches,” said Rivera, who assured reporters that it’s not as easy as he’s making it look.
Other notes as the leaf-blowers do their thing here at Steinbrenner Field — CC Sabathia turned in the longest start of any Yankee this spring, going 7 2/3 innings in a 93-pitch outing.
His efficiency pleased Joe Girardi, and Jorge Posada said the only thing left to tinker with is his slider. Sabathia has one more spring start (April 1) before the Yankees break camp and he starts the clock to Opening Day.
Posada was also smiling on his way out the clubhouse door. He’ll be catching Chien-Ming Wang tomorrow afternoon at Himes, in a game that will also feature Nick Swisher and Hideki Matsui.
“The arm is there,” Posada said. “It’s just a matter of trusting it.”
Dave Robertson hasn’t pitched in a week and Girardi is having trouble working him in. He would have pitched tonight but CC didn’t exactly cooperate. This really doesn’t bode all that well for making the team. If you had to guess now, Robertson will open at Triple-A.