CC Sabathia (2-2) didn’t look his sharpest against the Tigers, which lead to there early downfall in Comerica Park on Tuesday Night.
First pitch swinging the ice cold Austin Jackson hit a double on the left center field wall, and things did not get better from there. Scott Sizemore who was called up earlier today had a double before the struggling Magglio Ordonez grounded to shortstop to bring Austin Jackson home. Miguel Cabrera hit a fly ball sending Sizemore home, but the Tigers weren’t done.
In the fourth inning, Russell Martin doubled off of Brad Penny (2-3) scoring Jorge Posada, but this was when the Yankees base running got atrocious. Brett Gardner flied out to left field before Andruw Jones decided to try for home plate only to be called out and charging Gardner with the double play thus ending the inning.
The Tigers scored 2 more times in the fifth when Austin Jackson tripled scoring Brandon Inge and Scott Sizemore singling on a line drive to Andruw Jones scoring Jackson.
The Yankees had horrible base running in the 6th inning, starting with a force out by Robinson Cano. On a wild pitch, Cano decided to go to second, but stopped in the midst, before ending up a dead duck and getting tagged out. While Andruw Jones was at bat, Jorge Posada tried to steal second, but was caught by Scott Sizemore.
The Yankees were able to cut the lead to two when Mark Teixeira homered in the top of the eighth inning, but that was all the Yankees were going to get. In the ninth the Yankees pinch hit Jones for Nick Swisher who had gotten on with a walk, but Russell Martin grounded into a double play ending the game. Jose Valverde for the Tigers got the save.
Note: It has been 6 years ago today that Robinson Cano had been called up for the Yankees. Cano was 0 for 4 today; Jorge Posada raised his batting average to .167 going 2 for 4 today; Brett Gardner now has a seven game hitting streak and is now batting .219; Derek Jeter had a hit today making his magic number 48.
The Toronto Blue Jays were in town, and they made a first impression on the New York Yankees. The battle was between Ricky Romero (2-3) and Freddy Garcia (1-1) and while there was offense that went around, the Yankees couldn’t capitalize.
The Yankees had taken an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when Russell Martin doubled on a fly ball which scored Robinson Cano, but Garcia gave up the lead in the top of the third when the hot hitting Jose Bautista clobbered a 2 run shot, putting the Blue Jays ahead and never looking back. Brett Gardner who had been getting his average up, had started 2 bases loaded rallies by hitting an infield single in the 5th and walked twice, but the middle order hence Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira, couldn’t score any runs.
Note: Jorge Posada was benched today in favor of Andruw Jones but Jones made Joe Girardi regret his decision by striking out three times; Coming into today’s game the only Yankee with good numbers against Ricky Romero was Brett Gardner who was 4 for 9 with a home run (Grand Slam, July 3, 2010); Derek Jeter had one hit today making his magic number 51; Mark Teixeira entered the lineup today after complaining of shoulder aches the last couple of days; This is the third game this week that Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner had combined to become the offensive duo; Fransisco Cervelli was activated today with the Yankees sending down Gustavo Molina to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
The New York Yankees may have not gotten the big name starter, but they sure did get the big name reliever. The Yankees picked up Rafael Soriano from the Tampa Bay Rays and Pedro Feliciano from the Mets to work in the bullpen before Mariano Rivera. Feliciano signed with the Yankees for 2 years while Soriano signed for 3 years. The Yankees felt that they needed a setup man since Kerry Wood went back to the Cubs, and they felt that no one better than Soriano could compliment Rivera in the bullpen while they believed Feliciano could complement Boone Logan or David Robertson.
Meanwhile, the Yankees might not have their starting pitcher or starting left fielder for Spring Training since both of them are recovering from surgery. CC Sabathia is recovering from knee surgery that had to be done after the 2010 season and Brett Gardner is recovering from wrist surgery which was done December 7. Both of them might sit out until the start of the 2011 season which is March 31. No word on who will replace Sabathia and Gardner during Spring Training, which is probably why Cashman is interested in either resigning Johnny Damon or signing Andruw Jones.