Found March 29, 2013 on
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Andy Pettitte ducked to avoid a twirling piece of broken bat during his six-inning stint, Kevin Youkilis hit his sixth homer of spring training and the New York Yankees wrapped up their major league exhibition schedule by beating the Washington Nationals 4-2 Friday.
Pettitte put his left hand on his cap as he kneeled to avoid the jagged bat when Wilson Ramos grounded out in the third inning. The lefty wasn't shaken, and allowed two runs - one earned - and five hits. He struck out six and didn't walk a batter while throwing 81 pitches, 57 for strikes.
Washington's unearned run came in the fourth after third baseman Youkilis' throwing error.
New York scored four runs in the top of that inning off Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann.
The highlights were Youkilis' leadoff drive into the visiting bullpen and Eduardo Nunez's two-run single. Zimmermann lasted 3 1-3 innings, allowing four runs and seven hits.
A crowd of 38,161 welcomed the reigning NL East champion Nationals back from their Grapefruit League stint at Viera, Fla.
It was Washington's first game at Nationals Park since the club blew a ninth-inning lead in the division series finale against St. Louis. The pitcher who let Game 5 get away, Drew Storen, was greeted with applause and cheers when he came on for the ninth Friday.
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera then finished the game with a 1-2-3 ninth. A few hours earlier, before the first pitch, the 43-year-old Rivera was honored by the Nationals.
The career saves leader announced three weeks ago that he will retire after this season. He was presented Friday with a signed No. 42 - his number - Nationals jersey by Washington reliever Rafael Soriano, who took over as New York's closer last year when Rivera got injured.
The Nationals are done with exhibition games with a 14-18-2 record and get to prepare for their opener on Monday, at home against the Miami Marlins. Stephen Strasburg will start for Washington.
The Yankees, 14-18-1 during a spring training that included injuries to sluggers Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira, will face Army at West Point on Saturday, then open up at home against the Boston Red Sox on Monday.
BEST OF MAXIM
MLB.com released the New York Yankees projected batting order for the 2013 season.
Joe Girardi, the current Yankees’ manager (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Before I give you my thoughts, here it is:
1. CF: Brett Gardner
2. RF: Ichiro Suzuki
3. 2B: Robinson Cano
4. 1B: Kevin Youkilis
5. DH: Ben Francisco
6. LF: Vernon Wells
7. SS: Eduardo Nunez
8. 3B: Jayson Nix
9. C: Chris Stewart
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"When you throw that hard and you do occasionally let one go, they’re not
comfortable in there. Nobody’s
comfortable in there. Ask the second baseman for the Braves how he feels
about him. He’s a good weapon." (Davey Johnson on SMH-Rod, via Nationals Journal, 3/29/2013)
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Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is expected to
sit out the team’s next two exhibition games to allow his swollen left thumb to
heal, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington. Harper hopes to return to
action Friday in preparation of playing on Opening Day.
The thumb has been hampering Harper since Friday. He
suffered the injury when he was jammed...
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