The day started out in a rough way for the Yankees, when they learned the news that Derek Jeter, still has soreness in his left ankle and that he will likely start the season, on the DL. With a return date set at April 6th.
Yet the day ended in a positive way, for two reasons. First, the Yankees came away victors today against Tampa, 7-6, in 10 innings. Second, the Yankees are also on the verge of acquiring Vernon Wells from the Angels.
Tampa struck early of starting pitcher, Adam Warren when Desmond Jennings tripled to center, off the first pitch of the game. He later came in to score.
Kevin Youkilis put the Yankees on the with the 1st of his two, 2-run homers in Todays game. A Jeremy Hellickson changeup, that landed over the left field wall. His second came in the 8th, a blast off the score board in left center, to give the Yankees a 6-5 lead.
Tampa was able to tie the game in the 9th off pitcher David Aardsma. Setting the stage in the 10th for Ronnier Mustelier, to just get enough of the ball, sending over the wall in left. Ballgame, Yankees win.
Other notables in the game include Travis Hafner, launching his 2nd HR of the spring, to right field in the 6th. Likely Opening Day shortstop Eduardo Nunez, had a good day at the plate, going 2-3 with a walk, and RBI triple in the 3rd inning.
Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless 6th inning, in his fifth appearance this spring. Allowing 2 hits, 1 BB, and 1 K.
Joba Chamberlin also put in a solid inning of relief. Hitting 97mph at times, with his fastball.
Up next for the Yankees: After an off-day on Monday, the Astros will come to town on Tuesday, for a game at 7:05 pm. CC Sabathia will take the mound for New York, in his last start, prior to Opening Day.
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