March 15, 2009

Pettitte shines in defeat of Twins

Andy Pettitte threw three scoreless frames in the Yankees' 5-1 victory over the Twins.  Jorge Posada caught his first game of the spring, batted leadoff and went 2-for-2 with a double.  He told Bryan Hoch:
"I'm just hoping the next time somebody steals, so I'll be able to throw down there and see how it feels," Posada said. "That's the thing -- to see how quick I'm going to be, how the ball is going to get there. I'm just hoping that everything stays good after that."
This is a good sign for Posada early in his recovery from shoulder surgery.  Posada is a huge factor to the Yankees' success this season.  If his shoulder acts up again, the Yankees could be without catcher and a reliable bat for a long period of time.  I want Posada to take his time and to speak up if the shoulder starts to hurt.  Too many times we have had injuries because the players aren't being honest.

Angel Berroa added a two-run double in the sixth inning to make the score 5-1.  Berroa looks like the leading, really the only, candidate for the utility infield role for the start of the season.  He's batting .438 so far this spring.

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