March 28, 2009

Yankees beat Braves 6-4

The Yankees pitched all three long relief candidates and used Edwar Ramirez to close the door against the Braves today for a 6-4 victory.

Brett Tomko beat out Alfredo Aceves and Dan Giese for the best performance of the day, as Tomko started and threw three shutout innings. Aceves gave up one run over three, and Giese gave up three (one earned) over 2 1/3 innings.

Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano each hit solo shots in the fifth, and Xavier Nady went 3-for-4 for the day. Full box score here.

Today might have secured the long relief role to Tomko today, as his numbers this spring are far better than Aceves' and Giese's. I'd love to see Tomko continue to put up these numbers for at least the first couple of months of the season. The Yankees have plenty of backup in the minors.

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