You might ask what happened to the pitching duel? Well, Tim Wakefield was not allowed to pitch the whole game, and came out with two outs in the sixth. Manny Delcarmen and Devern Hansack combined to give up six runs (five earned) in the eighth inning. Edwar Ramirez earned the win for the Yanks, pitching the final inning and a third, as the Yanks shoved a 7-1 victory down the throats of Red Sox fans.
I know, I know. It's just spring training.
Austin Jackson's two-out grand slam off of Hansack blew the game out of proportion, and ended the Red Sox's hope of a spring training sweep of the Yanks. Full box score here.
I was glad to be able to watch this game, because tonight's lineup may have been a first glance at what the lineup will look like in April.
Johnny Damon LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Hideki Matsui DH
Jorge Posada C
Robinson Cano 2B
Xavier Nady RF
Cody Ransom 3B
Brett Gardner CF
Looks good to me. I bet an alternate lineup that includes Swisher might move Damon to center, insert Swish in left, and bench Gardner - where he could be a late inning pinch runner.
Also, Girardi was interviewed in the top of the fifth inning (I think) by Michael Kay and Paul O'Neil. The answer that stood out to me was that he said that the decisions of center field and long relief pitcher are close to being finalized. He said that he wanted to play the last week or so of games like the Yanks would during the season.
To me, the nagging question is what will the Yankees do with Melky Cabrera if Gardner gets the starting job in center. I don't think they would carry a fifth, technically sixth, outfielder if you count Swisher and Matsui.