The Yanks have now won 9 straight spring training games, and 10 of their last 11. At this rate, the Yankees will walk away with the AL East title.
Seriously, Joba Chamberlain held the Tigers to one run on four hits over 3 1/3 innings. In his fourth start this spring, Chamberlain threw 61 pitches (41 strikes), striking out five and walking none. Jonathan Albaladejo worked 1 2/3 innings of scoreless, three-hit ball. Mariano Rivera pitched his third scoreless inning of the spring, striking out two in a 12-pitch frame, though he allowed his first hit. After the game, Rivera said he’d take two days off and just needs one more game to get ready for the season.
Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira connected on back-to-back RBI doubles in the third inning. Melky Cabrera had two hits, including a double, and Angel Berroa scored a run. Juan Miranda hit a two-run homer in the seventh.
The Yankees hit the highway, traveling to Port Charlotte, for their first visit to the Rays’ new training complex in a 1:05 p.m. game. Right-hander Alfredo Aceves takes the pitcher’s rubber in the first inning.
The Yankees are now 14-8-1 in spring training.