A sign of things to come?

Who knows…But the Yankees did make quite a statement Tuesday evening, clobbering the visiting Red Sox 7-1 under the lights at Steinbrenner Field.  Despite the game being in pre-season, the Yanks seemed to be in full form and ready to go now that Captain Derek Jeter has rejoined the team.

From the beginning, the lineup seemed to reflect what it might look like on Opening Day:

Damon LF
Jeter SS
Teixeira 1B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Nady RF
Ransom 3B
Gardner CF

The Yankees pitchers were more then dominating.  AJ Burnett put in a solid 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits, while striking out four batters.  Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect seventh inning, notching two strikeouts.  This spring, Rivera has now retired 12 of 13 batters he has faced.

The team was definitely not dominating at the plate, but they sure were effective, scoring 7 runs on 7 hits.  Bret Gardner, in my mind, has more then settled the debate on who should be the starting CF.  Gardner had an amazing triple which bounced off Jacoby Ellsbury’s glove in center.  He then scored on a single by Johnny Damon.

Although maybe we should consider Gardner just the guy holding the position in center warm for Austin Jackson.  AJax hit a lovely grand slam in the eight to bring the score to 7-1 and put away the game for good.

The Yankees then rewarded Jackson by assigning him to AAA after the game.  He will make that already great Scranton/Wilkes-Barre team even better.

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Damon, LF 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 .295
Berroa, 3B 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 .388
Jeter, SS 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 .462
Duncan, S, 1B 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .379
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 .378
Linden, RF 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .087
Matsui, DH 3 0 0 1 0 0 2 .222
1-Nunez, E, PR-DH 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .385
Posada, C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .313
Pilittere, C 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 .333
Cano, 2B 3 0 1 0 0 2 0 .382
Jackson, A, LF 1 1 1 4 0 0 0 .333
Nady, RF 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .239
Bernier, 2B 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .269
Ransom, 3B 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .283
Cabrera, M, CF 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .295
Gardner, CF 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 .409
Pena, SS 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .304
Totals 30 7 7 7 3 9 11

The Yankees get to enjoy a nice day off Wednesday before getting an opportunity to make up for their loss against Philly on Monday by facing them again on Thursday.  Joba gets the start and the game is scheduled to be broadcast by MLBTV at 1pm.