The Yankees defeated their AL East rivals, the Blue Jays by playing gritty, efficient baseball with sound pitching. The final score was 3-1.
Andy Pettitte ended his spring in fine fashion today by allowing just a run on five hits in 6.2 innings, while striking out seven. In 22 innings this spring (including minor-league games) Pettitte had a 1.23 ERA and has struck out 20. That’s pretty good for a spring start.
The bullpen did its job as Damaso Marte, Jose Veras, and Edwar Ramirez combined for 2.1 shutout innings, allowing just two hits. Ramirez picked up the save, his second of the spring.
Mark Teixeira continues his hot hitting, going 2-for-3 with a walk a double and two RBI. He’s now hitting .408/.464/.653 with 2 HR and 8 RBI this spring.
Angel Berroa went 1-for-1 and drove in the Yankees other run with an RBI double. Ramiro Pena who is fighting Berroa for the utility spot went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.
Derek Jeter went 1-for-2 with a stolen base and a run scored.
The Yankees will be looking for six good innings from right-hander Joba Chamberlain on Tuesday, meeting the Reds in Sarasota, Fla., for a 1:05 p.m. start — their final road game of the spring before breaking camp for New York.