The Yankees keep overpowering opposing teams in spring training. Count this as a serious thing? No, but impressive, yes.
The Yankees defeated the Cincinnati Reds in their final road game before heading back to New York to open an exhibition series against the Chicago Cubs. The final score over the Reds was 6-3.
Melky Cabrera’s fourth-inning double and sixth-inning sacrifice fly accounted for three runs. Starting center fielder Brett Gardner had three hits, but he got doubled off in the first inning and was thrown out trying to steal second base in the third.
Joba Chamberlain made his final start of the spring and put up zeroes through five innings. He ran into trouble in the sixth, allowing a pair of runs before yielding to Brian Bruney, who got out of the jam. Chamberlain gave up five hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings while striking out six.
The Yankees return home for their final Grapefruit League game on Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. ET. They’ll host the Phillies, with CC Sabathia getting the start before heading up to New York for a pair of exhibition games against the Cubs at the new Yankee Stadium. It’s Sabathia’s final tuneup outing — he’s expected to throw 60-70 pitches — before his Opening Day start on Monday in Baltimore.
Hey…Trevor and I will be in Baltimore that day, downing hot dogs (and Boog’s famous pit BBQ beef) and beer. Awesome.