Spring Training Game Notes: 2/27/11

New York Yankees 7 vs. Philadelphia Phillies 3

  1. Ivan Nova vs. Joe Blanton
  2. Jesus Montero looked strong at the plate as well as behind it in his spring debut.
  3. Dellin Betances looked absolutely filthy popping the glove at 95 MPH. 6 foot 8, 95 MPH fastball and only 22 years old.
  4. Dom Brown is struggling hard early on. 0 for 3 today with 3 Ks. His competition, Ben Francisco, went 2 for 4 including a 2 run HR.

New York Mets(SS) 5 vs. Atlanta Braves 4

  1. Chris Young vs. Rodrigo Lopez
  2. Daniel Murphy was 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs. He should end up as the Mets starter at 2B on Opening Day.
  3. Chris Young was solid with 2 IP, 0 R, and 2 Ks. Ollie Perez…not so much. 2 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 4 ER.

Pittsburgh Pirates 10 vs. Tampa Bay Rays 3

  1. Kevin Correia vs. James Shields
  2. Andrew McCutchen went 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs, 3 Runs score and a long ball. He is poised for a huge year out of the 3 hole in Pittsburgh.
  3. Garrett Jones was also 3 for 3 as he continues to make his case for the full time RF job in Pitt.
  4. Desmond Jennings stays hitless early in the Spring.

Detroit Tigers 1 vs. Toronto Blue Jays 0

  1. Brad Penny vs. Mark Rzepczynski
  2. Great display by Tiger’s pitchers. Penny 2 scoreless IP, Scherzer 2 scoreless IP, Zumaya, Benoit, Valverde, Ni, and Villareal all threw a scoreless inning each.
  3. Top Blue Jays prospect Brett Lawrie was hitless in his first Spring Training game.
  4. Rzepczynski looking good early for the Blue Jays 4th starting spot. 2 scoreless with 2 strikeouts.

LA Dodgers 5 vs. LA Angels 0

  1. John Ely vs. Scott Kazmir
  2. Matt Kemp was 1 for 2 with 2 RBIs. He will be looking to bounce back big this year.
  3. Possibly the top prospect in the game, Mike Trout of the Angels, collected his first Spring Training hit today.
  4. LA Angels catchers struggled at the plate again today. This will be a running theme all year.

31 Days until Opening Day 2011

Cincinnati Reds 7 vs. Cleveland Indians 6

  1. Matt Maloney vs. Josh Tomlin
  2. Jonny Gomes knocked in a run as he tries to retain his starting left field job. Fred Lewis, Todd Frazier, and Jeremy Hermida are outside shots for the job. Each collected a hit.
  3. Josh Tomlin and Chris Perez combined for 3 scoreless innings. They should win the 5th starting job and closers post respectively for the Tribe.
  4. RHP Alex White, one of Cleveland’s top pitching prospects, struggled by surrendering 2 runs in the 9th. He blew the save.

KC Royals 4 vs. Texas Rangers 2

  1. Kyle Davies vs. CJ Wilson
  2. The entire Royals outfield is up for grabs. Melky Cabrera was 2 for 3, Jeff Francoeur was 1 for 2 with a home run and Alex Gordon was 0 for 1. Underdogs Mitch Maier and Lorenzo Cain were both hitless.
  3. Dave Bush did not show great command walking 2 in a lone inning. He is battling for the 5th starters job in Texas.

Oakland A’s 15 vs. Chicago Cubs 7

  1. Trevor Cahill vs. Carlos Zambrano
  2. Trevor Cahill got tagged for 4 runs in 1/3 IP. His low BAbip can not be maintained. This does not bode well for him in 2011.
  3. Carlos Zambrano worked 2 solid scoreless inning for the Cubbies. Matt Garza in his Cubs spring debut gave up 5 runs over 2 innings. Wouldn’t be alarmed yet as the NL should only make a lifelong AL East pitcher better.

Seattle Mariners 13 vs. San Diego Padres 12

  1. Erik Bedard vs. Tim Stauffer
  2. Bedard started and worked a scoreless inning, striking out 2. Finally the year he stays healthy and makes the Seattle rotation?
  3. Adam Kennedy got off to a good start going 2 for 3. Mariners top prospect Dustin Ackley went hitless, he is a little ways away from being a big league talent at this point.
  4. Local talent Brad Brach, a top reliever in the Padres system, blew the save by giving up 2 runs in the 9th.

Arizons Diamondbacks 4 vs. San Francisco Giants 3

  1. Ian Kennedy vs. Matt Cain
  2. Kennedy and Daniel Hudson each threw 2 innings allowing 2 runs and 1 run respectively. These two will be at the top of Arizona’s rotation.
  3. NL ROY winner, Buster Posey, got off on the right foot going 2 for 3.
  4. Pablo ‘The Kung Fu Panda’ Sandoval, homered for the 2nd straight day.

Minnesota Twins 8 vs. Boston Red Sox 4

  1. Carl Pavano vs. Josh Beckett
  2. New Japanese signing for the Twins, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, collected his first hit in the stats in this game.
  3. Lars Anderson went deep for Boston. Still a long shot to make the Red Sox roster as they are pretty well set at first base.

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