The Yankess opened their 2012 spring season against the Phillies. Curtis Granderson picked up right where he left off, hitting a double and a homerun. The Yankees used two pitching prospects in the game. Lefty Manny Banuelos who got the win pitching two scorless innings. He walked two and stuck out none. The other prospect used in the game was Dellin Betances who went one inning gave up no runs while walking two. Ivan Nova also went two innings giving up one hit, two runs one of the earned. He struck out two and walked none. The only hit he gave up was a homerun to Hunter Pence in the first inning.The Yankees went on to win 8-5.
In their second game, again against the Phillies Alex Rodriguez got things going hitting the the first pitch he saw to right field for a homerun off starter Roy Halladay. A-Rod also had a single and a double in the game both pitcher off Joel Pinero. Starter Freddy Garcia had a rough start giving up a homerun to Hunter Pence who homered the day before. The Yanks took this game 7-4 banging out twelve hits on the day.
Game three was against guess who ? the Phillies. Yankees lost this won 9-3. The only good thing to come out of this game was that newcomer Micheal Pineda made his debut and went two innings giving up one hit, no runs, no walks and struck out two. Not much else going on in this game.
In their fourth game of the spring the Yankees lost to the Pirates 7-4. No offensive story here either. CC Sabathia made his spring debut going two innings giving up one run, no walks, one strike out. He gave up three hits and two of those were to Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen who may have been fired up for this game after signing a 6 year $ 51.5 million dollar contract. Pitcher Phil Hughes who is fighting for a spot in the starting rotation had a rough start to say the least. He was unable to complete the standard two innings that most pitchers make in their first outing. He went just 1 1/3 innings and has tagged for four hits two runs, one of them earned. Hughes said he felt fine afterwards he was just a little excited and was over throwing.
Yanks take on Tampa next where Hiroki Kuroda will make his pinstripe debut. Stay tuned.