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Yanks at Tigers: no more pressure

A.J. Burnett starts the game against Nate Robertson and the Tigers. It'll be the fourth time we've seen Detroit this month.

Joba will pitch in relief, because that's clearly where he's best...

But really, the good news is that there's no more pressure to win the fifth starter's spot, so we'll hopefully see a looser Joba.

1:05 first pitch. TV is YES.

  • Postgame notes of a 2-1 win -

A.J. threw his best game of the spring (6.2 ip, 1 er, 3 h, 3 bb, 2 k). He actually didn't look great, and gave up a fair number of line drives, but this game was a good example of how the improved Yankee defense can keep them in games. GGBG made a nice leaping catch on the leftfield warning track and Randy Winn made a shoe-string grab and throw to first for a double-play.

Marcus Thames finally showed a bit of why Girardi & Co. have confidence in him: he homered for the first time this spring (against a southpaw, of course), a monster shot into the LF seats that turned out to be the game-winning RBI.

Posada and Grandy each doubled and singled. (Good to see Grandy get two hits off a lefty.)

Next game - 1:05 tomorrow: Pettitte vs. Scherzer. TV is YES.