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Miguel Andujar goes deep but Yankees fall to Rays 9-7

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The Yankees dropped their second-consecutive game to open the spring training slate.

MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees fell for the second consecutive game, losing to the Rays today by a score of 9-7. It counts for nothing, but it still would feel nice to see the Yankees win their first ballgame since October.

In lieu of full-length recaps, we will run bullet-point highlights through spring training. Important contributions and players will get covered, plus a roundup of the team’s pitching lines, as well as news and notes from the club. Hope you all enjoy this format!

Game Highlights

  • Miguel Andujar had a nice day, sneaking a solo home run over the right-field wall and acquitting himself well enough while playing third base. Every spring performance is important for Andujar as he tries to sketch out his role with the team this season.
  • Rays right-hander Andrew Kittredge quietly recorded a remarkable achievement in the third inning. Kittredge entered in relief and struck out all three Yankees he faced on three pitches, all of them swinging strikes. That's an immaculate inning made up exclusively of swings and misses.
  • Well-regarded prospect Clarke Schmidt made his spring debut. He benefited from good fortune, working a scoreless fourth despite allowing a walk and a base hit. He escaped thanks to a hard-hit grounder off the bat of Jose Martinez that turned into an inning-ending double play.
  • Starter Jonathan Loaisiga worked just one clean inning, recording a strikeout. Most of the rest of the pitching load was shouldered by likely Triple-A arms. Nick Nelson recorded a scoreless frame, as did Miguel Yajure. Veteran David Hale ran into some poor fortune, giving up four runs in two-thirds of an inning thanks to some shaky defense, and Trevor Lane was saddled with a blown save, yielding three runs in the eighth to wipe away a 7-6 lead.

The Yankees get back to it tomorrow night in Tampa as they host the Pirates at 6:35 EST. Gerrit Cole is scheduled to make his spring debut across from Chris Archer. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the game will be broadcast. If you want to listen in, you'll need an account, and you'll have to tune in to the Pirates radio feed.