The Yankees didn’t need a full game to put up a crooked number. The Bombers routed the Nationals by a score of 8-2 in a rain-shortened, five-inning affair at George M. Steinbrenner Field. DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Estevan Florial, and Erik Kratz, all contributed to the fun. The first three names make you say, “Yeah, that sounds about right.” The next two? Not so much.
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!
- Miguel Andujar made his much-anticipated debut in left field. Of course the first ball in play found him, as is always the case. The 24-year-old ran in, called off Gleyber Torres, and caught the ball cleanly. With Giancarlo Stanton injured, expect him to get a long look in the outfield.
- Masahiro Tanaka threw two solid innings, registering two strikeouts but allowing a two-run home run to Raudy Read. Deuces wild, I suppose. Zack Britton, Chad Green, and Tommy Kahnle all got in the game today as well, so that’s a representative look at the pitching staff. Only Kahnle allowed a hit, while Green issued a walk.
- Brett Gardner was hit by a pitch during his second plate appearance of the game, but Aaron Boone says he’s fine. “He’s playing his first back-to-back tomorrow so I was going to shorter with him,” the skipper explained. Thank goodness for that, because I’m quite tired of the 2019 flashbacks.
- Lastly, in case you missed it, Stanton suffered a Grade 1 calf strain while working out yesterday. “It’s gonna be a couple of weeks,” Aaron Boone said of his recovery time to Pete Caldera. You can read our full writeup on the injury here.
The Yankees are back in action tomorrow afternoon, taking on a split-squad Rays at Steinbrenner Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM, and you can watch on YES or the MLB Network.