The Yankees dropped their Sunday afternoon game in Port St. Lucie to the Mets, thanks to four home runs by New York's other team. CC Sabathia's velocity continues to be improved over where it was a year ago, but a few mistakes got hammered. Juan Lagares drove a pitch to deep center field to lead off the game, sending Jose Pirela back to the wall. Pirela missed the ball, crashed into the wall, and then fall onto the warning track. He was unable to get up without assistance from both trainers and Joe Girardi before he was put on a cart to be taken off the field. The preliminary diagnosis is a concussion, and he left the field in an ambulance for the hospital to get additional testing done. This injury likely ends any (small) chance he had of making the team for Opening Day.
Sabathia was charged with four runs over 2.2 innings. He did strike out four batters and walked no one. Everyone involved will tell you that the results don't matter as much as how CC feels at this point, and the big lefty insists that he feels really good. The fact that he was clocked at 94 mph seems to back that up. It's only his second start of the spring, after all, and it's more about making sure he feels good and powerful than the results at this point. Chris Martin got the final out of the third inning before giving way to Scott Baker for 4.1 innings. Baker allowed only one hit and struck out two batters. Chasen Shreve closed out the game, giving up the final two Mets runs.
Offensively, nothing was really doing for the Yankees all game long. Matt Harvey held the batters in check and the Bombers only managed to tally three hits in the game. Nick Noonan, Mark Teixiera, and John Ryan Murphy were responsible for those hits. Teixiera also managed to steal a rare base. Chase Headley worked the only walk of the day.
The Yankees will travel to Viera, Florida, to take on the Nationals tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 pm. Although it hasn't been officially announced yet, it sounds like Bryan Mitchell will be getting the start.