Alex Rodriguez making his first appearance since returning from a year-long suspension was the biggest topic of conversation today, but Nathan Eovaldi making his Yankees debut should have been the bigger story. The Yankees traded Martin Prado for Eovaldi this offseason with the assumption that Larry Rothschild could correct the problems that led to Eovaldi giving up the most hits in the National League last season. In his first game with the Yankees this spring, Eovaldi hit 98 mph on the gun across two innings of work. He allowed two hits, struck out one batter, and gave up one run. A 90 mph splitter that Eovaldi has been working on looked pretty good and could present a nice compliment to his high velocity fastball.
Today's infield was made up of all the expected starters, but only Didi Gregorius managed to reach base via a walk while they were in the game. Stephen Drew did, however, make an error on the first play of the game and very nearly committed another that was saved by Mark Teixeira at first base. Like yesterday, the Yankees tried to put together a rally in the ninth inning after Francisco Arcia hit a ground-rule double and Cole Figueroa singled with two outs. Unlike yesterday, there was no two-out excitement to tie or win the game. Gary Sanchez drove in the lone run of the game with a sac fly that scored Mason Williams, who doubled to reach base earlier in the inning. Cito Culver was responsible for the only other hit of the game on the Yankees' side, and he also made a very nice play from deep in the hole at shortstop to throw out a runner.
Andrew Miller made his Yankees debut replacing Eovaldi. He gave up one hit and struck out two in his lone inning of work. Danny Burawa, Wilking Rodriguez, and Tyler Webb all chipped in scoreless innings of their own. Kyle Davies worked two innings of relief, giving up three hits and one run. James Pazos also worked one inning and gave up one run to complete Philadelphia's scoring for the day.
The Yankees travel to Bradenton to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 pm. Esmil Rogers gets the start. The game won't be televised anywhere, so you might have to find a radio if you want to keep track of what's going on.