Yankees-Twins: New York Drops First Game, Record Moves to 2-1

Kevin RozellSenior Writer IFebruary 28, 2009

(The Voice of Yankees Universe)

The Yanks dropped their first game of the spring to the Twins, who now sit at a perfect record of 3-0.

Ian Kennedy pitched pretty well. He threw two scoreless frames, and struck out three batters.

Anthony Claggett was impressive as well, shutting down the Twins for two innings. He allowed one hit, and struck out one batter. 

On the other hand, some of the Yankees' young arms ran into trouble. Hacker, Brackman, & Kontos all surrendered an earned run, and De La Rosa gave up two earned runs in the eighth inning—picking up the loss.

The offense wasn’t too shabby. They outhit the Twins 14-11, but didn’t knock in the runners when they had a chance to score.

Justin Leone hit a solo home run in the second inning, and Brett Gardner went 2-2 on the game, with a double, a walk, and a run scored.

Gardner also stole two bases, proving he is definitely getting off to a better start than Melky.

Gardy is hitting .429, while Melky doesn’t even have a hit this spring.

Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada both picked up two hits on the game, as well.

In total, the Yankees racked up 14 hits, four runs, and drew four walks. A late inning rally by the Twins cost them the game.

If only Bruney & Mo were pitching…Haha. I understand people like to see the team win, but it’s only Spring Training.

February 27, 2009
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NY Yankees
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Gardner, CF2120100.429
  Jackson, A, CF2110011.500
Ransom, 2B3111012.167
  Pena, 2B2010010.250
Swisher, 1B3020001.500
  Miranda, 1B2010002.400
Posada, DH3020002.800
  1-Rodriguez, J, PR-DH1000101.333
Nady, RF3001004.200
  Linden, RF2000014.200
Cabrera, M, LF3000003.000
  Russo, LF2000000.000
Berroa, SS2010100.667
  Nunez, E, SS2010003.333
Leone, 3B3111003.250
  Bernier, 3B00001001.000
Cervelli, C3010000.250
  Romine, C1000001.000

1-Ran for Posada in the 5th.

2B: Gardner (1, Baker), Miranda (1, Delaney).
HR: Leone (1, 2nd inning off Baker, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Gardner 3; Jackson, A; Ransom; Pena; Swisher 2; Miranda 2; Posada 2; Berroa; Nunez, E; Leone 4; Cervelli.
RBI: Ransom (1), Nady (1), Leone (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cabrera, M; Ransom; Leone 2; Swisher; Jackson, A; Linden; Nunez, E 2.
Team LOB: 12.


SB: Gardner 2 (2, 2nd base off Duensing/Redmond, 2ndbase off Baker/Redmond).
CS: Rodriguez, J (1, 2nd base by Mulvey/Ramos), Nunez, E (1, 2nd base by Julianel/Ramos).

DP: 2 (Leone-Ransom-Swisher, Pena-Berroa-Miranda).


Hacker (H, 1)1.03112009.00
Claggett (H, 1)2.01000100.00
Brackman (H, 1)1.01110019.00
Kontos (BS, 1)1.03110209.00
De La Rosa (L, 0-1)0.222221027.00
Jackson, S0.10000000.00

Final Score: Minnesota 5, NY Yankees 4

This brings the team to a record of 2-1. The Yankees play the Twins again today at George M. Steinbrenner Field. The game will start at 1:15 p.m. ET, and will be televised on the YES Network and the MLB Network.

The matchup: LHP Francisco Liriano vs RHP Joba Chamberlain


Until Home Opener: April 16, 2009

Kennedy strong in Yankees’ loss / Kennedy puts lessons into practice

BERNIE LEAVES YANKEES AGAIN / Defending my stance on Jeter

A lesson in Suttle-ty / Spring Game 3: Yankees at Twins / Yanks fall to Twins

Pesky Gardner impressing early / Swish loves him some chocolate milk