Derek Jeter Rises to the Occasion & Helps Team USA Defeat the Yankees, 6-5

Kevin RozellSenior Writer IMarch 4, 2009

(The Voice of Yankees Universe)

Derek Jeter got a chance to face his own team today, and he rose to the occasion. It was definitely weird to see Derek in a different uniform. Jeter went 2-for-4, with a run and two RBI. He smacked a two-run single up the middle off of Phil Hughes in the top of the third inning.

Phil Hughes gave up two runs, but he looked pretty good overall. He went 2.2 innings, allowing 3H, 2ER, & he struck out 2 batters. He was working on his curveball as well. He threw  41 pitches in total (25 for strikes).

Phil Coke pitched two-and-one-third innings of scoreless ball, while picking up 2 K’s. Eric Hacker came into the game soon after and he was lit up. He didn’t record an out, while giving up two hits & three earned runs.

Brett Gardner was at it again. He went 3-for-3 on the game. Gardy also stole a base and picked up a run. He is really stealing the show this spring, and I think he is the early favorite to win the job. Melky has his work cut out for him. Jorge Posada and Cody Ransom both went 2-for-3 on the game.

The offense came up short today, but you shouldn’t really be upset. These games shouldn’t upset you, and they really mean absolutely nothing. You can have a great spring spring training, and have a terrible start to the regular season.

You just never know what might happen. As long as everyone is healthy and ready to go come Opening Day..then you should be happy.

March 3, 2009
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United States
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NY Yankees
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Damon, LF3000010.000
  Curtis, LF2110011.500
Gardner, CF31300001.000
  Cabrera, M, CF2010010.500
Teixeira, 1B2010111.500
  Bernier, 3B1001010.000
Posada, DH3021012.667
  1-Rodriguez, J, PR-DH2100011.000
Nady, RF3110002.333
  Duncan, S, RF2000001.000
Ransom, 2B3121000.667
  Pena, 2B1000000.000
Cash, C3000023.000
  Anson, C0000100.000
Berroa, SS3000003.000
  Nunez, E, SS10100001.000
Leone, 3B2000010.000
  Swisher, 1B2012002.500

1-Ran for Posada in the 6th.

2B: Gardner (1, Ziegler), Swisher (1, Thornton).
TB: Curtis; Gardner 4; Cabrera, M; Teixeira; Posada 2; Nady; Ransom 2; Nunez, E; Swisher 2.
RBI: Posada (1), Ransom (1), Swisher 2 (2), Bernier (1).
2-out RBI: Swisher 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Posada; Berroa; Teixeira; Curtis; Swisher; Duncan, S.
SF: Bernier.
GIDP: Nady.
Team LOB: 9.


SB: Ransom (1, 2nd base off Ziegler/McCann), Cabrera, M (1, 2nd base off Lindstrom/Iannetta), Gardner (1, 2nd base off Oswalt/McCann).

E: Berroa (1, fielding), Dunn (1, pickoff).
DP: (Ransom-Teixeira).

Hughes, P (L, 0-1)2.23220206.75

Final Score: United States 6, NY Yankees 5

(Statistics, Courtesy of

The Yankees will travel to Lake Buena Vista, FL tomorrow to face the Atlanta Braves. The game is scheduled to start at 1:05 PM ET. The game will not be televised. The pitching match up will be RHP Ian Kennedy vs RHP Kenshin Kawakami.


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