While the northeast shoveled out from a blizzard, the Yanks lost to Tampa Bay 10-6 as the bullpen had a rough outing.
Gary Sanchez homered in the first inning, and in the second, Gleyber Torres (hard to believe he’ll only be at AA) doubled in one run and scored another on a single by Ronald Torreyes.
Luis Severino had a 1-2-3 first and struck out the side in a 1-2-3 third but gave up a HR (albeit wind-blown) and double in the second.
Jon Niese pitched a scoreless inning and walked the leadoff hitter in the fifth. In came Johnny Barbato, and he and Dietrich Enns had rough outings.
Tampa Bay got six in the fifth to go up 7-3. Torres hit a 2-run HR in the sixth to cut it to 7-5 but the Rays came back with three more in the bottom of the frame.
Miguel Andujar singled in a run in the ninth.
The loss drops the Yanks’ spring training record (I count the win over the Canadian WBC team, MLB doesn’t) to 14-5.
Sanchez had a passed ball, Torres made an error, as did Clint Frazier.
Greg Bird had a double and a triple.
Just a hunch that Severino and Mitchell win the last two starting spots.
The 25-man could be: Sanchez and Romine C, Bird 1B, Carter 1B/DH, Holliday DH (OF if needed), Castro 2B, Gregorius SS, Headley 3B, Torreyes Utility INF, Gardner, Ellsbury, Judge and Hicks OF.
Starters: Tanaka, CC, Pineda, Mitchell, Severino
Relievers: Warren (too valuable here to have him start), Niese, Layne, Clippard, Betances and Chapman.
Today’s pitching line:
Severino 3 IP, 1 r, 2 h, 1 walk, 4 K. Gave up HR.
Niese (H) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Barbato (BS, L) 2/3 IP, 5 R, 4 H, 2 walks, 2 K.Gave up HR
Enns 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 4 walks, 1 K.
Holder 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Gurka 1 Ip 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.