The Yankees played their first game this Spring, defeating FSU by a score of 8-3. Sure, the starters left after the third inning, but the backups were impressive, and FSU also drew their own crowd when Jameis Winston appeared later in the game.
The only Yankee regular starter to get a hit was Brett Gardner, while Francisco Cervelli erased him on a double play in the first inning and Kelly Johnson struck out looking. From there, the Yankees backups came to play, and they displayed some power.
The Yankees hit six doubles in the game: one from Zoilo Almonte, Brendan Ryan and Dean Anna and three from John Ryan Murphy (MLB.com still has him listed as J.R. Murphy). Ramon Flores hit a home run in the eighth inning, making him the first Yankee to hit it out of the park this season.
Jameis Winston came in the game for FSU in the sixth inning and went 0-for-2, but he received a round of applause for effort; he did win the Heisman Trophy after all. He wanted to pitch against the Yankees today, but he had a tender elbow which came from his last start. Despite that, it was still a good experience to face the Yankees.
– Girardi has also put a date as to when Yankees fans will get their first glimpse of Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka (along with Hiroki Kuroda and CC Sabathia) will face the Philadelphia Phillies on March 1st and each of them will go 2 innings and throw approximately 35 pitches. After this start, Girardi will split up Tanaka from the other pitchers to get him adjusted to the five day rest rule.
– The Yankees were one of seven teams to watch Johan Santana throw today as Santana attempts to make a Major League comeback. Santana pitched the only no-hitter in New York Mets history a few seasons ago but he never was the same pitcher. The Yankees showed interest in Santana earlier this offseason and it seems their interest never faltered. It could only be a matter of time until we find out which team Santana will sign with.