Yankees sweep split squad in Tampa and Panama

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While yesterday was a low day for the Yankees, they promptly turned it around and took both of the Split Squad games, winning 7-3 over the Atlanta Braves in Tampa, Florida and 7-0 over the Miami Marlins in Panama City, Panama.

Yankees 7, Braves 3 recap
GMS Field: Tampa, Florida

Masahiro Tanaka had the start for the Yankees and he was once again very effective, going 4.1 IP, giving up one run on three hits with six strikeouts. His stuff was highly impressive and it even caught Atlanta Braves first basemen Freddie Freeman off-guard.

“That split-finger he’s got, it’s a good pitch. It’s a swing-and-miss pitch,” Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman said of Tanaka. “He spots up his fastball. I was watching it on TV when I came out of the game. He’s able to go in and out, and that split-finger’s a swing-and-miss pitch. He can throw it for a strike and also get you to chase on it. He looked real good today.”

The Braves had a brief lead in the fifth inning when B.J. Upton hit an RBI double off Yankees pitcher Matt Thornton. Brian McCann gave the Yankees the lead in the bottom half of the fifth with a 2-run double to right. Ramon Flores followed with an RBI single to score Kyle Roller, who ran for McCann. Mason Williams lifted a SAC Fly to score Flores and errors by Justin Upton and Andrelton Simmons allowed Kelly Johnson to corss the plate.

Yankees 7, Marlins 0 recap
Rod Carew Stadium: Panama City, Panama

A day after being no-hit by the Miami Marlins, the Yankees came storming back with a 7-0 victory, ending the Legend Series by splitting one game apiece.

CC Sabathia started for the Yankees and was the ace the Yankees had signed and hoped to see. He retired 15 of the 16 batters, to have five no-hit innings with five strikeouts. David Robertson followed Sabathia and pitched a no-hit sixth before the no-hit bid was broken by Preston Claiborne in the 7th.

Francisco Cervelli had a great game with three hits and an RBI, bringing his Spring average up to .480. Carlos Beltran had an RBI in the fifth inning  off Miami Marlins reliever Adam Conley. Yangervis Solarte, who has been very impressive this spring, lifted a fly ball to center field only for it to get lost in the sun and drop for hit, allowing two more runs to score.

What’s Next?

— The Yankees in Panama come home, but not before Hiroki Kuroda travels to McKechnie Field to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Kuroda is aiming to have a bounce back outing after giving up six runs on six hits his last time out. The game will air on MLB.TV and first pitch for the game will be at 1:05 p.m.


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