It was basically the starting lineup paired with a contingent of roster-contending pitchers last night as the Yankees ticked another game off the rapidly shrinking ST schedule. Of course the game wasn't televised, and it's a shame too because it ended up being a pretty good one. The offenses were quiet early, but some late fireworks from the Yankee bats made for a satisfying comeback victory. - Joe started Luis Cessa in this game, not wanting to show any of his regular starters to a Tigers team that the Yankees will face early in the regular season next week. Cessa continued his strong spring with 3 shutout innings and 4 strikeouts. He's definitely a candidate for a bullpen spot right now, but I think it would make more sense for the Yanks to keep him working as a starter in Triple-A.
- It was mostly zeros for all the Yankee pitchers last night. Johnny Barbato, Chasen Shreve, and Aroldis Chapman all threw shutout innings and Diego Moreno, who was reassigned to MiL camp after the game, pitched 2 clean frames to pick up the win.
- The only black mark on the pitching ledger came in the top of the 6th, when Nick Goody served up back-to-back home runs to Ian Kinsler and Justin Upton. No shame in giving up dingers to those guys, but when it happens late in a ST roster battle it's going to stand out. Really bad timing for Goody.
- The Yankee bats finally stirred in the bottom of the 7th on a Mark Teixeira leadoff home run. The comeback was completed in the 8th with a 2-out rally that culminated in a Dustin Ackley 2-run double. The homer gave Teix a hit in 2 consecutive games, so maybe he's starting to come out of that early spring funk.