AL BEast Notebook – March 2
There is plenty of news off the field. A week into Spring Training, here is what is happening on the field.
- Blue Jays’ second base battle is off to a thrilling start. Maicer Izturis is 0-12 while Emilio Bonifacio has committed three errors (Izturis has two).
- Jose Bautista homered in his first game this spring. Since then he’s 0-11.
- Joe Maddon says he’d like to see Sean Rodriguez play some in the outfield. Well, the utility player is still looking for his first hit (0-11) so he won’t be playing anywhere but AAA if that continues. Especially as Leslie Anderson is off to a hot start, 7-15 with a double, triple, home run, and 7 RBI in seven games.
- Rays’ Chris Archer, a candidate for a rotation spot, has pitched four scoreless innings. Steve Johnson has a leg up for a spot in the Orioles rotation. In two games he has given up 1 hit and no runs in three innings.
- Jon Lester has pitched five shutout innings so far, yielding just 1 hit and 1 walk. David Phelps is showing the Yankees that they can be patient with Phil Hughes’ back; he has also pitched five scoreless innings.
- Francisco Cervelli is doing his best to help Yankees fans forget Russell Martin behind the plate: he’s already thrown out 5 would-be base stealers (in 6 attempts).
- Cody Eppley has pitched in 3 games (3 innings) and given up runs in each one (7 total). He pitched okay in the Yankees ‘pen last year but he won’t make the team at this rate.
And the ever-oh-so-important stat of the spring:
- Orioles are 6-1, Yankees are 1-7