Greg Bird and Sir Didi Gregorious had RBI doubles in a three-run fourth and the Yankees held the Phillies to four hits in a 4-1 split-squad win Friday in Clearwater.
Nick Noonan also had an RBI double. Yankees starter Bryan Mitchell pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out two on 10 pitches, all strikes. . .Jaron Long, son of former Yanks (and current Mets) hitting coach Kevin Long pitched a 1-2-3 third for the Yankees. . .The Phils’ Mike Nesseth gave up all the runs in the fourth. . .The Phils’ Xavier Paul homered in the seventh off Mark Montgomery.
The Yankees host Pittsburgh Friday at 7:05 p.m. in the second split-squad game of the day. Alex Rodriguez will DH again and Carlos Beltran will make his spring debut. Chris Capuano will start. . .Saturday, the Yankees meet Houston in Kissimmee (1:05 p.m.).
Esmil Rogers got the start and tossed two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out one, as the Yankees beat the Pirates, 2-1, in Bradenton on Thursday.
Garrett Jones gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the fifth.
After Pittsburgh tied the game, Tyler Austin gave the Yankees a 2-1 advantage with a long homer to left in the eighth.
Chase Whitley pitched a pair of scoreless innings in relief.
The Yankees have split squad games on Friday. One squad will travel to Clearwater to take on the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. ET. The other will host the Pirates at Legends Field at 7:05 p.m.
Brian Cashman believes recently-retired Derek Jeter should be the last Yankees Captain ever (Price, Mar. 5).
According to Cashman, when the Yankees retire Jeter’s number, the “captaincy should be retired with” it.
After being told about Cashman’s comment, Joe Girardi said that he’s “not prepared to answer that question,” adding that leadership “evolves in the clubhouse no matter what” (Kuty, Mar. 5).
The Yankees have had 16 Captain’s in their history, six of whom served as Captain between before 1922, when Babe Ruth took over in the role.
Since Ruth, other notable Yankees who served as Captain include Lou Gehrig (1935-1939), Thurman Munson (1976-1979), Wille Randolph and Ron Guidry (1986-1988) and Don Mattingly (1991-1995).
Jeter was the longest tenured Captain, holding the title from 2001-2014.
The Yankees have not yet set a date to retire Jeter’s No. 2.
Recap: Alex Rodriguez singled in his first at-bat and went 1-for-2 with a walk in his return to the Yankees, who lost to the Phillies 3-1 in their Grapefruit League home opener Wednesday in Tampa.
Of note: Rodriguez, greeted by a mix of boos and cheers, hit a soft single to left his first time up. Rodriguez grounded out to short in the third and walked in the sixth . .Manager Joe Girardi said A-Rod is likely to DH again Friday in Tampa against Pittsburgh, but could play the field. . .The Phils held the Yankees to five hits. . .Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi allowed a run and struck out two in two innings. . Gary Sanchez had the Yankees’ only RBI on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly. . .Phillies leadoff hitter Odubel Herrera went 3-for-4, scored twice and stole three bases.
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The Yankees fired part-time ticket salesman Sean MacDonald after he posted tweets centered on sexual violence and innuendo directed at Curt Schilling’s daughter, Gabby Schilling (USA Today, March 3).
The former Red Sox pitcher tweeted a congratulations to his daughter after she accepted an offer to pitch for Salve Regina next season. While many fans followed up his tweet with kind words, MacDonald and Adam Nagel took a different route.
“We have zero tolerance for anything like this,” Yankees communication director Jason Zillo said of MacDonald. “We’ve terminated him.”
Schilling took to his personal blog to address the issue.
“The Sports Guru”? Ya he’s a DJ named Adam Nagel (DJ is a bit strong since he’s on the air for 1 hour a week) on Brookdale Student Radio at Brookdale Community College. How do you think that place feels about this stud representing their school?” said Schilling. “You don’t think this isn’t going to be a nice compilation that will show up every single time this idiot is googled the rest of his life? What happens when a potential woman he’s after googles and reads this?”
“The other clown? He’s VP of the Theta Xi fraternity at Montclair State University. I gotta believe if Theta Xi is cool with a VP of one of their chapters acting like this I’d prefer to have no one I know in it.”
Luis Severino impressed Joe Girardi during his outing on Tuesday against the Phillies (Hoch, March 3).
Severino, viewed by MLB.com as the club’s top prospect, allowed two runs on four hits while striking out two and walking none during his 1 1/3 innings of work. However, Girardi had praise afterwards.
“There’s no fear there,” Giradi said. The young man has a lot of belief in what he’s doing. He has command, and he went right at guys today. I wasn’t sure how he’d react, being the first time, and you worry about guys trying to do too much. But he seemed calm and threw the ball pretty well.”
Severino, 21, went 6-5 with a 2.47 ERA and 1.06 WHIP across three levels of the Yankees’ minor league system in 2014, finishing the season with Double-A Trenton.
Severino will open the season back in the minors but could reach the majors later in the season.
Yankees minor league catcher Luis Torrens will miss the season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He will have surgery Wednesday in New York.
Torrens, 18, has been rated the ninth-best prospect in the Yankees organization. He missed two months last season with a right shoulder strain and hit .270 with two homers for the Yankees’ Staten Island New York-Penn League team.