Yankees pitching was the highlight of the Yankees’ 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday. Together, Yankees pitching struck out 10 and gave up just two runs to help the Yankees improve to 7-4 on the Spring. Taillon fanned four, Abreu and Barraclough each struck out one, Nestor Cortes fanned two, and Lyons and Kriske each fanned one as well as Yankees’ pitching continued to impress on Friday afternoon.
Taillon Throws 2.2 Scoreless:
Jameson Taillon struggled a bit with command early in this one, however, he continued to get himself out of trouble and once again went scoreless. He now improves his scoreless street to 5 2/3 innings this spring.
Taillon said after his outing today that he hates walking guys and that it bothers him more than anything, but that pitching through jams and having guys on are good experiences. He said he didn’t have his best stuff or his best command, but that he made pitches when he had to.
“These games, right now, matter a lot, especially to me, not having played in a while,” said Taillon. “There’s some urgency on my end to just put in good work every day. When I go home tonight, I’ll really think about what I did well, because it’s going to start counting here soon.”
Taillon clocked at 95 mph with his fastball Friday and also threw curveballs, sliders, and changeups in his outing against the Tigers.
Bruce Continuing to Earn Roster Spot:
Bruce went 1-for-2 with a walk on Friday as he continued to make a case for himself and strives to earn a spot on the Yankees’ regular season roster.
So far this spring, Bruce is batting .400 with two home runs, three RBI and a 1.337 OPS.
“I feel normal, I feel like myself,” Bruce said. “I know that I can help a team; I know that I can be a part of a winning team and a help a team win a championship,” he said.
Bruce is surely making a case for himself and if he continues to perform the way he is, it is likely he will earn his spot on the Yankees’ opening day roster in April.
Gardner Continues to Heat Up:
Though he only went 1-3 on Friday, Brett Gardner is continuing to show that he has had a productive offseason and wants to turn things around in 2021. He is batting .444 with a 1.389 OPS through the first couple weeks of spring. He collecting one hit and an RBI (his sixth RBI this spring) on Friday.
Kluber Get the Ball on Saturday
Up next will be Yankees’ right-hander Corey Kluber making his second start of the spring on Saturday. In his first spring outing, Kluber threw two perfect innings and struck out three. He will look to continue to heat up in his second start on Saturday against the Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field.