Yanks muster little offense vs. Braves
Damon's triple among lone highlights; Kennedy allows two runs
BRAVES 3, YANKEES 2
at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Wednesday, March 4
Yankees at the plate: Johnny Damon's fifth-inning single plated right-handed pitcher Dan Giese, who reached on a single to right off Todd Redmond. Xavier Nady's triple to lead off the sixth inning put him in position to score on a Juan Miranda RBI groundout.Braves at the plate: First baseman Casey Kotchman's two-run double in the first inning gave the Braves a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Yunel Escobar's fifth-inning sacrifice fly scored Martin Prado, who had reached on a leadoff double.
Yankees on the mound: Ian Kennedy, who allowed two earned runs and three hits over three innings, surrendered doubles to three of the first seven hitters he faced but seemed to find his groove thereafter. Giese, who allowed one run and two hits in three innings, was damaged by Prado's fifth-inning double.
Braves on the mound: Kenshin Kawakami pitched around three walks while completing three hitless and scoreless innings. After issuing consecutive two-out walks in the third inning, the Japanese right-hander escaped trouble by getting Nady to ground out. Right-handed reliever Blaine Boyer allowed one hit while completing a scorless fourth inning.
Grapefruit League records: Yankees 2-4-1; Braves 4-2Up next: Newly acquired outfielder Garret Anderson is expected to make his debut in left field against Team Venezuela on Thursday afternoon at Disney's Champion Stadium at 2:05 p.m. ET. Right-hander Derek Lowe is scheduled to start the exhibition.
Joba Chamberlain will start when the Yankees host Team Canada in Tampa, Fla., at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday. The club's outfield position battles will continue, with Nick Swisher scheduled to start in right field and Melky Cabrera expected to start in center.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.