02/28/09 3:52 PM EST
Joba has short-lived day vs. Minnesota
Yankees put up early runs, but three-run third does them in
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
at Tampa, Fla.
Saturday, Feb. 28
Twins at the plate: Delmon Young put Minnesota on the board in the top of the first inning, blasting an RBI double to deep center, and Jason Kubel also stroked a ground-rule RBI double. Carlos Gomez belted a long home run to left in the second inning, Brian Buscher blasted a two-run double and Luke Hughes also drove in a run.
Yankees at the plate: Alex Rodriguez brought in the Bombers' first run with a sacrifice fly, following a Derek Jeter single and Mark Teixeira's booming double. Jeter added a sac fly in the second inning to bring across New York's third run.Twins on the mound: In his first start of the spring, Francisco Liriano hurled two innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits with one walk. Jason Jones threw two scoreless innings in relief, walking one and striking out two. Yankees on the mound: Starter Joba Chamberlain worked one inning, allowing two runs on three hits. Dan Giese had a rough outing, allowing four runs in two innings, including a home run and a wild pitch. Jose Veras turned in a scoreless fourth, striking out two, and Michael Dunn hurled a blank fifth. Grapefruit League records: Twins 4-0; Yankees 2-2. Up next: The Twins are back home at Hammond Stadium on Sunday to meet the Red Sox for a 12:05 p.m. CT start, with right-hander Kevin Slowey taking the ball for Minnesota. Boston will counter with right-hander Josh Beckett.
The Yankees will hit the road on Sunday, heading to Sarasota, Fla., to match up with the Reds in a 1:05 p.m. ET contest. New York will start right-hander Alfredo Aceves, while Cincinnati sends right-hander Aaron Harang to the hill. The contest will be the final game for Rodriguez, Jeter and Robinson Cano until after the World Baseball Classic.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.