03/13/10 3:50 PM EST
Posada has strong game vs. Baltimore
Catcher's three-hit day leads split-squad Yankees
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
at Tampa, Fla.
Saturday, March 13
Orioles at the plate: Ty Wigginton belted a two-run homer over the left-field wall in the second inning, his second of the spring, and Garrett Atkins led off the fourth with his first long ball of the spring.Yankees at the plate: Nick Johnson stroked a run-scoring double to left in the bottom of the first inning, scoring Brett Gardner after a leadoff walk. Robinson Cano tacked on an RBI single, and Juan Miranda had a sacrifice fly to cap a three-run first. Jorge Posada ripped a run-scoring hit up the middle in the second and third innings, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and one run. Orioles on the mound: Jeremy Guthrie had a rough beginning to his third spring start, facing nine men in the bottom of the first inning and giving up three runs. Guthrie allowed another run in the second inning and finished his afternoon after 3 1/3 frames, allowing eight hits while walking one and striking out one. Yankees on the mound: Javier Vazquez completed three innings of two-run ball in his second spring start, touched by Wigginton's home run in the second among the four hits he allowed. Vazquez walked one and struck out two. Alfredo Aceves allowed his first run of the Grapefruit League season in the fourth. Overall, the righty tossed four innings, giving up that lone run on three hits.
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Worth noting: The Yankees observed a moment of silence before Saturday's game in honor of Taylor John, the son of former big leaguer Tommy John, who passed away on Tuesday. ... George M. Steinbrenner watched the game from his private box. ... Wigginton turned a nice double play on a Robinson Cano ball in the second inning, shoveling it to shortstop Cesar Izturis with his glove. Ramiro Pena also made a nifty spin and throw to retire Michel Hernandez in the fourth.Grapefruit League records: Orioles 2-8, Yankees 5-6. Up next: The Orioles will play a pair of split-squad games on Sunday, with Brian Matusz starting against the Phillies for a 1:05 pm. ET matchup on Gameday Audio at Ed Smith Stadium. Matusz will be followed by Jim Johnson, Koji Uehara, Kam Mickolio and Will Ohman. The "B" game against the Pirates in Pirate City will have Jake Arrieta start, with Brandon Erbe, Troy Patton, Chorye Spoone and Luis Lebron scheduled to follow. That game will be against the Pirates' "B" squad and is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
The Yankees are on the road Sunday, traveling to Bradenton, Fla., to meet the Pirates in a 1:05 p.m. start on MLB.TV. Probable Opening Day starter CC Sabathia will be on the hill for New York, opposed by right-hander Charlie Morton. The Yankees' travel roster will include Cano, Derek Jeter, Johnson, Mark Teixeira, Gardner and Nick Swisher.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.