Yankees 10, Marlins 8
Marlins Park is just about ready. Same goes for CC Sabathia.
Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher each had two hits, Robinson Cano
drove in two runs and the New York Yankees beat Miami 10-8 on
Sunday in the first exhibition between major league clubs at the
Marlins’ new $515 million ballpark.
Sabathia tuned up for Friday’s opening day start at Tampa Bay,
allowing four hits and three runs in four innings.
”He didn’t feel great today,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi
said. ”He’s physically a little bit under the weather. I think
it’ll be there when the bell rings. I really do.”
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera worked one inning, allowing his
first a spring training earned run since March 15, 2008.
Giancarlo Stanton had two hits and two RBIs and Gaby Sanchez
homered for the Marlins, who host the Yankees again Monday, the
stadium’s last rehearsal before Wednesday’s season-opener against
Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco gave up eight hits and seven
earned runs in 5 2-3 innings, his spring ERA rising to 5.47. He
yielded five runs and six hits in the fifth inning.
”One bad inning,” Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. ”But
besides that, pretty good.”
Logan Morrison, Austin Kearns and John Buck had two hits apiece
for Miami, which hadn’t scored or allowed as many runs in any game
this spring before Sunday.
”I think if they left CC out there a little longer I don’t
think we would have scored eight runs,” Morrison said. ”He’s
Jeter doubled off Nolasco on the game’s first pitch and Swisher
hit his first homer of the spring. And Sabathia, who he had
difficulty locating his fastball, pronounced himself ready for the
”Always the biggest issue for me is my fastball command,”
Sabathia said. ”It wasn’t there today, but there’s no reason for
me to feel like it won’t be there Friday.”
The Yankees went ahead for good when Bill Hall led off the ninth
with a double off Chad Gaudin and scored one batter later on Eric
Chavez’s double. Pinch-runner Ramiro Pena later scored an insurance
run on a wild pitch.
It was the fourth event in the building, preceded last month by
a high school game and then Marlins games against two college
A painter applied another coat of white to a column outside the
ballpark before fans arrived. Underneath the stadium, pallets with
supplies were scattered about. Outside the Marlins’ clubhouse, a
team logo awaited installation. And the 450-gallon aquariums behind
home plate needed a pregame scrubbing.
So far, there are about 35 fish in each. Soon, that will
probably double, said Kevin Mathis of Living Color Aquariums.
”Very unique and distinctive, that’s for sure,” Mathis said,
though Sabathia said he didn’t notice the fish from the mound.
One complaint from the Yankees: Swisher didn’t care for the
”Like running in sand,” said Swisher, who raved about the park
For Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez – a Miami native – the
day was particularly special. Rodriguez played two games in 2009 at
the Marlins’ former home, 16 miles north of the new ballpark, but
said Sunday was different.
”This is our neighborhood,” said Rodriguez, who went 1 for 2.
”It’s also spring training so you don’t have to go out there and
put your game face. You get to go out there and really enjoy this
and take it all in.”
A few minor glitches popped up. A pair of televisions in the
Yankees’ clubhouse weren’t working. Some Marlins players suggested
their clubhouse didn’t have enough clocks.
The ribbon board around the second-deck facade had some
programming issues. (Instead of ”Mark Teixeira,” for example, it
showed ”Baseman, Mark.” As an organ played, the same board read
”Music Playing.”) One elevator needed repair, and a couple ushers
acknowledged they were still learning their way around.
Marlins closer Heath Bell decided the clubhouse needed some
He twisted athletic tape into a necklace and draped it over the
mannequin displaying the day’s uniform scheme, saying he wanted to
make it look more like Hanley Ramirez. Bell then pushed a table in
the center of the clubhouse closer to an electrical outlet, so a
stereo could be powered up.
”It’s going to be great that we have these two exhibition
games, we have opening day here, then we’re gone for a week,” Bell
said. ”And then we come back and what doesn’t work or what we see
that needs to be fixed will be.”
As for that much-discussed sculpture in center field with pink
flamingos and jumping fish that lights up when the Marlins hit a
home run, it stayed silent, even after Sanchez homered off
It won’t be put into use before Wednesday’s opener.
NOTES: Girardi said he expected Sunday’s lineup – Jeter, Curtis
Granderson, Cano, Rodriguez, Teixeira, Swisher, Raul Ibanez at DH,
Russell Martin and Brett Gardner – to be his opening-day lineup.
… Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte is expected to throw a bullpen on
Monday. He’ll likely throw again Thursday, but not Wednesday
against the Mets in the spring finale. … Carlos Zambrano starts
for the Marlins on Monday against the Yankees’ Hiroki Kuroda. …
The Yankees signed RHP Jason Bulger to a minor league deal, and
expect him at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday. … The
roof was closed Sunday, and the Marlins plan to have it open