28 Feb 2011
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Today’s game wasn’t on TV, so I pursued the boxscore and something caught my eye- Jorge Vazquez played third today. Obviously, this is an attempt by the Yankees to see if he could cover both corners in the infield. If he could, you would think he has a real chance to stick with the club when they go north.
It’s not a crazy idea, but the odds would seem to be against it. Vazquez made two errors in 20 chances at third last year and hasn’t really played there regularly since 2003. Today the only play that he had in his three innings there was on an infield single. (Note, impossible to tell if it really was an infield single or if this was a case of the hometown scorer giving his player a hit) It’s definitely worth keeping an eye on Vazquez and his positioning as spring goes on.
A few other notes from the game-
Manny Banuelos pitched a scoreless inning with 2 K’s. The three hitters he faced (Martinez, Inge and Perralta) are all established major leaguers.
Mark Prior also pitched a scoreless frame striking out one while allowing two fly balls.
Russell Martin drew two walks.