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Spring Training Recap: Pirates vs. Yankees

First, let me start with some blog business by welcoming Tony Ferrante to the MVN baseball staff. You may be familiar with his work at The Confluence, which has also made the switch to Most Valuable Network. His opinions will be a fine addition to the Pittsburgh Lumber Co.
Now, on to the baseball. Same as the past few days: You can find the transcript of my live blog here, Dejan’s story at the Post-Gazette here and the mothership’s recap here.
The Studs
1. Shane Youman, Pittsburgh

Two innings pitched, two hits, one strikeout, no runs. One of the hits, a Hideki Matsui double down the line, probably should’ve been corralled by our clunky first baseman, Brad Eldred. He got A-Rod swinging, and he threw a high percentage of first-pitch strikes. Look for Youman to battle for a job as a swingman in the bullpen, especially if Shawn Chacon flops this spring. Jim Tracy loves him.
2. Jorge Posada, New York
Caught Kid Wonder, Andrew McCutchen, stealing in the first, and took Marty McLeary deep. John Wehner called him “George” in the pre-game introductions, most likely unintentionally.
3. Brad Eldred, Pittsburgh
Defense notwithstanding, Eldred’s having a solid camp. He went yard for the second time this spring, this one coming in the second inning off Mike Mussina. Not an MVP performance by any means, but there weren’t that many standouts today.
The Duds
1. John Van Benschoten, Pittsburgh
JVB got roughed up in his 2007 Grapefruit League debut. One-third of an inning, three runs, two walks. Sounds like he could definitely use a little more seasoning at AAA, although none of the hits he allowed went for extra bases.
2. Jose Bautista, Pittsburgh
Oh for four at the plate while serving as the DH. Needs to step up and make an effort to win the third baseman’s job now that Castillo will miss time with a bum foot.
3. Alex Rodriguez, New York

Shane Youman struck him out. Wehner said he looked lost at the plate. Ouch.

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Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.

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