Spring Training Roundup – March 6
The New York Yankees welcomed the Dominican Republic’s World Baseball Classic squad to Steinbrenner Field for an exhibition on Wednesday afternoon. Getting the start on the hill, a late change for the Dominican team, was Vidal Nuno. Nuno pitched in the playoffs for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season, and is expected to begin the year in the RailRider rotation. He helped his national side to an 8-2 win over his employer.
Nuno was nothing short of dominant. He tossed four scoreless innings, did not allow a hit, walked just one, and struck out four batters. Nuno has had a fantastic spring while in a Yankees uniform, striking out nine batters in five innings. Should be interesting to see what kind of playing time Nuno gets in the WBC.
Yankee pitcher’s faced a lineup that featured a combined 12 All-Star appearances, including Robinson Cano. Cano had an RBI-single for his national team. Jose Reyes, Nelson Cruz, and Hanley Ramirez also received starts for the Dominican team. Despite this powerful lineup, Hiroki Kuroda threw three scoreless innings, striking out four in the process.
Zoilo Almonte, who might be in the Opening Day lineup as a RailRider, smacked a two-run home run as he continues to impress Yankees brass this spring. The Yankee offense could only muster two hits in the exhibition defeat.