Sunday, March 9, 2008

Notes From Saturday's Exhibition Game

1. Mike Mussina - He is still throwing 86-89mph with his fastball, but the outpitch which didn't show up in his last Spring training start appeared yesterday, allowing him to strike out five in 2.2 innings. That number should have been six as a 2-2 pitch to Carlos Pena should have been called strike three but instead led to a base on balls for Tampa's surprise slugger. The lone blemish was a "homerun" allowed to Jonny Gomes - which was in actuality a flyball transported an extra 50 feet by a strong wind current.

2. David Price - Wow. What more can you say about last year's #1 pick overall. His fastball was, in a word, explosive, sitting in the high-90s according to the YES radar gun. The pitch had amazing late movement and touched 99. His command inside to righties was impressive and his slider - thrown at 87mph - was also a plus pitch. He showed an 80mph changeup as well and looked unhittable, striking out the side after plunking Francisco Cervelli to start the inning.

3. Francisco Cervelli - After taking a 98mph fastball to the elbow area from Price, Cervelli simply muttered to the training staff, refusing to leave the game. Further displaying his toughness, the 22 year-old catching prospect received a monster collision at homeplate but held on the to the ball and the out. Joe Girardi quickly joined the training staff on their second visit of the day to Cervelli and was obviously impressed with the receiver's determination. Unfortunately, the collision at homeplate resulted in a fractured wrist and he will be out 8-10 weeks.

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