Patience pays for Canada in exhibition
Eleven-batter first inning sets tone against Chamberlain's Yankees
at Tampa, Fla.
Thursday, March 5
Team Canada at the plate: The Canadians sent 11 men to the plate and scored six runs in the top of the first inning. Justin Morneau and Jason Bay worked bases-loaded walks to force in Canada's first two runs, and Matt Stairs followed with a two-run double to right field. Mark Teahen hit a sacrifice fly, and Luke Carlin drove in a run with a shallow single to center.Yankees at the plate: New York was held hitless by Canada pitching until the fourth inning, when Angel Berroa came through with a single to left field. Canada on the mound: Scott Diamond turned in a solid start, firing two scoreless, hitless innings while walking two and striking out two. The left-hander threw 34 pitches (19 strikes). Jesse Crain hurled a scoreless third inning, and Steve Green set the Yankees down around a hit in the fourth. David Davidson kept New York off the board in the fifth, striking out two. Yankees on the mound: Joba Chamberlain started for New York but left without recording an out, as all five batters he faced came around to score. Struggling mightily with his control, Chamberlain issued four walks -- including two of the bases-loaded variety -- and a single, while also throwing a wild pitch. Jonathan Albaladejo relieved and allowed three inherited runners to score, plus one of his own, in a two-inning appearance. Kei Igawa was next and blanked Canada in the next three frames before Brian Bruney hurled a scoreless sixth. Up next: Team Canada will depart for Toronto and prepare for Pool C play in the World Baseball Classic at Rogers Centre, scheduled for an 11:45 a.m. ET workout on Friday before facing off with Team USA for its first game on Saturday afternoon at 2:08 p.m. The pitching matchup has yet to be announced.
The Yankees will send newly acquired lefty CC Sabathia to the mound against the Tigers on Friday under the lights at George M. Steinbrenner Field for the hurler's first game action since signing a seven-year, $161 million deal. Detroit will pitch right-hander Zach Miner in the 7:15 p.m. start.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.