March 16, 2012

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Jack Curry takes to Twitter to shame ESPN


Jack Curry, formerly of the New York Times and currently of YES, broke the Andy Pettitte story. And apparently he wants everyone to know it. Just check out his Twitter timeline.


That’s only about half of his¬†retweets. And Curry is right to point out how terrible ESPN is about acknowledging the scoops of others. They deserve to be called out for it again and again.

But this is still pretty lame. Curry was a legitimate reporter for a long time, and I’m sure he goes about his job as though he still is. But he broke a Yankees story while working for the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network. That’s at least as much advertising as it is journalism.

Dominant Felix Hernandez first to go six innings this spring

Felix Hernandez

OK, so he was facing a Brewers lineup comprised strictly of Triple-A players, but Felix Hernandez was like a hot knife through butter on Friday, allowing one hit in six innings of work.

He became the first pitcher to complete six innings this spring.

Hernandez struck out six, walked one and hit a batter. Overall, he’s allowed two runs in 13 innings and posted a 13/1 K/BB ratio this spring.

The Mariners have to be feeling very good about their pitching thus far. All told, Hernandez, Jason Vargas, Hisashi Iwakuma, Kevin Millwood, Hector Noesi, Blake Beavan and Charlie Furbush have a 2.67 ERA in 57 1/3 innings, which is terrific for Cactus League play. Only five of those guys will be in the rotation — my guess is that Beavan and Furbush get left out — but the depth should pay dividends later.

Johan Santana gives up five runs but feels good

Johan Santana

Johan Santana thinks there’s no reason for concern after he gave up five runs — four earned — in 2 2/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Tigers.

ESPN’s Adam Rubin has the quotes:

I was able to throw some fastballs with more intensity this time. And I’m feeling good. It’s a process. And I’m building up.

I feel fine. It was a tough day. It was a challenge out there. These guys were swinging. I tried to locate some pitches that I wasn’t able to. But that’s what we’re here for. … I wasn’t consistent throwing my fastball for strikes. That’s something you work on.

Santana, who is coming off shoulder surgery, showed his best velocity of the spring, hitting 90 and 91 mph on the gun more frequently than he had in his previous two starts. That didn’t lead to any strikeouts today, but it’s still a good sign. He’s still penciled in for Opening Day.