VIERA, Fla. - We're headed into the seventh inning at Space Coast Stadium, and the Nationals have pulled within a run of the Yankees because of (who else?) Michael Morse.
The left fielder drove in his third run of the day with a single in the sixth inning before being lifted for a pinch runner. He went 2-for-3 today with a run and three RBIs. The Yankees currently lead the Nationals 5-4.
John Lannan, who allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings, gave his start mixed reviews. He missed with a changeup up in the zone on Jorge Vazquez's fourth-inning homer, and had trouble throwing his sinker to righties. But Lannan used his sinker to get a double play in the second inning.
"That's the pitch that usually makes or breaks my start," he said. "It was up in the first inning and I got it down. I just missed in a lot today, too. That's why I got behind with the walks, but it felt OK."
He walked three batters, all of them righties.
Yunesky Maya has allowed a run and a hit an inning into his outing. His big-breaking curveball continues to look sharp, though he's walked a batter already. If everything goes according to plan, he should finish the game for the Nationals.