Observations from the Yankees’ 4-0 loss to the Phillies in a spring training game on Monday night.
What A Fielding
Jameson Taillon hasn’t pitched in a real game since 2019, but his fielding looked sharp in Monday night’s 4-0 loss to the Phillies at George M Steinbrenner Field. The Yankees starter made a pair of nice plays off the mound on a bunt and a swinging bunt, bare-handing one, and firing to first on both for outs.
Elsewhere, the Yankees defense had a rough go in the fourth inning. Jay Bruce was unable to pick a pair of balls at first base — one on a low line drive that hit off his glove, the other on an errant throw by Gio Urshela. Then Clint Frazier lost a fly ball in the lights as it fell about 20 feet in front of him to allow a run to score.
Caught My Eye
Aaron Judge was robbed of a single in the sixth inning, when Ronald Torreyes made a diving stop in the shift and threw him out at first. Judge stared down the former Yankees infielder, but was left grinning at the defensive gem.
Corey Kluber will take the next step in his buildup for the season as he gets the start against the Tigers at 1:05 p.m. at Joker Marchant Stadium.
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