Hammel happy with outing against Yankees

Hammel happy with outing against Yankees

TAMPA, Fla. -- Jason Hammel bounced back from a short, frustrating outing against Boston last Friday with a solid 5 1/3-inning start against the Yankees in Thursday's 4-3 win.

Hammel allowed two runs on five hits -- including a no-doubt homer -- and a hit batter over 5 1/3 innings. After needing 59 pitches to get through two innings against the Red Sox in his last start, Hammel cruised through Thursday's outing on 89 pitches.

"I definitely tired in the last one from a 40-pitch inning, but to get into the sixth was obviously the goal," Hammel said. "I wanted to finish it, but being smart and just shutting it down where I was. It feels good to get stretched out.

"Pretty much everything I was working on, I was pretty happy with. The results were good."

Hammel said he was pleased with his pitch execution Thursday night, particularly as he worked on using his two-seam fastball more often. Aside from a second-inning homer from Raul Ibanez that "probably went 900 feet," Hammel said, he used the pitch effectively against the Yankees.

Hammel responded to that "900-foot" homer by inducing three quick groundouts from Andruw Jones, Brett Gardner and Eduardo Nunez. While Hammel admitted he didn't want to show too much against an American League East rival in Spring Training, he said he was happy to face a Yankees lineup full of most of their everyday players.

"You're always worried about overexposure early, but I think we got just about the right amount," Hammel said. "Got to see their boppers and pretty much close to their 'A' lineup, and I was very happy with the way it went."