Maybe Greg Golson should be added to the competiton for the No. 5 starter. The Yankee outfielder, battling for a spot as a reserve on the roster, clearly had the best arm on the field during Monday night's Yankees-Orioles game at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota.
Golson's bullet from centerfield to catcher Austin Romine's glove on the fly saved Sergio Mitre from giving up a second inning run and probably kept Mitre in the sweepstakes along with Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon. Mitre hung a curveball to Mark Reynolds leading off the second, and Reynolds belted it over left-fielder Justin Maxwell's head for a leadoff double. Adam Jones followed with a single to center on which Reynolds should have scored easily. But Romine didn;t even have to move for Golson's throw and slapped the tag on Reynolds in plenty of time.
Golson left the game in the fourth inning after his second at-bat complaining of painin the right side of his ribcage. Joe Girardi said he did not know how severe the injury way.
But as a result of his throw, the two teams played to s coreless nine-inning tie, the Yankees second tie of the spring, and Mitre remains alive in the competition, with three more scoreless innings (three hits, three strikeouts). Combined with his two earlier one-inning relief appearances, Mitre now has five scoreless innings on his record this spring.
"I thought he threw really well, Girardi said
Still, he seemed to know he was less than dazzling. "It was kinda rough the firts two innings,'' Mitre said. "I was kinda pushing the ball instead of throwing it and letting the pitch do its work. But I finished pretty strong, I thought.''
\ Mitre struck out the last two batters he faced, including a looking K on a slider to Nick Markakis.
Meanwhile, the Yankees did little against Orioles starter Zach Britton, managing only singles by Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter. Melky Mesa doubled to lead off the fifth but went no further.
"I'm just trying to make their decision as hard as possible,'' Mitre said. "See you in five days. I hope.''