The Yankees’ Aaron Hicks uses Bunt to hit the shift

Here are some notable nuggets that happened during the Yankees’ spring training action on Saturday:

Sharp defence

Third baseman Josh Donaldson flashed his defense multiple times, starting on the first play of the game when he charged a ground ball and shot to first on the run to knock Orlando Arcia out. Donaldson, who suffered from a sore shoulder earlier in the week, also made a nice play down his left against Austin Riley later in the inning and then made a powerful toss to another ground ball in the second.

bad luck

Joey Gallo ripped a 111.9 mph line drive in the first inning, but he went straight into the glove of right fielder Eddie Rosario, who then threw home to snap a tagging up Anthony Rizzo at the plate. The Yankees drew level with the Royals last year by throwing out a league-high 22 runners at home.

I noticed

Staring at a completely open left side of the infield as the Braves pushed him, Aaron Hicks put down a bunt on the third baseline for an easy single in the second inning. Hicks said last spring he would consider more Bunting to beat the shift, but he hasn’t attempted any Bunting in 32 games this past season.

The schedule for Sunday

Clarke Schmidt will lead the way when the Yankees visit the Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m. at TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Fla. The Yankees’ Aaron Hicks uses Bunt to hit the shift


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