Sign in to comment!

Menu
Home

Baseball

New closer David Robertson throws scoreless inning in 1st outing as Yankees beat Nationals 4-2

  • Nationals Yankees Spring Baseball-1.jpg

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova throws during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (The Associated Press)

  • Nationals Yankees Spring Baseball-2.jpg

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Ross Detwiler throws a pitch during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the New York Yankees Monday, March 3, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (The Associated Press)

  • Nationals Yankees Spring Baseball-3.jpg

    New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, left, talks with former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath before an exhibition baseball game between the Yankees and the Washington Nationals, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (The Associated Press)

  • Nationals Yankees Spring Baseball-4.jpg

    New York Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki reacts after scoring a run in the second inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (The Associated Press)

  • Nationals Yankees Spring Baseball-5.jpg

    New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter throws to first base to put out Washington Nationals' Eury Perez during the third inning of an exhibition baseball game Monday, March 3, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (The Associated Press)

David Robertson pitched a scoreless fourth inning Monday in his first appearance as the Yankees' new closer in New York's 4-2 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Robertson hit his first batter, Danny Espinosa, then induced a double-play grounder by Tyler Moore to shortstop Derek Jeter, who fielded a tough-hop grounder. Robertson is replacing career saves leader Mariano Rivera, who retired after last season.

Jeter went 0 for 3, including a double-play grounder. He is hitless in seven at-bats over three spring training games. The Yankees captain broke an ankle in the 2012 AL championship series and played in just 17 games last season.

Zach Walters hit a solo homer for the Nationals.