Clippard Focused On Winning In Scranton

Tyler Clippard, making his debut for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and in Triple-A on Thursday, threw five solid innings in a 7-5 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre loss. His first appearance came on a night in which the cold weather played a major part in the ballgame. Clippard, however, didn't seem to be bothered by the cold.

"The cold didn't have too much effect on me," Tyler Clippard admitted after Thurdsday's game. "Once you get your body warmed up you're pretty much the warmest guy out there."

"The only thing is it's sometimes hard to get a grip on the ball when it's cold out. I tried to get my body warmed up inside, but like I said, once my body got going, I was fine."

Dave Miley, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees manager, was impressed with Clippard's performance.

"He pitched very well," said Miley. "His first Triple-A start and he matched their guy head to head and gave us a chance. He held them to two runs and for his first Triple-A start, he ought to be very proud of himself."

Clippard was happy with his performance as well.

"It felt good to come out and have solid performance," he admitted. "I got a lot of good work out in the spring. I kind of took it over into the first game, so hopefully I can continue to develop and to have good performances here on out."

Clippard earned opening day accolades thanks to a successful spring in which he participated in three spring training games. In those games, he posted a strong era of 1.35, allowing one earned run over the course of 6.2 innings, picking up no decisions in the process.

"I started out in spring training real solid on my mechanics," he revealed. "I just have tried to stay there and not to do too much different. I feel like I've done that for the most part. Sometimes, you get a little out of whack, pitch to pitch, but I feel pretty comfortable right now."

While Miley and Clippard were both happy with his Triple-A debut, Clippard understands there's room for improvement. He believes he will have the opportunity to show what he has to offer and looks forward to improving on his performance over the course of the upcoming weeks.

"Just getting better overall, you know, in every aspect," he said of areas he'd like to improve. "You can always improve every day and every year. This year is no different."

"The standard pitching stuff, keep your fastball down, locate both sides of the plate, and continue to develop the your offspeed stuff."

Clippard battled control early on, but settled down after walking the first batter he faced. He went on to pitch five innings, scattering four hits, and allowing two runs on a home run by Norfolk Tides leftfielder John Knott in the third inning.

"Obviously, I wish I could get that pitch back," said Clippard. "But then again it was a full count curveball. It wasn't my best curveball, but he hadn't seen one all day. Sometimes you just have to tip your cap."

The leader in strikeouts last year within the Yankees minor league organization, Clippard struck out three in the performance with effective use of his changeup.

His ultimate goal remains the same as most minor league player's, making the major leagues. Clippard, however, understands there's work to be done before that time will come.

"Of course, that's the main goal," he said of reaching the big leagues. "But right now, I can't really think about that. Obviously, I want to get there, but you have to help your team win here."

"That's my main focus to start with. I think if I concentrate on that, everything else will fall together eventually."

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\r\n \r\n \r\n\"The cold didn't have too much effect on me,\" Tyler Clippard admitted after Thurdsday's game. \"Once you get your body warmed up you're pretty much the warmest guy out there.\"
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\r\n\"The only thing is it's sometimes hard to get a grip on the ball when it's cold out. I tried to get my body warmed up inside, but like I said, once my body got going, I was fine.\"
\r\n
\r\nDave Miley, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees manager, was impressed with Clippard's performance.
\r\n
\r\n\"He pitched very well,\" said Miley. \"His first Triple-A start and he matched their guy head to head and gave us a chance. He held them to two runs and for his first Triple-A start, he ought to be very proud of himself.\"
\r\n
\r\nClippard was happy with his performance as well.
\r\n
\r\n\"It felt good to come out and have solid performance,\" he admitted. \"I got a lot of good work out in the spring. I kind of took it over into the first game, so hopefully I can continue to develop and to have good performances here on out.\"
\r\n
\r\nClippard earned opening day accolades thanks to a successful spring in which he participated in three spring training games. In those games, he posted a strong era of 1.35, allowing one earned run over the course of 6.2 innings, picking up no decisions in the process.
\r\n
\r\n\"I started out in spring training real solid on my mechanics,\" he revealed. \"I just have tried to stay there and not to do too much different. I feel like I've done that for the most part. Sometimes, you get a little out of whack, pitch to pitch, but I feel pretty comfortable right now.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhile Miley and Clippard were both happy with his Triple-A debut, Clippard understands there's room for improvement. He believes he will have the opportunity to show what he has to offer and looks forward to improving on his performance over the course of the upcoming weeks.
\r\n
\r\n\"Just getting better overall, you know, in every aspect,\" he said of areas he'd like to improve. \"You can always improve every day and every year. This year is no different.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"The standard pitching stuff, keep your fastball down, locate both sides of the plate, and continue to develop the your offspeed stuff.\"
\r\n
\r\nClippard battled control early on, but settled down after walking the first batter he faced. He went on to pitch five innings, scattering four hits, and allowing two runs on a home run by Norfolk Tides leftfielder John Knott in the third inning.
\r\n
\r\n\"Obviously, I wish I could get that pitch back,\" said Clippard. \"But then again it was a full count curveball. It wasn't my best curveball, but he hadn't seen one all day. Sometimes you just have to tip your cap.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe leader in strikeouts last year within the Yankees minor league organization, Clippard struck out three in the performance with effective use of his changeup.
\r\n
\r\nHis ultimate goal remains the same as most minor league player's, making the major leagues. Clippard, however, understands there's work to be done before that time will come.
\r\n
\r\n\"Of course, that's the main goal,\" he said of reaching the big leagues. \"But right now, I can't really think about that. Obviously, I want to get there, but you have to help your team win here.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"That's my main focus to start with. I think if I concentrate on that, everything else will fall together eventually.\"
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