Welcome to beautiful Bright House Field in Clearwater. It’s sunny and 71 degrees and there’s a huge crowd on hand to see the Yankees play the Phillies.
We’ll update you on the game until we have to head down to the clubhouse. Once the regulars leave the game, we talk them right away as most of the guys head home before the game is over.
The national anthem was played by a guy with a violin. I love spring training.
They always announce the game-time termperature. It’s up to 74.
Brett Gardner: Single through the first-base hole into right field.
Derek Jeter: Grounds to short, Rollins steps on the bag and throws to first for the double play.
Bobby Abreu: Singles to left center.
Alex Rodriguez: Singles to right.
Shelley Duncan: Crushed the first pitch into the patio area in left field. 3-0 Yankees.
Morgan Ensberg: Struck out.
BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
Rollins: 4-3. Nice play by Woodward going toward the middle and a nice scoop by Shelley to nab the speedy Rollins.
Victorino: Grounder to Duncan.
Utley: Pops to second. 9 pitches/6 strikes for the Wanger.
TOP OF THE SECOND
Jose Molina: Grounds to short. Out by a step. OK, more than that.
Greg Porter: Grounds to first.
Chris Woodward: Singles to center. Tell you what, he’s going to give Nick Green a run for his money for that backup infielder spot. Woodward can do a lot of things.
Gardner: Strikes out looking. Swing the bat, kid.
BOTTOM OF THE SECOND INNING
Ryan Howard: Damn, he looks huge at the plate. Doubles off the wall in left on a 1-2 pitch.
Pat Burrell: Wang strikes him out looking on a 3-2 pitch.
Jenkins: Grounds to second. Howard to third.
Dobbs: Grounds back to Wang.
That’ll complete the day for CMW. 2 1 0 0 0 1 — 24 pitches/15 strikes. Five more of these and he’ll be ready for Opening Day.
TOP OF THE THIRD
Chad Durbin now pitching for Philly.
Jeter: Double to the base of the wall in center. A rocket.
Abreu: Single to right. Jeter stops at third.
A-Rod: Strikes out. Abreu steals second.
Duncan: Who needs A-Rod? Shelley doubles to right and two runs score. The throw beat him to second by five feet but he somehow slid in safely. 5-0 Yankees.
Ensberg: Strikes out again.
Molina: Grounds to short again.
BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
Darrell Rasner pitching for the Yanks.
Snelling: Grounds to first.
Sources say that Anthony McCarron of the Daily News is live-blogging the game as well. He’s pinch-hitting for beat writer Mark Feinsand, who is home for the weekend. A-Mac is a good dude, we rode to the game together and listened to “Deep Tracks” on XM Radio. If he does a better live blog, he can get his own ride home.
Ruiz: Singles to right.
Rollins: Grounds to second, Ruiz takes second on the play.
This live blog brought to you by Roadrunner DSL. That fastball by Rasner was 107 miles an hour. How about that?
Victorino: Draws a walk.
Utley: RBI double to left. Victorino stops at third.
Howard: Walks to load the bases.
Burrell: Flies to left to end the inning. 5-1 Yankees.
TOP OF THE FOURTH
Porter: Flies to right
Woodward: Flies to left
Gardner: Strikes out.
BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
Billy Traber pitching.
Jenkins: Grounder to second. Traber makes the putout at first as Shelley took an ill-advised dive at the ball.
Dobbs: Flies to center.
Snelling: Also flies to center. Good inning for Traber.
TOP OF THE FIFTH INNING
Clay Condrey pitching for the Phils
Jeter: Draws a walk. What intangibles.
Jeter steals second. What a leader.
Abreu: Strikes out.
Jeter picked off second. Forget what I said before.
A-Rod: Homers deep to left center. Now we know why Jeter was picked off, it just to deny A-Rod the RBI.
Duncan: Grounds to short. Yankees lead 6-1.
BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
Chris Britton pitching
Eduardo Nunez at short, Marcos Vechionacci at third and Jason Lane in right.
Ruiz: Double to center.
Rollins: Grounder to second, through the legs of Woodward as Ruiz scores. 6-2 Yankees.
Victorino: Pops to third. Nunez deked Rollins into sliding and he was doubled off second.
Utley: Lines out to Duncan at first.
TOP OF THE SIXTH
Ensberg pops to left.
Molina: Grounds to first, pitcher covering.
Woodward: Grounds out to the pitch. 6-2 Yankees.
BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
Heath Phillips pitching, Jesus Montero catching, Austin Jackson in center, Jose Tabata in right, Wilson Betemit at first.
Howard: Singles to left. He may be the greatest Howard since Ken or Mo.
Clubhouse is open. The live blog is closed. Catch you later.