Welcome to Legends Field. There’s not a cloud in the sky, it’s 76 degrees and it’ll be Andy Pettitte against Cole Hamels.
George Steinbrenner, who has been around a lot this spring, is watching the game from outside his suite. Big Stein looks pretty good.
1:16 and we’re underway. Jimmy Rollins pops to second on the second pitch.
Here’s the Philly lineup:
Werth walks on a full-count fastball that was up.
This game is on YES and WCBS, by the way. But feel free to chime in here if you’re watching from home.
Utley 6-4-3. Just what Pettitte wanted.
MIDDLE OF THE FIRST
Another big crowd here at soon-to-be-Steinbrenner Field. The Yankees are in their pinstripes and the Phillies in their BP jerseys, which look like softball uniforms.
I hear from sources that Anthony McCarron of The Daily News is live-blogging this game as well. Two things on that: McCarron is just showing off for his wife and adorable daughter, who are down in Florida with him. Plus the bum is about to leave on a 10-day vacation. What kind of baseball writer gets a vacation in March?
As for the bottom of the first:
Damon: grounds to second
Jeter: flies to left
Abreu: singles to right and steals second
Giambi: A bomb to right field deep into the new patio deck. 3-0 Yankees.
Posada: grounds to third
TOP OF THE FIRST
Burrell: Grounds to second.
Feliz: Singles then is picked off by Pettitte. Giambi chased him down.
Pascucci: Strikes out looking.
That should be it for Andy Pettitte: 2 1 0 0 1 1
BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
Cano: Grounds to second
Lane: Homer to left. 4-0 Yankees.
TOP OF THE THIRD
Steven White now pitching for the Yankees
So Taguchi, Brennan King and Chris Coste had singles to cut the lead the lead to 4-1. White then got Rollins to ground into a 4-6-3 double play. Werth then flew to center.
BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
Fabio “I’m not Fidel” Castro pitching for the Phillies.
Abreu: hard single into right
A-Rod: Fly to center
Giambi: ropes an opposite-field double to the gap in left. Abreu scores. 5-1 Yankees.
Posada: Flies to left
Cano: Strikes out.
TOP OF THE FOURTH
Feliz: Fielder’s choice to short, Burrell out at second, Utley to third.
Pascucci: Walks to load the bases.
Taguchi: Grounds over the third-base bag. Nice play by A-Rod to throw the runner out at first as a run scores.
King: Sharp grounder that eats up A-Rod and goes into left as two runs score.
5-4 Yankees. Steven White is finished and Scott Patterson is coming in to pitch.
Clubhouse time. Pettitte is available. We’ve played 4 and the Yankees lead 6-4.