Good afternoon and welcome to Legends Field. It’s sunny and 72 in Tampa and the Yankees will be playing their blood rivals, those hypocritical Tampa Bay Dirty Rays.
The National Guard has been stationed in foul territory, along with about a dozen policemen on horses. The Tampa Fire Department has hoses ready.
Michael Buffer just announced the starting lineups.
In all seriousness, Martin Short just threw out the first pitch. Martin Short? First Billy Crystal, now Martin Short. Dana Carvey must be next.
Given my choice, I would have taken the drive over to Lakeland to see Verlander vs. Joba. But because of the possibility of a fight, I had to stay here.
Ian Kennedy is struggling. He needed 18 pitches to get through the first inning and threw only 8 strikes. Eric Hinske took him out to right field to open the second. Now Chris Richard has homered to left. 2-0 Rays.
The very intriguing Brett Gardner reached on an infield hit in the first for the Yankees and stole second. The Yankees had him running again but Abreu lined to first and he was doubled off. Gardner is not a classic Yankees prospect but he’s a very interesting player. As Brian Cashman said, Juan Pierre who takes a walk.
2-1 Yankees as Posada delivers A-Rod with a sac fly. Shelley Duncan up.
Grounder to third for an error.
Nothing to see here, folks.
Only the Yankees need more than an hour to get through three innings of a spring training game. 2-1 Rays. Kennedy is a bit shaky but has fanned 5 in three innings.
Line for Kennedy: 3 3 2 2 2 5 57 pitches/34 strikes
Line for Joba in Lakeland: 3 4 3 3 3 2
Not so great for either of them. It’s not the hits and runs as much as the walks that are a concern at this point. They need to do more with the number of pitches they will be allowed.
Rivera pitching now.
Alex Rodriguez (10 for 21 this spring) singled. When Jorge Posada doubled, he went to third. Bobby Meacham waved him home then threw up the stop sign. A-Rod kept going and the throw beat him by five feet. Alex literally stopped so Josh Paul could tag him out.
Two things: Good idea by A-Rod and the Yankees are going to miss Larry Bowa. He is the best third-base coach in the business.
Here’s how Kei Igawa’s inning went: double, groundout, triple, double, pop-up, groundout. Now 5-1 Rays.
What were they thinking when they signed this guy?
All of the starters are out for the Yankees. Igawa getting a second inning. I’ll be running down to the clubhouse soon.
The immortal Hector Gimenez just took Igawa three quarters of the way up the batters eye in center field. That’s four EBHs in two innings.