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Spring Game 4: Twins at Yankees

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Damon LF
Jeter SS
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Posada DH
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Molina C
Cabrera CF

Pitching today: Joba Chamberlain followed by Igawa, Dunn, Veras, Giese and others.

TWINS (3-0)
Span RF
Punto SS
Young LF
Kubel DH
Buscher 1B
Hughes 3B
Tolbert 2B
Butera C
Comez CF

Notes: Joba is likely only to pitch an inning, maybe two. … Francisco Liriano starts for the Twins. … Back with much more later on.

UPDATE, 9:46 a.m.: Forgot to mention this before, but the game is on YES and WCBS. I’ll live blog it here and there but I assume most of you will be watching or listening. Plus I want to get a jump start on my newspaper work.

UPDATE, 9:51 a.m.: Big news from Mets camp. Johan Santana is out “indefinitely” with a sore elbow. That is ominous news.

They need to make Hank Steinbrenner write “I will listen to Brian Cashman” 1,000 times on a blackboard.

UPDATE, 10:30 a.m.: The Captain signs for a kid in the dugout:


UPDATE, 10:41 a.m.: i’ve tried to watch the new guys as often as possible. Teixeira looks remarkably the same lefty or righty. He starts with his hands high, good hip turn and a nice follow-through. Lots of time switch hitters have more power on one side so they have a longer swing. But not Tex.

UPDATE, 12:22 p.m.: Jorge Posada has been scratched because of shoulder discomfort.

UPDATE, 1:01 p.m.: Spoke to Posada and Girardi. Posada felt some pain while stretching on Thursday and has been playing since. He didn’t think it was a big deal, But when he woke up with it again today, he said something to the trainer and was checked out by the doctor.

He won’t throw until Tuesday at the earliest. They’re describing it as the first setback he has had in his rehab but nothing to be too concerned about. But obviously there are concerns. To me, this illustrates that while the Yankees are a stronger team than they were last season, Posada and Mariano Rivera remain major concerns.

Shelley Duncan is the new DH.

UPDATE, 1:10 p.m.: Here, listen to it yourself as Jorge Posada explains the situation:

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He says how he wanted to play today but the team was being cautious. He thinks it will clear up in 2-3 days.

UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: Joba Chamberlain is getting tattooed and not in the way he usually does.

Punto: Single up the midde. Young: Double to deep center. Kubel: One-hop double over the fence in right. 2-0 Twins.

UPDATE, 1:36 p.m.: Yankees tie it up. Jeter single, Tex double, A-Rod sac fly to deep left. Swisher then reached on a throwing error by the 3B and Tex scored.

Dan Giese on to pitch.

UPDATE, 2:19 p.m.: Giese got knocked around, too. Twins lead 6-3 after three and now Jose Veras is pitching.

UPDATE, 3:13 p.m.: Fair is fair, Kei Igawa pitched well for the Yankees. Clubhouse open to the media now. Check back later.