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Spring Game 8: Yankees at Braves

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 04, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Damon LF
Gardner CF
Nady RF
Miranda 1B
Berroa 2B
Molina CF
Russo 3B
Pena SS
Kennedy RHP

Pitching today: Ian Kennedy followed by Andrew Brackman, J.B. Cox, Dan Giese, Kei Igawa and Mark Melancon.

Anderson CF
Escobar SS
Johnson 2B
Kotchman 1B
Francoeur RF
Heyward LF
Infante 3B
Ross C
Kawakami RHP

Pitching today: Kawakami, Blaine Boyer, Todd Redmond, Kris Medlen, Francisley Bueno, Mariano Gomez.

Notes: There should be more info on A-Rod’s medical condition later on today. … Mark it down on your calendar now: Live video chat on Friday at 11 a.m. … Long ride to Disney for the game. I’ll check in from the stadium later on

Derek Jeter is here this morning. His comment on the latest A-Rod mess: “I’ve got nothing to say, man.”

Smart guy that Jeter.

UPDATE, 12:01 p.m.: Here’s Yogi signing for fans:

UPDATE, 12:33 p.m.: We just spoke to Johnny Damon, who said he took no offense at what A-Rod said yesterday. “I’ll just have to show Alex what I can do,” he said with a laugh.

As for Alex, his appointment is in Colorado this afternoon, so we may not find out his status until late tonight or tomorrow. Joe Girardi said the Yankees would abide by what the specialist decides But he made it clear that the organization will take no chances.

“We have to err on the side of caution for the Yankees,” he said.

Girardi said that A-Rod had the hip issue at the end of last season. He described it as “stiffness” and not pain. “He’s been able to play and play at a high level,” the manager said.

It sounds like the Yankees are clearing a path for Alex to be taken out of the WBC. But the injury doesn’t sound all that serious. He doubled yesterday and scored from second on a single.

UPDATE, 1:21 p.m.: IPK is not having a good day. Double, groundout, walk, two-run double. 2-0 Braves.

UPDATE, 2:01 p.m.: It’s still 2-0, now at the top of the 4th inning. The Yankees don’t have a hit.

Get used to this. With three key players at the WBC, Matsui out, Posada limited and other guys not playing every day, you’re going to see AAA and AA lineups.

Meanwhile, Ty Kepner has a cool blog post on Cody Ransom.

UPDATE, 2:22 p.m.: Well, how about that? Down 2-0 and getting one-hit, Dan Giese ignites the Yankees with a two-out single. Then he scores on a triple to the right field gap by Johnny Damon.

A triple for Johnny Damon? Take that, A-Rod. The Yankees don’t need Jose Reyes!

(Disclaimer: I am joking. There is no reason to get excited.)

2-1 Braves, middle of the fifth.

UPDATE, 3:09 p.m.: Yankees trail 3-2, bottom of the eighth. Just spoke to Ian Kennedy, who said he could not command his curve today. “It’s tough when you feel like you’re going well and then you take a step back,” he said.

Dan Giese, meanwhile, was told not to swing. But he didn’t hear the voices from the dugout and took his hacks. He singled and then scored on Damon’s triple. “It was like the dizzy bat race,” he said.

Giese said it was his first at-bat in spring training. He’s never had an AB on the majors.




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