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Spring Game 20: Phillies at Yankees

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 16, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES
Gardner CF
Ransom 3B
Swisher 1B
Matsui DH
Nady RF
Molina C
Berroa 2B
Linden LF
Nunez SS

Pitching today: Joba Chamberlain, Brian Bruney, Kei Igawa, Dave Robertson.

PHILLIES
Bruntlett SS
Donald 3B
Ibanez LF
Howard 1B
Werth CF
Stairs DH
Jenkins RF
Harman 2B
Paulino C

Pitching today: Kyle Kendrick, Bobby Mosebach, Scott Eyre, Ryan Madson.

Notes: The Yankees take on the defending World Series champions for the first time this spring. Though the teams are only a short distance apart, they play only four times all spring. … Chamberlain was sharper in his last outing (3 innings, 1 run) after two brutal starts. … The game will apparently be on Phillies.com.

I’ve written about the team’s improved chemistry this spring and how the new pitchers are fitting in. Joel Sherman of the Post weighs in on that topic today and offers some new insights. It’s well-worth checking out.

Back with more later.

UPDATE, 10:12 a.m.: Sorry for the lack of updates, but there was nothing to update. The Yankees gathered at 9 a.m. for some sort of motivational film. I believe it was Will Ferrell in Look Out For That Garbage Truck! The Carl Pavano Story.

The team is on the field now.

UPDATE, 11:42 p.m.: MRIs back on Cano and Marte. No structural damage. Bursitis for Cano. Inflammation for Marte.

UPDATE, 12:51 p.m.: Cano said he should be ready to play on Friday. He’ll DH or pinch hit until then. No word as of yet as to when Marte will pitch. … The Yankees added outfielder Edwar Gonzalez and infielder Luis Nunez to the roster for today’s game.

UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Joba walked the first man on four pitches and then struck out the next on three. Beautiful day for baseball here. 80 degrees and sunny.

In other news, the Marlins have returned Rule 5 pick Zach Kroenke to the Yankees.

UPDATE, 1:27 p.m.: Joba got Ibanez to ground to second and then struck out Howard with a 2-2 fastball on the outside corner. Howard didn’t like the call.

UPDATE, 1:36 p.m.: Gardner flew to center. Ransom (single), Swisher (single) and Matsui (walk) loaded the bases. Nady then fanned looking.

It’s up to Molina. … He grounds out.

UPDATE, 1:46 p.m.: Joba got through the second. Werth flew to right, Stairs popped to first. Jenkins then doubled, hitting a wounded duck that fell over third base and rolled into foul territory. Harman then popped to right.

I have Joba for 30 pitches, 17 strikes. I could be off by a couple. I’ve only been counting pitches on flat ground so far this spring.

UPDATE, 2:03 p.m.: Three innings in the books for Joba. 2 hits 0 runs, 1 walk, 3 Ks, 1 HBP. Still no score.

UPDATE, 2:38 p.m.: Yankees lead 2-0 as Brian Bruney ducks some trouble in the fourth inning.

Stay tuned for after the game. I have lined up the latest reader Q&A and will open the floor to question for the player involved.

UPDATE, 3:09 p.m.: Jayson Werth just hit a one-hope rocket at shortstop Eduardo Nunez that he turned into a double play from his knees. The ball nearly took his head off.

Yankees up 5-0.

UPDATE, 3:14 p.m.: Brett Gardner just made it 6-0 with an RBI triple. Melky Cabrera has been spotted storming off with his bags packed.

Gardner is now hitting 1.134 in spring training, which is mathematically impossible but he has done it anyway.

UPDATE, 3:24 p.m.: It’s now 8-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Wholesale subbing going on.

Wait, 9-0. I’ve now stopped keeping score.

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