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Spring Game 22: Yankees at Astros

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 18, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES
Damon LF
Cano DH
Teixeira 1B
Swisher RF
Ransom SS
Molina C
Cabrera CF
Berroa 2B
Leone 3B

Pitching today: Chien-Ming Wang followed by Brett Tomko, Jose Veras, Phil Coke and Jon Albaladejo.

ASTROS
Bourn CF
Smith 2B
Berkman 1B
Lee LF
Tejada SS
Blum DH
Johnson 3B
Bogusevic 2B
Towles C

Pitching today: Mike Hampton.

Notes: The Yankees have won five straight, Counting the games against Team Canada and Team USA, they are 10-10-1. … There is no DH today, so Wang will stand in the box and not swing. … The Astros are dreadful. They are 1-14-3 this spring and look worse than that.

WBC update: Derek Jeter and Team USA play a meaningless game against Venezuela tonight. The semifinals start on Saturday. Jeter is 5 for 19 in six games.

Joba question deadline: Joba Chamberlain has agreed to answer questions from readers of the LoHud Yankees Blog.

You have until today at 6 p.m. to submit one question via e-mail. I will pick the 10 best questions and ask them to Joba later this week. Only questions submitted via e-mail will be accepted. One per person.

The answers — and audio — will appear on the blog later this week, probably on Saturday morning.

Back with more later once we get to Kissimmee.

UPDATE, 9:37 a.m.: A few updates from the clubhouse . . .

Both Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada said their shoulders felt fine after playing last night. … Ramiro Pena has a slight groin injury. … CC’s next start, on Sunday, will be at the minor-league complex. Alfredo Aceves will face the Rays.

UPDATE, 11:02 a.m.: We have arrived at Kissimmee, where the sign out front said there was standing-room only available.

The Yankees added three minor leaguers to the roster for today: Justin Snyder, Addison Maruszak and Eric Duncan.

UPDATE, 11:32 a.m.: The Astros agreed to use a DH. So now Cano is playing and hitting second. Wang is off the hook.

UPDATE, 12:56 p.m.: So Cano had to drive here from Tampa. You watch, he’ll get a couple of of big hits. That’s how it always works.

UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: 1-0 Astros. Jason Smith tripled and scored on a two-out single by Carlos Lee. Wang nearly made a play on the ball, which went up the middle.

UPDATE, 1:40 p.m.: Hampton has held the Yankees to one hit over three innings, a bloop single by Tex. 1-0 middle of the third.

UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: Wang has retired the last seven batters he has faced, two by strikeout. 1-0 Houston after three innings.

UPDATE, 1:59 p.m.: I think Wang could be done. His line: 4 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts.

Of the 12 outs he recorded, seven were on the ground. His location was crisp.

UPDATE, 2:12 p.m.: Nope, CMW still out there. Still 1-0 Astros. Yanks have four hits and have left three men on base.

UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: Wang got three grounders. Hampton is done for Houston as Valverde comes in. It’s 1-0 and the first five innings took a little more than an hour.

UPDATE, 2:27 p.m.: Phil Coke replaces Wang. CMW’s line was a strong 5 3 1 1 0 2. It’s still 1-0.

UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: The Yankees have come all the way back to take a 2-1 lead. Here’s how it happened:

Ransom walked
Molina singled, Ransom to third
Pinch runner Austin Jackson steals second
Cabrera ground to second, run scores, Jackson to third
Berroa singles to right. 2-1 Yankees.

UPDATE, 2:53 p.m.: Brett Tomko on for the Yankees. 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh.

UPDATE, 3:02 p.m.: Cano singles, making him 2 for 4. Well worth the unexpected trip.

UPDATE, 3:10 p.m.: Coke and Tomko each pitched an inning. Now Veras is in and has walked the first guy.

 
 

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