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Spring Game 25: Tigers at Yankees

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 21, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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

Pitching today: Joba Chamberlain followed by Mariano Rivera, Edwar Ramirez and Jose Veras.

TIGERS
Inge 3B
Polanco 2B
Sheffield DH
Thames LF
Larish 1B
Laird C
Clevlen RF
Raburn CF
Everett SS

Pitching today: Rick Porcello followed by Zach Miner, Clay Rapada and Fernando Rodney.

Notes: Now this is a fun game. Porcello is the 20-year-old former Seton Hall Prep star who was a Top 3 talent in the 2007 draft but fell to No. 27 because of signability issues. The Tigers snapped him up there and signed him with a $7.29 million deal. He was 8-6, 2.66 for Single-A Lakeland last season and could be in the major league rotation this season.

Joba is coming off two solid starts and should be able to go about four or five innings depending on his efficiency with his pitches.

The game is on WCBS but not on YES. Back with much more later on. The Yankees have won eight straight.

UPDATE, 9:58 a.m.: Looks like Phil Hughes, Jason Johnson and Humberto Sanchez are headed out.

UPDATE, 10:33 p.m.: Crazy Nick Swisher was limping around but took some BP this morning and said he felt OK.

UPDATE, 10:40 p.m.: Here’s a little breakdown on Joba’s spring training:

First two starts: 1 4 7 7 4 1. 49 pitches / 22 strikes (.448)

Last two starts: 6 5 1 1 1 6. 77 pitches / 47 strikes (.610)

Today should be interesting. He threw 48 pitches in his last outing, so he will be cleared to throw 60-65 today. Now is also the time you would expect his velocity to pick up and gain some consistency.

UPDATE, 10:52 a.m.: Here are the moves made today:

Optioned to Scranton: Anthony Claggett, Steven Jackson and Phil Hughes.

Optioned to Trenton: Humberto Sanchez.

Reassigned to the minor-league camp: Jason Johnson and Sergio Mitre.

Players left in camp: 43.

UPDATE, 11:06 p.m.: Hughes had a very positive spring. Counting his appearance against Team USA, he had a 3.00 ERA over 15 innings and allowed only eight hits. He walked seven and struck out 10.

Assuming he continues to pitch well, he’ll be first in line when the Yankees need a starter during the season. Hughes showed a much sharper curveball and more confidence in his change-up. I’ve written this a million times, but he’s 22. You’re seeing him take the steps to become a complete pitcher and it’s a good bet that he will help the Yankees this season.

UPDATE, 11:35 a.m.: Watching some BP on Field 2. Cody Ransom has power than you might think. That’s my observation of the day.

UPDATE, 11:50 a.m.: Now I’m watching Tony Pena use a pitching machine to shoot bouncing balls at Jorge Posada. It looks painful. Joe Girardi is watching and seems to be having fun.

The catchers stick together.

UPDATE, 1:02 p.m.: Talked to Swisher again. He took BP on the field and did some running. “I’m playing tomorrow,” he said. We’ll see what Girardi says about that later on.

UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: General David Petraeus, the head of U.S. Central Command, threw out the first pitch. He was accompanied by Goose Gossage and Ron Guidry. Jorge Posada caught the ball.

UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: We’re underway here in Tampa. Hope you’re somewhere where you can listen to Suzyn and John on the radio.

UPDATE, 1:28 p.m.: 1-2-3 inning for Joba. Inge struck out swinging, Polando flew to left and Sheffield lined to left, a ball Johnny Damon made a nice sliding catch on.

Joba fell behind 3-0 on Sheff, came back to 3-2 before Sheff fouled a few pitches off. Then he hit one of his trademark liners to left field but Johnny had him played well.

UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: Young Porcello seems lost somewhere in the swamps of Jersey at the moment. Melky had a little dink double over the third-base bag. Damon advanced him with a grounder to second. Teixeira then walked.

UPDATE, 1:37 p.m.: Well, he’s a top prospect for a reason. Porcello struck out Matsui with a breaking pitch then got Nady to ground meekly to first base.

UPDATE, 1:46 p.m.: 1-0 Tigers. After striking out Thames with a wicked curveball, Joba allowed three straight singles. The first one (by Larish) was a grounder than got past Cano in the hole. Then Laird and Clevlen had solid shots to center. Raburn delivered a sac fly to right.

UPDATE, 1:56 p.m.: Joba fanned Everett to end the inning. 1-0 Tigers.

UPDATE, 2:08 p.m.: Joba struck out two more in the third inning He has really great stuff today, especially his secondary pitches.

I have him at 55 pitches after three innings, however. 38 of them have been strikes. If he goes back out there, it won’t be for long.

UPDATE, 2:16 p.m.: Angel Berroa singled, went to second on Melky’s groundout and just scored on Johnny Damon’s double to right. 1-1.

Angel was telling us some great stories before the game about playing with Rabbit Maranville back in the day.

UPDATE, 2:17 p.m.: Glory days, they’ve passed Porcello by as Tex doubles and it’s 2-1 Yankees. Porcello has been lifted and Clay Rapada is pitching.

UPDATE, 2:29 p.m.: Joba retired the first batter he faced in the fourth inning and was pulled. I have him for 60 pitches but I could be off by a couple.

His last three starts: 9.1 innings, 9 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, 11 strikeouts.

You’d like to see him have some shorter innings but that will come with experience. Joba gives up a lot of foul balls, a sign he needs to finish hitters off.

UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: Johnny Damon (yes, Johnny Damon) threw out Laird at the plate to end the fourth inning. Solid throw by Johnny and a great block of the plate by Molina.

UPDATE, 2:39 p.m.: Joba threw 61 pitches in his 3.1 innings, 41 strikes. His last three starts: 138 pitches, 88 strikes.

UPDATE, 3:05 p.m.: Mariano Rivera in to pitch the sixth inning. It’s weird seeing him to come in while they’re playing YMCA.

Speaking of which, I have a bad feeling that the lame YMCA bit will be taken over to the new Stadium. They really need to change the script.

UPDATE, 3:09 p.m.: Mo gave up a hit. Stop the presses. He had retired eight in a row before then.

UPDATE, 3:14 p.m.: Rivera needed a stunning 12 pitches (10 strikes) to get four outs. His line this spring: 3 1 0 0 0 4. 28 pitches / 21 strikes.

UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: Edwar Ramirez in to pitch now.

UPDATE, 3:24 p.m.: The Yankees subbed out the entire lineup. Now we have Gardner, Cervelli, Miranda, Bernier, Nunez, Leone, Linden and Rodriguez in. The crowd is fleeing for the early-bird special.

UPDATE, 3:30 p.m.: Detroit has tied the score at 2-2 against Ramirez. I’ll be headed down to the clubhouse soon, so this could be it for updates.

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