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Spring Game 36: Cubs at Yankees

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 03, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankees
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Nady RF
Ransom 3B
Gardner CF

Pitching today: Chien-Ming Wang.

CUBS
Soriano LF
Fukodome CF
Lee 1B
Bradley DH
Ramirez 3B
Fontenot 2B
Soto C
Theriot SS
Johnson RF

Pitching today: Ted Lilly.

Notes: The rain has abated here in the Bronx. Today will be a good test of the drainage system, that’s for sure. … The Yankees for Rule 5 pick Reegie Corona back from the Mariners. He was assigned to Double-A Trenton. Back with more later.

UPDATE, 4:40 p.m.: No update as of yet on the 25th roster spot. Cashman said they are “looking through external options” along with Berroa and Pena. … Nady is fine and took BP. … Tarp on the field but it’s not raining. … Looks like they could play.

UPDATE, 5:56 p.m.: Tarp still down but it’s not raining.

UPDATE, 6:04 p.m.: The tarp is off the field. Looks like we’ll have some baseball.

UPDATE, 6:18 p.m.: You know what is weird? When you look at the field, it’s pretty much like looking at the old park. A lot of the same signs, even. But the difference is that the stands go back more gradually than straight up like they did at the old place.

It’s a great place to watch a game.

UPDATE, 6:59 p.m.: We’re about to get underway.

UPDATE, 7:02 p.m.: Reggie Jackson threw out the first pitch. Bounced it.

UPDATE, 7:07 p.m.: First pitch here and Wang throws a strike. He told me other day he was a little nervous about it. There were thousands of flashbulbs.

Lots of empty seats here, especially the expensive ones.

UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: 1-0 Cubs. Two singles and a sac fly by Lee. Gardner threw a one-hop strike to the plate but Jorge (wisely) didn’t block the dish and Miles slid in safely.

Soriano was scratched, by the way.

UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.: A reader wanted me to pass this along: “MLB.tv is giving a free preview. Just need to register for a free mlb.com account.” So if you’re at a computer and not a TV, you can get the game.

1-0 Cubs as the Yankees left Jeter stranded at third with one out. Tex fanned and Matsui hit a bullet up the middle the pitcher stopped.

UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: Wang is down 3-0. With two outs, Gathright grounded up the middle (just past a diving Jeter for the first of 1,054 times this season). Then Miles doubled into the right-field corner.

CMW getting knocked around a little.

UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: Posada singles and Cano drills one into the right-field stands. Cubs 3-2. Meanwhile, a lot of the shots on TV are through the screen. What a disaster that is for YES. That is poor planning on somebody’s part.

UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: Jeter singles and Matsui hammers one to right. 4-3 Yankees.

UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: There is a crowd of people in that plaza area atop the restaurant. That looks like a place where will people will hang out during games.

Meanwhile, it’s raining.

UPDATE, 8:16 p.m.: Here is Joe Girardi’s pre-game. There were a lot of nonsensical questions but that’s how it works sometimes:

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UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: Cody Ransom drills a three-run shot off the foul pole in right. Yankees lead 7-4. What was Sterling’s call? Let me know.

Meanwhile, I snapped this shot just now:

UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: Yankees lead 7-4 still. Mo threw a perfect inning (of course). Subs all around. Crowd has thinned out. Bill Murray is here.

Sadly, the grounds crew is doing the YMCA thing. So lame. Incredibly, incredibly lame.

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