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Spring Training Game 2: Yankees at Phillies

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 04, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES
Gardner, CF
Johnson, DH
Posada, C
Cano, 2B
Swisher, RF
Winn, LF
Miranda, 1B
Pena, SS
Laird, 3B

LHP CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.37 in 2009)

PHILLIES
Rollins, SS
Polanco, 3B
Francisco, CF
Werth, RF
Mayberry, LF
Ransom, 1B
Castro, 2B
Bocock, DH
Ruiz, C

RHP Roy Halladay (17-10, 2.79 in 2009)

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m.

WEATHER: Pretty much the same as yesterday, but probably a little more sunny and not quite as windy. Temperatures are supposed to be in the upper 50s.

UMPIRES: HP Dan Iassogna, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Phil Cuzzi, 3B Chad Fairchild

ON THE LINE: No Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez or Mark Teixeira on this trip, so it could be an opportunity for some younger infielders to make an impression.

HIM AGAIN: Roy Halladay is finally out of the Yankees division, but they’ll face him again here in the second game of the spring. Better to face him now than in a crucial game in the middle of September.

TWO FOR THE BIG MAN: CC Sabathia is scheduled for 35 pitches or two innings. This will be his first start of the spring. Obviously.

OLD FRIENDS: The Phillies new third baseman is Placido Polanco, who was a long-time teammate of new Yankees outfielders Curtis Granderson and Marcus Thames in Detroit.

LOST FRIENDS: Of course, Granderson and Thames aren’t on this trip.

UPDATE, 9:51 a.m.: A few morning notes before I get on the road to Clearwater.

• Zach McAllister and Austin Romine have been named the Kevin Lawn Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year for 2009. Romine found out about it when a reporter told him congratulations.

• Kevin Russo said he feels “better,” but the Yankees are giving him another day off.

• Royce Ring is away from the team because his wife has gone into labor.

• Joe Girardi kind of laughed off the idea of today’s Sabathia-Halladay matchup. “It’s getting a lot of coverage like it’s a regular-season game,” he said.

• Today’s late-inning replacements: C Austin Romine, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Eduardo Nunez, SS Reegie Corona, 3B Jorge Vazquez, LF Colin Curtis, CF Reid Gorecki, RF David Winfree, DH Jesus Montero. To be perfectly honest, I don’t think I knew Vazquez could play third until I saw him taking ground balls there the other day.

Posada

UPDATE, 12:34 p.m.: Just got back from batting practice, and I’ll admit to destroying some strawberry shortcake in the lunch room. It’s pretty windy here, might actually be as windy as yesterday, but the wind is blowing almost perfectly across the field — from left field to first base — instead of carrying out over the fence. Balls hit to left are going to die in the air.

UPDATE, 12:38 p.m.: As always, there are a lot of Yankees fans in the house. The picture is of Jorge Posada signing from the dugout.

UPDATE, 1:03 p.m.: Not sure why, but Jamie Hoffmann was just introduced as the Yankees No. 2 hitter. No sign of Nick Johnson.

UPDATE, 1:13 p.m.: Johnson has been scratched from the lineup. Hoffmann is in at DH. Still not sure why.

UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Stiff lower back for Nick Johnson.

UPDATE, 1:44 p.m.: That should be it for Sabathia: Two scoreless innings, with two walks and two singles.

UPDATE, 1:52 p.m.: Zack Segovia in to pitch. He was supposed to pitch yesterday but didn’t get in the game.

UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: Just got back from the clubhouse. Johnson felt something in his back during batting practice. He wore his spikes on the turf in the cage — he usually wears turf shoes — and a spike got caught during one of his swings. He said it’s not a big deal and he would have played if this were the regular season.

UPDATE, 2:28 p.m.: With a runner at first, Gardner just dropped a bunt directly in front of the plate. It actually had backspin on it and stopped immediately before rolling back to the catcher just in front of the plate. The Phillies got a force out at second and Gardner was safe at first.

UPDATE, 2:31 p.m.: Rule 5 pick Jamie Hoffmann just did a nice job going the other way with a single to right. Gardner went first to third easily and the Yankees might be in business.

UPDATE, 2:33 p.m.: Spoke too soon. Hoffmann was thrown out trying to steal second, then Jorge Posada struck out, stranding Gardner at third.

UPDATE, 2:53 p.m.: Yankees have changed their entire lineup. All backups in there now: C Austin Romine, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Eduardo Nunez, SS Reegie Corona, 3B Jorge Vazquez, LF Colin Curtis, CF Reid Gorecki, RF David Winfree, DH Jesus Montero.

Romulo Sanchez is now pitching. We’ve already seen scoreless innings from McAllister, Nova, Melancon and Segovia.

UPDATE, 3:02 p.m.: Double to right off Sanchez scores a run and gives the Phillies a 1-0 lead. The Yankees clubhouse is opening again, so I’m heading down there.

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463 Responses to “Spring Training Game 2: Yankees at Phillies”

  1. Doreen - 2010 GTLU Hostess March 4th, 2010 at 8:23 am

    upstate kate -

    Do you want to revise the lineup you submitted? During the regular season, no revisions will be accepted, but the info about Tex, ARod & Jeter wasn’t available when you posted yours.

  2. Crawdaddy March 4th, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Chad,

    Have you seen Kevin Towers in Tampa yet?

  3. MTU March 4th, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Craw-

    I have been wondering about Towers also.

  4. Chad Jennings March 4th, 2010 at 8:34 am

    No Kevin Towers sightings. I’ve only heard his name brought up once, and that was someone saying he wasn’t sure when Towers was coming down here or what he would be doing when he arrives.

  5. MTU March 4th, 2010 at 8:36 am

    I bet Doc is really happy to be out of Toronto and to finally have a chance to be with a winner.

    They really jerked him around last year.

    But I still don’t understand the Halladay for Lee swap out.

    Is Doc that much better than Lee at this point ?

    That was a bizzaro situation IMO.

  6. blake March 4th, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Mtu,
    Top of the morning to you as well. I’m at work so it could be better but I’m alive and its not snowing so can’t complain. Is monstero playing today? If so, fans shouldn’t park within 500 feet of the stadium or else risk a broken window.

  7. upstate kate March 4th, 2010 at 8:38 am

    thanks Doreen, I will try again :)

    CF Brett
    1B Nick J
    2B Robbie
    C Posada
    DH Montero
    RF Swish
    LF Winn
    3B Pena
    SS Corona

  8. Frank March 4th, 2010 at 8:38 am

    CF Gardner
    SS Nunez
    2B Cano
    C Posada
    RF Swisher
    DH Johnson
    1B Miranda
    LF Winn
    3B Pena

  9. MTU March 4th, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Blake-

    Glad to hear you are hanging in there.

    And as far as Montero and the dangers to innocent bystanders who can disagree.

  10. Frank March 4th, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Amended to have Johnson in the 2-hole.

    CF Gardner
    DH Johnson
    2B Cano
    C Posada
    RF Swisher
    1B Miranda
    SS Nunez
    LF Winn
    3B Pena

  11. Doreen - 2010 GTLU Hostess March 4th, 2010 at 8:42 am

    upstate kate –

    You’re welcome.

  12. MTU March 4th, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Blake-

    How about a home run derby between Josh Hamilton and Montero ?

    That would be something to see, huh ?

    2 guys who can send them into orbit. :)

  13. blake March 4th, 2010 at 8:43 am

    MTU,
    I’m with you on the Halladay/Lee situation. I really don’t get why they didn’t just keep Lee and had them both for one year at least. Halladay is a better pitcher than Lee but I don’t know if that move makes them significantly better than they were last year. Lee was about as good as you can be in the playoffs last year and it wasn’t enough. I’m glad they didn’t keep them both though as a Yankee fan because those two with that lineup in a World Series would be very tough.

  14. Rishi March 4th, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Doreen – the line up’s posted on Twitter – can post if you want, but I didn’t want to mess with your game :)

  15. Doreen - 2010 GTLU Hostess March 4th, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Gotcha Frank.

  16. bru March 4th, 2010 at 8:45 am

    halladay had a 2.79 era in the al

    can you imagine what it will be in the nl?

    it looks like era’s are dropping since ped testing got tough

    did the phillies lose 3 prospects for lee,3 for halladay & got 3 in return for trading lee?

    so i think they lost 3 in total with drabek being one

    they got 3 nice ones for lee but i just don’t know if they are better with halladay minus 3 prospects or lee plus the 3 prospects

  17. Frank March 4th, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Mucho grassy ass, Doreen.

  18. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 8:47 am

    CF Gardner
    DH Johnson
    RF Swisher
    C Posada
    2B Cano
    1B Miranda
    LF Winn
    SS Nunez
    3B Pena

    Thanks Doreen :)

  19. Doreen - 2010 GTLU Hostess March 4th, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Rishi -

    Let’s pretend it’s not there yet, at least until 9 or 9:15 or so. :)

    (I wasn’t going to do GTLU until the end of the month, but between going on vacation, people seeming to want to get started with it, and it’s good practice, I figured, what the heck?)

  20. upstate kate March 4th, 2010 at 8:47 am

    From what Lee has said, he was surprised that the Phillies didn’t keep him. Good as Halladay is, he can’t pitch every day.

  21. blake March 4th, 2010 at 8:49 am

    MTU,

    I would love to see Montero vs Hamilton in a HOUR derby. That would be awesome. I saw Hamilton in high school as he was a senior the same year I was. He was unreal…Roy Hobbs like. Could hit it to the moon and throw 95+ from the left side. Its a shame his story took the turn it did but I’m glad he got his life together and at least is realizing some of that talent.

  22. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 8:49 am

    BryanHoch Yankees announce Austin Romine and Zach McAllister as Minor League players of the year 9 seconds ago

  23. Doreen - 2010 GTLU Hostess March 4th, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Rishi -

    I have a suspicion that that might be an issue during the season – the lineup being up at Twitter before it’s posted here. I think I’m going to need to make a ruling. Stay tuned! :)

  24. MTU March 4th, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Blake-

    I’m a little down today which is unusual for me.

    It’s the aftermath of all the Joba vs. Phil stuff.

    I just can’t seem to accept the idea that in all likelihood one of them is headed to the pen. Maybe for good.

    They are both so talented. It’s a real downer to imagine either one of them falling short.

    Maybe something unexpectedly good will work out ?

  25. bru March 4th, 2010 at 8:50 am

    my bad. i think they are right bach where they started because they gave up 3 for lee,got 3 back for lee again but lost 3 for doc & they have a better pitcher

  26. Erica - always OPPC March 4th, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Doreen-

    How are you holding up so far???

    Did you see my post yesterday? I wish you a ton of luck!

  27. bru March 4th, 2010 at 8:54 am

    the phillies are a better team with doc because originally they lost 3 prospects for lee but got 3 back for trading lee to seattle

    they then lost 3 prospects for doc wich puts them right back where they started & doc is a better pitcher going to the nl

    losing drabek might hurt

    i think that’s how it wen’t down

  28. Erica - always OPPC March 4th, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Doreen – 2010 GTLU Hostess
    March 4th, 2010 at 8:49 am
    Rishi -

    I have a suspicion that that might be an issue during the season – the lineup being up at Twitter before it’s posted here. I think I’m going to need to make a ruling. Stay tuned!
    ************

    Last year the line up would get leaked on Twitter around 3:40 (for a 7pm game). I am pretty sure with your 3:15 cut off, that won’t be a problem

  29. Frank March 4th, 2010 at 8:55 am

    “did the phillies lose 3 prospects for lee,3 for halladay & got 3 in return for trading lee?”

    Among the scouting/prospect cognoscenti, it was generally thought that the prospects the Phils dealt were considerably better than the ones the Mariners did. So in the end, it’s fair to say that the Phils got Halladay and lesser prospects in exchange for Lee and better prospects. Though it should be noted that it was 3 years of Halladay, rather than what would most likely be 1 year of Lee.

  30. teddy March 4th, 2010 at 8:56 am

    i was somewhat close

  31. Frank March 4th, 2010 at 9:01 am

    “BryanHoch Yankees announce Austin Romine and Zach McAllister as Minor League players of the year 9 seconds ago”

    They announced that this morning? After what, 5 months of in depth review of the ’09 minor league seasons?

    I thought Montero had a pretty nice year.

  32. Rishi March 4th, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Chad’s got it now, game over :)

  33. Doreen - 2010 GTLU Hostess March 4th, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Erica -

    Thanks! I did see your post yesterday. I don’t remember if I responded or not. Been crazy around here (not to do with GTLU, though).

    I hope my cut-off time works out as far as Twitter leaks, but I think I’m going to have to be pro-active. I have a Twitter account, but I don’t use it. I just logged on to see who I was “following.” PA was there and I immediately took him off my list, because, the nerve of him, every tweet was about the Red Sox!!! :lol:

    So, I’m trying to figure out who I should follow. Any suggestions – and I mean as far as the Yankees go.

  34. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Frank
    March 4th, 2010 at 9:01 am
    “BryanHoch Yankees announce Austin Romine and Zach McAllister as Minor League players of the year 9 seconds ago”

    They announced that this morning? After what, 5 months of in depth review of the ‘09 minor league seasons?

    ****************************
    Don’t shoot the messenger ;)

  35. raymagnetic March 4th, 2010 at 9:03 am

    MTU,

    Cliff Lee was probably going to test free agency whereas Doc signed an extension.

    Also, Cliff Lee refused to pitch on 3 days rest in the WS, can’t see adoc ever refusing to pitch on 3 days rest with the WS hanging in the balance

  36. MTU March 4th, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I know this may be off-topic but I gotta say:

    I think Z-Mac must be a keeper.

    He flys a bit under the radar at this point.

    But I personally think he is going to be a very good one at the major league level.

    Can’t wait to see what he can do at the AAA level ?

    Everything about this kid screams winner !

  37. CR9 March 4th, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Thanks to the Phillies for losing to us in the WS, and then taking the Yankee killer out of our division!

  38. blake March 4th, 2010 at 9:07 am

    MTU,
    I don’t think Hughes would be in the bullpen for good if its him that’s sent there this year. He will be a starter at some point or at least will be given that opportunity. Joba as you have said is a different story. I do think if he is put in the pen this year then there is a chance the Yankees have decided that’s where he belongs and he stays there. That’s not really a bad thing if that’s truly what he’s best at.

    Bru, that’s what I’m saying. If I’m a Philly fan and I have to lose a guy like Drabek then I would have loved them to keep Lee and Halladay at least for 2010 and try to win a title. I understand why they chose Halladay over Lee but as I said, Lee was about as good as it gets in the playoffs last year and it still wasn’t enough.

  39. CountryClub March 4th, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Chad,

    Are Jesus or Romine traveling?

  40. Doreen - 2010 GTLU Hostess March 4th, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Okay -

    Girardi lineup is up.

    Girardi won, but that’s almost to be expected. Thank you to the brave souls who participated and helped me to start getting acclimated to GTLU: teddy, upstate kate, Frank and Erin.

  41. Frank March 4th, 2010 at 9:09 am

    “I think Z-Mac must be a keeper.

    He flys a bit under the radar at this point.

    But I personally think he is going to be a very good one at the major league level.”

    My sense is he’s on the Ian Kennedy path, which is to say that when/if he’s an established MLB pitcher, it will be as a 3/4 type starter with a team other than the Yankees.

  42. MTU March 4th, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Ray-

    That’s a bit thin for me.

    Lee was still magnificent. If the Phil’s were unhappy with what he gave I think they’re a bit whacked.

    And do we really know for sure what went on in the negotiotiations between Lee and the Phils ?

    Might have been a lot of spin control going on there ?

    Anyway, I appreciate your opinion.

  43. CountryClub March 4th, 2010 at 9:10 am

    MTU,

    His reults have been great. But he doesnt blow you away with pure stuff. He’ll never get credit from scouting sites because of that fact. His control and command are great. It’s very possible he’ll make it in the bigs. But guys with fringe stuff have to be close to perfect with where they put the ball.

    I would guess he ends up getting traded to an NL team.

  44. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 9:11 am

    BryanHoch Mike Francesa and Jason Hirsh are in the same clubhouse. 2 minutes ago

  45. raymagnetic March 4th, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Country Cllub,

    no need to ask about Jesus as Jesus is always with you. ;)

  46. MTU March 4th, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Blake-

    ” That’s not really a bad thing if that’s truly what he’s best at.”

    I am afraid I have to strongly disagree with you on that one.

    The sight of Joba doing his best Gossage impersonation as opposed to a Clemens-like one is way inferior to me.

    If that is the way it goes down I am just gonna have to get used to it.

    There is nothing else one can do but accept the inevitable reality.

    Whatever it turns out to be.

  47. MTU March 4th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Frank-

    I hope you are dead wrong on that one !

  48. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Doc is still a much better pitcher than Lee. Lee is very good, but he’s done it for two years. Doc has done it for a long time in the hardest division in baseball…..Too bad the game’s not in Tampa as I’m sure AJ would have liked to have seen his friend.

  49. CountryClub March 4th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    BryanHoch Mike Francesa and Jason Hirsh are in the same clubhouse. 2 minutes ago

    ———

    That’s funny

  50. MTU March 4th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    CC-

    IMO Z-Mac has far from fringe-type stuff.

    And the command and control are very impressive.

    Upside for him is better than what you suggest IMO.

  51. jennifer March 4th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    But how will Mike ever know who he is to go up and say hello.

  52. blake March 4th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    MTU,
    If he could be Clemens like then yea I would agree with you. However for the Yankees to make that move they would have to decide as an organization that he’s not. If he can be Gossage like as a reliever isn’t that better than Jared Wright or Brad Penny like as a starter if that’s what they decide he is?

  53. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    The Phils wanted to get something for Lee. They didn’t think they had a chance to sign him, so they figured they’d rather have Halladay for 4 years than Lee for 1. They are still the best team in the NL, so I guess they figured they have a great chance to get to the WS with just one of the big pitchers while at the same time bringing back some youngsters in return.

  54. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 9:19 am

    jennifer
    March 4th, 2010 at 9:18 am
    But how will Mike ever know who he is to go up and say hello.

    ***********************
    LOL

  55. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Mike’s scoping out the pitchers – he said he wanted to get some pitchers on his show today. Well, it can’t be CC – perhaps Javy, AJ and Andy?

  56. MTU March 4th, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Blake-

    “If he can be Gossage like as a reliever isn’t that better than Jared Wright or Brad Penny like as a starter if that’s what they decide he is?”

    Yes, of course. if that’s the comparison.

    I got spoiled by his early success and the glimpses of what i think of as his true potential.

    The Boston start, the games after the ASB. The dominating stuff at times. The four pitch arsenal. You get the picture.

    In the end it’s Que sera Que sera I guess. :)

  57. CountryClub March 4th, 2010 at 9:24 am

    MTU,

    I hope you’re right. I’d love to see him stick with the Yanks at any capacity. But like everything, Cash has to weigh what he thinks he’s worth on the field compared to what he could get by using him in a trade.

    He’s still young, so hopefully Cash holds onto him for at least this yr to see how he does in Scranton for a full yr.

  58. CountryClub March 4th, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Betsy,

    Mike said that today will be mostly a Phillies day. He said they may sprinkle a Yank or two in, but he thinks most of them will be on Friday.

  59. MTU March 4th, 2010 at 9:27 am

    CC-
    understand and agree.

    I think he’s gonna do great at AAA and they are going to have to put him in the “protected” bin. :)

  60. MTU March 4th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    CC-
    I meant to say “keeper” bin.

  61. gfd March 4th, 2010 at 9:43 am

    No Derek, Alex and Tex, and Charlie Manuel is saying he wants the Yankees in their papers. He’ll probably have his top tier players in the game.

    ~Go Yankees!!

  62. blake March 4th, 2010 at 9:55 am

    MTU,
    I’m by no means ready to give up on Joba as a starter but at the same time I don’t want to hold Hughes back another year in favor of him if he’s ready to go this year. From what I’ve read the current Joba is pretty much the one that pitched at Nebraska. Maybe that’s what he is as a starter. I trust the people the Yankees have now to make the right decision with him

  63. CountryClub March 4th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Looks like we get to see Romine and Montero get an AB or two. Cool.

  64. NYYROC March 4th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Is this game on MLB TV?
    Thanks

  65. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Royce Ring is away from the team because his wife has gone into labor.

    *************************
    Best wishes to Ring and his wife! :)

  66. JohnC March 4th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Hope Mitre continues to pitch like yesterday. Might be able to get something of value for him.

  67. Frank March 4th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    “Is this game on MLB TV?”

    You kiddin? This is Sabathia vs. Halladay. I fully expect afternoon soaps to be pre-empted so that the major networks can offer wall to wall coverage. CNN, FOX, MSNBC and ESPN will all have multiple reporters on the scene providing updates and features such as Carsten Charles: The Early Years and Halladay: From the Outhouse to the Penthouse.

    This game will be everywhere!

  68. upstate kate March 4th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    If they have a girl, they could name her Diamond or Emerald :)

  69. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 10:19 am

    upstate kate
    March 4th, 2010 at 10:17 am
    If they have a girl, they could name her Diamond or Emerald

    ***************************
    Love it :)

  70. Jerkface March 4th, 2010 at 10:24 am

    ruby ring, come on now who is named diamond

  71. Tophitter March 4th, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Brett Gardner Interview with NoMass:
    http://nomaas.org/2010/03/inte.....t-gardner/

    Some parts:
    SJK: I read earlier in the offseason that you wanted to work more bunts into your hitting approach, and obviously that makes sense because of your wheels…but is bunting an area that you felt the need to improve on and why do you feel that incorporating more bunts into your hitting approach will help you?

    BG: I used to be really good at it. In 2006 or 2007, it was either in High-A or Double-A, half and half, or Double-A and Triple-A, I remember I was 26 for 39 on the season on base-hit bunts. I batted .666 just bunting. Those numbers and percentages are not going to translate over to the major league level, because the defense is better and you’re facing tougher pitching…you don’t get as many balls over the plate to lay down a good bunt.

    But, I kinda got away from it the last few years in the minor leagues because I wanted to use every at-bat to improve my swing and progress with that. I kinda took it for granted that the bunting would still be there when I needed it, and I just haven’t felt comfortable for the last year or so. It’s something I’m doing a lot in the offseason and I know I need to do it more, not only to get some hits and get on base, but to bring in the defense a little more and open up some holes for me. For someone like me with a little bit of speed, I can hopefully use it to boost my on-base percentage.

    SJK: You mentioned on-base percentage and obviously with your type of speed, when it comes to hitting, it all comes down to on-base percentage for you. In the minors, you’ve always been able to draw a high amount of walks. I think your career minor league OBP is around .389, which is obviously impressive.

    However, and I’m sure you’ve heard it, the critique of you is essentially the lack of power. And in some circles, and even us, when you were coming up, we were like, “Wow, he’s putting up some great numbers. He’s stealing a ton of bases.” — But when he gets to the major league level, pitchers — knowing that power isn’t one of your better attributes — will challenge you more because they don’t fear the consequences of you taking them out. And as a result of that, you may not be able to walk as much and basically your minor league production wouldn’t be able to be replicated in the majors. Do you feel as though this is a legitimate concern? Do you feel pitchers will challenge you more?

    BG: Absolutely and that’s one of the main things as far as a hitting standpoint and from an approach standpoint that I have to change. Because in the minor leagues I proved that I can hit, and I was leading off everyday…I proved that I can hit. I was at the top of the lineup. Guys were a little more careful. I don’t want to say that they pitched around me because I was a power bat, because I wasn’t at all. But, they maybe were a little bit more careful with the pitches they made and being a patient hitter, I was able to get my share of walks.

    In the last year, year and a half, obviously when I’m in the lineup, I’m the weakest hitter in the lineup. And the last thing they want to do is walk me in the 9-hole, and pitch around me, and be careful with me…and bring those guys up with me on base.

    So I’m not going to go up there and swing at the first and second pitch every time, but I do need to be a little bit more aggressive. I need to prove that I can hit at this level and I need to prove that I can do it consistently. Once I do that, pitchers may be a little bit more careful and I can draw my fair share of walks again.

  72. blake March 4th, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Seems like I remember a couple Yankee hitters getting plunked during the WS and their being some talk of payback in ST? Anybody else remember something like that? Maybe I was dreaming it.

  73. TarheelYank March 4th, 2010 at 10:26 am

    “If they have a girl, they could name her Diamond or Emerald”

    If he makes the team, they could name him:

    World Series Ring.

  74. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    blake
    March 4th, 2010 at 10:25 am
    Seems like I remember a couple Yankee hitters getting plunked during the WS and their being some talk of payback in ST? Anybody else remember something like that? Maybe I was dreaming it.

    *****************************
    I do remember that. I know Alex got plunked at least twice, and I’m thinking Tex did too.

  75. RayVT March 4th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Or they could name her:

    Eyre
    Jewel
    Tre (3 Ring Circus)

  76. Joe from Long Island March 4th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    NYYROC – I think it is, and it should be on YES, also.

    Erin – well, let’s hope for a healthy baby for him. And who knows, maybe the baby will be a good omen for his season.

  77. MTU March 4th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Blake,

    Check you’re Gmail later.;)

  78. Brandon Awesome (B/c I'm still more AWESOME than you) March 4th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    No TV for this game, *spits at the ground*

  79. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Brandon Awesome (B/c I’m still more AWESOME than you)
    March 4th, 2010 at 10:31 am
    No TV for this game, *spits at the ground*

    **********************
    Brandon, I think MLB Network is showing it later tonight.

  80. JohnC March 4th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I beleive Igawa is schedule to pitch today also. Cmon Kei!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  81. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Glad to see Romine will play – I’m really looking forward to seeing his progress.

    LOL the coverage of CC/Doc is rather silly given that each will pitch no more than 2 innings and that it’s just ST

  82. CountryClub March 4th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    The game is on tonight on the MLB Network at 7pm. Or if you live in the Philly area, it’s live on Comcast SportsNet.

  83. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Ugh, are you serious, Country Club? Why would Yankee fans be interested in hearing from the Phillies? Good job, Mike – and this after he skipped Yankees camp last year.

  84. Holden March 4th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    With our v. good pitching, I think today’s lineup could win the NL West. Am proud of all our guys.

  85. CountryClub March 4th, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Betsy,

    I guess because they play in the NL East and they look to be the best team in the NL.

    I don’t mind really. It’s one of the things I like about the Fan. Their coverage is obviously skewed locally, but they do talk sports on a national level periodically.

  86. Chambliss March 4th, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Isn’t it also possible that the Yankees acquired Javy as insurance for A.J. and Andy, both of whom have a history of injury issues?

  87. TarheelYank March 4th, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Thanks for the NoMass link:

    BG excellent bunt numbers from the minors, is exactly what GB has been posting for a while. He used to be really good at it, but got away from doing it. Also,

    ” I’m the weakest hitter in the lineup. And the last thing they want to do is walk me in the 9-hole, and pitch around me, and be careful with me…and bring those guys up with me on base.
    So I’m not going to go up there and swing at the first and second pitch every time, but I do need to be a little bit more aggressive. I need to prove that I can hit at this level and I need to prove that I can do it consistently. Once I do that, pitchers may be a little bit more careful and I can draw my fair share of walks again.”

    From what I have read this ofseason, I must admit I am getting excited about Gardner’s approach at the plate, and working on his strenght, speed.

  88. Rick March 4th, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Austin Romine looks like a man on a mission since he’s arrived in Florida.
    He doesn’t have Montero type power but he turns heads. It’s a pivitol year for both of them and a position change seems in order for one of them because neither should be considered in a deal no matter who it is for.

  89. Chad Jennings March 4th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Just got the Phillies lineup. Cody Ransom starting at first, batting sixth. No Utley. No Howard. No Victorino.

  90. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Country Club, ordinarily that’s fine, but Mike is down there for Yankee camp and I was hoping to hear from Yankees. That said, most of the big guys didn’t make the trip and certainly the SP didn’t (except for CC). He needs to get them tomorrow…

  91. Keep it March 4th, 2010 at 10:59 am

    60 inch vertical is back.

  92. yanksince57 - LET'S ROLL! March 4th, 2010 at 11:04 am

    for the anal among us, can someone please post the ACTUAL uniform number of igawa?

  93. Patrick March 4th, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Love this quote by Brett Gardner from teh interview posted earlier this morning,

    “The main thing is I need to stay in there and I need to concentrate on getting the bunt down and putting the ball where I want it..and if I do that, I’ll beat it out, it doesn’t matter where they’re playing at.”

  94. tampayank March 4th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    anyone know if any minor modifications were done to Yankee Stadium this offseason? Just wondering b/c it was a hot topic for most of the first half last season. I’m wondering if the wind patterns might change now

  95. Doreen - 2010 GTLU March 4th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    yanksince57 – LET’S ROLL!
    March 4th, 2010 at 11:04 am
    for the anal among us, can someone please post the ACTUAL uniform number of igawa?

    =======

    The list Chad posted a few days ago had Igawa with uniform #17. Don’t know if it changed, though.

  96. Brandon Awesome (B/c I'm still more AWESOME than you) March 4th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    If the philly Yankee game is on comcast it could be viewed on USTREAM …SWEET :D thanks Erin.

  97. CountryClub March 4th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    It’s really not a pivotal yr for either Montero or Romine, IMO. Romine has never been to AA and Montero had a very small sample size in AAA last yr. If one or both have a tough yr it wouldnt be anything to worry about. They’re both very young and have had nothing but success to this point. It’s rare for prospects to go through the minors without struggling a little bit.

  98. Keep it March 4th, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Will this be broadcast on CBS Radio?

  99. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Brandon Awesome (B/c I’m still more AWESOME than you)
    March 4th, 2010 at 11:14 am
    If the philly Yankee game is on comcast it could be viewed on USTREAM …SWEET thanks Erin.

    *********************
    No problem :)

  100. CountryClub March 4th, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Tampayank,

    I don’t believe so. The HR numbers dropped considerably as the yr went along last season (mostly for the opposition – probably because the Yankees pitchers got used to pitching there).

    It led the majors in HR allowed, but the park as a whole was not a hitters paradise. It suppressed doubles and triples and the runs scored in the park were middle of the pack.

  101. MTU March 4th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    GB-

    You okay ?

  102. Rafael March 4th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Girardi should start Montero at DH to face Halladay

  103. Jorge (México) March 4th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Chad:

    Jorge “Chato” Vázquez played some 3B while his times down here, in AAA Mexican League, with the Cancún Tigers. He plays that position in a decent level, even with his big body.
    I suppose we’re going to watch “Chato” some more times at 3rd, since they really like his power, so they want him to be a little more versatile. Don’t you think so?

  104. Randy March 4th, 2010 at 11:39 am

    “But I still don’t understand the Halladay for Lee swap out.”

    In my opinion, it was obviously strictly a money move by the Phillies to trade Lee while bringing in Halladay. GM Ruben Amaro has already stated the team will be strapped for payroll money in the coming seasons, even admitting he doesn’t see any way they can re-sign Jayson Werth. So he chose to trade Lee in the offseason rather than keep him for 2010 and lose him to free agency. His value was pretty much as high as it could get, so the Phils decided to get three prospects for him. If two of them get to the bigs, that’ll help them alleviate some payroll issues in the next 3-5 seasons.

  105. Tripps78 March 4th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    “But I still don’t understand the Halladay for Lee swap out.”

    Roy Halladay is the best pitcher in the game this side of Tim Lincecum. Cliff Lee is very good but not at Roy’s level.

  106. Chuck58 March 4th, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Jorge, that is excellent info about El Chato;
    thanx, ‘bro. I’m thinking Miranda will get dealt
    at some point soon, so always good to have depth.

  107. tampayank March 4th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    “CountryClub March 4th, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Tampayank,

    I don’t believe so. The HR numbers dropped considerably as the yr went along last season (mostly for the opposition – probably because the Yankees pitchers got used to pitching there).

    It led the majors in HR allowed, but the park as a whole was not a hitters paradise. It suppressed doubles and triples and the runs scored in the park were middle of the pack.”

    cool just wondering…it was annoying last season all the negative press it kept getting for such a beautiful ballpark…hopefully everything settles in from the get go like the 2nd half last year and the postseason where it played fair

  108. MTU March 4th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Randy-

    Where’s the Hellraiser ?

    Haven’t seen him around, and he usually here each day.

    A little concerned I am.

  109. MTU March 4th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Blake-

    I sent you something. :)

  110. rconn23 March 4th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    “Roy Halladay is the best pitcher in the game this side of Tim Lincecum. Cliff Lee is very good but not at Roy’s level”

    Halladay is better than Lee, but the upgrade is marginal. Lee and Halladay would make the Phillies the prohibitive favorite in the NL.

    With Halladay, instead of Lee, the Phillies still have a dominating No. 1, but also still have question marks throughout the rest of their rotation.

  111. John Sterling March 4th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Hey Erin, where do I find the game on USTREAM?

  112. gayle March 4th, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    The game is on MLB.COM today as well.

  113. Tripps78 March 4th, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I don’t know. Halladay is a not only a dominant pitcher, he pitches complete games, saves bullpens from wear and tear like no other starter in the league. Cliff Lee doesn’t finishes games like Halladay, no one does.

    Halladay is a clear upgrade over Cliff Lee. Plus if the Phillies get Cole Hamels back in form, he’s an upgrade. The Philly staff is pretty good overall.

  114. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    John Sterling
    March 4th, 2010 at 12:02 pm
    Hey Erin, where do I find the game on USTREAM?

    ************************
    Sorry John, I’m not the one to ask-Brandon will probably know.

  115. Joe from CT March 4th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Im going down to Tampa on April 1-4. Going to see two games when Im down there. Does anyone know where to have a good time after the games though? Chad any suggestions?

  116. Michael Turner March 4th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    i coached a kid named lonnie chisenhall when he was in high school. he was drafted by the indians and is in big league camp over there. do the indians have a blog similar to this? if so where can i find it. i’d like to keep up with him as much as possible

  117. rodg12 March 4th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Can Vazquez play the OF corners as well or just the IF corners??

  118. tina March 4th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    SJ

    Any idea on the options Ring has? Since it will be unlikely he makes the team but for injuries, can he go back to the minors?

  119. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Posada and Cody Ransom

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/0.....?q=Yankees

  120. Chad Jennings March 4th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Igawa is still listed as No. 17.

  121. CountryClub March 4th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Slow day around here today. Maybe it’ll pick up come game time.

  122. blake March 4th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Who else is supposed to pitch today?

  123. Brandon Awesome (B/c I'm still more AWESOME than you) March 4th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    “Jorge, that is excellent info about El Chato;
    thanx, ‘bro. I’m thinking Miranda will get dealt
    at some point soon, so always good to have depth.”

    Miranda might replace Matsui-san, you clearly haven’t seen him hit the long ball and doubles, Chato is a very dangerous hitter too but Miranda can atleast field. We’ll see.

  124. ArtieA March 4th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Good question re improvements for new Yankee Stadium… they need to make at least fringe tops more green and not as concrete looking for one. Was wondering what will happen first, my series E Bonds maturing or the old yankee stadium coming down?

  125. Chad Jennings March 4th, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Joe, I spent my postgame at the hotel writing. I’m a terrible person to ask about Tampa night life!

  126. Bronx Jeers March 4th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Joe from CT,

    Ybor City is where you go at night.

    7th Ave is the main street there.

  127. Rishi March 4th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    3. Brian Cashman, New York Yankees

    Cashman’s weakness isn’t a small one — the Yankees, the only team in baseball to routinely run $200 million payrolls, have recently been spending about four times as much per win as the Rays. Why, then, does he rank so high? His four world championships don’t hurt, but the really impressive thing is that since he secured full control over baseball operations after the 2005 season, the Yankees have spent their money wisely, signing studs like CC Sabathia rather than sure bets for decline, and traded smartly, dealing the fruits of a much-improved farm system for players still in their prime, such as Curtis Granderson.

    Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....z0hESNurZR
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  128. jennifer March 4th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Nick johnson is probably sick with the flu that is going around. before everyone freaks out think positive.

  129. tampayank March 4th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    “Joe from CT March 4th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Im going down to Tampa on April 1-4. Going to see two games when Im down there. Does anyone know where to have a good time after the games though? Chad any suggestions?”

    it depends on your interests but if you want to bar/club hop in an area I would suggest going to the bars on Howard Avenue south of Kennedy on the block between Platt and Swann Avenues(along Howard). Lots of small places w/ free/pretty cheap cover and good crowds. Also if you would see a Yanks/Rays player out on the town, it’s usually in this area…big Irish Bar called Macdintons that’s usually a good place to start in that area.

    Also the International Plaza mall near the airport has several sports restaurants/bars. I would avoid Ybor, knucklehead crowd there after midnight

  130. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    I would imagine the Yankees want to see as much of Hoffman as possible – no big deal.

  131. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    I would imagine the Yankees want to see as much of Hoffman as possible – no big deal.

  132. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Um, ok -that’s really fair, making his payroll a weakness of him personally as a GM. I guess every small-market GM should automatically get a boost in their ratings – what a joke.

  133. sean March 4th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Phillies broadcast saying that NJ is scratched

  134. Phil the Thrill March 4th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Link?

  135. jennifer March 4th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    phil look in Chad’s updates.

  136. Chad Jennings March 4th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Nick Johnson is scratched, just not sure why.

  137. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    I wonder if NJ caught the flu bug that’s been going around the team

  138. yanksince57 - LET'S ROLL! March 4th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    thanx doreen and chad. i asked because the nyy site has him with 27.

  139. Trevor March 4th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Congrats to Sweeny.

  140. Pat M. March 4th, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Hoff has some wheels

  141. CR9 March 4th, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Why is NJ scratched?

  142. five iron from fenwawy March 4th, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Any way to see this game on the internet?

  143. CR9 March 4th, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Did not see that Chad update until now.

  144. Rishi March 4th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    gameday:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday.....b_phimlb_1

  145. Joe from Long Island March 4th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    This stinks. I’m taking a vaca day, and I thought I’d be watching the game this afternoon. How dare they!

  146. SJ44 March 4th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Why congrats to Sweeney?

  147. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I had to laugh at this:

    RiverAveBlues Nick Johnson scratched. My money’s on this flu going around the clubhouse, but let’s flip out about a 3/4 injury today, ok? about 1 minute ago

  148. Pat M. March 4th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Five Iron…mlb.com

  149. Chad Jennings March 4th, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Stiff lower back for Johnson

  150. five iron from fenwawy March 4th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    pat – for free?

  151. jennifer March 4th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Nothing serious right? Just precaution. probably pushed it a little too much.

  152. Phil the Thrill March 4th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    ah, jennifer,

    I meant link to the game, not to the Nick news. Thanks for the referral though.

  153. jennifer March 4th, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Oh okay. :-)

  154. Rishi March 4th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    LoHudYankees Nick Johnson has a stiff lower back.
    less than a minute ago via web

  155. Matt March 4th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    SJ,

    It was just announced he’s engaged to be married on Francessas show.

  156. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Oh great, lol – Nick’s back is already acting up. I hope it’s just the usual stiffness that happens after you haven’t used your muscles in awhile, but what was he doing during the off-season?

  157. Rishi March 4th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Matt
    March 4th, 2010 at 1:19 pm
    SJ,

    It was just announced he’s engaged to be married on Francessas show.

    =================

    Wow – did they happen to say to who?

  158. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Nick Johnson out with a stiff back

  159. baseballfab March 4th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I am so excited baseball is back!

    I flipped on the game yesterday and thought who is that old bald white guy?

    Then I saw it was Nick Johnson, HOLEE CRAP is this guy 50?

  160. Dan March 4th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Is this game going to be on YES?

  161. vb03 March 4th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Put NJ in a bubble until Opening Day or something. Yeesh.

  162. sean March 4th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Sliding into home says NJ has a stiff back

  163. Tripps78 March 4th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Sore back is no big deal. A lot of guys are sore after not playing all offseason. Girardi has to be careful with Nick.

  164. Decksmooth March 4th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Oh God Nick – already? I mean already!?!? Any chance we can get Matsui back? ;)

  165. Trevor March 4th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    “Wow – did they happen to say to who?”

    Fourth grade teacher named Jessica.

  166. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Frankly, NJ being scratched has put a damper on things. Didn’t he have a bad back a few years ago?

  167. baseballfab March 4th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    We may have to call him J.D. Johnson.

  168. Pat M. March 4th, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    GB, You getting the game ???

  169. John Sterling March 4th, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Is it NICK JOHNSON or is it RANDY JOHNSON???

  170. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Dan
    March 4th, 2010 at 1:21 pm
    Is this game going to be on YES?

    **********************
    I don’t think so, but MLB Network is showing it at 7:00 tonight.

  171. sean March 4th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Is this game on YES??

  172. Holden March 4th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    If that means nj goes to the dl would jesus become “the man??

  173. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    First inning.

    Gardner, grounder to 3rd
    Hoffmann safe on error to third
    Posada strikeout
    Cano lineout to deep right

  174. Jorge (México) March 4th, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Rodg12:

    “Chato” played a few times RF. But I don’t think he would be a good fit as a corner OF. I think he has not the speed a reliable OF needs to have.

  175. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Sabathia 1 inning, 1 hit, 1 walk 0 strikeouts

  176. CR9 March 4th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Already a stiff back??!!

    Hopefully, just a precaution, nothing even minor.

  177. Mike March 4th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    wow

    first 5 down. 3 on strikes. 12 strikes, no balls. Roy is a beast

  178. SJ44 March 4th, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Nice to see panic has set in early.

    Its the second game of the season and its freezing in Florida today.

    You take precautions on days like this since, despite the belief of some on here, these games are meaningless.

  179. SJ44 March 4th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Pitchers are always ahead of the hitters at this time of year.

  180. Rishi March 4th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    19. One of the finest moves of spring training so far, according to other members of the Yankees, was the way hitting coach Kevin Long buried A.J. Burnett with a pie in the face at the team’s outing Tuesday. Burnett — the purveyor of the pie-in-the-face thing with the Yankees last year — was playing a racing game at an arcade, and winning. Seeing this, Long went to a waiter and asked if there was any shaving cream and a towel in the vicinity, and as Burnett reveled in his victory, Long nailed him with a victory pie. Will the Yankees players continue the pie-in-the-face thing this year?

    “Ah, yes,” said manager Joe Girardi.

  181. baseballfab March 4th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Nick Johnson was on M.A.S.H last night drinking with BJ and Hawkeye.

  182. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    What is the big deal if some of us are worriers, SJ? It’s not exactly a good sign for a guy who is injury prone.

  183. Doreen - 2010 GTLU March 4th, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Wow -

    Stepped away to kept some housework done and –

    well, here it begins. Nick Johnson, stiff back. Sigh. I know it’s probably nothing, but, still…

  184. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    LOL and no one took a picture of that, so it doesn’t count. Rishi, can you provide a link? Thanks

  185. EricNS March 4th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I hope his nickname does not become D.L. Johnson

  186. Rishi March 4th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    CLEARWATER, Fla. – Charlie Manuel is not among those attempting to downplay today’s Grapefruit League opener. The Phillies’ manager left New York in November unsatisfied, and is hungry to compete against the Yankees no matter what the setting.

    “CC against Halladay, coming right out of the gate,” Manuel said recently, lifting an eyebrow and grinning while anticipating the matchup of Sabathia vs. Halladay at Bright House Field.

    A few days earlier, Manuel was even more clear about his ultimate desire for 2010. A visitor to his office suggested that a Phils-Seattle World Series – meaning a likely Game 1 duel of Halladay against castaway ace Cliff Lee – would be an entertaining matchup.

    “Nah,” Manuel said, with a quick and dismissive shake of his head. “I want the Yankees.”

    http://www.philly.com/inquirer.....kees_.html

  187. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Pat M.
    March 4th, 2010 at 1:24 pm
    GB, You getting the game ???

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, Pat. I’ve got the Phillies feed on MLB-TV.com

  188. S.o.S. March 4th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    What is up amigos.

    So Nick has a stiff back. Can they get him some cushions put on the pine, so when hes watching the game his back doesnt lock up. Nick options.

    A. Seat and back cushions.
    B. A recliner.
    C. A messues
    D. Mr. Miyagi
    E. Orthopedic matress

    One or all these should fix the problem. Which one would you choose?

  189. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Rishi-it’s too bad nobody got a picture of AJ getting pied :)

  190. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    S.o.S.
    March 4th, 2010 at 1:36 pm
    What is up amigos.

    ***********************
    Hi S.o.S!! Where have you been??

    BTW-my choice would be Mr. Miyagi ;)

  191. Tbord March 4th, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    will Jesus be wearing sandals or cleats today?

  192. jennifer March 4th, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    The sky is falling!!

  193. Doreen - 2010 GTLU March 4th, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    SJ44 -

    You have to admit it is comment-worthy that Johnson was scratched today. Even realizing it’s probably nothing, and you don’t push it on the second day of Spring games, it is kind of what Nick Johnson is known for, fairly or unfairly. It is almost funny, to me.

  194. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Sabathia: 2 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 0 strikeouts

  195. sean March 4th, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    CC seems to be shaking off the rust

    Igawa time

  196. S.o.S. March 4th, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Doreen. Just went in to your site. 2 things.

    1.You look great for a 25 year old.
    2.Your profile picture has what i assume is a picture of your daughters in the background. One problem. One of your daughters picture is cut off. Dont have her catch that or the “she’s your favorite” will comeback to haunt you. Expand the picture or take them both out. NO FAVORITES!

  197. SJ44 March 4th, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Betsy,

    You can worry as much as you want.

    However, if you are going to worry every time a player has a sore muscle, you are in for a long season.

    Its the second ST game. Look around baseball, guys get scratched left and right this early in the spring for precautionary reasons.

    If its a regular season game, he’s playing and you have no idea if he is sore.

    Its not a big deal.

  198. rover March 4th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    well the guys are playing about 7 or so miles from the house. I had pledged to go if the temp got to 69 by noon. It didn’t and it hasn’t yet. Its a chilly 53. So just watch on the ole puter.

  199. Pat M. March 4th, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    GB, Just checkin ….I figured like me, you get mlb.com

  200. Doreen - 2010 GTLU March 4th, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    S.O.S. -

    I am cracking up, because I noticed that this morning and I thought the same thing about the girls’ pics! I’ll have to see what I can do about that. :)

  201. S.o.S. March 4th, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    S.o.S.
    March 4th, 2010 at 1:36 pm
    What is up amigos.

    ***********************
    Hi S.o.S!! Where have you been??

    BTW-my choice would be Mr. Miyagi

    =========

    Hi Erin. Been busy at work and packing. Got some bad news yesterday. The buyers for our house is about to fall out of escrow after 35 days. My spider sences told me something was wrong the night before. The worst part is we moved half of our items and now we have to bring them back to have our house show well(model like).

    BTW,
    I would go with messeuse(im killing the spelling). Forgot to mention it was a HOT one.

  202. SJ44 March 4th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Doreen,

    Sure its comment worthy. Its also ignorant to be worried about a “stiff back” in the second day of games.

    Especially on a freezing cold day in Florida.

    No team is going to push any player, regardless of injury history, on days like this in the spring.

  203. jennifer March 4th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Is it very cold in Fla. It is only 55 degrees.

  204. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Yanks 3rd innings against Kendrick:

    Pena strikeout

    Laird popout to right

    Gardner groundout to third

  205. Joe March 4th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Nick Johnson stiffed back… I mean I thought it was gonna happen soon but not that soon.

  206. Joe from Long Island March 4th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    For what it’s worth, I read in, I think the NYTimes about a week ago that Matsui reported to Angels’ camp saying his knees were hurting.

  207. Jorge (México) March 4th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    We’re going to the top of the 3rd. Roy Halladay threw just 13 pitches. ALL of them for strikes.

  208. Coach6423 March 4th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.

    Mayor: What do you mean, “biblical”?

    Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff.

    Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.

    Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!

    Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes…

    Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!

    Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!

  209. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    I can’t wait until Igawa’s contract is up……

    Well, CC apparently is still standing, so that’s all that counts. I remember him not having a great spring last year and people were panicking.

  210. S.o.S. March 4th, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Gardner groundout to third.

    =====

    Infield track power as usual.

  211. Coach6423 March 4th, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    SJ44 March 4th, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Betsy,

    You can worry as much as you want.

    However, if you are going to worry every time a player has a sore muscle, you are in for a long season.

    Its the second ST game. Look around baseball, guys get scratched left and right this early in the spring for precautionary reasons.

    If its a regular season game, he’s playing and you have no idea if he is sore.

    Its not a big deal.
    ——————————–

    Have you read any of Betsy’s post, everything is an over reaction…

  212. SJ44 March 4th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Its not only cold, its very windy all through Florida today.

    It was in the 40′s last night, with a wind chill in the 30′s, in South Florida last night. Its supposed to be colder tonight.

    Central Florida has also been cold and windy today.

    Way too cold this early in the spring to push guys.

  213. S.o.S. March 4th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Is it very cold in Fla. It is only 55 degrees.

    ========

    Jennifer,
    For Floridians and us Californians. 55 is awefully chilly.

  214. mick March 4th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Anybody’s thoughts on a proposed lineup of Cano 5th, Posada 6th and Grandy 7th??…I like it, give robbie a chance to knock in some runs, see what happens. at very least it breaks up the cano/grandy lefty situation w/ Posada….4 switchers in the lineup like last year.

  215. Ron March 4th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    global warming misses florida ! I would bet Halladay gets a no hitter sometime this year pitching in the NL>

  216. vb03 March 4th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    S.o.S. March 4th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Is it very cold in Fla. It is only 55 degrees.

    ========

    Jennifer,
    For Floridians and us Californians. 55 is awefully chilly.

    ——-

    Hurrah for NY and 30 degree weather! <_<

  217. Frank March 4th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    “Nick Johnson stiffed back… I mean I thought it was gonna happen soon but not that soon.”

    He is what he is. Oddly, he has no particualar injury that could be described as chronic, yet he’s chronically injured.

  218. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    So why don’t you just ignore me, Coach?

  219. mick March 4th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Have you read any of Betsy’s post, everything is an over reaction…
    ==========================================
    If you have read anything by Betsy lately you will see she has toned down considerably…can’t swear that will continue though.

  220. sean March 4th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Being an hour away from clearwater, It is quite cold (for FL)

  221. mick March 4th, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    You are very hard to ignore , Betsy.

  222. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Pat M.
    March 4th, 2010 at 1:44 pm
    GB, Just checkin ….I figured like me, you get mlb.com

    ————————————————————

    It gets a little boring around the house and for $120 a year, it’s worth it for me. I also have the MiLB.com package to watch or listen to the kids. Not a bad deal.

  223. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Segovia pitching for NYY”

    1 inning, 0 hits, 1 walk, 0 strikeouts

  224. jennifer March 4th, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    S.o.S.

    I wasn’t being sarcastic. :-)

  225. SJ44 March 4th, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I like that they are giving Cano the first shot at batting 5th.

    I have a feeling its his time to take his game to the next level.

    If he can handle hitting 5th, the lineup is just as good, maybe a bit better, than last year.

    He can offer the kind of protection to Arod that nobody else in the lineup can offer because of his ability to hit both lefties and righties.

  226. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Halladay threw 24 pitches, 21 strikes in 24 pitches. 2 innings

  227. mick March 4th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I think Robbie presses with men in scoring position but behind Arod he might settle in. As Sweeny just said Robble “glides” with no one on but “jumps” with men in scoring position, good description.

  228. S.o.S. March 4th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    My bad Jennifer. We are just a bit trigger happy when it comes to cold weather talk.

  229. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Hoffmann ground out

    Posada out

    Cano line single to right

    Swisher ground out

  230. kd March 4th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    can cano offer arod more protection than a fresh posada?

  231. sean March 4th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Z-mac attack

  232. Mike B March 4th, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    The diff between Halladay and Lee is that Halladay starts game 4. That could have been the difference. NO QUESTION the phils are a scarier team in october now.

  233. tampayank March 4th, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    “Betsy -Romine wasn’t built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Oh great, lol – Nick’s back is already acting up. I hope it’s just the usual stiffness that happens after you haven’t used your muscles in awhile, but what was he doing during the off-season?”

    I cringed watching run the bases yesterday….he’s a big guy and it’s not all muscle….body types like his will have more injury issues…I personally would have preferred Matsui for a few more seasons as a DH w/ his injury risk

  234. JohnC March 4th, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Kyle Kendrick. His fiance is Survivor’s Stephanie LaGrossa.

  235. Tripps78 March 4th, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Besides A-Rod, Cano is the best hitter on the team.

  236. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Zach McAllister pitching; 1 inning, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts. 2 groundouts, 1 flyout, 9 pitches

  237. tampayank March 4th, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    52 degrees in Clearwater according to MLB Gameday…it’s been a weird winter

  238. mick March 4th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Cano in the 5th spot with Posada 6th separates the lefties, Robbie and Granderson.

  239. Yankz1 March 4th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    The way Nick is injury prone, it is only a matter of time before Jorge ‘El Destructor’ Vazquez gets his shot. You guys dont even realize how much power he has. He will do very well off the bench-1b,3b,of- and DH. Trust me he is a .300/30hr/100rbi ML player. Miranda has half his power and is only projected by the Yanks at .280/18/70. Chato is a stud!!! And the Yanks know it. Soon you will too. Peace out-V …….or Adios

  240. Holden March 4th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    He’s right, very right Betsy.

    “everything is an over reaction…”
    Nearly every post you write. And redundant

    (also, in small print…boring).

  241. kd March 4th, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    tex is a better hitter than cano.

  242. SJ44 March 4th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Matsui’s knees are already bothering him in Angels camp.

    If his knees are bothering him after having an off-season to rest them, its pretty clear why the Yankees had no interest in re-signing him.

    Posada isn’t going to play everyday. Ideally, if Cano can handle hitting 5th, he’s the best option.

    If he can’t handle it, then they probably try Granderson next.

  243. S.o.S. March 4th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Tripps,
    Did you forget Tex?

    tampayank,
    Matsui cant have ghost runners run for him. The man already said his knees are barking without even playing a game yet. If the Angels keep their word to him and have him play the field occationally. I bet he spends much more time on the dl than Nick. Unless they allow him to go from base to base on a scooter.

  244. baseballfab March 4th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Damon has played at least 141Gs in each of last 14 seasons., N.Johnson has played more than 133Gs 1 time in career

  245. Frank March 4th, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    “can cano offer arod more protection than a fresh posada?”

    Posada’s also been equally effective against LHP’s and RHP’s over his career. Also quite a bit more difficult for a pitcher to get Posada to swing at his pitch than it would be to get Cano to swing at it.

    In the end, neither guy will compel the opposition to do anything other than pitch around Arod in a key spot and Posada will probably play 120-125 games. So maybe it makes sense to give Cano the opportunity to seize the job and be an everyday presence in the 5 hole.

  246. mick March 4th, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Posad should see some time in the 5 hole as well as Cano.

  247. Keep it March 4th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    baseballfab
    March 4th, 2010 at 2:11 pm
    Damon has played at least 141Gs in each of last 14 seasons., N.Johnson has played more than 133Gs 1 time in career
    —————————————–

    The Yankees also tried to resign Damon, but he rejected both of their offers. Everyone one this board on his been through this, but thanks for playing.

  248. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Yanks 5th inning. Against Contreres

    Winn strikeout

    Miranda groundout (last year on his contract)

    Pena strikeout

  249. Don't Hassle the Hoff March 4th, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Stiff lower back for Nick Johnson…. Christ!!!!!!

  250. S.o.S. March 4th, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I still say Tex behind Alex would be the best bet.

    Jeter
    Granderson
    Johnson
    Alex
    Tex

  251. tampayank March 4th, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    SOS

    we’ll see regarding Matsui…I think he’ll be ok and I’m rooting for him…playing in warm Socal for half of his games will help his knees

  252. rconn23 March 4th, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Tripps,

    A-Rod, Tex and Jeter are all better hitters than Cano.

    Until Cano can conquer his problems with RISP, improve his plate discipline and is more consistent from year to year, you can’t put him in that class yet.

  253. Tbord March 4th, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Nick Johnson is the next Wally Pipp.

  254. mick March 4th, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    You guys scared Betsy away, bad guys.

  255. Brandon Awesome (B/c I'm still more AWESOME than you) March 4th, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Yankz1, they have the same type of power, Chato I saw his bombs, they are impressive, but remember Miranda in one AB in TB sent a ball where ppl rarely see go, I think he and Al have the farthest hit HRs in that park’s history.

  256. flash March 4th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    baseballfab,

    Why no citation for where you got that from, because that clearly wasn’t your research that found that stat out.

  257. SJ44 March 4th, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    You never drop Tex down in the order. Tex and Arod at 3-4 are the best 3-4 in the game. Its a perfect setup.

    The #5 hitter will get worked out.

    You don’t mess with success and Tex and Arod at 3-4 had great success last year.

  258. Warning Track Power March 4th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    *stiff back* for Nick. the back is already acting up? give me a break. he probably tweaked his back yesterday when he scooped up that ball in the dirt.

  259. Holden March 4th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Sometimes, as we all know, the truth hurts.

    No offense meant.

    Go Yanks!

  260. five iron from fenway March 4th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Anyone watching the game – how did Macallister look? How does Nova look?

  261. Brandon Awesome (B/c I'm still more AWESOME than you) March 4th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    It’s early ST, alot of players get early tweaks relax.

  262. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    S.o.S.
    March 4th, 2010 at 1:44 pm
    S.o.S.
    March 4th, 2010 at 1:36 pm
    What is up amigos.

    ***********************
    Hi S.o.S!! Where have you been??

    BTW-my choice would be Mr. Miyagi

    =========

    Hi Erin. Been busy at work and packing. Got some bad news yesterday. The buyers for our house is about to fall out of escrow after 35 days. My spider sences told me something was wrong the night before. The worst part is we moved half of our items and now we have to bring them back to have our house show well(model like).

    ***************************
    That’s awful! What a mess. Hopefully things will work out.

  263. S.o.S. March 4th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Brandon,
    How the hell have you been? Long time no read. Hope everythings good.

    So who’s the sleeper name the Yankees should go after these days?

  264. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Ivan Nova pitching for NYY: 1 inning, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walk, 0 strikeouts

    flyout, ground out, lineout to deep left center

  265. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    BryanHoch Nick Johnson caught a spike during BP and felt something in his back. Said he would have played “for sure” if it was reg. season. 2 minutes ago

  266. mick March 4th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Betsy used to dish it but has mellowed recently.

  267. Coach6423 March 4th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    mikeaxisa

    RT @BryanHoch Johnson caught a spike during BP and felt something in his back. Said he would have played “for sure” if it was reg. season.

  268. Keep it March 4th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    flash
    March 4th, 2010 at 2:16 pm
    baseballfab,

    Why no citation for where you got that from, because that clearly wasn’t your research that found that stat out.
    —————————————
    Most likely http://www.baseball-reference.com

    pretty much the place to find every baseball stat, ever.

  269. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    LOL Aaron Small texted Sweeney (on with Mike all day) and told him to take his Penn State jacket off, lol…

  270. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 4th, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    What a difference a world series makes for some of us – I think. :)

    I can’t remember if I have always been pretty lackadaisacal about ST or whether it’s because winning the world series put my world back in perfect equilibrium. But I find the stuff almost boring.

    Hi all!

  271. jennifer March 4th, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    baseballfab

    Why don’t you cite who you got that information from?

  272. jennifer March 4th, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Joelsherman1

    Damon has played at least 141Gs in each of last 14 sesaons, N.Johnson has played more than 133Gs 1 time in career #justsaying 40 minutes ago via web

  273. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I’m just catching up (just got back from lunch)-very happy that Cano got a hit :D

  274. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Problem is, Cano has been given plenty of chances to hit #5 and he’s just not been up to it. I don’t trust him in the #5 spot……

    Interesting that Swish spent all season reworking his swing/stance and a few people elsewhere mentioned that he’s back to his old stance today.

  275. Brandon Awesome (B/c I'm still more AWESOME than you) March 4th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    SoS, good, very refreshed, do you mean draft pick?

  276. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Fortunately, Holden, I couldn’t care less what you think of me. The few times you’ve posted have been so unremarkable that I never noticed you.

  277. mick March 4th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I don’t remember Cano ever hitting 5th. Now with Matsui gone is his 1st chance to step it up, we’ll see.

  278. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Mick, I didn’t change – I’m the same person I always have been. I don’t need to change to please anyone – this is ridiculous. Why is it coming back to me? By the way, if I dished it out, it’s because people aimed their daggers at me for no reason. That’s enough on me.

  279. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Mick, I don’t scare easily – I refuse to be chased away. I took a break – I can’t always be on the board.

  280. Yankz1 March 4th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Hey Brandon, or should I call you Mr. Awesome?…..Just look at Juan’s hr production per game. Chato has much more consistent power. And I know he will hit for a higher avg. And in Jorges first game in Trenton he crushed a bomb straight left over the lights and over the highway. I never saw that in that park. Juan is good, Jorge is better. But you are still more awesome!!!!

  281. SJ44 March 4th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Every year is a new year. He really hasn’t had plenty of chances to hit fifth.

    Last year was the first year they force fed moving him up in the order and it didn’t work out.

    Last year at this time, we had the numbers freaks quote us Arod’s and CC’s post-season numbers and explain to us how the Yankees were doomed.

    Didn’t quite work out that way.

    New year, new opportunities. That’s the way you have to approach it.

  282. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    mick
    March 4th, 2010 at 2:27 pm
    I don’t remember Cano ever hitting 5th. Now with Matsui gone is his 1st chance to step it up, we’ll see.

    **********************
    He hit 5th for quite a bit of the first half last year

  283. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Yanks 6 innings.

    Laird single to right

    Gardner force out grounder

    Hoffmann single to right, Gardner to third

    Hoffmann caught stealing

    Posada strikeout

  284. S.o.S. March 4th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    SoS, good, very refreshed, do you mean draft pick?

    ========

    Just got back from vacation?

    No,not draft picks. The someones trash is the Yankees treasure? Last i remember was the flame thrower in the Giants bullpen. What about a left fielder if all these ones fail and Crawford is resigned?

  285. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Hmm, Joel Sherman can just keep saying……how about he come right out and say the Yankees made a mistake instead of being cutesy about it?

  286. five iron from fenway March 4th, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    GB – How did Macallister and Nova look? Nova pitched to a pretty good threesome.

  287. S.o.S. March 4th, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Betsy used to dish it but has mellowed recently.

    “Fortunately, Holden, I couldn’t care less what you think of me. The few times you’ve posted have been so unremarkable that I never noticed you.”

    =======

    mick,
    Would you like to take that back now?

  288. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    That’s fair, SJ.

    Who came in after CC? Anyone we might see this year?

  289. Phil the Thrill March 4th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Joel Sherman is a moron. I’d go into more detail but it wouldn’t get passed the filter.

  290. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Ok, whatever SoS. I get insulted and yet I’m not allowed to respond? That’s nice.

  291. mick March 4th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    anybody for some shrimp? i hear them calling me from the fridge.

  292. JohnC March 4th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Segovia, McAllister and Nova all with scoreless innings. Don’t know who’s next.

  293. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Can0 is a .299 hitter in the 5 hole in in 278 at bats

  294. sean March 4th, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Who came in after CC? Anyone we might see this year?

    Put it this way, if we do, we are in big trouble

  295. S.o.S. March 4th, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Yankz1,
    Im glad to hear that we have some studs in the minors. But they are still prospects IMO. All i keep thinking about is that third baseman about 2 years ago that the Indians traded for(i believe from the braves). He was supposed to be a power threat and a cant miss prospect. I heard last year he was cut. You never know. Wasnt Cano’s avg. in the minors at the .280 mark?

  296. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    sean
    March 4th, 2010 at 2:36 pm
    Who came in after CC? Anyone we might see this year?

    Put it this way, if we do, we are in big trouble

    ************************
    LOL

  297. Carl March 4th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Melancon coming up

  298. JohnC March 4th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    “Joel Sherman is a moron. I’d go into more detail but it wouldn’t get passed the filter.”

    Phil,

    The beat writers hate a controversy free camp so they are doing their best to try and stir something up. They need stories.

  299. five iron from fenway March 4th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Sean – not true.
    I think there is a half decent shot we see both Nova and Macallister and a good bet that we see one at some point this year.
    They are the two “closest to the majors” starting pitchers. Nova’s stuff could probably play up in the bullpen.

  300. JohnC March 4th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Wonder when we’re going to see Brackman.

  301. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    John C, thanks!

  302. mick March 4th, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Glad to see Betsy is back.

  303. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Melancon pitching:

    struck out Werth on 3-2 pitch

    1 inning, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, 1 strikeout

    Vasquez is now playing third base

  304. S.o.S. March 4th, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Ok, whatever SoS. I get insulted and yet I’m not allowed to respond? That’s nice.

    =====

    Would you calm the hell down!! Who ever said you couldnt respond? My point was that you would and you did. Stop thinking that everyone wants to gang up on you and attack you. I have better things to do.

  305. sean March 4th, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I meant if like CC goes down for the season, that would be a bad situation and perhaps those 2 would be called up

  306. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I’m not Melancon’s biggest fan because I think he was way overhyped. I can’t count how many fans expected him to be a lockdown reliever last year – before he’d even thrown a pitch in the big leagues. His bout of wildness last year was very disconcerting. That said, I hope he has a good spring and makes the team.

  307. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Thanks for all of the updates GB :)

  308. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    LOL SoS – if you say so.

  309. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    five iron from fenway
    March 4th, 2010 at 2:31 pm
    GB – How did Macallister and Nova look? Nova pitched to a pretty good threesome.

    ————————————————————

    Both pitched well, but, it’s early. They threw really easy. Only one pitch by McAllister missed bad.

  310. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Is Romine in the game?

  311. Doreen - 2010 GTLU March 4th, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Cano batted 5th in 50 games last season. His actual stats don’t look horrible – but the BA is .299. He had 29 rbi in that spot, though, compared with 30 batting 7th and 18 batting 6th.

    I haven’t looked, but I kind of remember most of those games being early in the season – while ARod was out. Anyone else think that was the case? If so, it could make a huge difference having ARod hitting ahead of him.

  312. sean March 4th, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Betsy,

    Yes and I’m pretty sure Jesus is DH

  313. five iron from fenway March 4th, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    GB – Thanks.
    These two are interesting for different reasons but I think both are reasonable close to being middle of the rotation type big league guys.
    The last few years we have seen our share of these types flame out – dating all the way back to Steven White.
    After Mac and Nova there is a bit of a gap to a few guys that have a bit further to go including: Banuelos, Bleich, Mitchell, Heredia, etc.

  314. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Love this:

    Ledger_Yankees Colleague brings up a fair point: How can Dippin’ Dots remain the “Ice Cream of the Future” when they’ve been around for like 20 years? 28 seconds ago

  315. Brandon Awesome (B/c I'm still more AWESOME than you) March 4th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    SoS I am excited about Golson, I think he might be something if he gets his swing straight. Right now not much stand out, LH relievers that throw hard usually gives me a pep.

    Yankz1 I know but I’ve heard about both, Chato was compared to Pujols by his mexican legion of fans, he tore into a ball in the WBC, hopefully he stays healthy, I know he prbly hits better than Juan, but Juan is a level higher, we’ll know when Chato hits AAA how real he is.

    BTW Fatcessa nearly called Citifield S…field.:lol:

  316. Phil the Thrill March 4th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    People who don’t follow the minors or understand stats will never understand the hype or the value of the kids from the system.

  317. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Yanks 7th inning.

    Eduardo Nunez single

    Winfree line out to first

    Nunez steals 2nd

    wild pitch

    Curtis strikeout

    Jose Gil (1st baseman) strikeout

  318. Doreen - 2010 GTLU March 4th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Nah, a quick glance shows the BOP kind of spread out. He actually started the season batting 6th. He was doing well, and they moved him up to 5th, where his BA slowly declined over the next 2 weeks or so, before being dropped to 7th right around the time ARod returned.

    Interesting. I don’t know what it means, but interesting. :)

  319. Carl March 4th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Cody Ransom on wfan!

  320. Brandon Awesome (B/c I'm still more AWESOME than you) March 4th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Oh and yes, I am Awesome.

  321. CountryClub March 4th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Betsy,

    Romine caught the bottom of the 6th.

    It’s not Melancon’s fault that he was overhyped by fans and bloggers. Like most young pitchers, he struggled his first time up. He’s got the stuff to be legit, but we’ll have to wait and see how he performs. There are plenty of pitchers with great stuff that never make it. That being said, I’ll be surprised if he flames out.

  322. Holden March 4th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    “Betsy used to dish it but has mellowed recently.”

    Back to her ‘old’ self again?

    A chill-pill might calm her.
    Jees, maybe more corrective criticism
    would enable her to understand.
    Nope, just don’t get it, do you.

  323. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Sean, thanks!

  324. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Betsy -Romine wasn’t built in a day
    March 4th, 2010 at 2:44 pm
    Is Romine in the game?

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, Betsy. He came in to catch in the 6th inning

    Here’s the box score. It’ll update about every minute. about a half an inning behind

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/boxsco.....refresh=60

  325. JohnC March 4th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Nunez can hit. We know that much. His defense is questionable at best though.

  326. rodg12 March 4th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Was really impressed wiht Nunez’s speed yesterday. Dude can fly. Seems like he’s keeping that up today with the SB.

  327. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Country Club, of course it’s not his fault. I said before the season that he was just a kid and bound to take his lumps…..but he was still disappointing last year. I hope he makes it because it will help the team if he’s good, but I’m not assuming anything with him.

  328. Phil the Thrill March 4th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Girardi didn’t use Melancon frequently enough to keep him sharp last year. Melancon never had command or control problems when he was dominating the minors and he won’t have them when he has regular work in the majors, either. He’s like the executive version of DRob.

  329. rodg12 March 4th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I’m guessing Montero’s due up 4th next inning to PH for Hoffman. If he hits, can you give us a description of the AB, GB?

  330. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    GB, thanks! I hope he makes a good impression in ST…….

  331. John Sterling March 4th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    figures…leaving runners on base all day.

  332. champ809 March 4th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Thank you GB….it amazes me how many people spew opinions that are contrary to the ACTUAL FACTS.

    Cano is a .299 hitter in the #5 hole over his career.

    Cano is also the best pure hitter on the team an opinion that Long as well as quite a few of the players on the team share. having said that he still has some things that he can and will improve on.

    When he improves his plate discipline he basically becomes a LH Hanley Ramirez without the steals…

  333. Doreen - 2010 GTLU March 4th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    The players don’t hype themselves, though. It’s not Melancon’s “fault” that people got excited over him. He was doing very well. Still, better to hope for good things, but take the bype with a grain of salt, always.

    I though his first appearance last season against the Red Sox was okay, but Girardi pushed it a little. He did seem to be the guy to bring in if you wanted to nick a batter, though. :?

  334. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Romulo Sanchez pitching, bottom of the 7th.

    .2 inning, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 0 strikeouts

    Gorecki playing in center for NYY

    Chavez smokes an RBI double to right field (hit hard, but, wind aided)

  335. Patrick March 4th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks for the updates GB7, you’re the man!

  336. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    rodg12
    March 4th, 2010 at 2:56 pm
    I’m guessing Montero’s due up 4th next inning to PH for Hoffman. If he hits, can you give us a description of the AB, GB?

    ————————————————————

    Sure thing, Rodg.

    Did you see the location of the home run over the batter’s eye in center field at GMS Stadium the other day? It cleared the letter M about 20 feet above it.

  337. Pat M. March 4th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    GB, In season form with the updates…….Austin has more spring in his feet than when I saw him last ( El Toro HS )….Laird is off to a nice spring…..

  338. SJ44 March 4th, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    What does he hit with RISP hitting fifth? Especially last year because that’s the relevent number.

    He hit .207 with RISP last year. That’s awful for a guy of his calibur and he knows it.

    Its the one part of his game that is separating him from being an all star.

    Some folks have a hard time seeing reality through the pom pom waving.

    Everybody associated with the Yankees, including Cano, knows he has problems hitting with RISP.

    Its not out of bounds to point it out. Especially since Cano himself has said that he wants to improve his hitting with RISP.

    If he admits its an issue, why do some fans have a hard time admitting it?

  339. JohnC March 4th, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Did Sanchez get out of that inning with just 1 run?

  340. rodg12 March 4th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Sure thing, Rodg.

    Did you see the location of the home run over the batter’s eye in center field at GMS Stadium the other day? It cleared the letter M about 20 feet above it.
    ————
    Yeah, I saw that on the broadcast yesterday. An absolute BOMB.

  341. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 4th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    I’m thinking that Robby batted 5th other years also, even if it wasn’t for long stretches. Remember the season that both Matsui and Sheffield were out for almost the entire season, there was a lot of shuffling of the batting order. Ah yes I remember it well. That was the postseason that Arod batted 8th…

  342. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Boone Logan got the last out. phillies lead 1-0 in top of the 8th

  343. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Yanks in top of the 8th. corona lined out.

    Vazquez lines out to left

    Gorecki flies out to left

  344. mick March 4th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    SJ, I think most fans have a hard time being objective. They root for what they want to happen and overlook their players weaknesses.

    Last year Robbie got off to a great start knowing this was a weakness.

    If he approaches batting 5th, in the same manner, he will certainly raise his game even more.

  345. Holden March 4th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Do you think Jesus will be batting in the 9th?

  346. Phil the Thrill March 4th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Cano’s gonna have a breakout age 27 season.

  347. mick March 4th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Sure thing, Rodg.

    Did you see the location of the home run over the batter’s eye in center field at GMS Stadium the other day? It cleared the letter M about 20 feet above it.
    ————
    Yeah, I saw that on the broadcast yesterday. An absolute BOMB.
    ============================
    I was there that day and Montero could be up this season to DH a spell, esp if Nick tweaks something.

  348. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Well, that was quick. The hitters are way behind the pitchers, at least the Yankees hitters are, lol. Thanks GB!

  349. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    If the Phillies hold on, watch Manuel get all excited because he beat the Yankees, lol.

  350. rodg12 March 4th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Robby batted 5th for only 67 PAs before last year. His career line out of the 5th spot is .299/.321/.453. When compared to his career line of .306/.339/.480, he’s underperformed in the 5 hole, but not by a ton. For his career he’s at .256/.291/.398 with RISP, so he’s underperformed there throughout his career, but last year’s putrid line of .207/.242/.332 does weigh those numbers down. Overall, definitely an area he needs to improve at.

  351. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Pat M.
    March 4th, 2010 at 3:05 pm
    GB, In season form with the updates…….Austin has more spring in his feet than when I saw him last ( El Toro HS )….Laird is off to a nice spring…..

    ————————————————————

    Romine made a good play on that crossup by sanchez. Gets a fastball after calling for a breaking pitch.

    Laird is not a bail and wale type hitter. He has a lot of power to all parts of the park. Like most of the young guys, though, he doesn’t walk much, but, doesn’t strike out much, either. Good right/right center hitter.

  352. Patrick March 4th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    “If the Phillies hold on, watch Manuel get all excited because he beat the Yankees, lol.”

    Too little too late charlie :)

  353. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Phil the Thrill
    March 4th, 2010 at 3:13 pm
    Cano’s gonna have a breakout age 27 season.

    **********************
    I agree :D

  354. Brandon Awesome (B/c I'm still more AWESOME than you) March 4th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    The pitching for the Yanks are damn impressive, 1-0 vs this Phillies lineup?

  355. SJ44 March 4th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Mick,

    That’s the thing. Cano made a lot of strides last year.

    He played hard the entire season. A far cry from 2008.

    His defense improved immensely.

    However, he was awful with RISP and with the bases loaded. Folks can make all the excuses they want but, that doesn’t detract from reality.

    To his credit, he acknowledges it and is working hard to improve in those areas. That’s a real positive step in his development.

    I too think he is going to have a breakout season.

    Its time for him because he’s too talented to be so poor in those areas of his game.

  356. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Logan pitches a perfect 8th inning.

  357. rodg12 March 4th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    C’mon, Jesus, tie this puppy up in the 9th.

  358. Holden March 4th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    WooHoo! Montero!

  359. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Montero leading off

  360. Holden March 4th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Escolona eyes Montero…then cringes.

  361. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Brandon, the Phillies regulars are probably out of the game, like the Yankees (well, I’m assuming that, anyway).

    Patrick, absolutely! I sort of like the Phillies because they are very good and a hard team for the Mets to overcome. On the other hand, I despise their attitude. Great- we know they’re confident, but you can be confident without being arrogant you know whats.

  362. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Montero ropes a single to right on the first pitch.

    Romine batting.

  363. JohnC March 4th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Montero
    Romine
    Nunez

  364. rodg12 March 4th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Be pretty sweet if Romine now goes Yahtzee. Like to hear of Montero going to right.

  365. mick March 4th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    SJ,What do you think of Sweeny Murti’s take on Robbie “jumping” at the ball with RISP and “gliding” at it in less pressure spots?

    From playing myself I can understand he might be trying too hard under the extra pressure of having to drive in runs vs relaxing.

    He might be better suited to hit leadoff ala a Soriano. He’s a better contact hitter than Soriano.

  366. JohnC March 4th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Betsy:

    Your man is up!!

  367. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Mike and Sweeney were talking about Cano earlier. Cano’s OBP with even 3 balls is something like in the twenties (much lower than anyone else on the team). He’s too jumpy – that seems to be the conclusion.

  368. Phil the Thrill March 4th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Montero uses the whole field, that’s one of the reasons his bat is so highly regarded.

  369. Holden March 4th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    JM hit that off a lefty. Goes to show.

  370. John Sterling March 4th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    TIE GAME! WHOAAA!!!!

  371. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Thanks, John!

    Ah, the future of the Yankees (I hope)……Montero and Romine. Sweet.

  372. JohnC March 4th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    What happened?

  373. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Montero single

    Golson pinch runs, steals second

    Romine grounds out to first, Golson to third base

    Nunez strikeout

    Winfree singles to center, Golson scores.

    1-1 score

  374. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Romine got a hit? Woo hoo!

  375. SJ44 March 4th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    That’s a legitimate criticism.

    I remember last year when he was struggling with RISP, KLong talked a lot about him jumping at pitches.

    He also has to be a little more patient in those situations.

    He’s never going to be Nick Johnson from an OBP standpoint.

    However, he can be a little more patient, let the ball travel deeper to him, and swing at strikes in those situations.

    He only drew 10 walks last year on 3-2 counts. That can be improved.

    He’s close to being able to put it all together. He just has to continue putting in the work.

  376. Keep it March 4th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    They were discussing Cano’s walk total with a 3-2 count. He walks 10% of the time. The rest of the team averages a 30% walk rate with a 3-2 count.

  377. Holden March 4th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    No,grounded to 3.

  378. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Ok, but still woo hoo!

  379. Brandon Awesome (B/c I'm still more AWESOME than you) March 4th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    That Golson can fly, damn you Eduardo you should have knocked him in.

  380. Carl March 4th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    yanks lead!

  381. Holden March 4th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Big WOOHOO! Go Yankees!

  382. Pat M. March 4th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Austine looks like he’s filled out some in the past few years….Productive out ……

  383. John Sterling March 4th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    You can’t predict baseball, Suzyn. That just goes to show ya…

  384. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks, Holden. Next time he or Montero are catching, I sort of hope there are baserunners to see how they do in that regard.

  385. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Curtis singles to right field…runners on 1st and 2nd.

    Gil infield single to pitcher.

    Winfree scores from 2nd

  386. Keep it March 4th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Looks like Escalona is picking up right where Brad Lidge left off…

  387. Keep it March 4th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    *sounds like, as I am not watching the game.

  388. JohnC March 4th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Bring in Igawa now to close it out!!!

  389. tampayank March 4th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    “John Sterling March 4th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    You can’t predict baseball, Suzyn. That just goes to show ya…”

    I laughed

  390. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Corona grounds out.

    Bottom of the 9th, Yanks lead 2-1.

    Wilkins Arias pitching.

  391. five iron from fenway March 4th, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    how do you score from second on an infield hit to center???

  392. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Carl
    March 4th, 2010 at 3:29 pm
    yanks lead!

    *******************
    Awesome!! :D

  393. rodg12 March 4th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Curtis singles to right field…runners on 1st and 2nd.

    Gil infield single to pitcher.

    Winfree scores from 2nd
    ——————————–
    Wow. Pitcher throw to first and not get Gil?? Curtis has come up with big hits so far.

  394. five iron from fenway March 4th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    meant infield hit to pitcher?

  395. mick March 4th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Colin Curtis comes thru again!

  396. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Pat M.
    March 4th, 2010 at 3:29 pm
    Austine looks like he’s filled out some in the past few years….Productive out ……

    ————————————————————

    Hard to say just from TV, but, maybe 10 pounds heavier from last year?

  397. JohnC March 4th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    If Golson’s bat ever comes around, we could have a helluva weapon, and a steal.

  398. Chuck58 March 4th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    “Brandon Awesome (B/c I’m still more AWESOME than you)
    March 4th, 2010 at 12:39 pm
    “Jorge, that is excellent info about El Chato;
    thanx, ‘bro. I’m thinking Miranda will get dealt
    at some point soon, so always good to have depth.”

    Miranda might replace Matsui-san, you clearly haven’t seen him hit the long ball and doubles, Chato is a very dangerous hitter too but Miranda can atleast field. We’ll see.”

    I know Miranda can hit, Brandon, and if Nick Johnson were not available, I’d be all for him serving as DH and backup 1B. My concern is that he’s not getting any younger and he’s getting low on options… in light of Tex blocking him at First, having Nick to DH and with Jorge Vazquez behind him, I feel that the time is just about right to get some value out of him. Set aside the emotion [I like the guy, too, and wish we could keep him], and what do you foresee?

  399. Carl March 4th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.....id=6261176

  400. Phil the Thrill March 4th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Curtis may have turned a corner. He had a terrific showing in the AFL and he hasn’t missed a beat. This is a kid who does everything pretty well, but they were waiting on the power. It may be arriving.

  401. rodg12 March 4th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    What can people tell me about Wilkins Arias?

  402. Carl March 4th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    phils tie it up :(

  403. Eric March 4th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    way to blow the game.

  404. mick March 4th, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Interesting Cano stats:

    On 1st pitch he hit .432 last season.

    And even though is RISP #s are low, he hit .348 in late and close situations. Like Melky he likes that spotlight.

  405. Holden March 4th, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Romine’s arm is better than Montero’s? I think?

  406. saucY March 4th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    either my internet connection sucks, or the gameday operator dude does >:|

  407. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Arias got an out then gave up a single and a double for a run. Throw from left to cutoff was in plenty of time but Romine couldn’t handle the short hop and run scored

  408. Pat M. March 4th, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    GB, I haven’t seen the kid since HS….Had him on a summer Connie Mack team back in 2006 I think

  409. rodg12 March 4th, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Phil the Thrill March 4th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Curtis may have turned a corner. He had a terrific showing in the AFL and he hasn’t missed a beat. This is a kid who does everything pretty well, but they were waiting on the power. It may be arriving.
    ————————-
    The thing I liked to read about Curtis was the change in hitting style. Something like that leads me more to believe that a corner may have been turned rather than somebody just going through a prolonged hot streak.

  410. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Chavez strikes out with runner on thrd…2 outs.

  411. rodg12 March 4th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    I wonder if the Yanks brought enough pitchers to go extras.

  412. Carl March 4th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Phils win

  413. Eric March 4th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    total choke job by this Arias guy. Send him out of the organization as soon as possible. He can’t handle the big stage.

  414. Brandon Awesome (B/c I'm still more AWESOME than you) March 4th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    what a crappy way to lose, inf drills Valdez

  415. Phil the Thrill March 4th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Romine has a quicker release than Montero. They both have great arms.

  416. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Game over. Yanks lose 3-2 on an easy bouncer back to Arias and he muffed the play.

  417. champ809 March 4th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Cano hit .306 w/risp 2 yrs ago and drove in 97 runs from the #9 hole in the lineup…where you guys crying about him needing to improve that area of his game then?

    He pressed hard in those situations and “chased” bad pitches as opposed to “jumping”…

    Long is working with him on not chasing and forcing pitchers to elevate the ball and come to Robbie with pitches that he can drive. Not just in rbi situations but overall in his development as a hitter.

    If and whe he does that the batting titles, and MVP talk will follow. I too believe we see that this year.

  418. mick March 4th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    why not try wilkins de la rosa in that spot?

  419. Brandon Awesome (B/c I'm still more AWESOME than you) March 4th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    *Arias* it’s ST, shut up Eric.

  420. JohnC March 4th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    How did winning run score?

  421. Holden March 4th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Only spring training…………………………

  422. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Ugh……

  423. JohnC March 4th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    I guess Manuel thinks he got his revenge now. LOL!!!!!!!!!!

  424. rodg12 March 4th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    *Note to self, just turn off the broadcast after the top of the ninth tonight when watching the replay on MLBN.

  425. sierchio March 4th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Wish we saw more of Montero

  426. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Was it a bad play by Romine?

  427. Holden March 4th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Was the throw to home to Romine catchable?

  428. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Pat M.
    March 4th, 2010 at 3:39 pm
    GB, I haven’t seen the kid since HS….Had him on a summer Connie Mack team back in 2006 I think

    ————————————————————

    He’s not huge. about the same size as Posada, i’d say. still has trouble though on handling throws cleanly. stiff hands?

  429. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Now I know why I never heard of Wilkins Arias, lol

  430. Carl March 4th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Betsy -Romine wasn’t built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Was it a bad play by Romine?

    No. the throw was wide. He wouldn’t have tagged him if he caught the ball anyway. Mayberry has a lot of speed.

  431. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Are stiff hands something that can be worked on? If he can’t improve on that, perhaps Romine should be converted to the OF.

  432. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Thanks, Carl!

  433. vb03 March 4th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    What a choke job. This team is going nowhere this season, blow up the team and start rebuilding now while it’s not too late.

  434. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 4th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Though this may be universally known I will mention it anyway. Today’s MLB’s 30 Clubs in 30 Days focuses on the soon-to-be 28 time world series champions New York Yankees!
    The descrition says they visit Tampa and “take an in-depth look at the Yankees as the defending champs prepare for 2010″

  435. Eric March 4th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Someone’s got to be fired after this. If George were in his rightful mind, he’d issue a statement after losing to a big-time team like the Phillies. What a disgrace.

  436. rodg12 March 4th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Thanks for the updates, GB! Much appreciated. How ya feeling today?

  437. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    rodg12
    March 4th, 2010 at 3:36 pm
    What can people tell me about Wilkins Arias?

    ————————————————————

    Rodg, I can’t say. Haven’t seen much of him other than a game in Tampa and a couple of TV games. I was out of country when he was in Charleston in 2006. Chad may have seen him though.

  438. Carl March 4th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Betsy -Romine wasn’t built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Thanks, Carl!

    np :)

  439. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    I hate to lose that way even in ST, but without having seen the game, at least there were some positives and that’s the important thing.

  440. Patrick March 4th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Ahh Betsy I think that’s probably a bit premature. He’s only played in A-ball, he has plenty of time to develop as a catcher.

  441. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 4th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Shhh!!! Don’t tell anyone it’s only the second game of spring training and that spring training is the time the players are working out their stuff. You wouldn’t want to rob anyone of the angst and high emotion they might be feeling right now, plus their thought processes about how the season is REALLY going to go, based on what they have seen so far.

    Wow.

    :)

  442. Holden March 4th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks for letting us use the space, Chad.

  443. vb03 March 4th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    This loss is a dark moment for anyone associated with the team. It’s a sad state of affairs in Yankeeland.

  444. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    rodg12
    March 4th, 2010 at 3:51 pm
    Thanks for the updates, GB! Much appreciated. How ya feeling today?

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    It was a rough night, last night, Rodg, but, doing better today. Pizza withdrawl, I guess. thanks for asking. How are things in “The Freezer”?

  445. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 4th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Besides, since I know that both Gaudin and Mitre are going to make the team, I’m not worried a bit.

    :D

    Time for someone to cry on cue…

  446. Holden March 4th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Fun 2 games. 2 walkoffs.

  447. Eric March 4th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I agree with vb03. The Yankees did not do enough in the off-season. They’ve got an aging catcher, a weak-hitting outfield, and A-Rod’s not dating Kate Hudson anymore. Get ready for a repeat of 2008.

  448. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    The Phillies can take ST bragging rights from the Yankees, lol.

  449. Pat M. March 4th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Betsy, You want to watch the Yanks play, I have subscrition to mlb.com…..I’ll give you the sign in info ….

  450. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 4th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    GB, only because I generally see people query when I’m here, is all good with you and your health? I am hoping that is a yes.

  451. vb03 March 4th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Eric March 4th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I agree with vb03. The Yankees did not do enough in the off-season. They’ve got an aging catcher, a weak-hitting outfield, and A-Rod’s not dating Kate Hudson anymore. Get ready for a repeat of 2008.

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    It’s shameful that the WS Champions have fallen so far. FIRE CASHMAN! Get Omar Minaya to manage the Yankees, now there’s a man who knows what he’s doing. There is no excuse to not have gotten Jason Bay and John Lackey this offseason to bolster the team. Add the losses of Matsui and Damon and can you say 3rd place?!

  452. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Patrick, that’s true.

    Darn, I forgot to set my tape – and I knew the Yankees were the 30/30 team on MLB tonight. Now I have to wait until 10 pm.

  453. Erin March 4th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    New Post: Something to work on

  454. Eric March 4th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I’m definitely not calling for Omar Minaya, just not understanding why the Yankees didn’t keep Damon and sign Lackey. I didn’t want Jason Bay at all.

  455. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Betsy -Romine wasn’t built in a day
    March 4th, 2010 at 3:48 pm
    Are stiff hands something that can be worked on? If he can’t improve on that, perhaps Romine should be converted to the OF.

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    Betsy, the “stiff hands” comment was just my observation. Pat could probably answer that better than me. he had him in youth baseball. He’ll respond. as far as whether it can be fixed, Randy might be your best bet to answer that part, but, I’d say yes. I couldn’t answer how, though. Nobody that I know of has mentioned him in the outfield but me, but, that’s my preference, along with being a 2nd/3rd catcher. He’s extremely athletic and has very good speed. Great bat control and outstanding run producer.

    Don’t let the 2 or 3 idiots on here get to you, Kiddo.

  456. Keep it March 4th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Live by the walk-off, die by the walk-off.

  457. S.o.S. March 4th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Who said Yankee fans werent competitive? We want to go undefeated in spring training and make it a sweep.

    SPRING TRAINING CHAMPS and WORLD CHAMPS!!

    btw, solution to Cano aweful hitting with runners on. Have a helmet made with blinders on the sides. PROBLEM SOLVED.

  458. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Pat M, you’re very sweet, but I have YES – thank you, though!

    By the way, Phil goes tomorrow. I know it’s just ST, but I’m sort of excited (though I have to remember he’ll be throwing the change up and will probably get hit).

  459. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    trisha – OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!!
    March 4th, 2010 at 3:59 pm
    GB, only because I generally see people query when I’m here, is all good with you and your health? I am hoping that is a yes.

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    trisha, I’m doing ok. Last couple of days have been annoying though. mainly just headaches, though. I’ll have them check it out in tampa in a about a week and a half when I go back for a check-up. I’m hoping that the headlines read like Dizzy Dean’s did after getting hit in the head: “X-Rays Of GB7s Head Shows Nothing”.

  460. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 4th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    GB since I don’t know particulars nor do I know how much about your health woes you’ve divulged (meaning that I am not here much so am not sure what is going on, nor would I ever think to pry if you haven’t been specific) I can only say that I have prayers going in the direction of a sinus infection. I say that because I just got over a pesky one that lasted two weeks and the main problem was with headaches.

    Are you in Tampa for ST? I know you don’t live there year round. Again, I am totally out of the information loop since I spent most of the off season off lohud!

  461. ArtieA March 4th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Message to Hank and Hal..we lost today..fire someone!

  462. Ralph March 4th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    I can not believe we lost, I told you Chamberlain should be in the pen.

  463. Betty Eshelman April 7th, 2010 at 7:35 am

    check out iron man 2 online at http://movies.neverseen.net

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