Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames RF
Brett Gardner LF
Mike Rivera C
Jorge Vazquez 3B
Ramiro Pena SS
Pitching: Joba Chamberlain (9-6, 4.75 ERA in 2009)
Austin Jackson CF
Ryan Raburn RF
Ryan Strieby 1B
Miguel Cabrera DH
Carlos Guillen LF
Gerald Laird C
Jeff Larish 3B
Scott Sizemore 2B
Adam Everett SS
Pitching: Armando Galarraga (6-10, 5.64 ERA in 2009)
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., No TV
WEATHER: Beautiful Florida weather. Clear skies, temps are in the 60s and 70s. Great day for baseball.
UMPIRES: HP Mark Wegner, 1B Joe West, 2B Jerry Layne, 3B Mark Carlson
WHAT’S ON THE LINE: Joba Chamberlain gets the start and then Phil Hughes will pitch right behind him as the two front-runners in the Fifth Starter Derby are on display. Joe Girardi said he’s not putting too much stock in results yet, but this is the last “warm-up” before evaluations begin getting serious.
HELLO, OLD FRIEND: The New York writers spent some time in the Detroit clubhouse before the game, and Johnny Damon was talkative as usual. There wasn’t a whole lot new from him – as you all know, there were a TON of stories written about him over the past month – but he did say that he holds no ill-will towards either the Yankees or his agent, Scott Boras, for how things went down. Some Yankees fans may be mad at Boras, but Damon sure isn’t. “I trusted Scott since I was 16 years old,” he said. “He knows what he’s doing.”
Damon isn’t in the lineup today because he’s suffering from a stubbed toe he picked up while playing with his kids in the backyard at home. I’ll post a few more comments from Damon later.
A-JAX: After talking to Damon, a few of us chatted with Austin Jackson. Since I know he’s a blog favorite, I’ll post the audio below. Jackson said he wasn’t disappointed when he learned he was traded and is excited about likely reaching his dream of being an every-day big leaguer.
He’s also pleased to be hitting leadoff, where power production won’t be an issue. He did say he misses some of his buddies from the Yanks minor leagues, including Colin Curtis who – you may remember – hit a walkoff homer the other day. “I called him after that!” Jackson said.
Here’s the audio:
UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: Nice start for Granderson, singling after getting a nice ovation from the Tigers fans. Yankees get nothing though and now it’s Joba time.
UPDATE, 1:19 p.m.: Good-looking change-up by Joba to get Jackson looking at strike three. That’s a pitch Joba said the other day that he’s trying to work on in spring. He follows that up by walking Raburn, though.
UPDATE, 1:32 p.m.: Jorge Vazquez ropes a ball down the left-field line and Brett Gardner – speedster extraordinaire – comes all the way around to score. It’s 1-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 1:42 p.m.: It’s spring training so they just called Jeff Larish’s grounder a single but I think Mark Teixeira would say he should have had that one. Either way, one on and two out.
UPDATE, 1:43 p.m.: No damage done. Grounder to third ends the inning. Joba has allowed one hit and one walk through two.
UPDATE, 1:47 p.m.: Hey, it’s Phil Coke! And there’s Mark Teixeira absolutely murdering a pitch over the left-center field fence. Coke has a new look – long hair, hairy beard – but, apparently, similar results. It’s 3-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 2:03 p.m.: Joba, Joba, Joba. That’ll do it for Chamberlain, who trudges off after giving up two singles, a walk, another single, another walk and then a grand slam to Gerald Laird on a 1-0 pitch. Not ideal. Phil Hughes now on to start his work.
UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: Hughes isn’t exactly impressing. He gave up an absolute rocket solo homer to Ryan Rayburn and then – after a single from Ryan Strieby – watched Miguel Cabrera smoke a fly ball to center that Granderson caught with his back to home plate. Total circus catch on a ball that went about 410 feet. Hughes did escape with only one run charged.
UPDATE, 3:19 p.m.: Clubhouse open so I’ll be back in a bit.