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Rivera making his debut tonight

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 16, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mariano Rivera will make his first spring training appearance tonight. On the list in the Yankees clubhouse, Rivera’s named was second — ahead of Phil Hughes — so it might be Rivera who pitches immediately after starter A.J. Burnett.

I didn’t go back and double check, but I’m pretty sure Dave Eiland had previously indicated that Damaso Marte would also debut today. Instead, Marte is pitching tomorrow against the Phillies.

I never saw Eiland in the clubhouse to ask him about it, but the situation could be as simple as splitting Rivera and Marte to make sure both are able to pitch. If Burnett and Hughes were to both pitch four innings today — which is at least possible — there would be only one inning left.

• Scheduled to pitch: A.J. Burnett, Mariano Rivera, Phil Hughes, Romulo Sanchez, Zack Segovia.

• Scheduled to play off the bench: C Jesus Montero, 1B Jorge Vazquez, 2B Reegie Corona, SS Eduardo Nunez, 3B Brandon Laird, LF Colin Curtis, CF Greg Golson, RF Jamie Hoffmann, DH Austin Romine.

• Pitchers for tomorrow: Andy Pettitte, Joba Chamberlain, Damaso Marte, Royce Ring, Amaury Sanit.

• Position players not making the trip tomorrow: Jorge Posada, Austin Romine, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Greg Golson, Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson.

• In the middle of the Yankees clubhouse, there’s an aisle of lockers — four on each side — that was packed last week. Today, it was only Jamie Hoffmann. He used to be surrounded by Hector Noesi, Ivan Nova, D.J. Mitchell, Kyle Higashioka, Andrew Brackman, Christian Garcia and Wilkin De La Rosa. Now it’s his locker among a bunch of empty hangers.

UPDATE, 2:58 p.m.: Houston’s lineup.

Jason Bourgeois CF
Jeff Keppinger 2B
Hunter Pence, RF
Geoff Blum 1B
Pedro Feliz 3B
Jason Michaels LF
Jason Castro C
Edwin Maysonet SS
Brian Bogusevic DH

RHP Brian Moehler

UPDATE, 3:00 p.m.: MLB Network just sent a press release announcing John Smoltz as the newest addition to its on-air roster.

UPDATE, 3:09 p.m.: Forgot to mention that minor league catcher Kyle Anson has decided to retire. He was a converted third baseman who always showed a great eye at the plate, but never hit for much power or average. He got to Double-A.

Although it’s been widely speculated that former second-round pick J.B. Cox has also retired, Mark Newman said the Yankees are “still waiting” for Cox to make a final decision about his playing future. Cox was a dominant closer at the University of Texas and put up terrific minor league numbers before injuries got in the way.

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55 Responses to “Rivera making his debut tonight”

  1. Carl March 16th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Mo makes his debut and I don’t think the game is on TV :(

  2. Rishi March 16th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Happy Birthday me — Mo’s pitching :)

    Now if only I had a way to see the game :)

  3. dee March 16th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I know it’s not going to be televised, but are they going to broadcast the game on the radio?

  4. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 16th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    What a night for the game not to be on tv, lol. I wonder why Rivera is following AJ and not Phil?

    Chad, from prior thread – I hope you’re right re: CF

  5. Jerkface March 16th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Jerkface, today’s lineup is basically how it’s going to be for the rest of the year, so I assume Gardner in CF now means he’s there permanently. I think it’s wrong to move Granderson to LF.

    No offense, but this is classic reactionary Betsy. Granderson has played the LEAST in LF this spring. Almost all of his starts have been in center. This might be the opening day lineup but LF/CF isn’t set in stone.

    Even if we are to believe that it is, if Gardner and Granderson don’t work out, Girardi will just switch them. Why wouldn’t they?

    Don’t be so ridiculous.

  6. upstate kate March 16th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Happy Birthday Rishi :)

    RayVT
    have you been hanging out w/ Jeter…both coming down w/ food poisoning…hmmm…glad to hear you are feeling better.

  7. m March 16th, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Thank goodness Betsy doesn’t have her own twitter account. If she tweeted that Gardner was the starting center fielder, there’d be a wildfire across the internets. ;)

  8. Erin March 16th, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Happy Birthday Rishi!! :)

  9. NYY626 March 16th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Erin
    March 16th, 2010 at 2:19 pm
    S.o.S.
    March 16th, 2010 at 1:38 pm
    Mike, it’s Guess The Lineup

    =======

    If lineup is one word. Shouldnt it be GTL?

    ****************************
    GTLU just sounds better than GTL
    ____________________________________________________________Hate to break to y’all ( said in my best andy pettitte voice), but I’m pretty sure the Jersey Shore crew has patented GTL as Gym.Tan.Laundry.

    So its gotta be GTLU! :)

  10. Rishi March 16th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks, all! Can’t wait for work to slow down some so i can play more during the day. Spent some time yesterday trying to figure out which games we want to go to this year.

    My bday gift from my sister is “prime seats” to any (reasonable) game I want – i don’t think she’s going to shell out for a Yankees-Red Sox game :)

  11. S.o.S. March 16th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Enjoy your B-day Rishi!!

    Can anyone tell me why its taken so long for MO to pitch?

  12. Erin March 16th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    NYY626, very nice nod to Andy there. :)

  13. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 16th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/.....4DMFFMNWSO

    Is Joel Sherman on acid? Hughes for Span?

  14. m March 16th, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    NYY626,

    lol, I knew I had heard GTL somewhere. Anyone think Gardner’s doing his own GTL? I don’t know if it was the video stream, but he sure did look orange-red the other day.

    Hoffman floating in a sea of empty lockers must be somewhat of a good thing for him, right?

  15. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 16th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    LOL Ok, I won’t be offended, Jerkface, despite the fact you insulted me twice in the span of one post.

  16. Doreen - 2010 GTLU March 16th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Happy Birthday, Rishi. :)

  17. Bronx Jeers March 16th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Maybe Mo’s pitching 2nd so he can go home early and sleep?

    He is 40.

    Or Maybe they want him to face some real MLB hitters.

    Maybe they just wrote his name 2nd?

  18. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 16th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Happy birthday, Rishi !

  19. m March 16th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Feinsand saying AJ for 4, Mo for 1, Hughes after that.

    It makes sense. Why should Mo wait to get in his work?

  20. Frank March 16th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    “Is Joel Sherman on acid? Hughes for Span?”

    Probably what it would have taken. Span is a terrific young player.

  21. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 16th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Jeers, there’s no need to be sarcastic; I was just asking a question. You could have ignored me if you thought it was stupid.

  22. Jerkface March 16th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Thats why I said no offense. You say that then you can just say whatever you want. Some things for everyone to consider from girardi’s ‘opening day lineup’:

    - This might be the opening day lineup in so much as Gardner will start and Winn will be on the bench barring sudden upswing in Winn’s hitting/Gardner stops walking and making contact

    - nick johnson is hitting second

    - Cano is hitting 5th

    - Granderson will either hit 5th or 7th or 2nd, as Girardi is going to break up lefties / righties

    Girardi wants more games with Gardner in CF and Granderson in LF to see how they communicate, as I said before Granderson has spent the least time in Left this spring.

  23. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 16th, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Sherman has never liked Phil, not from the time he made his first ever start against the Jays. Whatever. I hope Phil makes all these mediots look foolish for wanting the Yankees to trade him.

  24. NYY626 March 16th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    m
    March 16th, 2010 at 3:01 pm
    NYY626,

    lol, I knew I had heard GTL somewhere. Anyone think Gardner’s doing his own GTL? I don’t know if it was the video stream, but he sure did look orange-red the other day.
    ____________________________________________________________
    GGBG must be hangin around Alex a little too much this year!

  25. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 16th, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Yeah, Jerkface, but just because you said “no offense” doesn’t mean I have to buy it. It’s just a cover for you to insult me. However, I’m in no mood to get into another fight…

  26. CountryClub March 16th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Mo always pitches after the starter in spring training. It’s so he gets to face some real hitters.

  27. m March 16th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Betsy,

    Jerkface isn’t the only one who thought it was an overreaction. You’re going to have to get mad at a lot of people for that.

    You get a lot back because you push certain buttons. Not saying you do it on purpose, but you say a lot of stuff that gets reactions.

    You’re good for the hit count. I’m sure Chad and Sam appreciate it. :P

  28. Bronx Jeers March 16th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Betsy,

    I was actually just trying to figure it out myself. Sort of thinking out loud.

  29. m March 16th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    But, yes, it was rude of Jerkface to tell you to stop being ridiculous.

    But what did you expect? His name is Jerkface. :P

  30. JoeyA March 16th, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Two thoughts on my mind on this beautiful day in the Northeast:

    1. I think we really missed the boat with Hechevarria. He seems like the best SS prospect thats come along in a while. SJ and the rest of them can say all they want about a prospects potential vs. proven ability, but, at some point, this organization needs to take a chance on a prospect @ a premium position. We can’t buy every single position player we have, not to mention, HE DREAMED OF BEING A YANKEE.

    2. what are the chances, if any, that Jeter’s final contract has a large amount of deferred compensation. If there are a TON of reasons against it, please don’t rip into this idea, but it’s worth considering. He will obviously be overpaid, especially for a SS in his late 30′s/early 40′s and be a large financial burden to the team. why not pay him $6-8M per year, which the rest deferred over 5 years after his retirement.

  31. Maverick March 16th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    A little late on the acronym posts, but I thought you might find this amusing.

    In the military we had A LOT of acronyms. There are no specific rules for creating them. Proper spelling has nothing to do with which letters are includes, it is up to the creator of the acronym. For example, I worked on a program with the USAF & NASA known as SPADVOS. SPADVOS stands for Spaceborne Direct Viewing Optical System.

    FUNNY MEMORY:

    I came up with a tongue-in-cheek one of my own that always gave the astronauts a laugh. I was the principal investigator with the NASA astronauts on a program that was officially called VFT, which was Visual Function Tester and I was fortunate to get the astronauts to use it on quite a few shuttle missions. Since my first name is Melvin, my opening briefing slide to the astronauts was Mel “Brooks” presents SPACEBALLS (as in the spoof movie); which stood for Space Calibrated Eyeballs. The astronauts loved the spoofing and it was a great icebreaker.

  32. Tom B - March 16th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Chad – MLB sent out the release? I see other sites reporting he joined TBS.

  33. Erin March 16th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Tom B –
    March 16th, 2010 at 3:18 pm
    Chad – MLB sent out the release? I see other sites reporting he joined TBS.

    ************************
    I think he joined both.

  34. m March 16th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I don’t know, espn had Smoltz taking Joe Nathan’s place. Seriously, one of their writers was trying to pawn that.

  35. upstate kate March 16th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Tom B
    the article I read on mlb.com said he would be on both TBS and MLB and…is not retiring from pitching, should any offers come his way.

  36. Bronx Jeers March 16th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Maverick,

    That’s pretty funny for a “rocket scientist”.

    You know if I worked for/with NASA, I would say dumb crap all day long just hoping somebody would sarcastically call me a rocket scientist.

    So then I could respond “Actually, I am “

  37. upstate kate March 16th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    m
    I knew I saw/heard that somewhere recently, but couldn’t remember where.

  38. Erin March 16th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    m
    March 16th, 2010 at 3:21 pm
    I don’t know, espn had Smoltz taking Joe Nathan’s place. Seriously, one of their writers was trying to pawn that.

    **************************
    That could work- he can just leave the booth , and go down to pitch ;)

  39. stuckey March 16th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    “2. what are the chances, if any, that Jeter’s final contract has a large amount of deferred compensation. If there are a TON of reasons against it, please don’t rip into this idea, but it’s worth considering. He will obviously be overpaid, especially for a SS in his late 30’s/early 40’s and be a large financial burden to the team. why not pay him $6-8M per year, which the rest deferred over 5 years after his retirement.”

    I’m going to be spending a year reminding people of this.

    ANY speculation on how Jeter (and Rivera’s) new contracts will affect the amount the Yankees will be willing to spend on OTHER major league player’s and player development will be just that, pure speculation.

    Remember, MLB doesn’t have a salary cap. The Yankees “budget” is entirely at their own discretion.

    The Yankee organization may well understand they’ll have pay “above market” for their next contracts and willingly write that premium INTO the budget.

    Saying their new deals will TAKE money away from other spending it presumptive, speculative, and reactionary.

  40. Erin March 16th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    BryanHoch Yankees announce hiring of Kevin Towers as special assistant to GM 20 seconds ago

  41. Maverick March 16th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Thanks BJ,

    He wrote with tongue in cheek…LOL

  42. tex's friend March 16th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Mo also pitches mid game to be sure he gets a chance to pitch. In case there is a reason the game doesnt go 9 innings.

  43. upstate kate March 16th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Jeter is also the face of the franchise, and think of how many people will come out to see him break various records, not to mention all the related merchandise that can be sold. He will be well worth whatever he is paid.

  44. blake March 16th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Smoltz will be awesome on TV.

  45. S.o.S. March 16th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Maverick,
    Funny story. I loved Spaceballs as a kid. Did you finish the sale with “may the (insert word from movie)be with you”?

    Speaking of mel. Did we ever find out what mel stands for on m’s name?

  46. S.o.S. March 16th, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    BryanHoch Yankees announce hiring of Kevin Towers as special assistant to GM 20 seconds ago

    =====

    What does special assistant mean? Will he hold Cash’s blackbook for him or maybe his hip hop cd collection?

  47. Jerkface March 16th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    What does special assistant mean?

    Combs all the blogs to find good comments for Cash to read. Yours will not be among them.

  48. vinny-b March 16th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    know this has been posted, but…

    is tonight’s game televised on my9 and/or any other channel ?

    thanks

  49. Erin March 16th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Girardi doesn’t rule out chance that Montero could be in the Bronx this season as a DH type if a big bad goes down. #nyylive about 1 minute ago

  50. Bronx Jeers March 16th, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I think Jeter’s been with the team long enough to know that the Yankees don’t need to defer money.

    And I don’t think deferred money has an effect on the soft cap anyway.

  51. m March 16th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    upstate kate,

    Here’s the Shelley Duncan piece. Just let me know if you need help finding anything else. ;)

    http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/.....arts-over/

  52. S.o.S. March 16th, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    You forgot to start or end it with no offense.
    Thanks for the kind words a–wipe. No offense.

  53. Erin March 16th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    New Post: Towers officially joins Yankees

  54. LGY - Child Prodigy/GB7's Bestest Buddy March 16th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    “Sherman has never liked Phil, not from the time he made his first ever start against the Jays. Whatever. I hope Phil makes all these mediots look foolish for wanting the Yankees to trade him.”

    ———————————

    There is a difference between wanting the Yankees to trade him and identifying what it would cost to acquire Span. Span is signed through 2015, is a very good young player, and plays a premium position (although his defense may be better suited for corner OF.)

    It is not a ludicrous idea/scenario.

  55. Rich on the 6 train March 16th, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    It must be wierd for Hoffman to have no one around his locker.

    I guess Park will pitch sometime this year.

    I hope Hughes puts a stamp on it tonight and we can talk about whether Joba is in the bullpen or AAA!

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