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Spring Training Game 13: Yankees vs. Astros

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

YANKEES
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson LF
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner CF

RHP A.J. Burnett

ASTROS
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

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., as far as I know this game is not on TV.

WEATHER: Little colder than the past few days. Temperature in the low 60s, could drop into the 50s. Light breeze blowing out to right.

UMPIRES: HP Mark Carlson, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Mark Wegner, 3B Marty Foster

ON THE LINE: Phil Hughes is scheduled for four innings, and the Yankees are starting to look much more closely at the results for their fifth starter candidates… Curtis Granderson is making his second start in left field as the Yankees try to determine their outfield alignment.

UPDATE, 7:15 p.m.: Paul Simon threw out the ceremonial first pitch. It was actually a nice throw from the mound to Jorge Posada. A few notes as the game gets underway:

• Damaso Marte was scheduled to pitch today but was bumped to tomorrow because they Yankees weren’t sure there would be enough innings. They hope to have Burnett and Phil Hughes pitch four innings each, with Mariano Rivera throwing an inning in between. Marte will pitch tomorrow and Chan Ho Park will make his debut on Thursday.

• Hughes joked that Rivera is his setup man for the day.

• Dave Robertson threw a sim game this afternoon. Joe Girardi said the Yankees will have to do things like that, and use the upcoming minor league games, to get their relievers work now that all of these starters are up to 65 pitches.

• Girardi on Joba Chamberlain’s outing tomorrow: “He’s got to pick it up. We’ve told him, you’ve got to pitch now. We gave you those couple of starts to get under your belt, now you’ve got to show us. You’ve got to pitch.”

• Girardi said all of the fifth starter candidates will make at least one more appearance before they start eliminating candidates. They hope to have a starter picked by the end of next week, and until then they might gradually rule out a starter or two at a time. “There are no rules,” Girardi said. “We’ll just do it as we feel it’s necessary to make moves.”

• Curtis Granderson starting in left field is not an indication of the Yankees outfield alignment on Opening Day. Girardi said he will spend “all of spring training” deciding who will open in left and who will open in center.

• As expected, Yankees individual game tickets will go on sale Friday. They will go on sale at noon.

UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: His first 2010 at-bat as the Yankees No. 5 hitter, Robinson Cano grounded out to strand runners at first and second. Let the panic begin… now!

UPDATE, 7:54 p.m.: One out RBI double by Nick Swisher gives the Yankees a 1-0 lead here in the bottom of the second. A.J. Burnett has put some runners on base, but he left the bases loaded in the first inning and pitched around a walk in the second inning.

UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: Burnett was a little wild and lasted only 2.1 innings. He’s out here in the third inning with the score 1-1. Zack Segovia is in to pitch with a runner at second.

UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: By the way, I’m also in spring training mode. Last inning, Brett Gardner flied out to medium right field. I thought the ball was crushed off the bat. This is my version of “just seeing pitches” or “just trying to throw strikes.” Just trying to tell the difference between a routine fly ball and an epic home run into the next county.

UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: Mark Teixeira, first pitch home run to right, his second homer of the spring.

UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: Two-out double by Cano and an RBI single by Posada have made it 3-1 Yankees. Segovia still out there to pitch the top of the fourth.

UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: Burnett said he felt strong, maybe too strong after his previous start was rained out. “I was overdoing it early,” he said. “I was probably overdoing it the whole time.”

UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: Mariano Rivera said his arm felt “day and night” better tonight compared to how it felt at this time last year. “I walked a guy,” he said. “I got too excited.”

UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: Colin Curtis continues his nice big league camp with a running catch in left field. By the way, every Yankees starter is out of he game except Swisher, Gardner, Jeter and Posada.

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