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Spring Training Game 20: Yankees vs. Nationals

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 24, 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 CF
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Javier Vazquez

NATIONALS
Roger Bernadina LF
Christian Guzman SS
Willie Harris 3B
Josh Whitesell 1B
Justin Maxwell CF
Adam Kennedy 2B
Ian Desmond DH
Wil Nieves C
Willy Tavaras RF

RHP Livan Hernandez

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m./None (apparently it is on MASN in the DC area)

WEATHER: Right now it’s 77 degrees with light clouds and a light breeze. The weather is pretty much perfect today.

UMPIRES: HP Marty Foster, 1B Eric Cooper, 30 Vic Carapazza

ON THE LINE: Not much. There is one report that the Yankees have already decided to use Curtis Granderson in center field, but Joe Girardi said this afternoon that he has yet to decide whether it will be Granderson or Brett Gardner in center. Granderson is there tonight.

UPDATE, 7:05 p.m.: A few notes from Joe Girardi’s session with the media.

• Girardi said the team still has not reached a decision on the fifth starter, and he’s not sure they’ll be ready to announce a decision tomorrow either. He’s meeting with the staff tonight. “I think everyone probably in the room that we’re going to enter and probably right here has a feeling,” he said. “But you want to listen to all of the opinions before you really formulate your answer. I think that’s the proper thing to do.”

• I don’t doubt Joel Sherman when he writes that a source has told him Granderson will be the Opening Day center fielder, but Girardi said the decision has not yet been made. “He’s played very well in center,” Girardi said. “He’s played very well in left. And so has Gardy. That decision probably has not been on the forefront, because that’s not a decision that we need to make (immediately).”

• Aside from a fifth starter and who starts in center, Girardi said the only decisions left to make are who to carry as a right-handed bat off the bench and whether to carry a second lefty in the pen.

• Why Cervelli at third? “Cervi has played the infield (in the past) and takes ground balls every day,” Girardi said. “There might come a situation when we might need it.” Girardi played Jose Molina at third base one game last season. Cervelli keeps a third-base glove with him. “I’m going to try,” he said.

• Girardi responded to Doc Gooden’s arrest: “Your heart goes out to him,” Girardi said. “I don’t have any details, that’s the first I’ve heard of it, but your heart goes out to him. He was a great teammate. Doc and I will always be linked because we played on a championship team and had a no-hitter together. I loved playing with Doc, he was great to be around and a great teammate. You hope that everything’s OK.”

• Brian Bruney is here with a full beard: “I think he’s still in his deer hunter mode,” Girardi said.

UPDATE, 7:18 p.m.: Alfredo Aceves is starting tomorrow against the Orioles, with Sergio Mitre, Chan Ho Park, Dave Robertson, Amaury Sanit and Zack Segovia also scheduled to to make the trip.

Almost every position player — including Alex Rodriguez — is making the trip. The only position players not going to Sarasota are: Mike Rivera, Jorge Posada, Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson.

UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: Another night game with early newspaper deadlines so I haven’t been able to do much with the blog, but Vazquez looks terrific. His offspeed stuff has led to some terrible swings.

And, as I was typing this, Robinson Cano just caught a line drive and threw to first base to get a double play here in the top of the fifth. Vazquez is cruising and the Yankees are leading 1-0 on an RBI triple by Alex Rodriguez. I guess the hip feels fine.

UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Nice running catch by Granderson. Made the grab at the wall.

UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: Look at that, Robinson Cano just hit a ball hard with a runner in scoring position. It’s now 3-0 Yankees.

UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Nice round of applause for Vazquez as he exits the game after a lead-off single here in the seventh. Damaso Marte is in to pitch for the Yankees. Vazquez was terrific.

UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: The line for Vazquez: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. He threw 77 pitches, 55 for strikes.

UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: Mariano Rivera is in to pitched the eighth. Clubhouse opening now, so I’m heading downstairs.

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