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Spring Training Game 27: Yankees vs. Twins

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Derek Jeter SS
Marcus Thames DH
Jorge Posada C
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF
Ramiro Pena 2B
Juan Miranda 1B

RHP Phil Hughes

Denard Span CF
Orlando Hudson 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Jason Kubel DH
Delmon Young LF
Brendan Harris 3B
Brock Peterson 1B
Juan Portes RF
Drew Butera C

LHP Brian Duensing

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m./YES Network

WEATHER: A few light clouds in the distance, but otherwise another bright and sunny day here in Tampa. Spring training started with some chilly days, but these last few weeks have been outstanding.

UMPIRES: HP Vic Carapazza, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Andy Fletcher, 3B Damien Beal

ON THE LINE: In terms of roster decisions, the most interesting thing to watch in Yankees camp might be Marcus Thames at-bats against lefties. He’ll face another left-hander today, and he’s looked pretty good against them lately… Also worth watching left-handed reliever Boone Logan and Royce Ring. The Yankees are still determining whether they have room for one of them in the bullpen.

UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Denard Span just lined a ball into the stands and hit a woman who’s wearing a Span jersey. Turns out, it was a member of Span’s family, possibly his mother. Jorge Posada immediately ran over there, then Span ran into the stands to check on her. She seems to be OK, but that was pretty crazy.

UPDATE, 1:31 p.m.: That was in fact Span’s mother. She was hit in the chest, but did not go to the hospital. She’s back in the stands, just not as close to the field as before.

UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: Since that two-out, two-run stretch in the first inning, Phil Hughes has retired 10 of the past 11 Twins. He’s struck out five through four innings. I really think he can be a very good pitcher in the major leagues, and I think we’ll see it happen this year.

UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: That’s spring home run No. 2 for Alex Rodriguez. He’s now tied with Robinson Cano for the team lead in RBI with 9. Nick Swisher has eight and Nick Johnson has seven.

UPDATE, 2:29 p.m.: He didn’t get the out, but Ramiro Pena just made a nice relay throw to third to very nearly get Orlando Hudson. The guy can play some defense, no doubt.

UPDATE, 2:35 p.m.: After Hughes was chased from the game, Boone Logan struck out Jason Kubel to strand a runner at second and keep the Twins lead at 3-1 in the fifth. I’ve done a complete 360 on Logan. I came to camp expecting him to make the team, then I thought he’d be crowded out by fifth-starter candidates, and now I think they’ll find a way to at least carry him until they need a fifth starter.

UPDATE, 3:01 p.m.: Joba Chamberlain is in to pitch for the Yankees. Brandon Laird is in the game at third and Jose Pirela is in at shortstop.

UPDATE, 3:15 p.m.: More unusual to see a switch-pitcher or a 5-foot-3 second baseman?

UPDATE, 3:24 p.m.: Apparently ESPN just listed Clay Condrey as a Yankees reliever. Condrey is with the Twins after establishing himself with the Phillies. Don’t worry, he’s not going to beat out Mo.

UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.: Nice game for Juan Miranda, who just homered to pull the Yankees within 4-2.