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Spring finale: Yankees vs. Future Stars

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Apr 03, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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

RHP Javier Vazquez

Slade Heathcott CF
Corban Joseph 3B
Jesus Montero C
David Adams 2B
J.R. Murphy DH
Colin Curtis LF
Brad Suttle 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Melky Mesa RF

RHP Jonathan Albaladejo

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

WEATHER: A few clouds but nothing to worry about. A nice way to wrap up the spring.

UMPIRES: There are umpires here, but I don’t know their names.

ON THE LINE: Absolutely nothing. The roster’s set, but it will probably be nice to get Jorge Posada a few at-bats after missing a couple days. Javier Vazquez is making his last start of the spring.

KEVIN LAWN AWARDS: Before the game, the Yankees presented Austin Romine and Zach McAllister with their minor league Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year awards. Members of last year’s Tampa Yankees were also given their Florida State League rings.

UPDATE, 1:09 p.m.: The Yankees Rule 5 picks aren’t coming back. Zach Kroenke cleared waivers but decided to stay with the Diamondbacks. Kanekoa Texeira will be in the Mariners bullpen after a terrific spring in which he was named the top rookie at the Peoria Sports Complex, which includes both Mariners and Padres.

UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Slade Heathcott led off with an infield single — he’s got some speed, no doubt — and Jesus Montero just doubled him to third. For those who really want to see the young guys do well, that’s almost a perfect start to the game, the team’s top prospect and first-round pick getting hits in their first at-bats.

UPDATE, 1:29 p.m.: Single. Single. Walk. Seems like not much has changed this spring for Jonathan Albaladejo.

UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Of course, he just struck out Alex Rodriguez. Maybe I owe Alby an apology.

UPDATE, 2:03 p.m.: Forgot to mention this: It still seems likely Mike Rivera will eventually be released, but Girardi said this morning that Brian Cashman is “trying to find a spot for him.” That could mean Cashman is trying to trade him to someone who needs a Triple-A catcher, but that sort of deal probably wouldn’t generate much.

UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: After two at-bats and three innings behind the plate, Jorge Posada is done. He doubled here in the third and was replaced by Austin Romine.

UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: This is clearly the last inning for the Yankees regulars. Posada, Teixeira, Rodriguez and Cano are already out. Oh, and Ivan Nova is getting knocked around.

UPDATE, 2:17 p.m.: Changes for the Yankees (the major league team): Russo at third, Corona at second, Pilittere at first, Romine at catcher, Golson in center and Pena at short.

UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: Medchill has entered the game in left and Krum is in right for the Yankees. Vazquez is the only New York starter still in the game. Pena is also in the game at short and Thames is in there somewhere, DH I think.

UPDATE, 2:43 p.m.: And now Vazquez is out of the game after 4.1 innings. Melancon is in from the bullpen. This is officially minor leaguers vs. minor leaguers (plus Ramiro Pena).

UPDATE, 3:10 p.m.: Vazquez threw 80 pitches, 56 strikes. Abraham Almonte is now playing left and Daniel Brewer is now playing right for the Future Stars. Mesa has moved from right to center.




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