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Spring Training Game 7: Yankees vs. Red Sox

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Mar 04, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (2-3-1)
Derek Jeter SS
Russell Martin C
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Andruw Jones LF
Melky Mesa CF
Greg Golson RF

RHP Bartolo Colon (0-0, 4.50)
Colon vs. Red Sox

RED SOX (2-3)
Darnell McDonald RF
Ryan Kalish CF
Jed Lowrie 1B
Jason Varitek C
Daniel Nava DH
Josh Reddick LF
Yamaico Navarro 3B
Drew Sutton 2B
Jose Iglesias SS

RHP Clay Buchholz (17-7, 2.33 in 2010)
Buchholz vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Another nice day down here in Tampa. Breeze blowing in from center field.

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

ON THE LINE: Bartolo Colon is making his second start in an attempt to pitch his way back into a big league rotation. Russell Martin’s spot on the roster really isn’t in doubt, this will be the first time he’s tested his surgically repair knee in a game behind the plate.

CALL US WEEKLY: Actor Richard Gere will throw out tonight’s ceremonial first pitch.

OLD HABITS: David Well threw batting practice this afternoon. As one of the other Yankees writers pointed out, he looked behind him every time to see where the balls landed after they were hit. Even tossing BP fastballs, Wells seemed worried about his results.

OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE YANKEES: Manny Banuelos, Pedro Feliciano, Mark Prior and Andy Sisco are scheduled to pitch behind Colon.

BULLPEN FOR THE RED SOX: Brandon Duckworth, Randy Williams, Matt Albers, Tony Pena Jr.

UPDATE, 7:15 p.m.: Colon and Buchholz each sent the side down in order in the first inning. Colon had two strikeouts and a ground ball to short.

UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: Colon was pretty good. Granted, this is a pretty terrible lineup, but he went three scoreless with five strikeouts and no walks. He allowed two singles, but one was a chopper that didn’t get out of the infield. I still think he’s the third guy in a race for two spots, but he’s been better than I expected.

UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: I felt sure Rodriguez had a home run on that drive to left-center. The wind is really blowing here and knocked that ball down, but it sure looked like a homer off the bat.

UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: How’s this as a review of Manny Banuelos? “He’s got as good of stuff as I’ve seen,” Russell Martin said. “I can compare it to a Kershaw.”

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