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Spring Training Game 22: Yankees at Blue Jays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Mar 18, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (9-11-2)
Brett Gardner LF
Russell Martin C
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Eric Chavez 1B
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Ronnie Belliard 3B
Ramiro Pena SS

RHP A.J. Burnett (1-0, 2.00)
Burnett vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (10-9)
Corey Patterson CF
John McDonald SS
Jose Bautista 3B
Adam Lind 1B
Juan Rivera RF
Travis Snider LF
Jose Molina C
Eric Thames DH
Mike McCoy 2B

RHP Brandon Morrow (1-0, 1.29)
Morrow vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., not on television

WEATHER: It’s unbelievably sunny in Dunedin today. One of those days that leaves you squinting constantly. Not much wind today, just a lot of sunshine.

UMPIRES: HP David Rackley, 1B Marty Foster, 2B Dan Iassogna, 3B Vic Carapazza

ON THE LINE: Sergio Mitre is making his return after dealing with a mild oblique issue. He’s under the radar in this rotation competition, but he’s actually pitched pretty well. Otherwise, the only players really competing for a job today are Eduardo Nunez and Ramiro Pena.

OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE YANKEES: Burnett and Mitre might have enough pitches to get through all nine innings. If not, the Yankees have Andrew Brackman behind them.

BULLPEN FOR THE BLUE JAYS: RHP Jon Rauch, LHP David Purcey and LHP Mike Hinckley

REGULAR SECOND SCENARIO: Just an observation, but a game against Morrow might be exactly the kind of day that Eric Chavez will be in the Yankees lineup this season. Girardi likes to give Alex Rodriguez some days off on that Toronto turf, and Rodriguez has never hit Morrow especially well.

DO IT AGAIN: The Yankees and Blue Jays are playing back-to-back games against one another. The Jays are coming to Tampa tomorrow, Brett Cecil vs. Freddy Garcia.

UPDATE, 1:28 p.m.: Burnett was just hit by a comebacker, but the consensus seems to be that it got him in the glove. There’s no replay here in Dunedin, so I can’t be certain. Either way, he’s staying in the game after being checked on the mound.

Not that Burnett is really rolling along here. He’s allowed three hits this inning — including the one off himself. The Blue Jays have also stolen two bases and scored two runs. It’s a 2-0 game with two outs in the bottom of the first.

UPDATE, 1:41 p.m.: Don’t get to write this very often: Jose Molina just hit a no-doubt home run. It was a solo shot off A.J. Burnett, pushing the Blue Jays lead to 3-0 in the second inning.

UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: Back-to-back two-out walks and a single by Curtis Granderson nearly put the Yankees on the board, but Gardner was thrown out at the plate.

UPDATE, 2:07 p.m.: A strikeout of Travis Snider should have stranded a runner in the third inning, but strike three was a wild pitch that got past Russell Martin, who had to rush to try to get the out at first base and ultimately threw the ball away, letting the run score. Now Martin’s allowed a passed ball and another stolen base. Not his best day.

UPDATE, 2:43 p.m.: Burnett’s rocky start lasted four innings. Mitre came in to start and fifth and has already rolled through the 2 through 5 hitters, striking out Bautista and Rivera on either side of plunking Adam Lind.

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