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Spring Training Game 23: Yankees vs. Blue Jays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Mar 19, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (9-12-2)
Derek Jeter SS
Eduardo Nunez LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Andruw Jones RF
Austin Romine C
Melky Mesa CF

RHP Freddy Garcia (1-1, 4.70)
Garcia vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (11-9)
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

LHP Brett Cecil (0-1, 3.00)
Cecil vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Another beautiful day, almost no wind. We’ve been lucky this spring with pretty consistent weather.

UMPIRES: HP Mark Wegner, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Marty Foster, 3B Dan Iassogna

ON THE LINE: Freddy Garcia was knocked around in his previous start. This is his chance to bounce back and make his case that he should still be a favorite for the Yankees rotation. Also, Eduardo Nunez and Ramiro Pena are getting time in left field, and Austin Romine is getting a start in his first day back in camp.

OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE YANKEES: RHP Mariano Rivera, LHP Manny Banuelos, RHP Mark Prior and RHP Luis Ayala. By the way, not suggesting he’ll break camp with the big league club, but Ayala seems to have made a good impression. Could get a mid-season look if a spot opens.

OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE BLUE JAYS: RHP Carlos Villanueva and RHP Casey Janssen

KEVIN LAWN AWARD: INF Eduardo Nunez and RHP David Phelps will receive their Kevin Lawn awards today. The award goes to the Yankees minor league Player and Pitcher of the Year. Nunez hit .289 with 25 doubles and 23 stolen bases last season in Triple-A, Phelps had a 2.50 ERA with 141 strikeouts between Double-A and Triple-A.

MAKE IT FOUR IN A ROW: Alex Rodriguez has homered in his past three games.

UPDATE, 1:12 p.m.: There’s a 1-2-3 first inning for Garcia.

UPDATE, 1:18 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez’s two-out RBI single has given the Yankees a 1-0 lead, and extended Rodriguez’s hitting streak to 12 games. He has a hit in every game this spring.

UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: Robinson Cano follows with his first spring home run, and it’s now 3-0 Yankees.

UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: The fourth inning fell apart a little bit for Garcia. He’d faced the minimum with only one ball hit in the air, but he started the fourth with four straight batters reaching base, including a leadoff double. The Blue Jays scored three runs to tie the game at 3 heading into the bottom of the fourth.

By the way, Melky Mesa can cover some ground in center. Just made a nice running catch on a sac fly to the left-center gap.

UPDATE, 2:24 p.m.: Guess Nunez is pretty comfortable in left. He just made a nice running catch at the warning track for the last out of the fifth inning. Waiting with a high five as soon as he jogged off the field was Derek Jeter.

UPDATE, 2:42 p.m.: An RBI single by Posada has the Yankees in the lead 4-3, but the inning ended with Andruw Jones grounding into a double play with the bases loaded. Jones has been pretty bad this spring, though I’m not sure it matters.

UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Nunez didn’t look so good on that one. A leadoff double got over his head in the sixth.

UPDATE, 2:51 p.m.: Had Nunez caught that first fly ball, Garcia would have gotten through a 1-2-3 sixth inning, retiring the first nine batters and the last nine batters he faced this afternoon. Instead, the Nunez ball dropped for a double and Garcia allowed a massive two-out, two-run home run by David Cooper. He positively crushed it to right field and tis’ 5-4 Blue Jays.




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