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Spring Training Game 24: Yankees at Phillies

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Mar 20, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (9-12-3)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C

LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 4.66)
Sabathia vs. Phillies

PHILLIES (15-8)
Shane Victorino CF
Michael Martinez 2B
Jimmy Rollins SS
Ryan Howard 1B
Ben Francisco LF
John Mayberry Jr. RF
Carlos Ruiz C
Wilson Valdez 3B
Joe Blanton RHP

RHP Joe Blanton (1-0, 3.45)
Blanton vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Can’t complain. Bright and sunny, as usual. Wind is blowing across the field from left to right.

UMPIRES: HP Andy Fletcher, 1B Tom Hallion, 2B Phil Cuzzi, 3B Manny Gonzalez

ON THE LINE: Another look at Brett Gardner in the leadoff spot, with Derek Jeter batting second. That’s probably the most significant thing happening today. Eric Chavez is in the lineup, but his spot seems locked up at this point. Also, Boone Logan will make another appearance after a brief back spasms setback (which, come to think of it, didn’t really set him back at all).

OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE YANKEES: RHP Rafael Soriano, RHP David Robertson and LHP Boone Logan made the trip. RHP Romulo Sanchez seems to be the next in line.

OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE PHILLIES: RHP Jose Contreras and LHP Antonio Bastardo.

FIT TO BE TIED: The last time the Yankees had three ties in spring training was 2007 when they went 14-13-3.

UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Another base hit for Jeter, who was thrown out trying to steal second.

UPDATE, 1:27 p.m.: A-Rod continues his strong spring with a leadoff double in the second inning. He advanced on a 4-3 and scored on Swisher’s sac fly to deep right-center. It’s 1-0 Yankees heading into the bottom of the second.

UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: First spring home run by Mark Teixeira has the Yankees in front 2-0. Nice spring by Teixeira, though it’s not his March numbers that matter. The trick is carrying this success into April.

UPDATE, 1:52 p.m.: Make that back-to-back as Rodriguez goes deep for his team-high fifth home run of the spring. He has a hit in all 13 of his starts this season.

UPDATE, 1:56 p.m.: Eric Chavez very nearly gave the Yankees three home runs in the fourth inning, but his drive to right hooked just foul.

UPDATE, 2:31 p.m.: Sabathia had retired eight in a row before Jimmy Rollins took him deep with a two-out home run in the sixth inning. It’s 3-1 Yankees.

UPDATE, 2:58 p.m.: Sabathia is finished after 6.2 innings. He struck out five, walked one and allowed one hit. He threw 85 pitches, 62 for strikes. Here’s Dave Robertson.

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