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Spring Training Game 26: Yankees at Orioles

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Mar 22, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (9-13-3)
Melky Mesa CF
Nick Swisher DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Andruw Jones RF
Jesus Montero C
Greg Golson LF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Ronnie Belliard 2B
Brandon Laird 3B

RHP Sergio Mitre (1-0, 2.25)
Mitre vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (10-11-2)
Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Matt Wieters C
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Luke Scott LF
Adam Jones CF
Mark Reynolds 3B
J.J. Hardy SS
Jake Fox 1B

LHP Zach Britton (1-0, 0.00)
Britton vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Bright and sunny, and as Joe Girardi said pregame, it’s unusually calm. There’s usually a lot of wind, but today’s not too bad for this place. The flags are blowing out to center field, but it’s not as overwhelming as usual.

UMPIRES: HP Manny Gonzalez, 1B Bill Welke, 2B Chad Fairchild, 3B Darren Budahn

ON THE LINE: Sergio Mitre is still in the rotation competition, but he seems to be the most natural fit in the open long-relief spot. That’s technically on the line, but in reality, the most important thing we’ll learn today is whether Curtis Granderon’s oblique injury leaves him doubtful for Opening Day.

OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE YANKEES: Joba Chamberlain is making his first appearance since a sore oblique. Mark Prior, Luis Ayala and Romulo Sanchez are also on this trip and likely to pitch.

OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE ORIOLES: LHP Michael Gonzalez and RHP Jason Berken.

LATE SCRATCH: Still waiting for any sort of update on Granderson’s oblique. The Yankees have seen a series of oblique injuries this spring (including three guys player in today’s game: Chamberlain, Golson and Mitre).

LIKE A FOX: Orioles first baseman Jake Fox has seven home runs, the most of any major leaguer this spring.

UPDATE, 1:27 p.m.: Golson singled in his first at-bat back. Have to think he could sneak onto the Opening Day roster if this Granderson injury is serious.

Also, it’s 1-0 Orioles after an inning and a half. Mitre allowed a run on two hits in the first inning.

UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: The Yankees have tied it on an RBI grounder to short by Teixeira. Really, Mesa created the run. He singled, took second on Swisher’s single and alertly advanced to third on a ball in the dirt.

UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: Might see some of the minor league pitchers today. Mitre is struggled in his second appearance against the Orioles. In this third inning he’s balked in one run and allowed two home runs, a solo shot by Jake Fox and a two-run homer by Luke Scott. It’s 5-1 Orioles.

UPDATE, 2:19 p.m.: Might be a little more wind up high because Mark Reynolds just went deep on a ball that looked like a fly out off the bat. Instead, it was a one-out home run off Joba Chamberlain, who entered the game in the fourth after Mitre struggled through his three innings.

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