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Spring Training Game 27: Yankees vs. Blue Jays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Mar 23, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (9-14-3)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner CF

RHP Phil Hughes (0-0, 4.20)
Hughes vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (12-10-1)
Rajai Davis CF
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Bautista 3B
Adam Lind 1B
Aaron Hill 2B
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Travis Snider LF
Juan Rivera RF
Jose Molina C

LHP Jo-Jo Reyes (1-1, 3.46)
Reyes vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., note on television

WEATHER: Today was pretty much perfect. I’ll be back in the cold and snow soon enough, but today was another great day without a cloud in the sky. The wind is blowing out to center field a little bit. Nothing too crazy.

UMPIRES: HP Phil Cuzzi, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Mark Wegner, 3B Andy Fletcher

ON THE LINE: Girardi is considering using two different lineups, one for lefties and one for righties. This is a look at what the lineup could look like against left-handed starters.

OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE YANKEES: Mariano Rivera, Boone Logan and Luis Ayala are the first three relievers listed.

OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE BLUE JAYS: LHP David Purcey is the only reliever listed in the Blue Jays notes. I’m sure they have more than that on the trip, though.

MORROW TO THE DL: The Blue Jays have announced that starter Brandon Morrow will open the season on the disabled list. Ricky Romero will start Opening Day for Toronto, followed by Kyle Drabek, Brett Cecil, Jo Jo Reyes and Jesse Litsch.

UPDATE, 7:03 p.m.: Couple of quick updates. Jordan Parraz, Jose Gil, Jorge Vazquez, Kevin Russo, Brandon Laird, Melky Mesa and Greg Golson have been sent to minor league camp. They’ll report after tomorrow’s off day.

Russo, Laird and Mesa were optioned previously, but they didn’t actually report. This time they will. Golson was sent down so that he can finally get at-bats.

Also, Curtis Granderson went for an MRI that showed a slight strain of the internal oblique. No tear and Granderson didn’t hear a pop when it happened, but it sounds like the Yankees might be cautious rather than push him toward Opening Day.

“The talks I’ve had with Cashman right away (were), we just need you ready,” Granderson said. “Whenever you’re ready, we want you ready. It doesn’t matter about Opening Day. As exciting as that is and as important as that is, it’s still just one game out of this whole 162-game season. We want you ready to go for the long haul, which is obviously the most important thing. That’s been the consistent conversation I’ve heard from not only (Cashman) but from Joe, the rest of the coaching staff and training staff as well.”

UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: Phil Hughes looks sharp through three innings. He’s allowed two hits, but he’s struck out four and seems to have things working in the zone.

UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: A couple of fourth-inning doubles gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead, but Hughes responded with a 1-2-3 fifth.

UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: The Blue Jays and Yankees are basically wearing the exact same uniforms — both have dark tops — and Gardner just seemed to mistake a Jays base runner for the Yankees first baseman. He basically threw to first to try to double off a base runner, but there was no fielder to take the throw and instead everyone advanced. Kind of goofy. It’s 3-0 Toronto in the bottom of the sixth.

UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: A four-run seventh has pushed the Yankees into the lead. They scored those runs on two hits, two walks, an error and a sac fly. The Yankees have a 4-3 lead, despite only four hits. Here’s Mariano Rivera to pitch the eighth.

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