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Spring Training Game 29: Yankees vs. Pirates

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Mar 26, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (11-14-3)
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Chris Dickerson LF
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Austin Romine C

LHP Manny Banuelos (0-1, 1.86)

PIRATES (10-18)
Jose Tabata LF
Neil Walker 2B
Andrew McCutchen CF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Garrett Jones RF
Ronny Cedeno SS
Jason Jaramillo C
Kevin Correia P

RHP Kevin Correia (1-2, 6.38)

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

WEATHER: Little cloudy, but still plenty of sunshine. Wind blowing out to center field.

UMPIRES: HP Mark Wegner, 1B Dan Iassogna, 2B Dave Rackley, 3B Toby Basner

GRANDERSON UPDATE: Curtis Granderson wound up taking a few swings today. When those went well, he did a little tee and toss — about 15 swings of each — and said he felt good afterward. “If anything, sneezes hurt,” he said.

Granderson said it’s 50-50 whether he’ll be ready for Opening Day. He feels fine going through baseball activities, it’s just a matter of how quickly the Yankees move him. Based on conversations with Granderson, Girardi and Brian Cashman, I think the team legitimately doesn’t know whether he’ll be on the Opening Day roster. I believe they’ll probably move with caution and my guess is that he won’t be in the lineup on Thursday, but I don’t think it’s out of the question.

UPDATE, 1:24 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez’s sixth spring homer has given the Yankees a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

UPDATE, 1:47 p.m.: Dickerson is here to hit right-handed pitching, and he just doubled in his first at-bat, showing some of his speed to get to second in time. It’s 2-1 in the bottom of the second after Banuelos allowed a run in the top of the inning.

UPDATE, 2:06 p.m.: One more indication that Gustavo Molina is going to make the big league team: He’s now in the game to catch Mariano Rivera in the fourth inning. Austin Romine stayed in for three innings from Manny Banuelos, who allowed one run on two hits and three walks. He also struck out three.

UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: Dickerson’s second Yankees at-bat is an RBI single in the fourth inning. It’s 3-1 Yankees after four. Meanwhile, I just checked with some folks at the minor league complex, and Molina started his day by catching CC Sabathia in the minor league game, then got here in time to catch the Yankees relievers. If there was any doubt Molina is making this team, this surely erases it.

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