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Spring Training Game 31: Yankees vs. Tigers

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Mar 29, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (12-15-3)
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C

RHP Freddy Garcia (1-1, 5.93)
Garcia vs. Tigers

TIGERS (20-13)
Austin Jackson CF
Will Rhymes 2B
Magglio Ordonez RF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Brennan Boesch LF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Alex Avila C
Brandon Inge 3B

RHP Rick Porcello (0-2, 4.43)
Porcello vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: There was some threat of rain, but the sky is fairly clear and it looks like the Yankees won’t have any problem playing their spring finale.

UMPIRES: HP Chad Fairchild, 1B Manny Gonzalez, 2B Tyler Funneman, 3B Chad Whitson

ON THE LINE: Nothing really on the line here. Oddly enough, the event that matters most is happening at the minor league complex, where Curtis Granderson and Chris Dickerson are trying to get back to game speed.

OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE YANKEES: Rafael Soriano, Mark Prior, Luis Ayala, Bartolo Colon, Wilkin Arias, Andy Sisco, Eric Wordekemper and Pat Venditte.

OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE TIGERS: LHP Fu-Te Ni and LHP Austin Wood are the only relievers listed for the Tigers.

OFF THE BENCH: C Austin Romine, 1B Eric Chavez, 2B Eduardo Nunez, SS Ramiro Pena, 3B Doug Bernier, LF Ray Kruml, CF Melky Mesa, RF Justin Maxwell

A FEW FINAL MOVES: The Yankees have quietly reassigned Warner Madrigal to minor league camp, and although there’s no official announcement about Manny Banuelos, his locker has been cleared out. But he’ll be here today because…

DAWSON AWARD: Banuelos will be given the James P. Dawson award this afternoon, recognized as the top rookie in camp. He went 1-1 with a 2.13 ERA. It was a close vote, and I actually voted for the second-place finisher. My pick was Ivan Nova, who went 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and won a spot in the Yankees rotation.

NEW KIND OF SIM GAME: Joe Girardi said the game Dickerson and Granderson play in today will not be an official or even real game. They’re going to play through some sort of simulated game, getting at-bats and — I assume — tracking fly balls. Apparently the Yankees want them to go through this sort of game, then play in a regular game tomorrow. Assuming he comes through these games with no setback, Granderson will break camp with the Yankees.

UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Garcia is through three scoreless. He had the bases loaded in the third but got out of it with a soft line drive to Cano. It’s still a scoreless game, but the Yankees have two on with no outs in the bottom of the third.

UPDATE, 2:04 p.m.: A bases-loaded walk gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the third, but Robinson Cano’s line drive was caught at second base, robbing him of at least one RBI, maybe two.

UPDATE, 2:08 p.m.: From Donnie Collins: Phil Hughes allowed one run through five innings at the minor league complex today.

UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: The Tigers have a 2-1 lead after a solo home run in the fourth. Also from Donnie over at the minor league complex: Mariano Rivera, Dave Robertson, Boone Logan and Joba Chamberlain all faced minor league hitters today. Sorry, tied at one. In my mind I was counting the run that Hughes allowed at the minor league complex. Can’t have two games in my mind at once!

UPDATE, 3:27 p.m.: Austin Romine just went deep for a 2-1 Yankees lead in the eighth. That’s his second homer of the spring.




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