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Spring training Game 5: Yankees at Pirates

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 06, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (2-1)
Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Andruw Jones DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Chris Dickerson LF
Dewayne Wise CF
Justin Maxwell RF

LHP CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.00 last season)
Sabathia vs. Pirates

PIRATES (1-2)
Jose Tabata LF
Clint Barmes SS
Andrew McCutchen CF
Casey McGehee 1B
Neil Walker 2B
Rod Barajas C
Yamaico Navarro DH
Nick Evans 3B
Brandon Boggs LF

RHP Kevin Correia (12-11, 4.79 last season)
Correia vs. Yankees

TIME: 1:05 p.m.

WEATHER: Beautiful day, but as always, a ton of wind here in Bradenton. It’s blowing in from right field at the moment. .

UMPIRES: HP Chad Fairchild, 1B Tom Welke, 2B Bill Welke, 3B Paul Emmel

PIRATES PEN: Former Yankees prospect Dan McCutchen is scheduled to pitch after Correia. He should be followed by Doug Slaten, Chris Resop, Tony Watson, Chris Lecroux, Ryota Igarashi and Juan Cruz. Another former Yankees prospect, Jeff Karstens, pitches tomorrow for the Pirates.

SOMEONE NEW: After three straight games against the Phillies, the Yankees finally get a new opponent with the Pirates. Their leadoff man is Jose Tabata, a former highly touted prospect in the Yankees system who was traded away in the Damaso Marte/Xavier Nady deal.

TWO AND TWO: Ace CC Sabathia has the start and is scheduled to pitch two innings. Phil Hughes is scheduled to pitch in relief, but he’ll also get two innings and warmup like he would before a start.

ONE MORE TO GO: Hiroki Kuroda starts tomorrow. After he gets the ball, all six Yankees starters will have pitched this spring, and the rotation will start over with Ivan Nova on Thursday.

UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Couple of Pirates singles in the bottom of the first after the Yankees stranded a pair of walks in the top of the first. Sabathia not looking especially sharp, but I can’t imagine anyone is particularly concerned.

UPDATE, 1:28 p.m.: Groundball and a strikeout gets Sabathia out of the first with a 1-0 Pirates lead.

UPDATE, 1:41 p.m.: Wind successfully knocks down a would-be home run to left, and Sabathia’s day is finished after a scoreless second.

UPDATE, 1:53 p.m.: Add Chris Resop to the bad list. He just tried to throw a pickoff to second base and wound up hitting Jeter in the gut. Booooo!

UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: Yankees tied the game at 1 on Cano’s RBI groundout. Here’s Hughes to pitch the bottom of the third.

UPDATE, 2:03 p.m.: Breaking ball just slipped out of Hughes’ hand and nearly hit Tabata, but Hughes got the strikeout on the next pitch with a fastball.

UPDATE, 2:08 p.m.: Hughes thought he had a called strike three on McCutchen, instead it was a ball and the next pitch was an RBI double to right-center.

UPDATE, 2:29 p.m.: Wow. Hughes is finished after just an inning and a third. He’s allowed four hits and a run and he leaves with runners at first and second. Larry Rothschild had one meeting on the mound with Hughes, and when Hughes didn’t get that batter — Yamaico Navarro singled — Hughes was finished.

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