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Spring training Game 8: Yankees vs. Braves

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Mar 09, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
Andruw Jones LF
Chris Dickerson DH
Jorge Vazquez 1B

RHP Freddy Garcia (0-0, 9.00)
Garcia vs. Braves

BRAVES (1-5)
Michael Bourn CF
Tyler Pastornicky SS
Matt Diaz RF
Freddie Freeman 1B
David Ross C
Christian Bethancourt DH
Drew Sutton 2B
Brandon Hicks 3B
Jose Costanza LF

RHP Julio Teheran (0-0, 31.50)
Teheran vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Chance of rain later tonight, but should be same as usual during the game, just a few clouds in the sky and temperatures in the low 80s.

UMPIRES: HP Mark Carlson, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Marty Foster, 3B Paul Emmel

BRAVES BULLPEN: After Julio Teheran, the Braves are scheduled to use RHP Cristhian Martinez, RHP Todd Redmond, RHP Adam Russell and RHP Jairo Asencio.

SPLIT SQUAD: The Braves are a split squad today, playing one game against each New York team. Against the Mets, the Braves are starting Randall Delgado and using regular big league relievers Craig Kimbrel, Jonny Venters and Eric O’Flaherty. The Mets are pitching Dillon Gee against them.

TOP PROSPECT: Should be interesting to watch Teheran. He’s considered the top prospect in the Braves system, and he’s coming off a 2.55 ERA for Triple-A Gwinnett. He just turned 21, has a mid-90s fastball and an excellent changeup. He’s one of the better young pitchers in the game, so check him out if you can.

TWO IN A ROW: This is the first of two straight games between the Braves and Yankees. Tomorrow’s game is at the Braves complex at Disney, and the team has already sent an announcement that traffic is expected to be a little more heavy than usual. If you’re planning to go, you might want to give yourself a little extra time. Apparently there’s a lot of stuff happening at that Wide World of Sports complex where the Braves have their stadium.

UPDATE, 1:06 p.m.: Quick out for Garcia and we’re underway here in Tampa.

UPDATE, 1:11 p.m.: Garcia works a 1-2-3 first inning and Jeter leads off the bottom of the inning with an infield single.

UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Two-out RBI double by Swisher has the Yankees in front 1-0. Pretty hard-hit to left field. Landed at the base of the wall, not too far from a homer.

UPDATE, 1:27 p.m.: Garcia gets two strikeouts in the second inning, including one to end the inning with runners stranded at first and second.

UPDATE, 1:41 p.m.: Very nice play by Martin to get Michael Bourn out on a bunt along the third-base line. Helps Garcia work through a 1-2-3 third inning. Still a 1-0 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 1:54 p.m.: Garcia is finished after his three scoreless. Here’s Rafael Soriano, who suddenly looks like less of a luxury arm now that Joba Chamberlain is still on the DL and Dave Robertson’s status is up in the air.

UPDATE, 1:59 p.m.: Mild outfield colision between Andruw Jones and Curtis Granderson. Looked like the wind got the ball a little bit and kind of blew it perfectly between the two of them. Granderson made the catch and wound up on the ground, but both players were laughing coming off the field. That was the third out of a perfect fourth inning for Soriano.

UPDATE, 2:03 p.m.: Eric Chavez leads off the bottom of the fourth with a double to deep right-center. Chavez was 1-for-8 up to that point, and I honestly thought he was hitless until I double checked the stats.

UPDATE, 2:07 p.m.: There’s Russell Martin’s third stolen base of the spring. The Yankees have four steals total. Chris Dickerson has the other one.

UPDATE, 2:18 p.m.: YES had that Banuelos fastball at 95 mph, perfectly placed for a called strike three to end the fifth inning. Banuelos stranded a double for a scorless inning and it’s still 1-0.

UPDATE, 2:26 p.m.: Walk by Jeter, single by Granderson and a sac fly by Cano.  

UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: Another inning-ending strikeout for Banuelos. He strands a runner at third and keeps the Yankees in front 2-0.

UPDATE, 3:01 p.m.: Two-out double by Doug Bernier — just beat the throw to the bag — and Melky Mesa follows by dunking a bloop single into shallow right field for a 3-0 Yankees lead in the seventh.




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