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Spring training Games 9 and 10: Yankees vs. Phillies / at Twins

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Mar 11, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post


Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
Andruw Jones RF
Bill Hall LF
Chris Dickerson CF

LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 0.00)
Sabathia vs. Phillies

Michael Martinez 2B
Scott Podsednik LF
Shane Victorino CF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luis Montanez RF
Hector Luna 3B
Kevin Frandsen 2B
Tyson Gillies DH
Erik Kratz C

RHP Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 0.00)
Kendrick vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Might rain tonight, but it looks like we should be OK through the afternoon. Temperatures once again in the upper-70s, could get into the 80s at some point.

UMPIRES: HP Dan Iassogna, 1B Adam Hamari, 2B Chris Segal, 3B Chris Ward

PHILLIES PEN: After Kendrick, the Phillies are scheduled to pitch RHP Austin Hyatt, LHP David Purcy and RHP Michael Stutes. The more interesting matchup for the Yankees would have come tomorrow when the Cliff Lee is starting for the Phillies with Jonathan Papelbon coming out of the bullpen.


Brett Gardner LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Jorge Vazquez 3B
Jayson Nix 2B
Brandon Laird 1B
Ramiro Pena SS

RHP Phil Hughes (0-1, 6.75)
Hughes vs. Twins

TWINS (4-5)
Denard Span CF
Jamey Carroll SS
Joe Mauer C
Justin Morneau 1B
Josh Willingham RF
Ryan Doumit DH
Danny Valencia 3B
Ben Revere LF
Alexi Casilla 2B

RHP Nick Blackburn (7-10, 4.49 last season)
Blackburn vs. Yankees

TIME: 1:05 p.m.

WEATHER: I’m not there, but tells me it’s in the low 80s with a slight chance of rain later tonight. Much like here in Tampa, it looks like they should be able to get the game in without much trouble.

TWINS PEN: After Blackburn, the Twins are scheduled to pitch Brian Duensing, Liam Hendriks, Jeff Manship, Tyler Robertson, Brendan Wise and Deolis Guerra.

UPDATE, 1:08 p.m.: I know it drives people nuts, but I still get a kick out of watching Sabathia — when he’s getting ready for his next pitch — catch the final toss from the third baseman with his bare hand. It’s just . . . cool. It’s the kind of thing The Fonz would have done if he were a big league pitcher.

UPDATE, 1:37 p.m.: Hughes is through two scoreless in Fort Myers. Reports from down there say he’s been 92-93 with his fastball. He’s allowed one hit, one walk and induced one double play.

UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: Nice ovation for Dickerson who just did a great job keeping a rundown going long enough for Jeter to go from first to third and Cano to reach second base on a chopper up the middle. In the end, though, both runners were stranded.

And with that, here comes Rivera to pitch the fourth inning.

UPDATE, 1:59 p.m.: Hughes works a 1-2-3 third inning in Fort Myers. Rivera works a 1-2-3 fourth inning in Tampa.

UPDATE, 2:11 p.m.: Chris Dickerson with a two-run single to right for a 2-0 Yankees lead in the fourth inning. Andruw Jones slid home on a missed tag. He got up just fine, but for whatever reason he stayed on the ground for a second or two longer than you might expect. If Jones had been hurt, Dickerson might have literally hit his way onto the team. Here’s Boone Logan to pitch the top of the fifth. The other game is still scoreless.

UPDATE, 2:35 p.m.: Cory Wade gets Ty Wigginton to go down swinging and it’s still a 2-0 Yankees lead heading into the bottom of the sixth.

UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: Combined line for Hughes, Sabathia, Rivera, Logan and Wade: 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.




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