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Spring training Game 14: Yankees at Nationals

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Mar 15, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (5-8)
Brett Gardner LF
Russell Martin C
Andruw Jones DH
Chris Dickerson RF
Bill Hall 3B
Dewayne Wise CF
Jayson Nix 2B
Jorge Vazquez 1B
Ramiro Pena SS

RHP Michael Pineda

NATIONALS (5-5)
Roger Bernadina LF
Danny Espinosa 2B
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Chad Tracy 1B
Adam LaRoche DH
Jayson Werth CF
Bryce Harper RF
Steve Lombardozzi SS
Jhonatan Solano C

RHP Chien-Ming Wang

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

WEATHER: Drove all the way from Tampa, it was basically the exact same weather the whole way. Sunny. Temperatures in the 70s and 80s. It’s Florida in mid-March.

UMPIRES: HP Paul Nauert, 1B Jerry Meals, 2B Laz Diaz, 3B Eric Loveless

TOOK A WHILE BUT…: Nothing like showing up at the stadium in the top of the second. It’s still scoreless after the Yankees stranded the bases loaded in the second. Jorge Vazquez was hit by a pitch — clearly Chien-Ming Wang showing how upset he is that the Yankees didn’t bring him back — and now Michael Pineda is out for the bottom of the inning.

UPDATE, 1:46 p.m.: Chien-Ming Wang just stumbled while covering first base. He did an awkward roll over the bag and was removed from the game. Russell Martin was called out on the play, though it seemed clear that Wang never touched either Martin or the bag.

UPDATE, 1:55 p.m.: Two out walk and stolen base by Jones, now an infield single for Dickerson. Runners at the corners for Bill Hall.

UPDATE, 1:56 p.m.: Two-run double off the right-field wall for Hall. It’s a 2-0 Yankees lead in the top of the third.

UPDATE, 2:04 p.m.: Double into the corner with a runner at first base … It was the flip play all over again, and Pena was in position, but he didn’t have to cut off the throw. The runner scored anyway and it’s a 2-1 Yankees lead. Back-to-back hits off Pineda this inning.

UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: Pineda strands a runner in the third and it’s still 2-1 Yankees heading into the fourth. Pineda should have one more inning. No radar here at the stadium. If you’re watching on MLB Network you might know more about Pineda’s velocity than anyone here in the press box.

UPDATE, 2:17 p.m.: Ramiro Pena being helped off the field after sliding into second base on a stolen base attempt. He seemed to hit the bag awkwardly. Looked like he might have twisted his ankle, but it just happened and I don’t have replay. I’ll obviously update later. Have to think Pena would be in the mix for a roster spot if Eduardo Nunez’s bruised hand is worse than expected.

UPDATE, 2:52 p.m.: Rapada let the Nationals load the bases in the fifth, but he intentionally walked Zimmerman to face the lefty Chad Tracy and got Tracy to ground out to end the inning. It’s a 2-2 game heading into the sixth.

UPDATE, 3:04 p.m.: Almonte had real trouble playing the ball off the ball in right field, and the Nationals have runners at second and third with no outs in the sixth inning. A run should have scored on the play. Bad base running has the game still tied for the moment.

UPDATE, 3:16 p.m.: Sac fly has the Nationals in the lead 3-2 heading into the seventh. Still no word on Ramiro Pena. Jayson Nix just led off the inning with a single.

UPDATE, 3:20 p.m.: Jose Gil is really having a great camp. He just singled in the tying run, took second on the throw home and now Doug Bernier is up with no outs and a chance to put the Yankees in the lead. Gil really has almost no prospect status, but he’s hit really well these past few weeks.

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