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Spring training Game 15: Yankees vs. Nationals

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Mar 16, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (6-8)
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Andruw Jones RF
Raul Ibanez DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Bill Hall LF
Doug Bernier SS

LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 1.80)
Sabathia vs. Nationals

NATIONALS (5-6-2)
Ian Desmond SS
Steve Lombardozzi 3B
Mark DeRosa 1B
Wilson Ramos DH
Jesus Flores C
Jason Michaels LF
Brett Carroll CF
Bryce Harper RF
Andres Blanco 2B

LHP Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 0.00)
Gonzalez vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Really nice day outside. Just like most of the other days down here. Not much wind today.

UMPIRES: HP Mark Wegner, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Marty Foster, 3B Mike Estabrook

NATS PEN: Tyler Clippard is here today. The former Yankees prospect and spot starter will pitch out of the Nationals bullpen. Also available: LHP Sean Burnett, RHP Craig Stammen and LHP Atahualpa Severino. I thought I saw Drew Storen, but he’s not listed on their travel roster.

THE KID’S GOOD: Bryce Harper is once again in the lineup for the Nationals. He’s 19 and the youngest player in Nationals camp. That’s the same age as the Yankees youngest player in camp, Gary Sanchez. Difference is that Sanchez — an awfully good prospect himself — is likely to spend the entire season in Class-A ball. Harper is getting a look for the big league roster.

CUTS COMING? The Yankees have a two home games in a row and an off day Monday. I can’t help wondering if we might see the first cuts this afternoon. There are a lot of guys banged up in camp, which might lead the Yankees to keep a few more guys around, but most of the pitchers and outfielders are healthy. Just guessing that we could see a few of those reassigned to the minor league side in the next day or two.

UPDATE, 1:13 p.m.: The Yankees just announced that Andy Pettitte will be on a conference call later this afternoon, so we’ll get to hear from the most unexpected addition to Yankees camp.

UPDATE, 1:36 p.m.: Sabathia gave up two runs in the top of the first. The Yankees responded with an RBI double by Robinson Cano in the bottom of the inning. It’s 2-1 head into the second.

UPDATE, 2:01 p.m.: Cashman just spoke on YES Network and told the story of Pettitte’s signing. Turns out, the Yankees offered Pettitte a substantial deal in December but Pettitte turned it down because he wasn’t sure he wanted to come back. Pettitte started working out to get in shape, but when the Yankees made their moves for Pineda and Kuroda, Cashman told Pettitte he no longer had the money to make the signing. Pettitte shut it down briefly, then resumed throwing and approached Cashman during that brief stint as a guest instructor late last month. Earlier this week, Pettitte sneaked into camp for an early morning bullpen in front of Cashman, Joe Girardi and Larry Rothschild. Cashman confirmed that Pettitte will have to go through his own sort of spring training and pitch in some minor league games before he’s ready to join the big league rotation.

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