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Spring training Game 18: Yankees vs. Pirates

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Mar 20, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (8-9)
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Andruw Jones DH
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez SS
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Michael Pineda (1-0, 3.24)
Pineda vs. Pirates

PIRATES (6-9)
Alex Presley LF
Jose Tabata RF
Andrew McCutchen CF
Neil Walker 2B
Garrett Jones 1B
Rod Barajas C
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Clint Barmes SS

LHP Erik Bedard (0-0, 3.60)
Bedard vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Temperatures in the 70s. It’s been pretty windy today, blowing from right to left.

UMPIRES: HP Phil Cuzzi, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Marty Foster, 3B Chris Ward

PITTSBURGH PEN: Former Yankees prospect Dan McCutchen is scheduled to pitch in relief for the Pirates. Looks like he’ll be the first guy out of the pen followed by Daniel Moskos, Jared Hughes and Ryota Igarashi.

YOUTH MOVEMENT: Rule 5 pick Cesar Cabral is now the youngest player in Yankees camp at 23 years and eight days. The oldest is still Mariano Rivera.

STICKING AROUND: Despite having been officially optioned to Triple-A, David Phelps is still scheduled to start Thursday’s game against the Red Sox. CC Sabathia will pitch at the minor league complex that day.

ANDY SPEAKS: Obviously I’ll have more from the Pettitte press conference a little later, but he said that he threw 50 pitches today, which seems like a lot. Phil Hughes was ahead of most other starters when the spring started and he was throwing 40 pitches in his first bullpens. I’m not sure this means Pettitte will move significantly faster than other pitchers, but if he stays healthy and effective, May 1 may be a realistic goal.

“In my mind, the last few days, I’ve been really set on, ‘You’ve got to take it slow,’” Pettitte said. “We’ve got plenty of time. I told Larry (Rothschild) as soon as I got done, ‘You’re going to have to make me take it slow.’ I feel really good, so maybe that’s just my mentality. It’s going to be hard, but I need to take it slow. I’m glad I feel good right now, but I haven’t done anything in terms of covering bases or running around. I know if I get too far ahead of myself, I could have a setback. I don’t want to have that.”

UPDATE, 7:15 p.m.: Two-run homer by Andrew McCutchen. YES gun has shown Pineda’s fastball up to 94 mph — that I’ve seen — but he’s allowed two hits and two runs through three hitters.

UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: Sorry for the lack of updates, I’ve been wrapping up some stories for tomorrow’s paper. Anyway, here are the things to know…

– Michael Pineda is finished after just three innings. He threw 72 pitches, 47 strikes, and obviously didn’t work nearly as deep in to the game as the Yankees were expecting. However, his velocity did seem to improve with a lot of 92-93 and at least one 94 according to the YES gun. He also struck out five of the last six batters he faced.

– Nick Swisher has been pulled from the game after running gingerly on a ground ball to third. This was his first game since feeling that tightness in his groin last week in Dunedin. He was immediately replaced by Justin Maxwell.

– It’s a 2-2 game in the top of the fourth with Mariano Rivera on the mound. The Yankees tied it with two runs in the third after Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson opened the inning with back-to-back singles.

UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: A 1-2-3 inning from Rivera. Of course.

UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Just got back from the clubhouse. Swisher was pulled because of tightness in his right groin (it was his left groin last time). He said it felt the exact same, just on the other side. He’s planning to take some more days off and maybe do some extra stretching to loosen that area. He wonders if his hips are tighter from the extra work he did this offseason.

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