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Spring training Game 19: Yankees at Rays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Mar 21, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Russell Martin C
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez DH
Eduardo Nunez SS
Dewayne Wise CF
Cole Garner LF
Chris Dickerson RF

RHP Phil Hughes (0-1, 1.08)
Hughes vs. Rays

RAYS (5-10)
Ben Zobrist RF
Luke Scott DH
Evan Longoria 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
Matt Joyce LF
Jeff Keppinger 2B
Jose Molina C
Sean Rodriguez SS
Jesus Feliciano CF

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

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., ESPN

WEATHER: Temperatures in the mid-to-upper-80s with a chance of rain later this afternoon and early evening.

UMPIRES: HP Tim Timmons, 1B Tim Tschida, 2B Brian O’Nora, 3B Fieldin Culbreth

RAYS┬áPEN: Obviously the Rays aren’t letting the Yankees get a look at one of their starting pitchers, which is why Farnsworth is starting this game and Jeff Niemann is pitching in the minor leagues today. After Farnsworth, the Rays have RHP Burke Badenhop, RHP Brandon Gomes, LHP J.P. Howell, LHP Jake McGee and LHP Cesar Ramos.

UNTIL NEXT TIME: This is the second and final spring training games between the Yankees and Rays. They next play one another on Opening Day in St. Petersburg.

BACK ON THE MOUND: This is Phil Hughes’ fourth appearance and second start of the spring. Last time out he pitched four scoreless innings against the Nationals. He should be cleared for roughly 75 pitches or five innings.

UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Cano’s double is stranded in the top of the first, now Hughes takes the mound for the bottom half.

UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: Well that was quick. Hughes is through a painless first. Still looks sharp.

UPDATE, 1:34 p.m.: The bottom of the second starts with a single by Carlos Pena and a two-run homer by Matt Joyce. The home run came on the first pitch and went off the batter’s eye in dead center.

UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: Since the home run Hughes has retired six straight, including the side in order in the third inning. According to the stadium gun, his fastball has been 91-92 mph.

UPDATE, 2:21 p.m.: Chris Dickerson very nearly threw out Carlos Pena at third base, but his Greg Golson-type throw was off line and Hughes got out of the fourth inning on his own with a fly ball to center.

UPDATE, 2:52 p.m.: Strong outing for Hughes: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. He threw 73 pitches, 50 for strikes.




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