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Spring training Game 24: Yankees vs. Tigers

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Mar 25, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (13-9-1)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Russell Martin C
Andruw Jones DH
Eduardo Nunez RF
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Michael Pineda (1-0, 3.97)
Pineda vs. Tigers

TIGERS (14-4-3)
Austin Jackson CF
Ramon Santiago SS
Clete Thomas RF
Alex Avila C
Delmon Young DH
Ryan Strieby 1B
Brandon Inge 2B
Quintin Berry LF
Danny Worth 3B

LHP Duane Below (1-0, 5.19)
Below vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: It rained last night, but so far so good today. Same as usual, temperatures in the low 80s with a little bit of wind blowing left to right.

UMPIRES: HP Mark Lollo, 1B Mark Wegner, 2B Mike Estabrook, 3B Chris Ward

TIGERS PEN: After Below, the Tigers are scheduled to pitch RHP Collin Balester, RHP Luis Marte and RHP Brayan Villarreal

REMATCH: The Yankees and Tigers played in Lakeland yesterday. The Tigers rallied to tie in the bottom of the ninth, and the Yankees regained the lead in the top of the 10th. The Yankees are undefeated in this past six games (5-0-1).

THE CLOSER RETURNS: Another scheduled outing for Mariano Rivera. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in spring training since March 15, 2008, a span of 26 innings.

SINGLETON HONORED: On Saturday, YES announcer Ken Singleton was honored with the “Denzel Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports” by the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon. Denzel Washington presented the award. Washington and Singleton are each from Mount Vernon and alumni of the Boys & Girls Club.

UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: Not a perfect throw from Gardner, but it’s enough to get Austin Jackson out at the plate and end the top of the first. Martin caught the ball just up the first-base line and moved quickly to apply the tag. Probably a bad send by the Tigers, testing Gardner who’s a better thrower than he gets credit for being.

UPDATE, 1:18 p.m.: Jeter goes deep to leadoff the bottom of the first inning. That’s his first homer of the spring in his second game back from a tender calf muscle.

UPDATE, 1:59 p.m.: Pineda’s fastball is sitting at 91 mph and he just allowed an RBI triple to tie the game in the third inning. The Yankees keep saying they’re not worried about Pineda’s velocity, but it’s getting late into spring training and it really hasn’t taken a significant leap to where it was last season.

UPDATE, 2:08 p.m.: Jeter’s leadoff double gets stranded in the third inning and it’s still 1-1.

UPDATE, 2:53 p.m.: Watch out! Martin nearly takes a fastball to the face, but drops out of the way just in time.

UPDATE, 3:03 p.m.: Rivera strands a runner at third base and his scoreless spring training streak remains intact. It’s still 1-1 in the middle of the sixth.

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