Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Eric Chavez 1B
Russell Martin C
Andruw Jones DH
Justin Maxwell RF
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Michael Pineda (1-0, 3.31)
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Juan Pierre LF
Shane Victorino CF
Jimmy Rollins SS
Jim Thomes DH
Hunter Pence RF
Placido Polanco 3B
Ty Wigginton 1B
Carlos Ruiz C
Freddy Galvis 2B
LHP Antonio Bastardo (0-0, 4.26)
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strongTIME/TV:/strong 7:05 p.m., YES Network
strongWEATHER:/strong Last game in Tampa before a four-day road trip to the other side of the state, and the weathers not giving us a perfect sendoff. Its not bad, just a little cloudy and not as picture perfect as its been most of the spring. Wind blowing out to center field, not particularly hard.
strongUMPIRES:/strong HP Mark Wegner, 1B Dan Iassogna, 2B Mike Estabrook
strongPHILLIES PEN:/strong Jonathan Papelbon is scheduled to pitch out of the Phillies bullpen tonight. Chad Qualls, Kyle Kendrick and Julio Rodriguez are also available.
strongGARCIAS LINE:/strong Freddy Garcia pitched at the minor league complex this afternoon. He went 6.2 innings allowing one run on two hits, three walks and five strikeouts. The one run scored after he left the game. He threw 89 pitches.
strongOUT OF HERE:/strong The Yankees next four games are on the road with one game in Kissimmee against the Astros, two in Miami against the Marlins — exhibitions to open their new ballpark — and one in Port St. Lucie against the Mets. It will be the first spring training game between the Yankees and Mets since 1996.
strongUPDATE, 7:16 p.m.:/strong One run on three hits for the Phillies in the first inning. Pineda is once again 89-91 with his fastball. His offspeed stuff is good, but that velocity just doesnt seem to be going anywhere.
strongUPDATE, 7:50 p.m.:/strong Pinedas fastball bumped 94 mph in the second inning, but he allowed another run and mostly sat at 91-92. The Yankees answering with a run in the bottom of the inning and its 2-1 Phillies heading into the third.
strongUPDATE, 8:12 p.m.:/strong Pineda is finished after just 2.2 innings. His last pitch of the night was a three-run double by Carlos Ruiz, and he was booed off the mound. Remember when I wrote a couple of days ago that I still expected the Yankees to move Garcia to the bullpen? Thats no longer the case.
strongUPDATE, 8:23 p.m.:/strong Two-run homer for Granderson has the Yankees within 6-3. Also, the Phillies just nearly made a pitching change for Kyle Kendrick, but then didnt actually put him in the game and now hes in the dugout. Very weird.
strongUPDATE, 8:38 p.m.:/strong Two-run, bases-loaded single for Justin Maxwell has pulled the Yankees within 6-5. Thats another hit and another two RBI in a really good spring for Maxwell.
strongUPDATE, 8:58 p.m.:/strong Two hits and a walk in the fourth inning have put the Yankees in front 7-6. Eric Chavez just had his second hit of the day and has his average up to .270 for the spring.
strongUPDATE, 9:07 p.m.:/strong Girardi just said on YES Network that Pinedas fastball was cutting nearly every time, which seems to be a sign that hes getting on the side of the baseball and needs to straighten out some mechinics. That might account for some of the diminished velocity. At times hell throw some fastballs that cut, but not like he did tonight, Girardi said.
UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: Pineda just admitted he was trying to generate more velocity tonight. He also admitted that he was feeling some soreness in his pitching shoulder tonight.