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Spring training Game 31: Yankees at Marlins

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Apr 02, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (16-11-3)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner CF

RHP Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 2.91)
Kuroda vs. Marlins

MARLINS (11-13-2)
Jose Reyes SS
Emilio Bonifacio CF
Hanley Ramirez 3B
Giancarlo Stanton RF
Logan Morrison LF
Gaby Sanchez 1B
Greg Dobbs DH
Omar Infante 2B
John Buck C

RHP Carlos Zambrano (0-2, 5.09)
Zambrano vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., MLB Network

WEATHER: It’s been a beautiful day down here and the roof has been open since I got to the park.

UMPIRES: HP Laz Diaz, 1B Ed Rapuano, 2B Angel Hernandez, 3B Ed Hickox

STRONG AT THE END: The Yankees have lost two of their past 13 games (8-2-3) and have just three spring training games remaining. They’ve scored 34 runs in their past three games.

SUBWAY SERIES IN FLORIDA: Today is the finale of this two-game series against the Marlins. Tomorrow the Yankees go to Port St. Lucie to start a home-and-away series against the Mets. It will be the first time the Yankees and Mets play one another in spring training since 1996.

KURODA’S SPRING FINALE: Hiroki Kuroda will make his final spring start tonight. Of all Japanese-born pitchers with at least 12 big league starts, Kuroda has the lowest career ERA at 3.45.

OUT OF THE PEN: Although he’s landed a spot in the rotation, Phil Hughes will pitch tonight’s game out of the bullpen to get himself lined up to start the third game of the regular season on an extra day of rest.

UPDATE, 7:23 p.m.: Joe Girardi argued for quite a while after Robinson Cano struck out and was called for batters interference to end the top of the first. When the argument finally ended, Jose Reyes led off the bottom of the first with a double down the third-base line.

UPDATE, 7:27 p.m.: RBI single for Hanley Ramirez and it’s a 1-0 Marlins lead still in the first inning.

UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: Raul Ibanez just drove a ball to left field, but Logan Morrison made a running catch at the wall to rob Ibanez of a two-run double. It’s still 1-0 as we head into the bottom of the second.

UPDATE, 7:54 p.m.: Jeter just lined a sharp double to right field. Runners at second and third with no outs in the third. Granderson at the plate with a chance to put the Yankees in front. By the way, Jeter’s looked pretty good this spring. His swing seems to be there. He’s driving the ball more than he did early last season.

UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: Bases-loaded walk ties the game, and now a sac fly has given the Yankees the lead. Jeter slid home just ahead of the play for a 2-1 lead. Still in the top of the third.

UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: Sorry, I’ve been down in the clubhouse for a while, but Alex Rodriguez just doubled to spark a three-run fifth inning that’s put the Yankees in front 5-2. Phil Hughes pitched a scoreless bottom of the fifth and is expected to come back out for at least two more innings. Hiroki Kuroda, by the way, thought he didn’t hvae good stuff tonight, but he was happy to limit the damage.

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