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Spring training Game 1: Yankees at Braves

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 23, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES
Eduardo Nunez SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Juan Rivera DH
Matt Diaz LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Melky Mesa CF
Zoilo Almonte RF
Corban Joseph 3B

RHP David Phelps (4-4, 3.34 in 2012)
Phelps vs. Braves

BRAVES
Andrelton Simmons SS
Reed Johnson LF
Freddie Freeman 1B
Dan Uggla 2B
Evan Gattis DH
Chris Johnson 3B
Todd Cunningham RF
Christian Bethancourt C
Jordan Schafer CF

LHP Paul Maholm (13-11, 3.67 in 2012
Maholm vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., not televised

WEATHER: Maybe it’s because we’re at Disney, but the sun always seems unnecessarily bright here. A few clouds in the sky, but ultimately a nice day.

UMPIRES: HP Greg Gibson, 1B Lance Barksdale, 3B Jeff Nelson

EARLY START: Because of the World Baseball Classic, the Yankees are opening their spring schedule nine days earlier than last year. According to the team, it’s their earliest spring opener in at least 65 years.

GOOD MATCHUP: The Braves are doing the Yankees a bit of a favor by starting Paul Maholm today. The Yankees are trying to choose a right-handed platoon outfielder, and Maholm presents an early opportunity for Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera (and maybe Melky Mesa and Zoilo Almonte depending on how long Maholm stays in the game) to get an at-bat against a lefty.

FAMILIAR FACE (SORT OF): He’s not in the Braves lineup, but former Yankees utility infielder Ramiro Pena is in Braves camp. Can’t really say he’s a familiar face, though, because Pena is currently sporting significant facial hair; whatever it’s called when a guy has half a goatee with hair all around his chin. Doesn’t even look like the same guy. Like an evil version of Pena.

JETER ON THE FIELD: Back in Tampa, Derek Jeter ran on the field today.

WHAT TO WATCH: Yankees starter David Phelps is trying to make a run at a rotation spot and gets the first start of the spring. … Francisco Cervelli is trying to win the starting catcher job. So is Austin Romine. Both will play today. … Diaz and Rivera get their first at-bats in the competition for the Yankees reserve outfielder. … Two left-handed infielders, Corban Joseph and Dan Johnson, will split time at third base today. Could be interesting options if they play well this spring.

UPDATE, 1:07 p.m.: First pitch, Nunez took a called strike. Time to cut him.

UPDATE, 1:08 p.m.: Nunez grounds to short. Nice cheer for Cano’s first spring at-bat.

UPDATE, 1:11 p.m.: Cano reaches on an error by first baseman Freddy Freeman. Hard hit grounder that Freeman couldn’t handle.

UPDATE, 1:12 p.m.: Teixeira rolls over one, grounds into a 5-4-3 double play.

UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: Phelps gets a quick out on a grounder to third. Fairly routine ball. Joseph had to charge a little bit to his left.

UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Didn’t know Zoilo Almonte could do that. Terrific throw from right field to throw out Reed Johnson trying to go first to third. Johnson had singled through the left side of the infield, then Freeman had singled through the right side, but Almonte’s strong throw cut down the runner and put Phelps one out away from getting out of the inning.

UPDATE, 1:21 p.m.: Routine fly ball to right and that’s the end of the inning. Phelps waits to high five Almonte in front of the Yankees dugout.

UPDATE, 1:26 p.m.: Rivera pops out to first. Diaz flies out to right. Does that make Diaz the leader for the open bench spot?

UPDATE, 1:28 p.m.: Cervelli grounds to short. Boooo!

UPDATE, 1:31 p.m.: Routine grounder to short. Nunez makes the play with no problem, totally making up for his earlier offensive shortcoming. He’s back on the team.

UPDATE, 1:32 p.m.: Two-out single for Todd Cunningham. That’s the third hit Phelps has allowed in 1.2 innings. He’s practically handing the rotation spot to Nova at this point.

UPDATE, 1:33 p.m.: Snap throw to first by Cervelli. Someone’s trying to show off.

UPDATE, 1:34 p.m.: Oh! And now Cervelli throws out Cunningham trying to steal second! Competition over!

UPDATE, 1:40 p.m.: Two-run homer by Almonte, who’s suddenly having a huge day. Mesa also scored, having reached on an error, gotten to second on a stolen base and taken third on a passed ball. It’s 2-0 Yankees in the top of the third.

UPDATE, 1:43 p.m.: Sharp double to the left field corner for Nunez.

UPDATE, 1:44 p.m.: Another Braves error has runners at the corner for Teixeira.

UPDATE, 1:49 p.m.: Not a great day for Braves reliever Jordan Walden who gave up four runs in third. His defense didn’t help him out — two errors — but he also threw a run-scoring wild pitch and Almonte’s two-run homer. It’s 4-0 Yankees.

UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Brett Marshall is in after two scoreless innings from Phelps, who allowed three hits.

UPDATE, 1:53 p.m.: Error by Joseph who bobbled a ball at third. That puts the leadoff man on base in the third.

UPDATE, 2:14 p.m.: One-out double by Evan Gattis has runners at second and third here in the fourth. Marshall nin a bit of trouble. Looks like Turley up in the Yankees pen.

UPDATE, 2:16 p.m.: RBI ground out to second has the Braves on the board. It’s 4-1 Yankees still in the fourth.

UPDATE, 2:17 p.m.: Cano makes the final two plays to get the Yankees out of the fourth. Those plays are going to cost the Yankees at least five bucks or so when they try to re-sign Cano this winter.

UPDATE, 2:21 p.m.: Cano with a solo homer to make it 5-1. Teixeira followed with a ground out. Team Dominican looking much, much better than Team USA so far this afternoon.

UPDATE, 2:23 p.m.: Turley now pitching. Murton now playing first.

UPDATE, 2:29 p.m.: Nice catch in deep center by Mesa. The catch itself wasn’t particularly hard, it was more impressive that he was there in time to make the play fairly easily. A runner at second was almost to third base and had to sprint back to the bag to avoid being doubled up.

UPDATE, 2:44 p.m.: Base knock for Mesa to put runners at the corners for Almonte. He could lock up the game MVP award right here. Biggest at-bat of the spring, by a lot.

UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Almonte rolled it over to short. His home run was so long ago, at this point it’s hard to believe it will factor into the Yankees roster decision making process.

UPDATE, 2:49 p.m.: Second stringers are in now.

UPDATE, 2:51 p.m.: Mike O’Brien just gave up a two-run bomb to Evan Gattis. It’s now 5-3 Yankees. That big early lead is suddenly in trouble and this spring is getting out of control in a hurry.

 
 

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93 Responses to “Spring training Game 1: Yankees at Braves”

  1. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Wind blowing pretty strong right to left.

  2. Stoneburner - The Return of Wax February 23rd, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Cano first Yankees baserunner reaches on error – - – - -

  3. ericns1 February 23rd, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    How about bringing back Horace Clarke!

  4. Stoneburner - The Return of Wax February 23rd, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    And the first dp of the year is committed by Tex – - – -

  5. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    The braves just welcomed lombardi funeral home to the game, dig at the yankees age? :x

  6. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Phelps all 91 fastballs so far, joeseph made a good routine pick at third. just threw 80 offspeed then gives up a single between third and short on 92 fb. Corban dove for it but hit too hard. Probably should have got to that.

  7. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Another hard single but almonte gunned the runner out at third, ball got there a split second before and he overslid. Was on a bounce or two but good throw.

  8. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Juan rivera looks fat.

  9. Against All Odds February 23rd, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Has he ever looked skinny

  10. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Simmons with a nice stop to rob cervelli, had to go 5 or 6 steps and to his knees.

  11. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Nunez fields a routine ball and throws it to first without throwing up all over himself

  12. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Phelps gives up an oppo single on the slider I’m guessing, getting hit pretty hard fb down to 90.

  13. tucker February 23rd, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    How was that throw from Zolio Jerkface?

  14. Stoneburner - The Return of Wax February 23rd, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Cervelli with a CS – give me the defense – give me the defense at catcher – - – - -

  15. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Cervelli makes a nice throw to second to catch the runner. Also threw behind him at first earlier.

  16. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Tucker, threw from medium depth in rf, bounced in the dirt about over halfway between 2nd and 3rd sharply and was on the money to the 3bman. Was no golson throwing out cc but looked good enough. While I typed this mesa skied one and it lands just fair near home plate, third baseman called for it and dropped it. Was skied staight up.

  17. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Mesa steals 2b then takes 3b on heads up passed ball zoili rockets one out opposite field holy crap!!

  18. randy l. February 23rd, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    “give me the defense – give me the defense at catcher – – – – -”

    yes, that’s been the secret to the 27 yankee championships.

    hahahahahahhahahahahhahaha

    good one

  19. tucker February 23rd, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    The Big Z.

  20. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Braves announcer: “Almonte crushed that!”

  21. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Nunez rips one down the line for a double. Walden is getting hit hard.

  22. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Cano reaches on an error. 3 for atlanta so far 2 on freeman maybe.

  23. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Tex looks pretty lean, freeman almost errors again but gets tex at first. Nunez scores.

  24. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Walden throwing 9r9t and its wild, another wp/pb scores cano. Rivera went oppposite field on a crisp fb.

  25. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    93 94 walden throwing.

  26. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Brett marshall in

  27. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Marshalls first 92 fb chopped to third. Corban botches it and tries to recover with a strong throw from behind third. Strong accurate arm but the botch hurt him. Was a high chop that he tried to catch at the peak of the bounce.

  28. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    So far marshall is 92 fb / 84 offspeed. Yanked first offspeed pitch. Then got a soft grounder to first with second 83 mph offering.

  29. Tar February 23rd, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Thanks for the updates Chad and JF.

    “Routine grounder to short. Nunez makes the play with no problem, totally making up for his earlier offensive shortcoming. He’s back on the team.”

    Chad breaking out the humor .. I like it.

    Or were you serious… you can’t be to sure with the Yankees these days. :shock:

  30. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    94 by brett after a 79 curve?

  31. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Brett gets the first punch out of the day with a 93 mph check swing!

  32. tucker February 23rd, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Question for MLB TV users. I’ve always purchased the MLB package on satellite but thinking of switching to MLB TV.

    I often don’t see the East Coast games live because of work. On Satellite, it is easy to record the game and watch when I get home w/out revealing the outcome/final score. When you use the MLBTV interface, does the score automatically display when the game is completed? Or is it easy to replay after the game is over without the risk of seeing the final score beforehand?

    When you go to MLB.com the headline, and game recap is typically displayed right after the game is over.

    Is there an easy way to replay the game a couPle of hours after game time w/out seeing the score?

  33. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    tucker,
    There’s a button there somewhere that lets you do that. Since I don’t need it, I’ve forgotten where it is, but it’s there.

  34. Doreen February 23rd, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Just read Chad’s commentary. Love. It. LOL :)

  35. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Tucker you can set mlb tv to hide the score and you can bookmark the ‘video’ page of mlb.com which does not show the score.

  36. tucker February 23rd, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Thx. Tom.

  37. tucker February 23rd, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    And Jerkface

  38. Shame Spencer February 23rd, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Thanks for the updates.. so hoping Mesa and/or Almonte make noise.

  39. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    OK, tucker,
    Found it. Go to Settings, and under “Spoilers”, click “hide scores for all games”. I love MLBTV.

  40. Tar February 23rd, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Tucker

    As everybody said you can do it, but there is one aspect to it thats a pain in the neck. Unfortunately I can’t remember exactly what it is ( wow old age sucks :D ) . I did only use it last year and most game I watched on Directtv.

    I think it has to do with FF and rewind and commercials or something like that.

  41. austinmac February 23rd, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks Jerkface. I’m listening on the radio but all Braves talk, of course.

  42. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    the braves have the fattest bat boy I’ve ever seen

  43. tucker February 23rd, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    MLB Tv seems like the better value and avoiding the Saturday game blackouts is appealing. Is the video quality generally on par with digital cable/satellite?

  44. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Marshall getting some swings and misses, had freeman down to 1 knee on the punch out with an 84mph offspeed.

  45. charlestonchew February 23rd, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Tucker: MLB.tv video quality is excellent as long as you have a decent internet connection.

  46. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    tucker,
    If you have fast enough internet, it’s full 1080p.

  47. Shame Spencer February 23rd, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    It’d be awesome if Marshall could make himself a factor. Who would be the 7th man right now? Marshall or Warren?

  48. tucker February 23rd, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Nice, probably what I’ll get. Thx everyone.

  49. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    after 2 line outs, cano crushes a line drive hr lefty on lefty opposite field.

  50. randy l. February 23rd, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    “the braves have the fattest bat boy I’ve ever seen”

    got any stats on that?

    or is that just anecdotal ? :)

  51. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    tucker,
    If you do get MLBTV, buy it for the year and get the high-priced version for very little more. More flexibility.

  52. austinmac February 23rd, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Good one Randy.

  53. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Turley getting it up to 93 alittle wild, punched a guy out on 77 offspeed. Just gave up a huge shot to cf that mesa ran down with confidence to the 400 sign. Nearly doubled the runner at 2b got it in to cano on 1 hop.

  54. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    JF,
    Amazing stats for Graham. How does he look?

  55. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Braves guy throwing 98 99

  56. austinmac February 23rd, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I like MLBtv. It works very well plus I can watch on my phone.

    I have Apple TV. Can I watch my MLBtv on my tv off that?

  57. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    He is short lookin and throws real hard, leaving the ball up.

  58. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Melky rips an oppo single off the hard fastball, worked the count to full and had a few fouls the other way.

  59. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    All the second stringers in now it looks like!

  60. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Romine is in now. Good luck, kid.

  61. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Heatcott in center. Braves announcer says, “That sounds like a superhero alias.”

  62. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Unsung jose pirela with the rbi knock dunker into lf

  63. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 23rd, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    “That big early lead is suddenly in trouble and this spring is getting out of control in a hurry.”

    :lol:

    Just checking the commentary!

  64. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Romine with the rbi knock! Pirela ran hard and just got in ahead of throw. Slade batting.

  65. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Romine knocks in two with a single.

  66. Nick in SF February 23rd, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Wasn’t Cashman supposed to announce tbat there was a game tomorrow… yesterday? :neutral:

  67. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 23rd, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    “Romine knocks in two with a single.”

    Oh yeah. Austin Romine tom!

    :)

    ************
    If anyone knows – if you connect your internet to your television to stream video, does it look like a regular television picture, as if you were watching a tv broadcast?

    I’m thinking of buying MLB.tv for a month because it’s less expensive than DTV, and when regular games begin, I’ll go back to DTV.

  68. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Nick,
    What?

  69. Jerkface February 23rd, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Ramiro has a horrible goatee.

  70. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    trisha,
    Yes it does, if your internet is hot enough.

  71. Nick in SF February 23rd, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Sorry, forgot the #cashmanfail and #yankeefanboycot hashtags.

  72. Tar February 23rd, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    “Ramiro has a horrible goatee.”

    Just another victory for the “no facial hair” policy!!

  73. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 23rd, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    austin romine (clap clap, clap clap clap)

    I love defense (clap clap, clap clap clap)

    Not necessarily disjointed thoughts!

  74. Tar February 23rd, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Hey trash :D

    Do you feel that Romine is the best defensive catcher in camp? I honestly don’t know so i’m curious.

  75. Tar February 23rd, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Sorry Trish.

  76. randy l. February 23rd, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    austinmac-

    it’s early in the season.

    just trying to get my ragging in so i’m ready when season begins.

  77. randy l. February 23rd, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    “Do you feel that Romine is the best defensive catcher in camp? I honestly don’t know so i’m curious.”

    that would be roman rodriguez, long time yankee bullpen catcher

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....fid=459550

  78. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 23rd, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Tar – freudian slip? :D

    Oh I don’t now. I just know we’ve supposedly waited so long to get him up and running that I am just psyched that he’s here!!!

    Until further notice, I will say yes! :)

  79. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 23rd, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    tom – do you know what kind of connector thingy you need? (can you tell I am far from a techie?)

  80. Tar February 23rd, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    “Tar – freudian slip?”

    Not at all, probably auto correct.

    let’s see…. Yep type tr-o-sh and you get trash. See I’m innocent :D

  81. randy l. February 23rd, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    trisha,

    i connect my hdmi on my computer to my hdmi on tv.

    i used roku before that.

    there are lots of ways to connect.

  82. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 23rd, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    randy thanks! I hate to say it but I don’t even understand it that far. Is it just a matter of getting those plug-in connectors and going hdmi to hdmi? And that is all I need to do? (no idea with roku is)

    ****************

    Tar – :lol: you’ve been acquitted by a jury of your peers. You are free to go!

  83. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    triisha,
    An hdmi cable or a wifi connected tv is all you need. Ask down at the Radio Shack. That’s if your computer has an hdmi port.

  84. randy l. February 23rd, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    ” Is it just a matter of getting those plug-in connectors and going hdmi to hdmi? ”

    yes, then using your remote to be click on hdmi.

    this is also a great way to watch streaming movies on netflix or amazon.

    i’m sure other people on the blog do it other ways too.

  85. austinmac February 23rd, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    We are undefeated and leading the Grapefruit League. It’s baseball and tomorrow we can watch.

  86. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 23rd, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Aha – now I need to figure out if my computer has hmdi connection. Hmmm.

  87. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 23rd, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Umm. Umm. I guess I could read the computer manual – if I saved it.

  88. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    trisha,
    Look at wherever the cable ports are, If one of them says “hdmi”, you have one. It’s kind of a flattened “D” connector.

  89. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 23rd, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Radio Shack, here I come! I hope they make those suckers long!

  90. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 23rd, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Thanks tom! Just found it. :)

  91. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    All these computer problems prompt me to again ask, how the hell do I get rid of win8 on my wife’s new computer without reformatting the whole thing, and it won’t even let me do that.

  92. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I have an legal,unused, unregistered win7 business to install over it.

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