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Spring training Game 2: Yankees vs. Blue Jays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 24, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (1-0)
Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson LF
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C

RHP Adam Warren (7-8, 3.71 in Triple-A last year)
Warren has never faced any of the Blue Jays (at least not in the big leagues)

BLUE JAYS (1-0)
Anthony Gose CF
Emilio Bonifacio 2B
Melky Cabrera LF
Brett Lawrie DH
Luis Jimenez 1B
Henry Blanco C
Ryan Langerhans RF
Andy LaRoche 3B
Lance Zawadzki SS

LHP J.A. Happ (10-11, 4.79 ERA last year)
Happ vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Temperatures in the 70s, but with about a 50 percent chance of rain. Been cloudy most of the day.

UMPIRES: HP Vic Carapazza, 1B Marty Foster, 3B David Rackley

WELCOME HOME: Today is the Yankees spring training home opener. It’s the team’s 18th consecutive season at Steinbrenner Field (formerly called Legends Field).

ANOTHER LEFTY: For the second time in two games, the Yankees will face a left-handed starter. Of course, this time they’re using — for the most part – their regular right-handed lineup. Travis Hafner isn’t going to get many starts vs. lefties in the regular season.

FAMILIAR FACE: Former Yankees outfielder Melky Cabrera is back at Steinbrenner Field after spending the past two years with teams that do spring training in Arizona.

WHAT TO WATCH: Yankees starter Adam Warren could be this year’s David Phelps if enough doors open. … This will be our first look at Brett Gardner in center field and Curtis Granderson in left; also worth seeing whether Gardner or Ichiro Suzuki make an early case for the leadoff spot. … It’s the Yankees debut for Kevin Youkilis and Travis Hafner. … Chris Stewart gets his first turn behind the plate in this spring’s catcher competition.

UPDATE, 1:11 p.m.: Quick inning for Warren: Strikeout, ground out, strikeout. He’s through the first inning.

UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Pretty good at-bat and a leadoff single for Gardner.

UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: Looked like Granderson was hit in the right wrist. He’s coming out of the game. Not a great sign.

UPDATE, 1:24 p.m.: Deep fly ball for Youkilis in his first at-bat. Came a few feet away from a grand slam, instead left the bases loaded.

UPDATE, 1:27 p.m.: Passed ball for Stewart.;Cervelli wins the job. I fully expect an official announcement postgame.

UPDATE, 1:32 p.m.: Warren looked pretty sharp in his two innings. He hit a guy, but that was his only base runner. He just ended teh second inning with a runner stranded at second.

UPDATE, 1:36 p.m.: Chris Stewart with a base hit. But of course offense doesn’t matter. Cervelli still clearly in the lead for the everyday job.

UPDATE, 1:39 p.m.: Here’s Eppley to pitch.

UPDATE, 1:48 p.m.: Gose triples to center, well over Gardner’s head, and Bonifacio follows with an RBI single to put the Blue Jays in front 1-0.

UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: Single for Mustelier, but the innings ends with a line out by Youkilis (he’s hit the ball hard twice today with nothing to show for it).

UPDATE, 2:06 p.m.: Bruised right forearm for Granderson. Sent for precautionary X-rays. That’s all we know for now.

UPDATE, 2:18 p.m.: Leadoff double for Hafner, got to third on a Nunez grounder. Now it’s up to Gardner to drive in the run with two outs here in the fourth.

UPDATE, 2:22 p.m.: Here’s lefty Francisco Rondon. Added to the 40-man this season. Yankees love his arm, just needs to get his command worked out.

 
 

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