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Spring training Game 4: Yankees at Phillies

Posted By Chad Jennings On February 26, 2013 @ 1:00 pm In Misc | 222 Comments

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YANKEES (1-2)
Eduardo Nunez SS
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Travis Hafner DH
Matt Diaz LF
Melky Mesa CF
Bobby Wilson C
Addison Maruszak 3B

RHP Jose Ramirez (7-6, 3.19 in 2012 in High-A)
This is Ramirez’s first appearance in big league camp

PHILLIES (2-1)
Jimmy Rollins SS
Ben Revere CF
Kevin Frandsen 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Michael Young DH
Domonic Brown LF
Laynce Nix RF
Cody Asche 3B
Steven Lerud C

RHP Kyle Kendrick (11-12, 3.90 in 2012)
Kendrick vs. Yankees [2]

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., not on TV or Radio

WEATHER: Rain finally stopped and it looks like the game will start on time.

UMPIRES: HP David Soucy, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Dan Iassogna, 3B Vic Carapazza

PHILLIES PEN: Philadelphia is scheduled to throw RHP Aaron Cook, RHP Chad Durbin, RHP Zach Minor and LHP Jeremy Horst.

THE RIGHT SIDE: After three straight left-handed starters, the Yankees finally face a right-hander in Kyle Kendrick. He had a 1.54 ERA last spring.

LATE CHANGE: The Phillies made a late lineup change, putting Kevin Frandsen at second place instead of Chase Utley.

CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE: Jayson Nix’s brother Laynce is in right field for the Phillies.

WHAT TO WATCH: Another chance to see Melky Mesa and Matt Diaz make a case for the left field job. Adonis Garcia, Thomas Neal and Ronnier Mustelier will also play today. … This will be the first spring appearance for both Joba Chamberlain and Dave Robertson. … It’s the first spring start for fringe catching candidate Bobby Wilson. Catching prospect J.R. Murphy is scheduled to get behind the plate for the first time this spring.

UPDATE, 1:09 p.m.: Nunez out on a ball back to the pitcher. Give him credit, he’s run hard on every single ball this spring.

UPDATE, 1:10 p.m.: Ichiro with an infield single up the middle. Just beat Rollins throw from behind second base.

UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: Ichiro steals second and scores on a Teixeira double into the right-field corner. It’s a quick 1-0 lead for the Yankees.

UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: Three up, three down for Ramirez. I don’t see a stadium radar reading anywhere, and the Phillies broadcast — which is on in the press box — doesn’t show velocity.

UPDATE, 1:24 p.m.: Matt Diaz with a single up the middle. That’s his first hit of the spring.

UPDATE, 1:27 p.m.: Mesa struck out, and was also called for batter’s interference on a stolen base attempt by Diaz. Mesa is out. Diaz is out. And Bobby Wilson followed with a fly out to center. That ended quickly.

UPDATE, 1:37 p.m.: Ramirez walked Howard, but he got Young to hit into a double play and got Brown to ground to first. That’s another scoreless inning from the young, hard-throwing right hander.

UPDATE, 1:43 p.m.: Ichiro had another hit in the top of the third, he was left stranded and now Robertson is out to pitch the bottom of the inning.

UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Nice play by Teixeira at first base get the Yankees out of the third inning with a runner stranded (a Robertson walk). Up next should be Chamberlain to pitch the bottom of the fourth, but first, it’s Teixeira, Hafner and Diaz coming to the plate in the top of the fourth.

UPDATE, 1:58 p.m.: Diaz lines sharply to first base, and it’s an unassisted double play. Granted, that one was bad luck, but Diaz has hit into three double plays already this spring.

UPDATE, 2:07 p.m.: Two strikeouts for Chamberlain, and the inning ends with a nice play by Nunez. Still a 1-0 Yankees lead heading into the fifth.

UPDATE, 2:12 p.m.: If that ball is a foot closer to the line, it’s a double for Maruszak. Instead it’s a 5-4-3 double play.

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