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Spring training Game 5: Yankees vs. Orioles

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Brett Gardner LF
Jayson Nix SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Juan Rivera DH
Dan Johnson 1B
Zoilo Almonte RF
Slade Heathcott CF
Chris Stewart C
Corban Joseph 3B

LHP Nik Turley (9-5, 2.89 ERA in High-A last year)
Turley has never faced the Orioles

Alexi Casilla 2B
Manny Machado 3B
Conor Jackson DH
Steve Pearce LF
Russ Canzler RF
Lew Ford CF
Danny Valencia 1B
Ryan Flaherty SS
Luis Exposito C

RHP Jake Arrieta (3-9, 6.20 ERA in 2012)
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TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Little bit cloudy earlier today, but it’s become a typical spring training day. Blue sky. Sunshine. Very slight breeze blowing out.

UMPIRES: HP Chad Whitson, 1B Dan Iassogna, 3B Vic Carpazza

ORIOLES PEN: Baltimore has RHP Dylan Bundy, RHP Todd Redmond, RHP Steve Johnson, LHP T.J. McFarland and LHP Eduardo Rodriguez scheduled to pitch. Bundy is a huge prospect. Should be interesting to see him.

FAMILIAR NAMES: The Orioles lineup includes Steve Pearce (who played briefly a part-time role for the Yankees last season) and Russ Canzler who was briefly on the Yankees 40-man roster this winter and might have had a chance to win a job in camp). Both players were claimed off waivers by the Orioles. … The rest of the Orioles lineup is made up of some smaller names partially because the Orioles are a split-squad today. They have a home game tonight against Boston.

WHAT TO WATCH: Spring debut of Mark Montgomery. … Another chance for Zoilo Almonte to make his case for the big league roster. … Slade Heathcott in center field. … Corban Joseph and Dan Johnson at the corners. Can one of those two emerge as a viable option as a left-handed bat off the bench? … Robinson Cano is leaving for the World Baseball Classic this weekend, so this is surely one of his last games with the Yankees this spring. Not that he has much to prove, but the Yankees won’t see a lot of him next month.

UPDATE, 1:07 p.m.: Leadoff walk, then Turley made a bad pickoff throw, and Dan Johnson got tangled with the runner who advanced to second on an error and interference. Strange way to start this game.

UPDATE, 1:09 p.m.: Turley just bounced a breaking ball three feet in front of the plate. I don’t know if it’s nerves or simply early spring training, but Turley hasn’t been sharp. At all.

UPDATE, 1:10 p.m.: Infield single and now runners at the corners for the 3, 4 and 5 hitters. Granted, those 3, 4 and 5 hitters are Conor Jackson, Steve Pearce and Russ Canzler, but still.

UPDATE, 1:12 p.m.: RBI single for Jackson and a meeting on the mound from Rothschild.

UPDATE, 1:13 p.m.: Not a particulary good route by Heathcott. The ball falls for an RBI double to right center. It’s now 2-0 with two on and no outs while Turley’s rough outing continues.

UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Oh man, this is getting ugly. Bad throw by Nix is an E-6. Two more runners score, Canzler is at second and it’s 4-0 Orioles.

UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: And now a wild pitch. Zach Nuding no longer has the Yankees worst outing of the past 24 hours.

UPDATE, 1:17 p.m.: Another pitch bounced well in front of the plate for a run scoring wild pitch. Turley ends up getting a strikeout in that at-bat and the crowd responds with a rather sarcastic applause.

UPDATE, 1:19 p.m.: And that’s it for Turley. Five runs. Four earned. Three hits. Two wild pitches. One out.

UPDATE, 1:23 p.m.: Eppley gets out of the inning with two quick outs. It’s 5-0 Orioles after a half inning.

UPDATE, 1:27 p.m.: Gardner had a bunt single against the O’s two days ago. Now Machado is playing in on the grass.

UPDATE, 1:31 p.m.: Gardner’s strong spring continued with a leadoff walk, but he was erased on a double play before Cano grounded out to end the inning.

UPDATE, 1:42 p.m.: Eppley trying to get five outs today. Got the first four rather easily, but the last one just never came. Walk, double and two-run single. Now Matt Daley is in to try to strand a runner at second.

UPDATE, 1:54 p.m.: Juan Rivera’s speed will not help him make this team.

UPDATE, 1:58 p.m.: There’s another base hit for Almonte. Two on and one out for Heathcott.

UPDATE, 2:04 p.m.: Offense from the catcher! Two-out RBI single for Stewart gets the Yankees on the board. Orioles lead 7-1 in the bottom of the second.

UPDATE, 2:07 p.m.: Two outs and bases loaded for Gardner.

UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: Three-run triple to deep center field for Gardner. He hit that ball awfully hard and got to third without a real play. It’s now a 7-4 game as the spring of Gardner continues.

UPDATE, 2:16 p.m.: Well that’s just a really bad throw from Joseph. Sailed it well over Dan Johnson’s head and right into the crowd.

UPDATE, 2:23 p.m.: Cano’s bare-handed play at second base lets the Yankees turn a double play and get out of a bases-loaded jam in the third. Now Cano leads off the bottom of the inning.

UPDATE, 2:33 p.m.: It’s an out, but it’s also another hard-hit ball for Almonte. He just flied to center field to leave a runner stranded at first base in the third inning. It’s still a 7-4 game.

UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: Corban Joseph gets another chance and this time makes a fine throw from behind third base to get Canzler out and end the fourth inning. By the way… is it really just now the end of the fourth inning?

UPDATE, 2:49 p.m.: The YES gun says Kahnle just hit 98 mph after back-to-back 95s.

UPDATE, 2:52 p.m.: Heathcott took a couple of bad routes earlier in the game, but in this inning he’s gone back on a ball to deep center and made a nice running catch in right center. In between those plays, Stewart made a horrible throw to second (over the infielders and into the outfield).