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Spring training Game 8: Yankees vs. Phillies

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 01, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Eduardo Nunez SS
Francisco Cervelli C
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Juan Rivera DH
Melky Mesa LF
Thomas Neal RF
Kyle Roller 1B
Adonis Garcia CF

RHP Hiroki Kuroda (16-11, 3.32 ERA in 2012
Kuroda vs. Phillies

Jimmy Rollins SS
Ben Revere CF
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Michael Young 3B
Domonic Brown LF
Darin Ruf DH
John Mayberry RF
Steven Lerud C

RHP Roy Halladay (11-8, 4.49 ERA in 2012)
Halladay vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: A pretty cool day by Tampa standards. Temperatures in the low 60s and upper 50s.

UMPIRES: HP Mark Carlson, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Marty Foster, 3B Mark Wegner

FIRST TIMER: This is Hiroki Kuroda’s spring debut. “I don’t think you can expect him to do much more than he did for us last year,” Joe Girardi said yesterday. “He was great.”

BACK IN THE LINEUP: Kevin Youkilis returns to the lineup after feeling a cramp in his left side earlier in the week. Youkilis has downplayed the severity of the injury ever since it happened. Girardi has said Youkilis might get only one at-bat today; typical Yankees caution with spring injuries.

WHAT TO WATCH: This is a second consecutive day behind the plate for Francisco Cervelli. So far he’s 4-for-5 throwing out base runners this spring. … Another turn at shortstop for Eduardo Nunez. He’s made one error this spring. He’s also hitting just .182 so far. … This should be either the last opportunity, or one of the last opportunities, for the Yankees to see Melky Mesa before he leaves for the World Baseball Classic. Players are leaving for the WBC on Sunday, and Mesa played yesterday, so he probably won’t get in tomorrow’s game. … Second spring appearance for Dave Robertson and Joba Chamberlain. Also another chance for Vidal Nuno to show something. He was pretty sharp in his spring debut.

UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: Sorry for those technical issues. We’re in the bottom of the first inning here in Tampa. The Phillies scored twice in the top half of the inning — one run unearned because of a Kyle Roller error — and the Yankees have put two on in the bottom of the inning.

Also, because of the technical issues, I couldn’t post that Phil Hughes is hoping to throw a baseball on Sunday. He was originally shooting for Tuesday, but the program has been accelerated because he’s making such steady progress. He seems confident. Throwing on Sunday should give him a realistic chance to be ready to break camp with the team.

UPDATE, 1:39 p.m.: Rough spring debut for Kuroda. Now Robertson in to get out of this mess.

UPDATE, 1:43 p.m.: Robertson ends the inning with a strikeout on a 92 mph fastball. Only one of Kuroda’s four runs was earned — a Youkilis error should have been the final out of the second inning — but he did walk a guy and allow three hits, including a two-run double by Jimmy Rollins. Not a horrible outing, just didn’t seem especially sharp. Plenty of time to get that fixed.

UPDATE, 1:54 p.m.: Pretty good play by Youkilis, who was essentially playing shortstop on the shift.

UPDATE, 2:01 p.m.: Joba Chamberlain got two quick outs in the third, but he’s since allowed a single, two walks and another single — this one driving in two runs — to let the Phillies extend their lead to 6-0. The RBI single came on a 95 mph fastball according to the YES broadcast.

UPDATE, 2:18 p.m.: RBI single by Cano has the Yankees on the board, but a double by Juan Rivera goes nowhere. It’s now 6-1. Here’s Vidal Nuno in the game for the Yankees, and Addison Maruszak in the game for Youkilis at third.

UPDATE, 2:22 p.m.: Maruszak actually has a good arm, but that throw was way off line as the Yankees generally sloppy start to spring training continues. That’s three errors this game, and there could have been a fourth.

UPDATE, 2:27 p.m.: Clearly Rollins thought Utley had walked, but it’s still another caught stealing for Cervelli.

UPDATE, 3:08 p.m.: Just got up from the clubhouse where Hiroki Kuroda said his fastball wasn’t bad, but his offspeed pitches — especially his curveball — let him down. The double by Rollins was a cutter that didn’t cut.

UPDATE, 3:10 p.m.: There’s a solo shot by Ronnier Mustelier. Had a conversation about him with a Yankees official today. The general idea was this: Bad outfielder, but passable; Very good hitter, as long as he doesn’t try to over do it.

UPDATE, 3:43 p.m.: There’s another home run for Mesa. His combination of speed, power and defense could make him an ideal candidate for this short-term opening in left (with the chance of extending that into a lasting role off the bench). He’s certainly looked pretty good so far this spring. It’s 10-5, by the way.




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