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Spring training Game 13: Yankees at Cardinals

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 07, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (3-8)
Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Juan Rivera 1B
Francisco Cervelli DH
Matt Diaz LF
Chris Stewart C
Ronnier Mustelier 3B
Jose Pirela 2B
Addison Maruszak SS

RHP Ivan Nova (0-0, 000)

CARDINALS (5-5-1)
Jon Jay CF
Oscar Tavaras RF
Allen Craig DH
Matt Adams 1B
Ty Wigginton 3B
Shane Robinson LF
Daniel Descalso 2B
Tony Cruz C
Pete Kozma SS

RHP Joe Kelly (1-0, 0.00)

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., none

WEATHER: Temperatures in the mid to high 60s. Beautiful day out here. Great spring stadium.

UMPIRES: HP Chris Conroy, 1B Gerry Meals, 2B Mike Estabrook, 3B Sean Barber

A KID’S GAME: With Gary Sanchez assigned to minor league camp, the younger player still in big league camp with the Yankees is OF Ramon Flores who was born on March 26, 1992. Mariano Rivera is, of course, still the oldest.

SECOND START Considered the favorite for the fifth starter job, Ivan Nova looked sharp and pitched two scoreless innings in his first spring start. He’ll likely go three innings today.

WHAT TO WATCH: Juan Rivera gets the first first base start in the wake of the full Mark Teixeira diagnosis. He came into camp trying to win an outfield job, but he might now have more of an opening in the infield. … Speaking of the infield, Ronnier Mustelier is getting a turn at third base. He’s become primarily an outfielder, but he spent most of his time in Cuba playing the infield. … SS Addison Maruszak is trying to get over some of the fielding mistakes that have plagued him early this spring. … Brett Marshall, Matt Tracy and Kelvin Perez are likely to follow Nova on the mound.

UPDATE, 1:09 p.m.: Gardner starts the game with a walk, but is picked off at first.

Meanwhile, Joel Sherman reports that Mariano Rivera is planning to announce on Saturday that he will retire at the end of this season.

UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: RBI single and a stolen base for Cervelli. Clearly he’s just showing off at this point. It’s 1-0 Yankees and Cervelli maintains his lead in the catcher competition.

UPDATE, 1:25 p.m.: Looked like Diaz lost the ball in the sun. Could have been a catch in foul territory. Instead, the at-bat continues.

 
 

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73 Responses to “Spring training Game 13: Yankees at Cardinals”

  1. mick March 7th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Nunez might have to be kept around until Jeter shows what he’s got left.
    But he still is a good trade chip.

  2. Tyler March 7th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    It will be interesting to see what the Cards to with Tavaras. Some pressure in St. Louis to keep him up but is he better off playing every day in the minors?

  3. G. Love March 7th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    mick,

    If we can get a decent corner OF or IF for him, he’s a very good trade chip. Nix can provide decent SS insurance provided Jeter can play the field well enough.

    If anything is going to happen, it’ll be after Jeter starts playing SS in games this spring and shows his mobility.

  4. Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Thanks for everything, Mo. You’re the best.

  5. Tyler March 7th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Do you think other teams think that Nunez can stick at SS? If he could only be solid in the field I think he’d have some real value on the market.. but then again the Yanks would probably play him more if that were the case.

  6. Bronx Jeers March 7th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I’ll need time to get a porch, a flannel shirt, cowboy boots, aviator sunglasses , and a glass of red wine

    ———————————

    I think he’s moved on. Not sure if that photo was serious or a joke. Looked like it was from a personal ad. I’m just having trouble imagining who it could be aimed at. Hypothetically speaking of course.

  7. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    @RiverAveBlues

    Bummer RT @Joelsherman1: I can report #Yankees have 10 am press conf sked Sat at which Rivera is set to announce retirement after ’13 season

    If the members of this blog felt as though I acted like a child before, it will be nothing compared to the whining I will do about missing Mo. I’m actually typing this from the fetal position.

  8. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Carl Crawfords moaning about the big bad Boston media is kind of amazing… If I’m inclined to defend BOSTON in general you know you sound like a complete sap.

  9. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Bronx Jeers March 7th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I’ll need time to get a porch, a flannel shirt, cowboy boots, aviator sunglasses , and a glass of red wine

    ———————————

    I think he’s moved on. Not sure if that photo was serious or a joke. Looked like it was from a personal ad. I’m just having trouble imagining who it could be aimed at. Hypothetically speaking of course.

    ——————

    blake only wants to wear aviators so we can match ;)

  10. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    LoHud selfies would be a crazy low-point for the blog… I’m 100% on board!

  11. Chip March 7th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I don’t always agree with Francessa, but in this case I do. The Yankees owe it to the fans who are going to be shelling out a ton for tickets to go out and get a legitimate fill in for Tex. Juan Rivera and Dan Johnson are not acceptable.

    All Morneau is going to cost you is money, not money that impacts the $189 in 2014; but money this year.

  12. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    @MikeFrancesaNY

    Ah youah still da Yankees? If youah ah still da Yankees give me a trade!

  13. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    @MikeFrancesaNY

    Youstan has people dat can help. Minnesoter has people dat can help. Awl Maw-no woulda cawst youah is money. Dat yused to mean “DO IT”

  14. mick March 7th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    There will come a time when our younger fans will have to reckon with the day when their Yankees might have to go through a painful transition period.
    Many of us have had our time but have undergone periods of dismay as we watched our Yanks decline.
    My thoughts are with them as they go through this growth process.

  15. Mike Ri March 7th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Mike Francessa pushing for justin Morneau…

  16. Against All Odds March 7th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    It’s time for the Yankees to be the Yankees – Francesa

  17. Bronx Jeers March 7th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    blake only wants to wear aviators so we can match

    ———————-

    You’re a pilot? No wonder you need to hide your Lohud habit.

  18. Sir Harden Thick March 7th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    over under on the Yankees hits today? 5
    I’ll take the under.

  19. mick March 7th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    The Yankees owe it to the fans who are going to be shelling out a ton for tickets to go out and get a legitimate fill in for Tex.
    ===================
    Who says they will come?

  20. Chip March 7th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Also agree with him that Cashman’s comment that they don’t want to wind up with extra players when they get Granderson, Alex and Tex back goes completely against everything the team was built on. Cashman used to say, when asked about extra players, that injuries have a way of sorting these things out.

  21. mick March 7th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Mike Francessa pushing for justin Morneau…
    =====================
    but will settle for Cuddyer.

  22. Doreen March 7th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Even though I knew it was going to happen sooner rather than later, I am still sad that Mo is going to announce his retirement, making it official, and done (I don’t expect him to do an Andy Pettitte).

    It’s truly the end of an era. For the Yankees and for Baseball.

    blake – I do think this team was championship caliber before the injuries. Now, a lot of things have to happen, some in the Yankees control, some not, for that to be true. As it stands right now, today, with no one set to catch, no one set at first, no one set at 3rd and no one set for CF, it’s not possible to imagine.

    However, by opening day those questions will be answered, and there’s about 6 weeks that they really have to fight through. They cannot have the slow start that the Yankees seem to have each year. And they really can’t afford any more setbacks. I think the pitching is strong, and deep enough, to carry them. Fortunately there are veterans in that rotation who I think can be trusted not to try to do too much.

  23. Chambliss March 7th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I will enjoy Mo’s farewell tour. He is my favorite athlete by a wide margin.

    I wish the Yankees would bring a few low risk high reward types in to camp. Damon, for instance, could play first and would add some pop.

    And the team’s refusal to let Hafner play in the field makes no sense to me. Yes, he is injury prone, so playing in the field presents an injury risk, but he could just as easily get hurt sliding into second or swinging a bat.

    I will get lit on fire for this one, but another other option is to ask the Captain to play 3rd, letting Nunez stay at short where he is more comfortable. If Jeter’s mobility is limited as a result of the ankle surgery, playing him at third makes sense.

  24. G. Love March 7th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I wish I could feel that our front office would feel an obligation to go out and put together the best team it could to help Mo be the last man standing on the mound with a title in their grasp, but their budget nonsense is more important to them than such romantic ideas.

    All I can say about Mariano Rivera is I’m lucky I got to see one of the greatest Yankees ever pitch and play during my lifetime. I’m sure this is what my Dad felt about seeing Mantle and Dimaggio and his Dad felt about seeing Ruth & Gehrig.

    And if the Yankees even dare try to market some special “see Mo pitch for the final time” ticket promotion package, we’ll really have hit rock bottom.

  25. Chip March 7th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    mick March 7th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    The Yankees owe it to the fans who are going to be shelling out a ton for tickets to go out and get a legitimate fill in for Tex.
    ===================
    Who says they will come?
    —————-

    that’s a fair point. I’m in favor of spending $1,200 on a really nice entertainment system and watching every game rather than buying tickets for $100 each.

  26. tomingeorgia March 7th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Cervelli just stole second after driving in a run.

  27. Chip March 7th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Incidentally – Mo retiring helps Hal not spend money. The Yankees will sell the idea of coming out to watch Mo’s final season.

  28. Tackelberry March 7th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    mick March 7th, 2013 at 1:14 pm
    Mike Francessa pushing for justin Morneau…
    =====================
    but will settle for Cuddyer.

    _______________________________\

    I thought he was still hung up on Bronson Arroyo

  29. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Look, I think we can overcome these early injuries… but if this team is 5-10 games out by the ASB because of them, I’d feel awful for Mo.

  30. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Bronx Jeers March 7th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    blake only wants to wear aviators so we can match

    ———————-

    You’re a pilot? No wonder you need to hide your Lohud habit.

    —————-

    I’m more like a pilot enthusiast.. Chip knows what I mean.

  31. Chip March 7th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Look, I think we can overcome these early injuries… but if this team is 5-10 games out by the ASB because of them, I’d feel awful for Mo
    ——————-

    Andy too – this will likely be his last year

  32. G. Love March 7th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Chip,

    In one breath you’re telling everyone to calm down and accept this team and in the next you’re stumping for Morneau saying all it costs is money.

    Did you have your coffee yet, brother?

  33. mick March 7th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    listen to the FAN this afternoon if you want to have some whine with your cheese.
    mike stirring the pot but why not?

  34. Chip March 7th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Bronx Jeers March 7th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    blake only wants to wear aviators so we can match

    ———————-

    You’re a pilot? No wonder you need to hide your Lohud habit.

    —————-

    I’m more like a pilot enthusiast.. Chip knows what I mean.
    ————————-

    What do they call the area where the pilots fly the plane from?

  35. Sir Harden Thick March 7th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    The Yankees CAN NOT worry about having a spot for an injured player when they come back if they make a trade. There is no certainty that Tex will be healthy or Youk or Hafner stay healthy. This year more than any they cannot fall too far behind in the standings.
    I saw Girardi have a comment about having a spot for someone when they come back. Very wrong thinking.

  36. mick March 7th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Keep giving the updates of Musty at 3rd.
    Every chance he gets would do.

  37. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Chip March 7th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Incidentally – Mo retiring helps Hal not spend money. The Yankees will sell the idea of coming out to watch Mo’s final season.

    ————–

    True. That’s not going to help attendance much in April-June, though. I can almost guarantee that.

    GLove – Agreed. Watching he and Jeter be stalwarts on this team for almost two decades has been a privilege beyond measure.

  38. mick March 7th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I saw Girardi have a comment about having a spot for someone when they come back. Very wrong thinking.
    ======================
    No, they cost money.

  39. Tyler March 7th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Cervelli is going to be the starting catcher of this team. And if he can keep throwing like he is, hit around .260 and Stewart hits around .240 with adequate defense, the Yanks will be more than fine at catcher. I’m not worried about losing Martin’s power. Hated his plate approach.

  40. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I guess if we’re going to take the silver lining approach…. we know we have $10+ million off the books for next year.

    :(

  41. G. Love March 7th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I’d say Grandy coming back from the broken bone is a given.

    That said, not making moves out of fear of what happens when Tex/Arod return from wrist and hip injuries is the height of irresponsibility as a GM. If they are healthy and ready to produce, you deal with it. In the meantime, you need to win game and not wait for Godot to walk in the door.

  42. Chip March 7th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    G. Love March 7th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Chip,

    In one breath you’re telling everyone to calm down and accept this team and in the next you’re stumping for Morneau saying all it costs is money.

    Did you have your coffee yet, brother?
    —————–

    I don’t find the two things to be mutually exclusive.

    If you want to use the Tex injury to take a look at some of your younger guys and see what you have there; that’s great. You can then make an evaluation later in the spring if they are good enough to help or not.

    But that’s not what the Yankees are doing, at least not per Girardi’s comments. He’s committed to Juan Rivera or Dan Johnson being the only guys in the organization that he’s looking at. If that’s the case, then you need to go outside the organization because those two are not acceptable options.

  43. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    What do they call the area where the pilots fly the plane from?

    —————-

    My bedr—- uhhh… is this a trick question…?

  44. Doreen March 7th, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I’m not sure they Yankees have a viable 1st base option from within. That’s part of the problem. And a reason Johnson and Rivera are being given the first look.

  45. mick March 7th, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Youkilis will be their 1Bman.

  46. Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 1:11 pm
    @MikeFrancesaNY

    Ah youah still da Yankees? If youah ah still da Yankees give me a trade!
    __

    Not that I am against a trade that doesn’t sacrifice top prospects, but almost no matter what they do, a trade what make them the Yankees we have known.

  47. Chip March 7th, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    What do they call the area where the pilots fly the plane from?

    —————-

    My bedr—- uhhh… is this a trick question…?
    ——————-

    Well played.

  48. Against All Odds March 7th, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Tackelberry March 7th, 2013 at 1:16 pm
    mick March 7th, 2013 at 1:14 pm
    Mike Francessa pushing for justin Morneau…
    =====================
    but will settle for Cuddyer.

    _______________________________\

    I thought he was still hung up on Bronson Arroyo
    ————————————-

    No still in love with Nate McLouth. I’ll never forget when he told Sweeny the Yankees should trade Cano and Hughes for McLouth. I watch his show frequently but boy sometimes he is out there.

  49. randy l. March 7th, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    “@PeteAbe: Best way I can describe Rivera: You know how people always say, “How are you doing?” When Mo asks, he actually cares how you are doing”

    one thing that makes me pull back a little on total collapse with the yankees this year is mariano and jeter’s guidance ( and the pitching is good without any injuries).

    i think these two guys can keep the team from going too low no matter how many scrubs hal makes them play with.

  50. mick March 7th, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Things can change today if Musty has a good game at 3rd with a few hits.

  51. Tyler March 7th, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Good 1st inning for Nova. Cards are fielding a pretty good lineup even without Beltran, Molina, and Holliday.

  52. Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    “No still in love with Nate McLouth. I’ll never forget when he told Sweeny the Yankees should trade Cano and Hughes for McLouth. I watch his show frequently but boy sometimes he is out there.”

    Or that they had no place for Montero to play. He’s always short-sighted, probably because he’s rating-driven.

  53. Tyler March 7th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    one thing that makes me pull back a little on total collapse with the yankees this year is mariano and jeter’s guidance ( and the pitching is good without any injuries).

    i think these two guys can keep the team from going too low no matter how many scrubs hal makes them play with.
    ——————————————————————

    I agree. If “Win it for Mo” isn’t enough of a rally cry to get these guys going, they don’t deserve to wear pinstripes.

  54. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Eh, Fleet Week is more my thing anyway…

  55. Tyler March 7th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    And Mustelier gets hit by a pitch…

  56. jacksquat March 7th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    austinmac March 7th, 2013 at 10:46 am
    Randy,

    I think the results will be blamed on those unforseeable injuries. Who knew Granderson would get hit or Teixiera would hurt his wrist?

    Teams typically go through entire seasons with no injuries, and depth is unimportant. Just wait until AROD limps back on the field in August. What a boost!

    Get with the proper line of thinking or else someone could think you are a rabblerouser.

    Show me another team that has multiple 3-5 type hitters that also field well and can play every day littering their bench? Those guys have starting jobs.

    Granderson and Teixeira weren’t the guys that everyone named that made the team “old” either.

  57. mick March 7th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Mike is purely reactionary.
    It took this injury to wake him up.
    He is just realizing that Hal has stopped spending money.

  58. mick March 7th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    And Mustelier gets hit by a pitch…
    ======================
    not in the wrist?

  59. jacksquat March 7th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    It’s interesting to see who the board vultures are, circling the injured Yankees, cackling about how they were “right”.

  60. Against All Odds March 7th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 1:29 pm
    “No still in love with Nate McLouth. I’ll never forget when he told Sweeny the Yankees should trade Cano and Hughes for McLouth. I watch his show frequently but boy sometimes he is out there.”

    Or that they had no place for Montero to play. He’s always short-sighted, probably because he’s rating-driven.

    ———————–

    He is.

    He can’t play both sides though all winter he talked about the Yankees being financially responsible so he shouldn’t come on today and say “since when has money been an issue”

  61. Bronx Jeers March 7th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Francesca: If the Yanks sit on their hands here, they’re sending you an important message.

    ———-

    That message was sent long before Tex went down.

  62. blake March 7th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    “blake – I do think this team was championship caliber before the injuries”

    Yea I think it could be but a lot would have to go right….

  63. mick March 7th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    It’s interesting to see who the board vultures are, circling the injured Yankees, cackling about how they were “right”.
    =================
    that is their raison de etre, let them be…

  64. RadioKev March 7th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Mo’s reign of terror will finally end. The bats can live again in peace.

  65. Tyler March 7th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    mick March 7th, 2013 at 1:32 pm
    And Mustelier gets hit by a pitch…
    ======================
    not in the wrist?
    ——————————————————–

    Surprisingly no, haha. Just stole 2nd on Pirela’s strikeout.

  66. tomingeorgia March 7th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Every time a Yankee gets to first, they’re running on the next pitch. Two for three successes so far, after the Gardner pickoff. Mustelier just did.

  67. blake March 7th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    New post

  68. Against All Odds March 7th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    That message was sent long before Tex went down.

    ————————

    Is he blind?

  69. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    The problem with the Tex thing is, like the Arod thing, will this really go away?

    If they make a move, I don’t mind a stop gap but I’d prefer they actually think one step ahead.

  70. bruceb March 7th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Does anyone know just how many season tickets they have sold so far? Apparently, they are offering packages that weren’t available in previous seasons. Don’t like the look of the prices I’ve seen on Ticketmaster.

  71. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    :arrow:

  72. mick March 7th, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Those who think fans will flock to the Stadium if disaster strikes are naive.
    Seen it before, it can happen again.
    Perhaps it’s Hal’s karma for it to happen again.
    How much it will effect him is questionable as he is a rich man and can absorb the loss.

  73. Mike Ri March 7th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Im not the biggest Francessa fan … .but he’s right . . The Yanks have to do something . .We can’t go with Youk at first and Nunez at third …. Dan Johnson and Juan Rivera probably aren’t the answers as well at first……. IF Morneaus only cost is money . .The Yanks should make that move …. I like Cuddyer . .but i think he’d cost too much in terms of prospects and money


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