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Spring training Game 19: Yankees vs. Phillies

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 13, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (6-11)
Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Juan Rivera 1B
Ben Francisco RF
Matt Diaz DH
Chris Stewart C
Melky Mesa CF
Gil Velazquez 2B

LHP Andy Pettitte (first spring start)

Ben Revere CF
Kevin Frandsen DH
Chase Utley 2B
John Mayberry Jr. 1B
Domonic Brown RF
Darin Ruf LF
Josh Fields 3B
Freddy Galvis SS
Humberto Quintero C

LHP Cliff Lee (0-0, 5.19 ERA)

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Temperatures in the mid to low 60s. No real chance of rain.

UMPIRES: HP Kolin Kline, 1B Marty Foster, 2B Dan Iassogna, 3B Manny Gonzalez

ON THE ROAD: My first day of video training wrapped up about an hour ago. I won’t be there tonight, and tomorrow is a full day of training so I’m not sure I’ll have a bit of content to provide. Just hang tight, and we’ll be back to normal on Friday. Like I did today, I’ll try to sneak away from training from time to time in order to post a few things here and there.

FIRST TIMERS: Derek Jeter is in the field for the first time this spring, Andy Pettitte is in a regular game for the first time this spring, and Ben Francisco is in the Yankees lineup for the first time this spring.

OUT OF THE PEN: Mariano Rivera is scheduled to pitch out of the bullpen today. According to the Yankees game notes, David Aardsma and Cody Eppley are also scheduled to pitch.

WHAT TO WATCH: Well, for starters, watch how Jeter moves at shortstop and how Pettitte looks on the mound. I don’t think there’s any real concern about Pettitte at this point — he’s been happy with most of his simulated and bullpen work — but Jeter hasn’t really tested his ankle with real reaction moves in the field. He’s taken a lot of grounders, but nothing quite like game action. … Obviously it will be interesting to watch Francisco. He’s got about two weeks to make an impression and win a job. So far, Matt Diaz hasn’t done much to claim a bench job, and Juan Rivera migth be needed at first base. … Melky Mesa seems to be still in the mix as a Curtis Granderson replacement, but his offensive numbers have dragged significantly in the past two weeks or so.




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