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Spring training Game 29: Yankees at Tigers

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 23, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (11-16)
Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Juan Rivera 1B
Ben Francisco RF
Jayson Nix 2B
Chris Stewart C

LHP Andy Pettitte (1-0, 3.00)

TIGERS (15-11)
Austin Jackson CF
Torii Hunter RF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Matt Tuiasosopo LF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Alex Avila C
Omar Infante 2B

RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 0.00)

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

WEATHER: Temperatures in the 70s and climbing into the 80s. Cloudy, but apparently it’s not supposed to rain.

UMPIRES: HP Andy Fletcher, 1B Mark Wegner, 2B Manny Gonzalez, 3B Jeff Gosney

MAKING IT OFFICIAL: The Yankees have officially announced their minor league deal with starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, who’s scheduled to have his first official workout on Monday.

STAYING BACK: Derek Jeter is playing in a minor league game this afternoon, with his Opening Day status still unknown. Eduardo Nunez gets another start at shortstop for the big league club and could be there for the opener if Jeter isn’t ready.

WHAT TO WATCH: This is a rare spring training moment to have Andy Pettitte pitching in an actual game that’s not simulated or against minor leaguers. … Ronnier Mustelier gets another turn in the outfield. His versatility could make him especially valuable if the Yankees decide to carry him on the big league roster. Still unclear whether that will happen, though. … Not many big name relievers on the trip, but with Clay Rapada and Phil Hughes strong DL candidates, there could be room for Cody Eppley or Jim Miller to make the roster.

UPDATE, 1:09 p.m.: Yankees went down in order in the first inning. Here’s Pettitte in the bottom of the first facing former Yankees prospect Austin Jackson.

UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: Routine bouncing ball to shortstop ends the bottom of the first with a 1-2-3 inning for Pettitte.

UPDATE, 1:39 p.m.: Nunez goes the other way with an RBI single for a 1-0 lead in the third. He follows with a stolen base, his fourth of the spring.

UPDATE, 1:42 p.m.: Torii Hunter just went over the wall to rob Kevin Youkilis of a home run. Even in a spring environment, Hunter’s a lot of fun to watch. It’s 1-0 Yankees in the middle of the third.

UPDATE, 1:54 p.m.: Opening Day left fielder* Ben Francisco just went deep to left center for a 2-0 Yankees lead in the fourth.
*Just guessing

UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: Leadoff double by Hunter, followed by back-to-back ground balls to the right side put the Tigers on the board. it’s now 2-1 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. Pettitte still looks sharp.

UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: Youkilis stayed away from Hunter this time. He just ripped a two-run double to left field for a 4-1 Yankees lead in the fifth. He’s crushed the ball in today.

UPDATE, 2:19 p.m.: Gardner pulled from the game. Not sure why.

UPDATE, 2:26 p.m.: Pettitte getting rocked here in the fifth. Home run. Double. Single. Sac fly. RBI double. It’s now a 4-4 game with one out, a runner at second, and the Tigers sending Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder to the plate.

UPDATE, 2:27 p.m.: And Pettitte just added a bad pickoff throw to send the runner to third.

UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: Stewart called out on a close play at first. He clearly thought he was safe, but he didn’t get thrown out this time! #progress

UPDATE, 3:02 p.m.: Eppley in from the bullpen and promptly allows a two-run homer for a 6-4 Tigers lead in the seventh.

UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: Seriously, Francisco is a lock, right? He just crushed a two-run homer to make it 9-6 Tigers in the eighth.




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