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Spring training Game 31: Yankees vs. Astros

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 26, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (12-17)
Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Juan Rivera 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C

LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 3.60)

ASTROS (13-14)
Jose Altuve 2B
Brett Wallace 1B
Chris Carter LF
Carlos Pena DH
Justin Maxwell CF
Carlos Corporan C
Matt Dominguez 3B
Brandon Barnes RF
Ronny Cedeno SS

RHP Brad Peacock (0-1, 3.68)

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

WEATHER: Pretty cold for spring training. Temperatures in the 50s. Wind blowing from left to right. It’s not going to be this cold on Opening Day, right?

UMPIRES: HP Toby Basner, 1B Manny Gonzalez, 2B Jeff Gosney (only three umps tonight)

OVERBAY ARRIVES: Lyle Overbay arrived in the Yankees clubhouse around 5:30. He said he got a call from his agent at 2:30 telling him the Yankees had agreed to a minor league deal. Overbay had already shaved in anticipation, and he immediately drove up here from Fort Meyers. A team source confirmed that Overbay has an out in his contract on Friday, so this is basically a three-day trial to either make the team or not. Triple-A doesn’t seem likely.

REMEMBER ME? Justin Maxwell is back in Yankees camp as the Astros starting center fielder. He was cut at the end of last spring and had a breakout year in Houston. He’s hitting just .154 this spring, but I have to think Maxwell would be locked onto the Yankees roster had he not been DFA’d a year ago.

WHAT TO WATCH: CC Sabathia is making his final start before Opening Day. … Joe Girardi acknowledged that he’s considering this lineup as a possibility for the regular season. That suggests Girardi might stack three lefties at the top of the order, which really seems like the only way to do it given the current options. … Vernon Wells said he’s comfortable in left field, and that seems like his most likely position during the season.  … Mariano Rivera is scheduled to pitch today.

UPDATE, 7:08 p.m.: Yankees just announced the David Adams move as a straight release, not a DFA. I have no idea why.

UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: Sorry for the lack of updates tonight. It’s obviously been a pretty busy day with a ton to write. Mariano Rivera is getting loose in the Yankees bullpen and it looks like he’ll com in to pitch the sixth. Sabathia has allowed four runs through five innings, but three of those runs came in a rocky first inning. Chris Stewart has already thrown out two base runners. It’s a 4-0 Astros lead, and Travis Hafner has the Yankees only hit.

UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Brett Gardner had an RBI triple in the fifth, and there’s an RBI double by Youkilis and a run-scoring ground out by Wells in the sixth. It’s now 4-3.

UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: Two-out RBI single by Stewart to tie the game at 4 heading into the seventh. Here’s Robertson.




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