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Spring Game 1: Yankees at Pirates

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 26, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Yangervis Solarte SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Ramon Flores LF
Zelous Wheeler 3B
Dean Anna 2B
Corban Joseph 1B
John Ryan Murphy DH

RHP Ivan Nova (9-6, 3.10 in 2013)

Starling Marte LF
Russell Martin C
Andrew McCutchen CF
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Neil Walker 2B
Gaby Sanchez 1B
Andrew Lambo DH
Jose Tabata RF
Jordy Mercer SS

LHP Francisco Liriano (16-8, 3.02 in 2013)

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, not on TV or radio

Few more clouds in the sky than yesterday. Could rain at some point, but so far, so good.

UMPIRES: HP Gabe Morales, 1B Bill Welke, 3B Anthony Johnson

GETTING STARTED: After playing an exhibition against Florida State yesterday, today’s game is the start of the Yankees Grapefruit League schedule. They’ll play the Pirates again tomorrow in the spring opener at Steinbrenner Field.

UPCOMING MATCHUPS: After seeing Francisco Liriano today, the Yankees are scheduled to face RHP Charlie Morton, RHP Max Scherzer and RHP Ethan Martin in their next three spring training games.

WHAT TO WATCH: Ivan Nova is making his spring debut, but there’s clearly more intrigue in the new guys. Today will be the first look at Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran playing a game for the Yankees. They’re scheduled for four to five innings apiece. Bullpen candidate Dellin Betances is also a must-watch this spring with a chance to finally play a real role in the majors.

SECOND STRING: C Austin Romine, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Jose Pirela, SS Addison Maruszak, 3B Adonis Garcia, LF Antoan Richardson, CF Mason Williams, RF Zoilo Almonte, DH Francisco Arcia

OUT OF THE BULLPEN: Bruce Billings, Dellin Betances, Jose Ramirez, Chase Whitley

UPDATE, 1:09 p.m.: Ellsbury with a leadoff walk. At least, I think that’s what it was. I suppose he could have been hit by a pitch. I literally can’t see the plate from this absurd press box.

UPDATE, 1:10 p.m. Sharp single up the middle by Solarte.

UPDATE, 1:12 p.m.: Ellsbury draws a walk, takes second on a sharp single by the shortstop, and scores on a hard line drive by Brian McCann. Exactly how the Yankees drew it up. It’s a 1-0 lead with one out in the first.

UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: Ramon Flores with an RBI single. Might have just passed John Ryan Murphy as the best hitter in camp so far.

UPDATE, 1:23 p.m.: Ivan Nova just walked Russell Martin. It occurs to me that, aside from Nova, I don’t think Martin ever played with a single Yankees starter today.

UPDATE, 1:25 p.m.: Hit and run, McCutchen singles to right. Two on with one out for Pedro Alvarez.

UPDATE, 1:28 p.m.: Nova gets Alvarez to go down swinging. McCann points emphatically to the mound. Big at-bat (for a spring training game in February).

UPDATE, 1:32 p.m.: Ball chopped up the middle, kind of between the mound and second base. Solarte charged, scooped and flung the ball to first while falling forward onto the grass. Got the out. Will almost certainly be one of the 5-10 best plays in Yankees camp this spring. Legitimately impressive, especially for Game 1.

UPDATE, 1:41 p.m.:  Yangervis is the new Mustelier. Solarte just hit a two-run homer — Ellsbury had walked again — to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the second.

UPDATE, 1;47 p.m.: Not even Solarte could get to that one. After a leadoff walk, Lambo has a single up the middle to put two on with no outs for former Yankees prospect Jose Tabata.

UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Fly ball to right. Beltran makes a pretty good throw to third, but the runner slides in just safe to advance. Meanwhile, Nova’s day is done after an inning and a third. He faced eight hitters, retired four of them.

UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: RBI single off reliever Bruce Billings. It’s now 4-1 with two on and one out in the bottom of the second.




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