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Spring Game 12: Yankees vs. Rays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 09, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek JeterYANKEES (7-4)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano LF
Kelly Johnson 1B
Brian Roberts 2B
Ichiro Suzuki DH
Yangervis Solarte 3B

RHP David Phelps (0-0, 3.86)

RAYS (5-2)
Desmond Jennings CF
Matt Joyce LF
Wil Myers RF
James Loney 1B
Sean Rodriguez 3B
Cole Figueroa 2B
Ryan Hanigan C
Jose Molina DH
Jayson Nix SS

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, YES Network and WFAN

WEATHER: Beautiful. Just beautiful.

UMPIRES: HP Dan Iassogna, 1B Mark Carlson, 2B Vic Carapazza, 3B Manny Gonzalez

WHAT TO WATCH: Kelly Johnson is getting his first spring start at first base. He could see some time there this season when Mark Teixiera needs a day off. Playing in Johnson’s place at third base is Yangervis Solarte, an early spring standout who could be playing his way into the conversation for a big league bench job. The Yankees also have a couple of interesting young relievers scheduled to pitch. Both Dellin Betances and Mark Montgomery have been terrific this spring. Betances in particular seems to be heavily in the mix for a big league job.

OFF THE BENCH: C John Ryan Murphy, 1B Russ Canzler, 2B Zelous Wheeler, SS Dean Anna, 3B Jose Pirela, LF Ramon Flores, CF Mason Williams, RF Adonis Garcia, DH Jose Gil

OUT OF THE PEN: Dellin Betances, Mark Montgomery, Bruce Billings, Danny Burawa, Matt Daley

UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: Scoreless top of the first for Phelps. He pitched around a Matt Joyce double, finishing the inning with a strikeout looking against James Loney.

UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Phelps just cruised through another scoreless inning.

UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Another easy inning for Phelps. Still scoreless heading into the bottom of the third. Not much action so far. Jeter’s made a few plays at short, but nothing out of the ordinary.

UPDATE, 2:01 p.m.: Kelly Johnson scoops a grounder and gets the out at first, then after a single up the middle, Johnson starts a 3-6-1 double play. Another quick inning for Phelps. Still scoreless.

UPDATE, 2:09 p.m.: Phelps is out for his fifth inning of work. Soriano hit into a double play that wiped out a Brian McCann single in the bottom of the fourth.

UPDATE, 2:17 p.m.: Five scoreless for Phelps, who ends the fifth with a little running catch on a weak popup along the first-base line. Have to assume that’s it for Phelps. Really nice outing.

UPDATE, 2:36 p.m.: Nice work by Betances. Allowed a one-out double by Desmond Jennings, but he struck out Matt Joyce then leaned on his breaking ball to get ahead of Wil Myers and get an inning-ending grounder to second.




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