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Spring Game 14: Yankees vs. Tigers

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Carlos Beltran [2]YANKEES (7-5-1)
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Alfonso Soriano DH
Kelly Johnson 3B
Brian Roberts 2B
Francisco Cervelli C
Russ Canzler 1B
Mason Williams CF

RHP Hiroki Kuroda (1-0, 0.00)

TIGERS (7-6-1)
Ian Kinsler 2B
Don Kelly CF
Victor Martinez 1B
Alex Avila C
Tyler Collins LF
Trevor Crowe RF
Nick Castellanos 3B
Bryan Holaday DH
Hernan Perez SS

Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 3.60)

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, YES Network and MLB Network (rain delayed to 1:30)

WEATHER: Tarp was on the field this morning. Still cloudy.

UMPIRES: HP Mark Wegner, 1B Tom Haillon, 2B Dan Iassogna, 3B Sean Barber

WHAT TO WATCH: Another game with Derek Jeter at shortstop. Another look at Kelly Johnson getting reps at third base. Another start for center field prospect Mason Williams. There’s nothing particularly out-of-the-ordinary about today’s game, but it will be the first look at Jose Campos, the fourth player involved in the 2012 Pineda/ Montero trade. Campos has moved fairly slowly after dealing with an elbow issue in his first year with the Yankees. His innings were limited last season, and he’s been a few steps behind everyone else this spring. Says he feels healthy, though.

OFF THE BENCH: C Austin Romine, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Zelous Wheeler, SS Dean Anna, 3B Jose Pirela, LF Yangervis Solarte, CF Antoan Richardson, RF Adonis Garcia, DH John Ryan Murphy

OUT OF THE PEN: Shawn Kelley, Jose Campos, Robert Coello, Yoshinori Tateyama, Fred Lewis

UPDATE, 1:39 p.m.: Four singles and two runs so far in the first inning. Kuroda wasn’t helped by a Kelly Johnson error at third. Carlos Beltran had made a solid throw from right field, but Johnson let it get by for a run-scoring, runner-advancing error. Still, most of the problem has been Kuroda being knocked around a little bit. Right now there are two outs and two on.

UPDATE, 1:49 p.m.: Final tally is four runs on six hits including a double. Kuroda only got out of the first when Mason Williams made a good throw for an out at the plate (with a fine diving tag by Francisco Cervelli). Easily Kuroda’s worst outing of the spring.

UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: Internet situation. Not great. Anyway, Kuroda is finished with two outs in the top of the fourth. He allowed two more runs in the third and has left a runner at second base for Chase Whitley, who’s in to finish off this inning against Victor Martinez. Kuroda had been excellent this spring, but today was a pretty bad one (six runs on 10 hits). Francisco Cervelli has homered, so it’s a 6-1 Tigers lead.

UPDATE, 2:54 p.m.: Cervelli with his second homer of the game. He’s been terrific this spring.

UPDATE, 3:06 p.m.: According to the broadcast, Campos just dialed it up to 93 mph for a strikeout in the sixth inning. He’s been at 90-91 the rest of the time.

UPDATE, 3:07 p.m.: OK, well, then Campos threw three straight fastballs at 93 mph to the next hitter, ending with a fly ball to center. After a leadoff double, Campos got a routine grounder, a strikeout, and a weak fly ball to center. Fastball up to 93 at the end. Curveball seemed a bit inconsistent. The double was off a curveball, but he did throw one for a called strike.