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Spring Games 15 and 16: Yankees vs. Orioles / at Phillies

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Michael Pineda [2]YANKEES (7-5-2)
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano LF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Dean Anna 2B
Zoilo Almonte RF
Russ Canzler 1B

RHP Michael Pineda (0-0, 0.00)

Quintin Berry CF
Alex Gonzalez SS
Henry Urrutia LF
Steve Pearce 1B
Ryan Flaherty 3B
Delmon Young DH
Xavier Paul RF
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Caleb Joseph C

RHP Bud Norris (1-0, 0.00)

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

WEATHER: Bright, sunny sky. No complaints.

UMPIRES: HP Eric Cooper, 1B Mark Carlson, 2B Mark Wegner, 3B Manny Gonzalez

OFF THE BENCH: C John Ryan Murphy, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Corban Joseph, SS Jose Pirela, 3B Zelous Wheeler, LF Jake Cave, CF Antoan Richardson, RF Adonis Garcia, DH Gary Sanchez

OUT OF THE PEN: Dave Robertson, Matt Thornton, Bruce Billings, Cesar Cabral, Chris Leroux


Ivan Nova [3]YANKEES (7-5-2)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Kelly Johnson 3B
Francisco Cervelli C
Yangervis Solarte SS
Scott Sizemore 2B
Ramon Flores LF
Austin Romine DH

RHP Ivan Nova (1-0, 5.40)

PHILLIES (3-10-2)
Ben Revere CF
Chase Utley 2B
Marlon Byrd RF
Ryan Howard 1B
Carlos Ruiz C
Domonic Brown LF
Darin Ruf 1B
Cody Asche 3B
Freddy Galvis SS

RHP Roberto Hernandez (0-0, 3.24)

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, not broadcast (except maybe in Philadelphia)

WEATHER: Not far enough to be considerably different than in Tampa. I’m sure it’s beautiful over there as well.

OFF THE BENCH: C Pete O’Brien, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Rob Refsnyder, SS Carmen Angelini, 3B Rob Segedin, LF Ben Gamel, CF Mason Williams, RF Taylor Dugas

OUT OF THE PEN: Shane Green, Bryan Mitchell, Mark Montgomery, Preston Claiborne

WHAT TO WATCH: Michael Pineda is making his second appearance of the spring. His debut was encouraging and occasionally dominant. Today he’s scheduled for three innings against a less-than-inspiring Orioles lineup. Behind him, Derek Jeter, Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran and Alfonso Soriano are playing their final games in Florida before a four-day trip to Panama, so you probably won’t see them again for a while. … In Clearwater, the Phillies are using a legitimate Major League roster against Ivan Nova, who’s been a bit inconsistent this spring. Last time out he struggled early before making a mechanical adjustment mid game. … For you prospect lovers, there are  few notable guys playing today. Mason Williams has been in big league camp all spring, so it’s not unusual to see him, but Rob Refsnyder, Jake Cave and Ben Gamel are among the guys up from minor league camp for the day. Gary Sanchez and Pete O’Brien are also supposed to get some at-bats.

UPDATE, 1:12 p.m.: Nice catch by Alfonso Soriano, who kind of owed Pineda one after a not-so-great effort on the single earlier in the inning.

UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: On the fly out to left, it looks like the trail runner rounded second and didn’t touch the bag on the way back. McCann was pointing it out on the field. Pineda got back on the mound ready to face another hitter, then threw to second for the force out. Weird way to end the inning, but that’s what we have. Pineda’s fastball was mostly 89-90 with one reaching 91 mph. He allowed two singles and got a strikeout.

UPDATE, 1:24 p.m.: RBI single by Beltran scores Gardner from first and gives the Yankees a 1-0 lead here in Tampa. Beltran lined the ball to right. Gardner reached on an infield single.

UPDATE, 1:43 p.m.: Couple more strikeouts for Pineda in the second inning, with his fastball getting up to 92 mph. The second out in the inning was a comebacker that somehow wound up in Pineda’s glove. Just kind of ducked and held his glove up. It worked.

UPDATE, 1:54 p.m.: Doubles by Almonte and Gardner give the Yankees another run in the second inning, and now a goofy error by Bud Norris has given them another. Norris made one of the worst throws possible trying to get the lead runner out at third base.

UPDATE, 2:13 p.m.: That’s it for Pineda. He’s finished after a two-out infield single in the third inning (Jeter got to it but couldn’t get the out). There were some pitches that didn’t get a radar reading on the broadcast, but based on what I saw Pineda’s fastball topped out at 92 mph. He was throwing a lot of offspeed stuff in the third inning, including the strikeout pitch for the second out of the inning and the two pitches that put him ahead in the count 0-2 before the single that chased him from the game. If Dave Robertson is able to strand these two runners, Pineda will be left with another good pitching line. He struck out five.