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Spring Game 17: Yankees vs. Twins

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Brian Roberts [2]YANKEES (8-6-2)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brian Roberts 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Eduardo Nunez SS
Ramon Flores LF
Pete O’Brien DH
Mason Williams RF
Rob Segedin 3B

RHP David Phelps (0-0, 1.86)

TWINS (5-7-1)
Aaron Hicks CF
Brian Dozier 2B
Jason Kubel DH
Oswaldo Arcia RF
Chris Colabello 1B
Wilkin Ramirez LF
Deibinson Romero 3B
Josmil Pinto C
Danny Santana SS

RHP Kyle Gibson (0-0, 0.00)

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

WEATHER: High of 74 degrees with a zero percent chance of rain. So, yeah, it’s not a bad day.

UMPIRES: HP Sean Barber, 1B Mark Carlson, 2B Marty Foster, 3B Ryan Blakney

WHAT TO WATCH: David Phelps makes his latest start in the competition for the fifth starter job. Most of the attention has been focused on Michael Pineda, but Phelps has pitched well. Seems to have a roster spot locked up, just a matter of figuring out his role. … Russ Canzler was a late scratch from the lineup because of hip stiffness. … With about half of the spring roster in Panama, a handful of minor leaguers will get a chance to play in the late innings this afternoon. That group includes guys like Rob Refsnyder and Jake Cave who are coming off pretty strong seasons in the lower levels.

OFF THE BENCH: C Austin Romine, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Rob Refsnyder, SS Carmen Angelini, 3B Rob Segedin, LF Ben Gamel, CF Jake Cave, RF Taylor Dugas

OUT OF THE PEN: Manny Banuelos, David Herndon, Fred Lewis, Dellin Betances

UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: A big strikeout on a breaking ball put David Phelps one out away from stranding runners at the corners here in the first inning, but Chris Colabello just roped a two-out RBI single into right field for a 1-0 Twins lead. Phelps followed with a balk. Getting weird early here at Steinbrenner Field.

UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Knowing it would be a close play, Ellsbury forced the issue by stretching a single into a double to leadoff the bottom of the first. The throw to second came in low and got past the shortstop (no error was called). Ellsbury had gone into a feet-first slide, but as soon as the ball shot free, Ellsbury managed to immediately pop up and actually round second base with pretty good speed before deciding not to try for third. Nice base running.

UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: And Roberts makes it mean something with a game-tying ground-rule double to left. It’s a 1-1 game.

UPDATE, 1:24 p.m.: There’s an RBI single by Teixeira. He was hitting left-handed and went the other way.

UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: Pretty decent play by Nunez going to his right on a grounder to short, but Phelps has now allowed back-to-back two-out hits in the fourth. He has runners at second and third with the top of the order coming up.

UPDATE, 2:12 p.m.: Broken bat grounder to second gets Phelps out of the inning and keeps the Yankees in the lead, 3-2.

UPDATE., 2:36 p.m.: Another two-out single by Colabello has tied the game at 3. This one came off David Herndon. The inning ended with Eduardo Nunez getting a force out at second, where he seemed to take a spike to the shin. We’ll see if he stays in the game.

UPDATE, 2:47 p.m.: Well, Nunez is out of the game, but so are most of the regulars. Meanwhile, Banuelos is having another rocky outing with a single and two walks so far.