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Spring Game 18: Yankees at Orioles

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 15, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Ichiro SuzukiYANKEES (8-7-2)
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Brian Roberts 2B
Kelly Johnson 3B
Austin Romine C
Ramon Flores LF
Mason Williams CF
Kyle Roller DH
Carmen Angelini SS
Francisco Arcia 1B

LHP Vidal Nuno (0-0, 4.50)

Nick Markakis DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Nelson Cruz CF
Chris Davis 1B
Steve Pearce LF
Delmon Young RF
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Caleb Joseph C
Alex Gonzalez 3B

RHP Chris Tilman (2-0, 7.04)

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

WEATHER: Very little bit of a breeze blowing out to left. Cloudy but very nice out here today.

UMPIRES: HP John Hirschbeck, 1B Bill Welke, 2B Will Little, 3B Anthony Johnson

WHAT TO WATCH: The Yankees didn’t bring many regulars, so this is a good one for those of you who follow the minor league system closely. Mason Williams, Cito Culver, Rob Refsnyder and Jake Cave are all scheduled to play today. Austin Romine is getting a rare start at catcher. Kyle Roller and Carmen Angelini are up from minor league camp and actually in the lineup. Vidal Nuno seems like the most fringy of the fifth-starter candidates, and he’ll make another start today. Scheduled for four innings.

OFF THE BENCH: C Pete O’Brien, 1B Zach Wilson, 2B Rob Refsnyder, SS Cito Culver, 3B Rob Segedin, LF Ben Gamel, CF Jake Cave, RF Taylor Dugas

OUT OF THE PEN: Brian Gordon, Mark Montgomery, Danny Burawa, Diego Moreno and Joel De La Cruz

UPDATE, 1:36 p.m.: We’ve got a real thriller here in Sarasota. Romine walked to start the second inning, and so far that’s the only base runner. Roberts got a little bit of an ovation from the Orioles fans, so that was nice.

UPDATE, 1:47 p.m.: Nuno has his first base runner. Just walked the No. 9 hitter with two outs in the third. Second time through the order now.

UPDATE, 2:07 p.m.: Leadoff double by Ramon Flores has the Yankees in business here int he fifth. Mason Williams just advanced the runner with a ground ball to the right side, so now the go-ahead run is at third with one out and Kyle Roller at the plate.

UPDATE, 2:09 p.m.: Fly ball to Nelson Cruz in center field — probably won’t read that sentence ever again — and Flores broke for home, but he retreated as the throw came in. Turned out, the throw was way off line to the first base side. Flores probably could have scored.

UPDATE, 2:12 p.m.: Here’s Burawa. Nuno went his scheduled four innings. One hit. One walk. Three strikeouts. Nuno’s been good, but I’d still project him as an odd man out. Makes sense — in my mind, anyway — to make him the guy who stays stretched out in Triple-A.

UPDATE, 2:24 p.m.: Solo homer by Francisco Arcia. Came on Chris Tilman’s last pitch of the game. Tilman’s not exactly Jim Palmer, but Arcia’s not exactly used to big league pitching.

UPDATE, 2:41 p.m.: Yankees almost got two innings out of Dan Burawa, but he just allowed a two-out homer to Chris Davis. I’ve heard some scouts speaking pretty highly of Burawa. Obviously throws really hard.




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