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Spring Game 26: Yankees at Twins

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 22, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Masahiro TanakaYANKEES (14-9-2)
Brett Gardner DH
Eduardo Nunez SS
Kelly Johnson 1B
Francisco Cervelli C
Scott Sizemore 3B
Dean Anna 2B
Zoilo Almonte RF
Zelous Wheeler LF
Antoan Richardson CF

RHP Masahiro Tanaka (0-0, 1.93)

TWINS (7-11-3)
Brian Dozier 2B
Kurt Suzuki C
Joe Mauer 1B
Josh Willingham LF
Jason Kubel DH
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Oswaldo Arcia RF
Aaron Hicks CF
Pedro Florimon SS

RHP Kevin Correia (1-1, 6.00)

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

WEATHER: Sunny. Hot. Florida.

UMPIRES: HP Jeff Kellogg, 1B Bob Davidson, 2B Marvin Hudson, 3B Tim Timmons

WHAT TO WATCH: This should be Masahiro Tanaka’s most significant test of the spring. He’s scheduled for 90 pitches and he’s facing a lineup made mostly of Twins regulars. He should get through the lineup at least twice, giving hitters a chance to see him and then face him again. He made this trip specifically to see big league hitters. … With Brendan Ryan likely to open the season on the disabled list, Eduardo Nunez could get more shortstop time than originally expected early in the season. Even if the Yankees carry either Dean Anna or Yangervis Solarte, Nunez would be the only utility man with any big league experience at short. He’s playing there again today. … Francisco Cervelli is trying to continue his red hot spring.

OFF THE BENCH: C Jose Gil, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Yangervis Solarte, SS Ali Castillo, 3B Adonis Garcia (listed as if the starting outfielders will play all nine innings)

OUT OF THE PEN: Danny Burawa, Fred Lewis, Shane Greene, Yoshinori Tateyama, David Herndon

LONG DRIVE: Knew I was cutting it close deciding to post pregame notes before I left for Fort Myers. Just rolled into the press box. Tanaka allowed a leadoff double, and that runner has scored after a pair of ground ball outs.

UPDATE, 1:17 p.m.: Tanaka strikes out Willingham with a split. Sent down three in a row after the leadoff double. It’s a 1-0 Twins lead.

UPDATE, 1:43 p.m.: Cervelli took a foul ball to the … well … it probably hurt. He was checked on the field, but stayed in the game.

UPDATE, 1:47 p.m.: Hicks stole second. Play was close. Yankees are challenging the call.

UPDATE, 1:48 p.m.: Call is overturned. Anna reacted in such a way that it seemed Hicks had to be out. It was a kind of awkward slide, but apparently Anna got him on the leg.

UPDATE, 1:52 p.m.: Took a total of 44 seconds from the time the play was challenged to the time it was overturned.

UPDATE, 1:53 p.m.: Error on Sizemore over at third. Looked like a tough hop on a hard-hit ball, but still a play you expect a third baseman to make. Not an easy play, but an error when he missed it.

UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: Tanaka walked Mauer to load the bases — on ball three, Tanaka just missed on a pitch that he clearly thought was a strike — and then Josh Willingham very nearly hit a grand slam, but Wheeler made the catch just in front of the wall in left field. Scoreless inning and still a 1-0 Twins lead heading into the fourth.

UPDATE, 2:06 p.m.:  Cervelli was just hit by a pitch. Looked like it got him in the shoulder. He’s still in the game, but man, that guy always gets beat up.

UPDATE, 2:07 p.m.: Wild pitch. Nunez scores. Tied at 1.

UPDATE, 2:08 p.m.: Two-run single by Sizemore puts the Yankees in front 3-1. When he’s played, Sizemore has played pretty well. He’s hitting .286 with three walks and four strikeouts this spring. Only has 14 at-bats, though.

UPDATE, 2:14 p.m.: The bats are coming alive down here in Fort Myers. Wheeler just doubled to the wall in left-center, driving in one run and pushing the Yankees lead to 4-1. Two on and two outs for Antoan Richardson, the ninth batter of the inning.

UPDATE, 2:21 p.m.: There’s a 1-2-3 fourth inning for Tanaka. And Cervelli took another foul ball.

UPDATE, 2:32 p.m.: Another 1-2-3 inning for Tanaka. That deep fly ball to left was the first of seven straight retired, two on strikeouts.

UPDATE, 2:44 p.m.: Tanaka just struck out Mauer. Looked like a fastball up.

UPDATE, 2:46 p.m.: Tanaka follows the strikeout with a hit batter. Plunked Willingham to put two on with one out for Kubel.

UPDATE, 2:47 p.m.: RBI double by Kubel. Hit hard over Almonte’s head in right field. Now Tanaka’s day is finished after a ground ball to third that brought in another run and left one on with two outs in the sixth. Fred Lewis coming in to face Arcia.

UPDATE, 2:54 p.m.: Facing the lefty Arcia, Lewis gets out of the inning with a fly ball to left. It’s a 4-3 Yankees lead heading into the seventh. Tanaka went 5.2 innings, five hits, three runs (earned), one walk and six strikeouts. He also hit a guy.

UPDATE, 3:03 p.m.: I know absolutely nothing about Raybell Herrera, but he just pinch hit for Gardner and got an RBI single to push the lead to 5-3.

UPDATE, 3:06 p.m.: Well, it’s actually Roybell Herrera — Yankees traveling roster has Raybell — and he’s a 23-year-old with one game above rookie ball. That’s usually not a great sign, but the guy just got an RBI single in big league camp, so that’s something. Here’s David Herndon for the inning he was supposed to get yesterday.




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