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Spring Game 28: Yankees vs. Phillies

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 25, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brian RobertsYANKEES (15-10-2)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano RF
Kelly Johnson 3B
Brian Roberts 2B
Ichiro Suzuki CF

RHP Adam Warren (1-1, 2.08)

PHILLIES (8-15-2)
Ben Revere CF
Jimmy Rollins SS
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Marlon Byrd RF
Domonic Brown LF
Carlos Ruiz C
Bobby Abreu DH
Cody Asche 3B

RHP Jeff Manship (1-0, 2.25)

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, YES Network, WFAN

WEATHER: There’s one tiny cloud in the sky. Beautiful night.

UMPIRES: HP Eric Cooper, 1B Vic Carapazza, 3B Ryan Blakney

WHAT TO WATCH: With Michael Pineda set at the Yankees fifth starter, today is basically a bullpen day for Adam Warren, David Phelps and Vidal Nuno (not to mention Dave Robertson, Matt Thornton and Shawn Kelley). Warren and Phelps are basically assured spots in the bullpen, with Nuno in consideration for a relief role as well. … Looking more and more like Mark Teixeira is going to be the cleanup hitter on Opening Day. He’s hit in that spot pretty regularly now that the usual lineup has been out there game after game. … Alfonso Soriano is getting another turn in right field.

OFF THE BENCH: C Austin Romine, 1B Russ Canzler, 2B Eduardo Nunez, SS Dean Anna, 3B Scott Sizemore, LF Yangervis Solarte, CF Adonis Garcia, RF Zoilo Almonte, DH Zelous Wheeler

OUT OF THE PEN: David Phelps, Vidal Nuno, Matt Thornton, Shawn Kelley, Dave Robertson, Matt Daley, Fred Lewis, David Herndon and Shane Greene

UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: Not a good second inning for the Yankees infield defense. The Phillies have a 1-0 lead on a couple of errors and a ball that Brian Roberts couldn’t come close to stopping.

UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: Solo homers by Ryan Howard and Marlon Byrd off Vidal Nuno have pushed the Phillies lead to 3-0 heading into the bottom of the third. Another near home home run went just foul.

UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Two things are happening here: 1. The big news of the day was the rotation announcement, and so this game feels even more uneventful than most spring night games. 2. The internet at Steinbrenner Field has never been worse, so even my attempts to update the blog have generally gone nowhere. Just to catch you up — if you’re not watching at home or listening to John and Suzyn — the Phillies are up 5-0. Derek Jeter finally has another spring hit, Brett Gardner has three hits, and Dave Robertson and Matt Thornton have a scoreless inning apiece. The bad news is that the infield defense has been bad, and both Vidal Nuno and Shane Greene — two guys who have been terrific this spring — each allowed two runs.




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