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Game 9: Yankees at Orioles04.15.15

Nathan EovaldiYANKEES (3-5)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Chase Headley 3B
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Alex Rodriguez DH
Stephen Drew 2B
Chris Young LF
Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Nathan Eovaldi (0-0, 5.06)
Eovaldi vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (4-4)
Alejandro De Aza RF
Everth Cabrera SS
Adam Jones CF
Travis Snider DH
Chris Davis 1B
Manny Machado 3B
Caleb Joseph C
David Lough LF
Jonathan Schoop 2B

RHP Bud Norris (0-1, 24.00)
Norris vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Still a bit cloudy, but yesterday’s rain is gone.

UMPIRES: HP Sean Barber, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Lance Barksdale, 3B Cary Cederstrom

QUITE THE CHANGE: Yesterday the Orioles moved Everth Cabrera into the leadoff spot, possibly as a response to the fact Cabrera had terrific career numbers against starting pitcher CC Sabathia. Today, it’s quite a different matchup for Cabrera. He’s 1-for-9 with three strikeouts in his career against Eovaldi. No other active Orioles hitter has ever faced Eovaldi in the regular season.

GOOD MATCHUP: Not a bad time for Brett Gardner to be nursing a mild injury. He’s a career .200 hitter against Orioles starter Bud Norris. Many of his teammates have been much, much better. Carlos Beltran (.333/.357/.519 in 27 at-bats), Garrett Jones (.269/.333/.500 in 26 at-bats), Stephen Drew (.368/.500/.737 in 19 at-bats), and Chase Headley (.412/.474/.765 in 17 at-bats) have had a lot of success in a fairly large sample size.

HIT PARADE: Mark Teixeira has at least one hit and one RBI in each of his past five games, his longest such streak since six games in May of 2011. It’s the longest streak of its kind in the A.L. this season and is tied with Colorado’s Corey Dickerson for the longest in the Majors this year.

UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: Three singles in the first inning have the Orioles on the board. A two-out RBI by Chris Davis has them in front 1-0.

UPDATE, 7:56 p.m.: Girardi has stuck with Carlos Beltran in the No. 3 spot, and here he’s delivered a two-out, two-run single to put them in front, 2-1, in the third inning. The entire rally came with two outs, starting with an Ellsbury double, then a Headley walk, then the Beltran big blow.

UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Didn’t really have a problem with the Jones ball up the middle being ruled a hit rather than an E-6. Ultimately doesn’t matter as Eovaldi is through the inning with his sixth strikeout of the night. That’s big for him.

UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: Absolutely no-doubt homer for Rodriguez here int he fourth. That’s his second of the season. It’s now 3-1.

UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: Machado takes Eovaldi deep to pull the Orioles within 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth. Joseph followed with a single. He’s had a nice series.

UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: Huge out for Eovaldi to get out of the fourth inning with the bases left loaded. Could have been bad.

UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: Gregorius with a steal after a fifth inning single. Headley not remotely happy with home plate ump Sean Barber. Twice Headley thought he took ball four only to be called for strike two and strike three.

UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: Ninth strikeout of the night is a huge one for Eovaldi, getting him out of the fifth with the lead still intact.

UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: Carpenter’s been good this season, but he just allowed a leadoff homer in the sixth to tie the game at 3.

UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: Eovaldi limited damage and got out of trouble in the fourth and fifth innings, but here in the sixth, David Carpenter and Justin Wilson have lost control of the game. Wilson just allowed back-to-back RBI hits against the two batters he faced. A go-ahead single by pinch hitter Delmon Young, then a two-run double by Chris Davis. It’s suddenly a 6-3 Orioles lead. Game has turned considerably.

UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: Carpenter, Wilson and Martin were each acquired this season to keep the bullpen deep and strong. Tonight they’ve turned a one-run lead into a 7-3 deficit in a span of a half inning.

UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: Popup bunt the pitcher for a 1-5 double play while walking off the field. Probably not quite the way Pinder thought he would finish his first big league inning.

UPDATE, 10:02 p.m.: Two runs in the eighth for the Yankees, with Teixeira delivering the big hit with a double. Would have been more runs but Adam Jones made a great running catch.

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Game 8: Yankees at Orioles04.14.15

CC SabathiaYANKEES (3-4)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Chase Headley 3B
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Garrett Jones DH
Chris Young LF
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

LHP CC Sabathia (0-1, 6.35)
Sabathia vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (3-4)
Everth Cabrera SS
Manny Machado 3B
Adam Jones CF
Steve Pearce 1B
Delmon Young RF
Chris Davis DH
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Caleb Joseph C
Alejandro De Aza LF

RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 1.59)
Gonzalez vs Yankees

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

WEATHER: Been rainy all day, but looks like there’s a solid chance they’ll get this game in.

UMPIRES: HP Cary Cederstrom, 1B Sean Barber, 2B Eric Cooper, 3B Lance Barksdale

TOUGH MATCHUP: Orioles shortstop Everth Cabrera has just four career at-bats against CC Sabathia, but he’s had success with those opportunities. He’s 4-for-4 with a triple.

GRAND TIME: Last night, Stephen Drew hit a pinch-hit go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning. It was the first pinch-hit grand slam by a Yankee since Jorge Posada on June 6, 2001, which was also against Baltimore (off Mike Trombley). According to Elias, since 1980, the only Yankees other than Drew to hit a pinch-hit, go-ahead grand slam are Glenallen Hill (2000) and Jorge Posada (2001).

ON THIS DATE: Sixty years ago today, Elston Howard became the first black player in Yankees history when he made his MLB debut on April 14, 1955. The two-time Gold Glove Award-winning catcher contributed to nine pennants in his first 10 seasons with the club. He was the winner of the 1963 American League MVP and was elected to the All-Star Game in nine different seasons (1957-65).

UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: Two quick outs for Sabathia, then a solo homer by Adam Jones.

UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: Couple of two-out base runners for the Yankees in the second inning, but Gregorius went down swinging. If there’s an upside, it might be that Gonzalez has already thrown 38 pitches.

UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: The Yankees know CC can’t move very well and might not be able to cover first base very often. Might have cost them a double play opportunity here in the second inning.

UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: Slow roller that Sabathia couldn’t get to very quickly, and now it’s two on with two outs for De Aza.

UPDATE, 7:44 p.m.: Sabathia’s through the inning without any damage done. This is why the Yankees say they’re OK with him not moving very well. It’s obviously not ideal — costs him pitches and creates some risk — but the Yankees feel he can ultimately pitch his way out of being hurt by that shortcoming.

UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: Sabathia’s first walk of the year comes back to hurt him. A soft single moved the runner to third and a sac fly brought him in to score. It’s now 2-0 in the fourth.

UPDATE, 8:16 p.m.: Infield single. Wild pitch. Two strikeouts. Two-out, RBI single to right. This is looking more and more like Sabathia’s first start of the year. Other than the home run, he really hasn’t been hit hard, but he’s allowed three runs on five hits.

UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: Two-out RBI double for Teixeira puts the Yankees on the board and cuts the lead to 3-1 in the sixth.

UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: Second extra-base hit Sabathia has allowed this season was a leadoff triple in the seventh inning. Ellsbury nearly made a diving catch, but he couldn’t get there and a sacrifice fly brought in the fourth Orioles run of the night. This start feels a lot like Sabathia’s first start of the year.

UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.: Couple of hits and an RBI ground out have cut the lead to 4-2 in the eighth. Didi Gregorius actually got a hit, if you can believe it.

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Game 7: Yankees at Orioles04.13.15

Michael PinedaYANKEES (2-4)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Chris Young RF
John Ryan Murphy C
Didi Gregorius SS
Gregorio Petit 2B

RHP Michael Pineda (0-0, 3.00)
Pineda vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (3-3)
Alejandro De Aza LF
Steve Pearce RF
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Travis Snider DH
Manny Machado 3B
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Everth Cabrera SS
Caleb Joseph C

LHP Wei-Yin Chen (0-0, 6.23)
Chen vs Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., PIX 11

WEATHER: Beautiful day in a beautiful ballpark. On a nice day like this, there really aren’t many stadiums where I’d rather watch a game.

UMPIRES: HP Lance Barksdale, 1B Cary Cederstrom, 2B Sean Barber, 3B Eric Cooper

POWER SURGE: With eight home runs in their past four games, the Yankees actually lead the Majors in homers since Thursday. They have nine home runs through six games this season. They didn’t reach nine home runs last year until their 12th game of the year.

GETTING PLENTY OF (GOOD) WORK: The Yankees bullpen is fourth in the American League in both opponents’ OPS (.545) and opponents’ batting average (.178). In six games this season, the Yankees bullpen has a 1.93 ERA.

ON THIS DATE: April 13, 1978 was “Reggie!” Candy Bar Day at Yankee Stadium, and when Reggie Jackson hit a three-run homer in the first inning, the field was showered with candy bars that were given out for free.

UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Home run for Chris Young and it’s a 1-0 Yankees lead in the second.

UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: Sharp RBI double down the third-base line for Machado. Rodriguez made a diving attempt but couldn’t make the stop (would have been a heckuva play). Now Schoop has followed with an RBI to left field. Looked like Gardner threw him out at second, but the Orioles have asked for a replay. Schoop might have been safe with a good slide.

UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: Yep, Schoop is safe. Really nice throw by Gardner, but Petit missed with the tag. Held the glove in front of the bag and Schoop kind of slid around it.

UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: Pretty decent little charging play by Rodriguez at third helps Pineda get through a scoreless third. It’s still 2-1 Orioles.

UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: Really, really close play at first. Yankees lost the challenge and Gardner is out. My guess is, if he’d been called safe, that call would have stood as well. Basically looked like a tie to me, so I doubt that’s enough evidence to overturn. But maybe I’m wrong.

UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: Solo shot by Teixeira ties the game at 2. Would be huge for the Yankees if Teixeira could be a true power hitter again.

UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Pineda looks sharp again tonight. Still tied at 2 after four innings.

UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Big spot for Pineda here in the sixth. Game still tied at 2, but the Orioles have the heart of the order up with one out and a runner at third.

UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: Big out. Pineda just got Davis to strike out swinging. Two outs now. Sac fly out of the question. Has to get Adam Jones, though.

UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: There’s the big blow. Jones hits a two-run homer on a 3-1 pitch and it’s 4-2 Orioles.

UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: Stephen Drew just pinch hit for Gardner for some reason and delivered a go-ahead grand slam. The world is a strange place. It’s now a 6-4 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: Another shaky outing for Betances, but he got the big out he needed to keep the lead intact. His strikeout of Chris Davis left the tying run stranded at third (after he allowed a single that brought in one run). It’s now a 6-5 Yankees lead heading into the eighth.

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Game 4: Yankees vs. Red Sox04.10.15

EovaldiYANKEES (1-2)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Chris Young RF
Stephen Drew SS
Gregorio Petit 2B

RHP Nathan Eovaldi (6-14, 4.37 in 2014 w/Marlins)
Eovaldi vs. Red Sox

RED SOX (2-1)
Mookie Betts CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez LF
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Mike Napoli 1B
Daniel Nava RF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Sandy Leon C

LHP Wade Miley (8-12, 4.34 w/Diamondbacks)
Miley vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., WPIX/MLB Network

WEATHER: It’s not bad now and is actually supposed to warm up throughout the night. The temperature could supposedly reach 60, and the forecast calls for a 10 percent chance of rain at most.

UMPIRES: HP Marty Foster, 1B Mike Muchlinski, 2B Mike Winters, 3B Mark Wegner

RIVALRY GETS NEW BLOOD: Eovaldi and Miley will debut for their respective teams tonight. As you can see by clicking on the above links, they have almost no experience against the lineups they’ll face. (Same goes for the hitters.) Collectively, the Yankees have just 41 plate appearances against Miley, but seven of them are by Carlos Beltran (out of the lineup). Ironically, Eovaldi and Esmil Rogers actually each faced Miley twice each and Rogers actually got a hit. Maybe he should’ve played?

GOLDEN DOZEN: In a nice gesture, the New York chapter of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences will replace all 12 of John Sterling’s Emmy Awards that were lost in a fire at his home over the winter.

Update, 7:31 p.m.: We’ve just started the second inning here and the results have certainly been mixed for Eovaldi. He hit 98 in the first inning and struck out/surprised Ortiz with a nasty 3-2 curve, but he also surrendered three hits, a run and hit a batter in the first seven Red Sox he faced.

Update, 7:48 p.m.: Here’s a link to my pregame story on Adam Warren, who will make his first start since 2013 against the Red Sox tomorrow.

Update, 8:11 p.m.: The Yankees finally have their first hit, a soft cue shot by Gardner that went for a double. Still, Miley has been dominant through four innings. Gardner is the only baserunner he has allowed and he has struck out six.

Eovaldi has settled down, though, and has been much more economical since plunking Nava to lead off the second. It’s a good sign for the Yankees that six of the last nine outs he’s recorded have come on the ground.

Update, 10:14 p.m.: Well, I don’t know about you, but I didn’t see that coming. After 3 1/3 innings of next-to-nothing again the Boston bullpen, Chase Headley sent a no-doubter into the right-field seats to tie it 3-3 with two outs in the ninth. Extra innings.

Update, 11:19 p.m.: The teams have left the field and we are in a delay. A few sets of lights went out at 11:13. The umps met, consulted with Joe Girardi and, after 11-plus innings, the game has been halted.

Fans turned on the lights on their cell phones to help as a joke because the lights must be operating at at least 85 or 90 percent capacity. It is plenty bright enough.

Update, 1:08 a.m.: This game lasted long enough for Mark Teixeira to turn 35, and he celebrated with a solo home run to tie the game 4-4 in the 16th. Ortiz had given the Red Sox a 4-3 lead in the top of the 16th with a solo shot of his own.

By the way, this game is now six hours old.

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Game 3: Yankees vs. Blue Jays04.09.15

CC SabathiaYANKEES (1-1)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Chase Headley 3B
Chris Young LF
John Ryan Murphy C
Gregorio Petit 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

LHP CC Sabathia (3-4, 5.28 in 2014)
Sabathia vs Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (1-1)
Jose Reyes SS
Russell Martin C
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Josh Donaldson 3B
Danny Valencia 1B
Kevin Pillar CF
Steve Tolleson LF
Devon Travis 2B

LHP Daniel Norris (0-0, 5.40 in 2014)
Norris vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Still cold. Still don’t like it.

UMPIRES: HP Jerry Meals, 1B Paul Schrieber, 2B Fieldin Culbreth, 3B Jim Reynolds

LIMITED EXPERIENCE: The Yankees collectively have a total of four career plate appearances against Daniel Norris. In those four plate appearances they have one walk and one hit. The one hit is a home run. It was hit by Brian McCann, who is of course not playing today.

RED SOX SET THEIR WEEKEND ROTATION: Boston’s weekend rotation has included a TBA for Saturday, but the Red Sox have now settled on Joe Kelly as the Saturday starter. Wade Miley will start tomorrow’s series opener and Clay Buchholz will start the Sunday night finale.

ON THIS DATE: It was on April 9 that the Yankees played their home opener in 1996. Joe DiMaggio threw the ceremonial first pitch, and both Joe Girardi (replacing Mike Stanley) and Tino Martinez (replacing Don Mattingly) were booed during pregame introductions.

UPDATE, 7:33 p.m.: Good first inning for Sabathia, but the Blue Jays have been relentless in chipping away at him here in the second. Five singles this inning have the Blue Jays in front 4-0.

UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: Two strikeouts to open the third inning. Sabathia has five strikeouts already. It’s those five singles that have killed him.

UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: Ellsbury’s two-out single was the Yankees’ first hit of the night, but he was promptly thrown out trying to steal second. Ended the third inning, and ended Ellsbury’s streak of 16 steals without being caught.

UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: Eight strikeouts through four innings for Sabathia. He’s been perfect outside of that second inning.

UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: Walk for Rodriguez, double by Beltran, and Teixeira nearly put the Yankees on the board but his sharp line drive was snagged by Donaldson at third.

UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: Blown opportunity in the bottom of the fourth. Runners at second and third with no outs, and the Yankees get nothing out of it.

UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: Well, the Yankees are on the board after Murphy’s double and a Gregorius single, but Gregorius was caught too far off first base, so the inning was limited to one run. Second base-running mistake in three games for Gregorius.

UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: Couple of two-out singles and an error gave the Blue Jays another run in the top of the sixth, but the Yankees have answered in the bottom of the inning with a pair of home runs by Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira.

UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: Second double of the game for Murphy. Drew hitting for Petit with two on and two outs in the sixth.

UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: And Drew struck out. Still 5-3.

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Game 2: Yankees vs. Blue Jays04.08.15

Michael PinedaYANKEES (0-1)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Michael Pineda (5-5, 1.89 in 2014)
Pineda vs Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (1-0)
Jose Reyes SS
Russell Martin C
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Josh Donaldson 3B
Dalton Pompey CF
Kevin Pillar LF
Justin Smoak 1B
Devon Travis 2B

RHP R.A. Dickey (14-13, 3.71 in 2014)
Dickey vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Cold. I don’t like it.

UMPIRES: HP Jim Reynolds, 1B Jerry Meals, 2B Paul Schrieber, 3B Fieldin Culbreth

FAST STARTER: Alex Rodriguez singled in Monday’s opener, marking the 10th straight season opener in which he has hit safely (2003-08, ‘10-12, ‘14), including all nine Opening Days he has played in as a Yankee. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other Yankee to have as long a streak was Lou Gehrig, who hit safely in 12 straight Opening Days from 1926-37.

ON THIS DATE: It was on April 8, 2003 that Hideki Matsui hit a grand slam in his Yankee Stadium debut, helping the Yankees to a 7-3 win against the Twins.

UPDATE, 7:15 p.m.: There’s a 1-2-3 top of the first for Pineda.

UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Teixeira just hit right-handed against Dickey and doubled to left.

UPDATE, 7:51 p.m.: Three straight hits to open the third inning have the Blue Jays in front 1-0. The RBI came on an infield single up the middle. Gregorius made the diving stop but had to rush the throw and couldn’t get the out. Throw was high.

UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: Pineda is through four innings with just the one run. Of course, the Yankees have just one hit.

UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: What a bizarre sequence. Runner at first with one out, a chopper went off Teixeira’s glove — he was trying to make a really nice leaping catch — and Stephen Drew almost caught it on the ricochet. Instead, the ball fell for a single, and Drew’s throw to third was wide. That set the stage for a sac fly to right and a 2-0 Blue Jays lead.

UPDATE, 8:38 p.m.: Bloop single gives the Yankees their second hit of the night. A double play immediately wipes the runner off the bases.

UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Ellsbury has been on base three times today. Two walks and a single. He just stole a base.

UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: Sac fly by Beltran and the Yankees are on the board. Three Yankees hits. Two Yankees runs. Just like Monday night.

UPDATE, 9:37 p.m.: Chris Young with a pinch hit double. Ellsbury with his second hit of the game. Runners at the corners with no outs for Gardner.

UPDATE, 9:46 p.m.: Bases loaded with no outs, Young just scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-2. Beltran still at the plate. Still no outs.

UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: Hit by pitch to tie the game. Infield single off the pitcher’s glove to take the lead. Weird way to get the offense going, but it’s better than nothing. Yankees up 4-3 in the eighth. Andrew Miller was warming up earlier. Looks like he’ll be the guy to get the save opportunity.

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Game 1: Yankees vs. Blue Jays04.06.15

Masahiro Tanaka

YANKEES (0-0)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Masahiro Tanaka (13-5, 2.77 in 2014)
Tanaka vs Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (0-0)
Jose Reyes SS
Russell Martin C
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Josh Donaldson 3B
Dioner Navarro DH
Dalton Pompey CF
Kevin Pillar LF
Devon Travis 2B

RHP Drew Hutchison (11-13, 4.60 in 2014)
Hutchison vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Couldn’t ask for much better in New York on Opening Day. Slightly chilly, but not remotely cold. Feels great here at the park.

UMPIRES: HP Fieldin Culbreth, 1B Jim Reynolds, 2B Manny Gonzalez, 3B Paul Schrieber

YOUTH MOVEMENT: According to Elias Sports Bureau, the average age of the Yankees’ Opening Day roster is 30 years and 33 days, the younger for the franchise since 1996.

NEW FACES: The Yankees have only 10 healthy players returning from last year’s Opening Day roster: Dellin Betances, Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Adam Warren, Brian McCann, Mark Teixeira, Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner. They have only six players — Gardner, Pineda, Sabathia, Teixeira, Warren and Alex Rodriguez — who were also on the Opening Day roster in 2013.

GOOD AT THE START: When they open at home, the Yankees have had a lot of Opening Day success in recent years. They are 15-2 in home openers since 1998 and 20-3 since 1992.

ON THIS DATE: It was on April 6, 1973 that Ron Blomberg because baseball’s first ever designated hitter during a Yankees game at Fenway Park. Batting in the top of the first, Blomberg drew a bases-loaded walk against Luis Tiant.

UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Tanaka gets a strikeout to start the game — looked like a split in the dirt, got Reyes swinging — the fans in the right-field bleachers included Alex Rodriguez in the roll call, despite Rodriguez being on the bench as the DH. Rodriguez tipped his cap.

UPDATE, 1:25 p.m.: Here comes Tanaka for his second inning of work. Each side went down in order in the first inning — Tanaka struck out two; Gardner missed a home run by just a foot or two — so it’s still scoreless heading into the second.

UPDATE, 1:37 p.m.: Scoreless top of the second for Tanaka, who allowed his first hit on an infield single.

UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Headley’s throwing error allowed one run to score — can’t imagine Tanaka helped the situation by going after the ball — but the bigger damage comes on a two-run single by Martin. According to YES, it came on a 93 mph fastball from Tanaka. That’s the same as Tanaka’s average fastball velocity last season.

UPDATE, 1:58 p.m.: Rough, rough, rough third inning for Tanaka. Five runs on a walk, an error, two singles and a home run.

UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Chris Martin’s Yankees debut, he just struck out Bautista, Encarnacion and Donaldson.

UPDATE, 3:03 p.m.: Not as impressive as Martin’s debut, but Chasen Shreve just finished off a 1-2-3 sixth inning in his first ever appearance with the Yankees.

UPDATE, 3:04 p.m.: Brutal spring training for Gardner, but he just went yard in his third at-bat of the regular season. It’s now 5-1 in the sixth.

UPDATE, 3:13 p.m.: Devon Travis has his first major league hit. It’s a solo homer off Shreve. It’s now a 6-1 Blue Jays lead.

UPDATE, 3:49 p.m.: Down five with two on and the clean-up hitter at the plate, and Didi gets thrown out at third base to end the inning. That’s … not great.

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Spring Game 33: Yankees vs. Nationals04.03.15

CC Sabathia

YANKEES (16-15-1)
Brett Gardner LF
Didi Gregorius SS
Brian McCann DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Garrett Jones RF
Chase Headley 3B
Chris Young CF
Gregorio Petit 2B
John Ryan Murphy C

LHP CC Sabathia (3-4, 5.28 in 2014)

NATIONALS (10-15-4)
Michael Taylor CF
Yunel Escobar 3B
Bryce Harper RF
Ryan Zimmerman 1B
Wilson Ramos C
Ian Desmond SS
Tyler Moore LF
Danny Espinosa 2B
Stephen Strasburg P

RHP Stephen Strasburg (14-11, 3.14 in 2014)

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

WEATHER: Just a perfect final day down here in Tampa.

UMPIRES: HP Dan Iassogna, 1B Mark Carlson, 2B Vic Carapazza, 3B D.J. Reyburn

TODAY’S SECOND STRING: C Austin Romine, 1B Jonathan Galvez, 2B Rob Refsnyder, SS Nick Noonan, 3B Eric Jagielo, LF Ben Gamel, CF Slade Heathcott, RF Ramon Flores, DH Stephen Drew

TODAY’S SCHEDULED RELIEVERS: Chasen Shreve, Andrew Bailey, Branden Pinder, Cesar Vargas, Nick Goody

GET AWAY DAY: The Yankees clubhouse was filled with suitcases this morning. The team is flying to Washington D.C. after today’s game and will play their final exhibition tomorrow. Barring a trade — which could very well happen — the Yankees have just one decision left, choosing between Murphy and Romine for the backup catcher.

UPDATE, 1:18 p.m.: Three runs on three hits and a walk off CC Sabathia in the first inning. He was hit hard several times. Hard triple. Hard double. RBI single.

UPDATE, 2:06 p.m.: After that three-hit first inning, Sabathia’s allowed just one hit through the next three innings. It’s still a 3-0 Nationals lead in the bottom of the fourth.

UPDATE, 2:09 p.m.: Chase Headley’s terrific spring continues with an RBI double.

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Spring Game 30: Yankees vs. Rays04.01.15

Chase Whitley

YANKEES (15-13-1)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Stephen Drew 2B
Brendan Ryan SS

RHP Chase Whitley (0-0, 0.79 this spring)

RAYS (12-12-2)
John Jaso DH
Logan Forsythe 2B
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Desmond Jennings LF
James Loney 1B
Rene Rivera C
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Brandon Guyer RF
Juan Francisco 3B

LHP Jordan Norberto (1-0, 4.82 this spring)

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

WEATHER: Warm and sunny, of course.

UMPIRES: HP D.J. Reyburn, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Marty Foster, 3B Phil Cuzzi

TODAY’S SECOND STRING: C John Ryan Murphy, 1B Garrett Jones, 2B Rob Refsnyder, SS Nick Noonan, 3B Cole Figueroa, LF Taylor Dugas, CF Jake Cave, RF Ramon Flores

TODAY’S SCHEDULED RELIEVERS: Esmil Rogers, Chasen Shreve, Andrew Bailey, Nick Rumbelow, Jose Ramirez, Tyler Webb

TWO OPEN SPOTS: The Yankees have two open spots in their bullpen, and they have three candidates — plus another reliever — pitching in today’s game. Esmil Rogers is scheduled to be the first guy out of the pen, and he seems to have a bullpen role locked up. Today’s starter, Chase Whitley, could join him as a second long man. Chasen Shreve is also pitching today, trying to basically match what Chris Martin did yesterday (two perfect innings). Andrew Bailey is also pitching today, though his chances of making the team seem slim because he has yet to go back-to-back this spring.

UPDATE, 1:11 p.m.: Whitley works a 1-2-3 first inning. One strikeout and two routine ground balls. I really think he’s going to break camp with the team.

UPDATE, 1:28 p.m.: Three hits and a run so far against Whitley here in the second inning. The first hit was a legitimate double and nearly a home run. The second was an RBI ground ball. The third was a pretty decent pitch on a hit-and-run, and Kiermaier just flung his bat toward the ball and wound up looping a double into right.

UPDATE, 1:55 p.m.: Strong third inning for Whitley and it’s still a 1-0 lead for the Rays.

UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: Strikeout and a double play in the fourth and Whitley’s through four innings with one run. Strong outing.

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Spring Game 29: Yankees at Twins03.31.15

Masahiro Tanaka

YANKEES (15-12-1)
Brett Gardner LF
Brendan Ryan 3B
Chris Young CF
Garrett Jones 1B
Austin Romine C
Rob Refsnyder 2B
Ramon Flores RF
Nick Noonan SS
Eric Jagielo DH

RHP Masahiro Tanaka (13-5, 2.77 in 2014)

TWINS (11-14-2)
Jordan Schafer CF
Eduardo Escobar SS
Chris Herrmann RF
Kennys Vargas 1B
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Adam Brett Walker DH
Shane Robinson LF
Eric Fryer C
Doug Bernier 2B

LHP Tommy Milone (6-4, 4.19 in 2014)

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., not on TV or radio

WEATHER: Just a beautiful day. Really gorgeous. I can’t wait to get home, but this weather has been outstanding.

UMPIRES: HP Marvin Hudson, 1B Fieldin Culbreth, 2B Brian O’Nora, 3B Doug Vines

TODAY’S SECOND STRING: C Eddy Rodriguez, 1B Greg Bird, 2B none, SS none, 3B Eric Jagielo, LF Taylor Dugas, CF Mason Williams, RF none

TODAY’S SCHEDULED RELIEVERS: Chris Martin, Danny Burawa, Branden Pinder, Cesar Vargas, Nick Goody

FINAL WEEK: The Yankees are into their final week of spring training, which means they’re getting closer to some final decisions. Austin Romine is catching here and John Ryan Murphy is catching in Tampa, each one still trying to win a job on the bench. … Chris Martin is pitching today, and Chase Whitley has a start tomorrow, each one competing with Andrew Bailey and Chasen Shreve for the final two bullpen spots. … Brendan Ryan is getting his first turn at third base, a position he might play a little bit (but not often) in the season. … Rob Refsnyder gets a start at second base. He’s been terrific with the bat, but he’s struggled in the field.

UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: Really nice diving stop by Refsnyder going to his left. He popped up to throw quickly and sent the throw sailing wide toward the Yankees dugout. That’s another E-4 and the Twins’ leadoff hitter is on to start the bottom of the first.

UPDATE, 1:31 p.m.: Another hit for Refsnyder. Of course, it comes in a game when he made another error. I honestly believe he’s going to be an everyday second baseman at some point — and maybe a really good one — but this spring has painted a pretty clear picture of why the Yankees aren’t sure he’s ready just yet.

UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: Double and a single off Tanaka in the third inning. It’s now a 1-0 Twins lead. On the single, Gardner nearly threw out the runner at the plate, but his throw was up the third base line a little bit.

UPDATE, 2:14 p.m.:  RBI single by Flores ties the game at 1. Flores, by the way, is not wearing his usual number. He apparently forgot his uniform and had to wear someone else’s.

UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: Tanaka allowed a solo homer and a one-out single in the fifth, and now his day is finished. He went 4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K. He pitched around errors in both the first and second innings, but he allowed one run the next three frames.

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