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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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Spring Game 27: Yankees vs. Orioles03.28.15

Scott Baker, Jason Castro

YANKEES (14-11-1)
Brett Gardner LF
Chase Headley 3B
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Chris Young CF
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS
Austin Romine C

RHP Scott Baker (3-4, 5.47 in 2014)

ORIOLES (9-15)
Alejandro De Aza LF
Manny Machado 3B
Jimmy Paredes DH
Chris Davis 1B
Travis Snider RF
Evereth Cabrera CF
Steve Clevenger C
Ryan Flaherty SS
Jonathan Schoop 2B

RHP Tyler Wilson (14-9, 3.54 in minors in 2014)

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

WEATHER: A few clouds in the sky, but mostly just a nice and sunny day.

UMPIRES: HP Max Guyll, 1B Bob Davidson, 2B Eric Cooper, 3B D.J. Reyburn

TODAY’S SECOND STRING: C John Ryan Murphy, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Rob Refsnyder, SS Nick Noonan, 3B Jonathan Galvez, LF Ramon Flores, CF Slade Heathcott, RF Garrett Jones

TODAY’S SCHEDULED RELIEVERS: Justin Wilson, Andrew Bailey, Chasen Shreve, Jacob Lindgren, Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller

ROSTER OPPORTUNITY: The Yankees clearly want to see Scott Baker. He was supposed to pitch yesterday, but when that game was rained out after five and a half innings, the Yankees decided to have Baker start today’s game instead. He’s getting the priority innings ahead of prospect Bryan Mitchell, which seems to be a strong indication that the Yankees are thinking of carrying Baker as a long man out of spring training.

UPDATE, 1:12 p.m.: Good, clean first inning for Baker.

UPDATE, 1:28 p.m.: Really looked like Didi Gregorius hurt himself diving for a single to left field. He landed awkwardly on his glove hand and seemed to hurt either his wrist or his thumb. Looked pretty bad at first, but after talking to the trainer, Gregorius played catch a little bit and stayed in the game. Would have been quite a blow.

UPDATE, 1:37 p.m.: Five-run second inning for the Orioles. Baker allowed four singles, and you could make the case that he wasn’t being hit hard until Alejandro De Aza just crushed a three-run homer to right.

UPDATE, 1:44 p.m.: Gregorius was on deck when the bottom of the second ended, and now he’s going back out to play shortstop in the top of the third. Looks like the Yankees dodged a bullet there.

UPDATE, 1:58 p.m.: One of the very few innings when Jacob Lindgren has really struggled this spring. He gave up two singles and a walk in the third, but he limited the damage to just a single sacrifice fly. It’s now 6-0 Orioles.

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Spring Game 25: Yankees at Rays03.26.15

Adam Warren

YANKEES (13-10-1)
Didi Gregorius SS
Brendan Ryan 2B
Garrett Jones 1B
Chris Young CF
John Ryan Murphy C
Rob Refsnyder DH
Slade Heathcott LF
Ramon Flores RF
Cole Figueroa 3B

RHP Adam Warren (3-6, 2.97 in 2014)

RAYS (10-9-1)
David DeJesus DH
Brandon Guyer RF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Desmond Jennings LF
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Logan Forsythe 2B
Curt Casali C

RHP Kevin Jepsen (0-2, 2.63 in 2014)

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

WEATHER: Bright and sunny day here in Port Charlotte. Par for the course.

UMPIRES: HP Doug Vines, 1B Bill Welke, 2B Sam Holbrook, 3B David Rackley

TODAY’S SECOND STRING: C Eddy Rodriguez, 1B Jonathan Galvez, 2B none, SS Nick Noonan, 3B none, LF Ben Gamel, CF Jake Cave, RF none

TODAY’S SCHEDULED RELIEVERS: Chris Martin, Danny Burawa, Jose Ramirez

SEAL THE DEAL: Adam Warren could lock up the fifth starter job this afternoon. The Yankees are expected to make their decision by the end of the week, and Brian Cashman has said Warren’s an overwhelming favorite.

FIRST TIME TOGETHER: Brendan Ryan is getting his first second base start of the spring, and he’ll also play alongside Didi Gregorius for the first time. Ryan will likely get some platoon playing time at second this season, so giving him some experience alongside Gregorius is at least a low-level priority.

UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: After a scoreless top of the first, Warren is heading to the mound to start his day. He was supposed to be throwing to Austin Romine, but Girardi explained today that Romine is out sick. Murphy gets the call instead.

UPDATE, 1:24 p.m.: There’s a 1-2-3 first inning for Warren, which might seal the fifth starter competition completely.

UPDATE, 1:36 p.m.: Double by Slade Heathcott goes stranded — he drove in a run with the hit — but it continues the strong spring for Slade. He’s an interesting case this season. Looks healthy right now, and doesn’t seem to be favoring the knee. Has to reestablish himself, but wouldn’t be stunning to see him jump ahead of Ramon Flores, Mason Williams and Jake Cave with a big season.

UPDATE, 1:37 p.m.: Warren allows a solo home run to Longoria. It’s 1-1 in the bottom of the second.

UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: Not Warren’s best outing — would certainly like to get more than 3.2 innings on 74 pitches — but not a bad start either. He allowed one run on four hits. He walked one and struck out five. He has a 2.70 ERA, and if he was in the lead for the fifth starter spot coming into this game, he surely did nothing today to lose that spot at the top of the pecking order.

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Spring Game 23: Yankees vs. Tigers03.24.15

Esmil Rogers

YANKEES (12-9-1)
Brett Gardner 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 Esmil Rogers (2-0, 5.72 in 2014)

TIGERS (7-14-2)
Anthony Gose CF
Ian Kinsler 2B
Miguel Cabrera DH
J.D. Martinez RF
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Alex Avila C
Nick Castellanos 3B
Andrew Romine 1B
Jose Iglesias SS

RHP Anibal Sanchez (8-5, 2.57 in 2014)

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

WEATHER: Temperatures in the low 80s and upper 70s. Been a nice day down here.

UMPIRES: HP Mark Carlson, 1B Bob Davidson, 2B Eric Cooper, 3B Mark Wegner

TODAY’S SECOND STRING: C John Ryan Murphy, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Ali Castillo, SS Nick Noonan, 3B Jonathan Galvez, LF Ramon Flores, CF Slade Heathcott, RF Aaron Judge, DH Kyle Higashioka

TODAY’S SCHEDULED RELIEVERS: Justin Wilson, Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances, Nick Rumbelow

LAST CHANCE FOR ROGERS: The Yankees are expected to make a fifth-starter decision by the end of the week, which means this should be Esmil Rogers’ last chance to make his case. Last time out, Rogers kind of scuffled while Adam Warren thrived. The Yankees, though, already know they like and trust Warren in the bullpen, which could help keep the door open for Rogers. Opinions seem mixed on whether Rogers or Warren is the favorite at the moment.

UPDATE, 7:12 p.m.: Rogers opens the game with a single, a stolen base, a pop up and another single. Runners at the corners with one out for J.D. Martinez.

UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.: Infield single drives in a run. Only an infield single because Gregorius managed to stop the ball from getting into left field (and he nearly got the out at first). Would have been a clean single through the hole last season. It’s 1-0 Tigers.

UPDATE, 7:23 p.m.: Single and a stolen base for Gardner in the bottom of the first.

UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: Well, now Gardner’s been thrown out trying to go second to third on a fly ball to center. Strong throw by Gose.

UPDATE, 7:27 p.m.: Back to back doubles by Beltran and Teixeira have tied the game at one.

UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: Rogers just tried to rush a play on a high chopper. Wound up dropping the ball. That came immediately after a walk to utility infielder Andrew Romine. Now there are two on with one out and the top of the order coming up.

UPDATE, 7:41 p.m.: Two-run single up the middle for Ian Kinsler. It’s now 3-1 Tigers. Rogers not looking great in his final two starts before the big fifth starter decision.

UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: Second walk in the inning for Rogers. Started this inning with a strikeout. Since then: Walk, error, deep fly ball, single, walk.

UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Now Rogers has bounced a fastball — it was ruled a passed ball, but it was definitely a wild pitch — and allowed a long, two-run double. It’s a 5-1 Tigers lead heading into the bottom of the second.

UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: There’s a strong inning for Rogers. He gets through the third inning in order.

UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: Walk and another stolen base for Gardner. Yankees turn that into a run with a Beltran sac fly and it’s now 5-2.

UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Betances gives up a run on a walk and a single in the fifth. Chase Headley helped him out with a really nice charging play on a ground ball that moved the lead runner from first to second. The YES gun had Betances around 93-94 mph.

UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: And the crowd goes wild as Teixeira slaps a ground ball single through the left side of the shifted infield.

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