Spring Game 31: Yankees at Braves • 03.28.09
Pitching today: Brett Tomko, Alfredo Aceves, Dan Giese.
C. Jones 3B
B. Jones LF
Pitching today: Jair Jurrjens.
Notes: While most of the Yankees head for Disney, Chien-Ming Wang, Jorge Posada, Hideki Matsui and Nick Swisher will play for Triple-A Scranton at 1 p.m in Tampa. … The three pitchers are the three remaining candidates to be the long reliever. Tomko has been the best this spring. But Joe Girardi remembers how well Aceves and Giese pitches last season. … Posada will also catch tomorrow before getting some time off. He said last night that his shoulder continues to feel good.
Back with more later on.
UPDATE, 1:02 p.m.: We’re about to get underway here at Disney. Pretty quiet day so far in terms of news. Girardi said back in Tampa that the long man competition won’t necessarily be decided today. But what happens today will have an impact.
UPDATE, 1:09 p.m.: The game is on television somewhere because it’s on in the pressbox. The Braves folks say it’s on Sports South.
UPDATE, 1:1 p.m.: Brian McCann just left the game when he took a foul tip off his hand.
UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: The Yankees loaded the bases with one out. But Cano grounded into a 6-4-3 DP.
UPDATE, 1:25 p.m.: The Braves started the inning with a wind-blown pop-up double. Melky was apparently playing behind the fence given how long it took him to get over to the ball. But Tomko wiggled out of the jam without allowing a run.
UPDATE, 1;27 p.m.: According to our operatives in Tampa, Jorge Posada threw out a runner in the minor league game. But Wang allowed two home runs, at least one of which was wind-blown.
UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: The Yankees loaded the bases with no outs in the second when Tomko inexplicably drew a walk. Jeter grounded into what looked like a sure double play. But using his great will to win and True Yankeeness, Jeter was able to convince the ball to take a bad hop and two runs scored.
Now the Yankees lead 3-0.
UPDATE, 1:38 p.m.: This release from the Yankees:
The Yankees announced today they have acquired minor league RHP Charles Nolte from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for RHP Jason Jones. Jones was taken by Minnesota in the 2008 Rule 5 Draft and offered back to the Yankees. Instead of Jones being returned to the organization, the Yankees and Twins agreed on the two-player trade.
Nolte, a 24th-round pick by Minnesota in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, was 4-3 with one save and a 2.05 ERA in 44 relief appearances with the Single-A Beloit Snappers in 2008 (70.1IP, 63H, 26R, 16ER, 35BB, 75K, 1HR). The 6-3, 200 lb. right-hander is a San Diego, Calif. native and attended San Diego State University.
UPDATE, 1:52 p.m.: Yankees lead 4-0. Melky is 2 for 2. He’s hanging in there maybe.
UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: Brian Bruney pitched in the Double-A game this afternoon. His line: 2 0 0 0 0 4. 32 pitches / 19 strikes.
UPDATE, 2:04 p.m.: Tomko didn’t do anything to hurt his cause: 3 3 0 0 1 1. Aceves now on to pitch. Still 4-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: The Yankees made a double switch and put Ramiro Pena to play short. On cue, he made a diving stop (going, ahem, to his left) and then a strong throw to get Matt Diaz. The Yankees gathered outside the dugout to congratulate him after the inning.
It would be forward-thinking if the Yankees kept him on the roster instead of Berroa.
UPDATE, 2:17 p.m.: It is high, it is far, it is gone! Mark Teixeira has hit a ball over the right-field fence and the Yankees lead 5-0! And Tex marks the spot! He’s on the Mark!
OK, I’ve lost my mind. But it really is 5-0.
UPDATE, 2:22 p.m.: Cano goes deep to left. 6-0.
UPDATE, 2:38 p.m.: Aceves allowed a run in the fifth. 6-1 Yankees.
Meanwhile, in the AA game back in Tampa, Hideki Matsui was 2 for 3 with a double, a homer and a walk.
In the Triple-A game, Nick Swisher was 1 for 5 with a homer. Posada caught four innings and was 1 for 4 with a double.
UPDATE, 2:54 p.m.: Pretty good work by Alfredo Aceves. 3 2 1 1 1 1. Yankees lead 6-1 after six.
UPDATE, 3:37 p.m.: Jeter left the game with a bruised knuckle on his left pinky finger. The Yankees did not reveal this until Jeter had already left the park.
Officially he’s, “just fine.”
UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: Wang did not pitch well in the AAA game. 5 9 4 4 1 3. 92 pitches. He allowed two homers.
Probably not a big deal as pitchers use those games just to build endurance.
The game is almost over here. Back with more later.
Sabathia will do his part — and more • 02.13.09
When the Milwaukee Brewers were trying to make the playoffs last season, CC Sabathia was pitching deep into games and working on three days rest because they were short a starter.
Knowing his most prestigious client was about to become a free agent, agent Greg Genske tried to put a stop to it.
“I had to shut my phone off and block his calls,” Sabathia said. “He was pretty upset about it. He was freaking out. … I felt fine. Nobody asked me to do that. I wanted to.”
Sabathia said he feels fine — “I feel great, to be honest with you,” he said. — and doesn’t regret what he did.
“I’d do it again,” he said.
Sabathia also said he has purchased a home in New Jersey and will live there year-round. Beyond how he pitches, I think fans are really going to like Sabathia. He seems to have an engaging personality.
A.J Burnett, meanwhile, was asked what he thought of Andy Pettitte and Joba Chamberlain being on the back end of the rotation.
“I’m not sure there is a back end,” he said.