Spring Training Game 9: Yankees at Astros • 03.06.11
Derek Jeter SS
Russell Martin C
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones LF
Eric Chavez DH
Colin Curtis RF
Greg Golson CF
RHP Phil Hughes (0-0, 0.00)
Hughes vs. Astros
Jason Bourgeois CF
Clint Barmes SS
Hunter Pence RF
Carlos Lee LF
Bill Hall 2B
Jason Michaels DH
Matt Downs 3B
Brian Dopirak 1B
Humberto Quintero C
RHP Brett Myers (0-0, 0.00)
Myers vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., not televised
WEATHER: Still a chance of mid-game showers, but right now we’re in good shape for first pitch. Wind is blowing out to right-center.
UMPIRES: HP Laz Diaz, 1B Larry Vanover, 2B Jeff Nelson, 3B Greg Gibson
ON THE LINE: After Hughes, the Yankees are using a series of pitchers almost certainly on their way to minor league camp eventually. They’re just trying to make an impression. Eric Chavez is getting a DH start with a chance to keep hitting. If he does that — and stays healthy — he seems to be a heavy favorite to make the roster.
DAY OFF: Former Yankees reliever Mark Melancon, former Yankees minor league Jose Valdez and Rule 5 pick Lance Pendleton (taken out of the Yankees organization) are all in camp with the Astros, but none is scheduled to pitch today. Not sure whether infielder Jimmy Paredes, sent to Houston as part of the Lance Berkman trade, will get in the game off the bench.
OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE YANKEES: Steve Garrison, Brian Anderson, Eric Wordekemper, David Phelps, Hector Noesi are the first names listed. At the very least Garrison and Anderson seem guaranteed an inning or two.
BULLPEN FOR THE ASTROS: RHP Brandon Lyon, RHP Jeff Fulchino, LHP Fernando Abad, LHP Gustavo Chacin, RHP Fernando Rodriguez, LHP Wesley Wright and RHP Henry Villar.
BIRTHDAY ON CRUTCHES: Today is Francisco Cervelli’s 25th birthday.
HONORING HEROES: Before tomorrow’s home game, the Yankees will honor nine law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in the past year and a half. Family members of seven of the officers will be on hand.
UPDATE, 1:11 p.m.: Leadoff single by Jeter, but the base runner was left stranded. Teixeira would have singled sharply up the middle, but Barmes made a nice diving stop.
UPDATE, 1:25 p.m.: Back-to-back doubles — Cano and Jones — gave the Yankees their first run of the second inning, and a sacrifice fly by Curtis — a ball hit on the screws but right to Pence — gave them their second run. It’s now 2-0 Yankees after an inning and a half.
UPDATE, 1:32 p.m.: The Astros have come back to tie the game on a home run and back-to-back doubles. The RBI double was a routine fly to left, but Andruw Jones never saw it in the sun. He shielded his eyes, but the ball was so lost that it very nearly hit him on the head. He seemed to never see it until it crashed to the ground inches away from him.
UPDATE, 1:37 p.m.: Jones saw that ball just fine. Nice diving catch in left field to end the second inning, still tied at 2.
UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: Curtis is one of Hughes’ closest friends in the Yankees clubhouse, and Hughes owes him one this afternoon. On a ball being carried by the wind, Curtis made a nice running catch before slamming into the wall in right field. Of course, that was only the second out of the third inning. The next batter was Carlos Lee, and Lee went deep to left field for a 3-2 Astros lead.
UPDATE, 2:07 p.m.: Hughes is finished after 3 innings, 5 hit, 3 runs, 3 earned, 0 walks and 2 strikeouts. Steve Garrison is now pitching.
UPDATE, 2:16 p.m.: Guess the knee is alright. Russell Martin just stole a bag.
UPDATE, 2:19 p.m.: With Cameron Diaz in the crowd, Rodriguez just went deep to center field for a 4-3 Yankees lead in the fifth.
UPDATE, 3:15 p.m.: Colin Curtis has a “jammed” right shoulder, suffered trying to make a play in the outfield. He’s heading back to Tampa, hoping to see a doctor today. Not sure how bad it is.
UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: Curtis has his arm in a sling. He said he’s not too worried, but obviously it’s not an ideal situation. “I caught it,” he said. “That’s one good thing, I guess.”