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Spring Training Game 5: Yankees vs. Astros03.02.11

Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jorge Posada DH
Andruw Jones LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Colin Curtis RF
Justin Maxwell CF

RHP A.J. Burnett (10-15, 5.26 in 2010)
Burnett vs. Astros

ASTROS (0-2)
Michael Bourn CF
Clint Barmes SS
Brian Bogusevic RF
Jason Michaels DH
Bill Hall 2B
Brett Wallace 1B
J.R. Towles C
J.B. Shuck LF
Matt Downs 3B

RHP Bud Norris (9-10, 4.92)
Norris vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: A few clouds in the sky, but otherwise a beautiful day with a pretty strong wind blowing in from center field. It’s going to take quite a bit to get a ball out of here today.

UMPIRES: HP Dan Iassogna, 1B Mark Wegner, 2B Manny Gonzalez, 3B Tyler Funneman

ON THE LINE: A.J. Burnett has a rotation spot locked up, but a strong debut might do a little bit to ease some of the concerns about last year’s numbers. This game is also another chance for Francisco Cervelli to make his case for the backup catcher job.

NEW EXPERIENCE: It’s not especially unusual when young National League pitchers face the Yankees in spring training, but Houston starter Bud Norris has never faced any of the Yankees in the regular season.

ALSO PITCHING TODAY: Sergio Mitre, Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan, David Phelps, Hector Noesi and Luis Ayala should be enough to get the Yankees through nine innings. Mitre will likely throw two innings after Burnett throws his two innings.

ALSO PITCHING FOR HOUSTON: LHP Douglas Arguello, RHP Jose Valdez, RHP Casey Fien, RHP Jordan Lyles and RHP Cesar Carrillo. Rule 5 pick Lance Pendleton — taken from the Yankees — is on the trip, but he’s not on the list of scheduled pitchers. Looks like he’s a backup today.

ON THE BENCH: The Astros have two games today, and manager Brad Mills is with the half of the team that’s playing against the Tigers. Bench coach Al Pedrique is serving as the Houston manager in Tampa.

LOOKING FOR ONE MORE: Sergio Mitre will make his second spring training appearance. He got the win on Sunday, which has been the only Yankees win so far.

UPDATE, 1:10 p.m.: Eight pitches, seven strikes for Burnett in the first inning. He got a routine grounder, got Barmes looking at a breaking ball and got Bogusevic to roll over a ground ball to first. He’s cured!

UPDATE, 1:27 p.m.: Thirteen pitches, eight strikes for Burnett in the second inning. The Astros had two singles — one by Jason Michaels, one by Bill Hall — but both were weak flares to shallow right-center. With runners at first and second and no outs, Burnett got a double play and a ground out to third to end the inning without allowing a run. Hard to know too much after two innings, but that wasn’t a bad start.

UPDATE, 1:32 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez led off the bottom of the second with a double that one-hoped the wall in left field. Two ground outs brought him home for a 1-0 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 1:38 p.m.: Francisco Cervelli fouled a ball off his foot in the bottom of the second, but he stayed in the game after being checked briefly on the field. As expected, here’s Sergio Mitre to pitch the third inning for the Yankees.

UPDATE, 2:12 p.m.: Francisco Cervelli has a bruised left foot. No tests currently scheduled.

UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: Been up and down to the clubhouse in these late innings, so I haven’t seen a ton of the game. The Yankees, though, are making things interesting here in the bottom of the ninth. Down 5-1 when the inning started, four straight batters have reached base, it’s now 5-3 with no outs and the tying run at second base. I’ll be back down in the clubhouse shortly, so I might not see the end, but the young guys are making a run at it here in the end.

Granted, the young guys also kicked the ball around through a four-run, three-error seventh.

UPDATE, 3:55 p.m.: Game-tying, two-run single by Melky Mesa brings Eduardo Nunez to the plate. We’re now tied at 5.

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