Spring Training Game 21: Yankees vs. Rays • 03.17.11
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Jesus Montero C
RHP Phil Hughes (0-0, 5.00)
Hughes vs. Rays
Ben Zobrist 2B
Johnny Damon LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Manny Ramirez DH
Matt Joyce RF
B.J. Upton CF
Dan Johnson 1B
Reid Brignac SS
John Jason C
RHP Chris Bootcheck (0-2, 10.80)
Bootcheck vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., not on television
WEATHER: Mid 70s dropping into the high 60s in the later innings. Very light breeze blowing out to center field. Another cloudless day here at Steinbrenner Field.
UMPIRES: HP Dan Iassogna, 1B Marty Foster, 2B Mark Wegner, 3B Mark Carlson
ON THE LINE: The Yankees are testing a lineup with Brett Gardner at the top. The Yankees pretty much know what they have in their nine starters, it’s just a matter of Joe Girardi deciding which lineup he likes the best. Jesus Montero is also getting another start in his bid to lock up the backup catcher job.
OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE YANKEES: Boone Logan will finally get in another game. Romulo Sanchez and Luis Ayala are also scheduled to pitch.
BULLPEN FOR THE RAYS: RHP Mike Ekstrom, RHP Adam Russell, LHP Cesar Ramos and LHP Jake McGee
WELCOME BACK JOHNNY: Johnny Damon is back in Tampa, batting second and playing left field for the Rays. A less welcome sight is probably utility man Elliot Johnson, who made the trip. He’s the same guy who broke Francisco Cervelli’s wrist a few years ago during a spring training collision.
AWARDS ON THE WAY: Before Saturday’s game here in Tampa, Eduardo Nunez and David Phelps will be presented with the 2010 Kevin Lawn Awards as the Yankees minor league Player and Pitcher of the Year.
UPDATE, 6:58 p.m.: Joe Torre is at the stadium today and spent some time talking to the coaching staff after batting practice. Torre said he’s been invited to Old Timers’ Day — he plans to attend — and said he felt comfortable being here. There was nothing unexpected that came out of his meeting with the beat writers, but he said he and Brian Cashman have spoken recently and those wounds seem to be at least somewhat healed.
UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: After one full inning, the Rays are leading 1-0 on two hits and a sac fly. Hughes gave up a pair of singles in the top of the inning, then Manny Ramirez drove in the run with a fly ball to right.
UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez continues his strong spring training with his fourth home run. He’s homered in his past three games.
UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: There was a Huuuuuuughes! chant at the end of the third inning as Hughes struck out Evan Longoria. Of course, the inning started with a solo home run by John Jaso, and Hughes was helped out by Jesus Montero, who threw out Johnny Damon trying to steal second.
UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Hughes settled in after the Jaso home run and a two-out single int he third. He retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced — the only exception was a walk — and he’s now through six innings, allowing two runs on four hits with three strikeouts. My guess is his night is finished, still a 2-1 Rays lead.
UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Nick Swisher just clobbered his first spring home run, a two-run shot on a 3-0 pitch to put the Yankees in front 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh.