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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 28: Yankees at Astros03.29.15

Nathan Eovaldi

YANKEES (14-12-1)
Brendan Ryan SS
Chase Headley 3B
John Ryan Murphy C
Alex Rodriguez 1B
Stephen Drew 2B
Rob Refsnyder DH
Ramon Flores RF
Slade Heathcott CF
Jonathan Galvez LF

RHP Nathan Eovaldi (6-14, 4.37 in 2014)

ASTROS (10-8-4)
Jose Altuve 2B
George Springer RF
Luis Valbuena 3B
Evan Gattis DH
Jason Castro C
Jed Lowrie SS
Colby Rasmus CF
Jon Singleton 1B
Robbie Grossman LF

RHP Scott Feldman (8-12, 3.74 in 2014)

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

WEATHER: Perfect blue sky. Nice way to wrap up the last weekend of spring training.

UMPIRES: HP Laz Diaz, 1B Greg Gibson, 2B Paul Nauert, 3B Toby Basner

TODAY’S SECOND STRING: C Austin Romine, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Cole Figueroa, SS Nick Noonan, 3B Erig Jagielo, LF none, CF Mason Williams, RF Aaron Judge

TODAY’S SCHEDULED RELIEVERS:
Esmil Rogers, Chase Whitley, Chasen Shreve, Jose Ramirez, Nick Rumbelow, Danny Burawa

READING BETWEEN THE LINES: With Scott Baker, Kyle Davies and Bryan Mitchell each cut from big league camp, and both Chase Whitley and Esmil Rogers pitching out of the bullpen this afternoon, it seems safe to assume Adam Warren has locked up the No. 5 starter. We’ve assumed that for days, but the evidence keeps mounting.

TEIXEIRA UPDATE: Mark Teixeira was hit by a pitch at the minor league complex today. The Yankees announced that he has a right knee contusion and will be getting ice treatment with no further tests scheduled.

UPDATE, 1:18 p.m.: That’s a routine 5-3 ground out, except Alex Rodriguez was the 3 and not the 5.

UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: Little charging play on a ground ball to the right side. Rodriguez fielded it, bobbled it briefly, and made a kind of tricky throw to get the out. Not a bad play.

UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Solo homer by Chase Headley, who’s impressive spring continues. It’s a 1-0 Yankees lead in the top of the third.

UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez is out of the game after four innings. Looks like he’s fine. He’s currently sitting with the coaches outside the dugout. He’s not in the trainer’s room or anything. Also, the Yankees are now up 3-0. Rodriguez singled, Refsnyder walked and Slade Heathcott stayed hot with an RBI single in the fourth.

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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 26: Yankees at Phillies03.27.15

Michael Pineda

YANKEES (13-11-1)
Brett Gardner LF
Chase Headley 3B
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Alex Rodriguez DH
Stephen Drew 2B
Chris Young CF
Brendan Ryan SS

RHP Michael Pineda (5-5, 1.89 in 2014)

PHILLIES (11-12-1)
Ben Revere LF
Freddy Galvis SS
Russ Canzler 3B
Ryan Howard 1B
Jeff Francoeur RF
Odubel Herrera CF
Cesar Hernandez 2B
Cameron Rupp C
Jonathan Papelbon P

RHP Jonathan Papelbon (39 saves, 2.04 ERA in 2014)

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

WEATHER: Could rain at basically any moment.

UMPIRES: HP Dan Iassogna, 1B Marty Foster, 2B Phil Cuzzi, 3B Vic Carapazza

TODAY’S SECOND STRING:
C Eddy Rodriguez, 1B Jonathan Galvez, 2B Rob Refsnyder, SS Nick Noonan, 3B Cole Figueroa, LF Tyler Austin, CF Jake Cave, RF Aaron Judge

TODAY’S SCHEDULED RELIEVERS: Scott Baker, Jacob Lindgren, Chasen Shreve, Chris Martin, Nick Rumbelow

RELIEF FROM THE START: Because of pending rain, the Phillies are having Jonathan Papelbon pitch the first inning today. Aaron Nola is the scheduled starter and will presumably follow him.

UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: Couple of relatively weak singles off Pineda in the first inning, but he gets out of it with a double play ball to second base.

UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Rodriguez singled, Drew doubled and Young flied to right. The Yankees tried to score on the play, but Rodriguez was thrown out at the plate by Jeff Francoeur. It was a strong throw, but Rodriguez isn’t exactly a burner these days.

UPDATE, 2:21 p.m.: Second double of the day for Ryan. Takes second on a Gardner single, scores on a passed ball.

UPDATE, 2:22 p.m.: Four straight hits to start the fifth inning for the Yankees. They’re now up 2-0. Still no outs in the inning. Two on for Teixeira.

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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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Spring Game 22: Yankees at Nationals03.23.15

Bryan MitchellYANKEES (12-8-1)
Brett Gardner LF
Chris Young CF
Brian McCann C
Garrett Jones 1B
John Ryan Murphy DH
Brendan Ryan SS
Aaron Judge RF
Rob Refsnyder 2B
Nick Noonan 3B

RHP Bryan Mitchell (0-1, 9.00 in spring training)

NATIONALS (8-9)
Yunel Escobar 2B
Ian Desmond SS
Bryce Harper RF
Ryan Zimmerman 1B
Wilson Ramos C
Clint Robinson LF
Michael Taylor CF
Drew Ward 3B
Doug Fister P

RHP Doug Fister (0-0, 3.24 in spring training)

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., MLB Network

WEATHER: Looks like the rain will hold off enough to give them a fighting chance.

UMPIRES: HP Paul Nauert, 1B Gary Cederstrom, 2B Hunter Wendelstedt, 3B Ed Hickox

TODAY’S SECOND STRING: C Austin Romine, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Dan Fiorito, SS Cole Figueroa, 3B Jonathan Galvez, LF Tyler Austin, CF Ramon Flores, RF Slade Heathcott, DH Eddy Rodriguez

TODAY’S SCHEDULED RELIEVERS: Kyle Davies, Jose Ramirez, Jacob Lindgren, Nick Rumbelow, Chasen Shreve

ADVANTAGE YANKEES: Looks like the Nationals are going to play without a DH, but still let the Yankees use one.

UPDATE, 2:34 p.m.: The Yankees have tied the game at 4 on a Chris Young home run in the fifth. Brian McCann also has a home run in this game, and Rob Refsnyder already has two hits including a double. Bryan Mitchell was charged with two runs in 3.1 innings, though both scored after he left the game (they came on a two-run single by Nats pitcher Doug Fister off Yankees reliever Chasen Shreve).

UPDATE, 3:24 p.m.: Chris Young has his second homer of the game and the Yankees are up 6-4.

UPDATE, 3:47 p.m.: Well, that didn’t last. Three runs off Kyle Davies in the bottom of the seventh and it’s now 7-6 Washington. Couple of big doubles that inning.

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Spring Game 21: Yankees at Mets03.22.15

CC Sabathia

YANKEES (12-7-1)
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B
Chase Headley 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Garrett Jones RF
John Ryan Murphy C
Brendan Ryan DH
Jose Pirela CF
Ramon Flores LF

LHP CC Sabathia (3-4, 5.28 in 2014)

METS (10-9)
Juan Lagares CF
Curtis Granderson RF
David Wright 3B
Lucas Duda 1B
Michael Cuddyer LF
Wilmer Flores SS
Travis d’Arnaud C
Anthony Recker DH
Matt Reynolds 2B

RHP Matt Harvey (did not pitch in 2014)

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

WEATHER: One of the hottest days of the spring.

UMPIRES: HP Sean Barber, 1B Ed Hickox, 2B Mike Estabrook, 3B Adam Hamari

TODAY’S SECOND STRING: C Austin Romine, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Rob Refsnyder, SS Nick Noonan, 3B Cole Figueroa, LF Jonathan Galvez, CF Slade Heathcott, RF Aaron Judge, DH Kyle Higashioka

TODAY’S SCHEDULED RELIEVERS: Scott Baker, Jose Ramirez, Chasen Shreve, Chris Martin

BACK IN TAMPA: Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran are each scheduled to get a bunch of at-bats at the minor league complex today and tomorrow.

UPDATE, 1:18 p.m.: Yankees did nothing against Harvey in the top of the first. Here’s CC.

UPDATE, 1:19 p.m.: Leadoff inside-the-park home run off Sabathia. Might have been caught with a usual center fielder, but Pirela couldn’t get there. That’s a problem, because Pirela ran into the wall hard and hasn’t gotten up. He’s down and being carted off the field.

UPDATE, 1:24 p.m.: In the golf cart, Pirela had his head down, arm wrapped around the guy driving. Looked completely dazed. He’s clearly hurt, but it looks — from a distance, with no one to ask for specifics — more like a concussion than an arm or leg injury. Not sure what exactly happened, that’s just what it looked like. He just looked completely out of it.

UPDATE, 1:29 p.m.: Lucas Duda with a two-out solo homer. It’s 2-0 Mets.

UPDATE, 1:31 p.m.: Sabathia gets Cuddyer swinging to end the inning. Two homers (one inside, one conventional) and two strikeouts (one looking, one swinging) in the first inning.

UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: Single and a stolen base for Teixeira. Mets paid no attention and made it easy for him. Yankees seem to be going all out this afternoon.

UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: Two-run homer by David Wright in the third inning. Sabathia struck him out the first inning. Also, just a few minutes ago Jose Pirela left the ballpark in an ambulance. A photographer got a shot of him being loaded into the ambulance on a gurney.

UPDATE, 2:02 p.m.: CC is finished with two outs in the third inning. He was limited to 45-50 pitches.

UPDATE, 3:21 p.m.: Don’t take Scott Baker out of the pitching staff discussion just yet. The veteran just delivered 4.1 scoreless innings this afternoon. He allowed just one hit.

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Spring Game 20: Yankees vs. Astros03.21.15

Michael Pineda

YANKEES (11-7-1)
Brett Gardner LF
Chase Headley 3B
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Chris Young CF
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS
Austin Romine DH

RHP Michael Pineda (5-5, 1.89 in 2014)

ASTROS (7-6-3)
Robbie Grossman LF
George Springer RF
Chris Carter DH
Jason Castro C
Matt Dominguez 3B
Jon Singleton 1B
Carlos Correa SS
Marwin Gonzalez 2B
Jake Marisnick CF

LHP Dallas Keuchel (12-9, 2.93 in 2014)

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

WEATHER: Just another nice, sunny day.

UMPIRES: HP Mark Wegner, 1B Mark Carlson, 2B Marty Foster, 3B Dan Iossonga

TODAY’S SECOND STRING: C Eddy Rodriguez, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Rob Refsnyder, SS Cole Figueroa, 3B Nick Noonan, LF Tyler Austin, CF Jake Cave, RF Aaron Judge, DH John Ryan Murphy

TODAY’S SCHEDULED RELIEVERS: Justin Wilson, Andrew Bailey, Andrew Miller, Jacob Lindgren, Nick Rumbelow

BACK IN THE GAME: Andrew Bailey is making his second spring training appearance. He pitched an inning against the Braves earlier this week. … Michael Pineda has looked awfully sharp so far this spring. Seems like he could be an Opening Day alternative should either CC Sabathia or Masahiro Tanaka need an extra day or two before making their season debut. … Backup catcher candidates Austin Romine and John Ryan Murphy are each getting turns at DH today.

UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: So Michael Pineda’s day is off to a rough start. He allowed a one-out triple and a two-run homer in the first inning. The highlight of the whole thing is that Chris Young very nearly robbed the homer, but in the process, his glove fell off his hand and landed on the other side of the wall. Brett Gardner ran over from left field, climbed over the wall, threw the glove back over the wall — threw the ball, too — then climbed back over.

UPDATE, 2:01 p.m.: When he’s been hit, Pineda’s been hit hard. He’s allowed four hits, three for extra bases. But he’s also struck out six through 3.1 innings. He’s showing his usual command with no walks.

UPDATE, 2:03 p.m.: That’s all for Pineda. He gets Jon Singleton to fly to center and in comes Justin Wilson. Pineda went 3.2 innings with four hits, two runs, no walks and six strikeouts.

UPDATE, 2:11 p.m.: McCann just hit a rocket up the middle. It went off the pitcher’s glove toward the left side of the infield, where no one was covering because of the shift. That’s one way to beat it.

UPDATE, 2:28 p.m.: That’s 1.1 scoreless innings for Wilson. He got out of the fourth inning with a ground ball and he stranded two in the fifth inning, striking out two in the process.

UPDATE, 2:31 p.m.: Sharp single down the first-base line by Gregorius. It came against a lefty.

UPDATE, 3:00 p.m.: Couple of strikeouts in a scoreless seventh inning for Andrew Bailey. Andrew Miller also had two strikeouts in a scoreless sixth.

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