*** THE GAME IS BEING DELAYED; FIRST PITCH WON’T BE UNTIL 7:30 P.M., AT THE EARLIEST ***
Randy Winn DH
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jorge Posada C
Marcus Thames LF
Jamie Hoffmann CF
Ramiro Pena SS
Reegie Corona 2B
Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (13-9, 4.04 ERA in 2009)
Nate McClouth CF
Martin Prado 2B
Jason Heyward RF
Troy Glaus 1B
Brian McCann C
Yunel Escobar SS
Eric Hinske DH
Matt Diaz LF
Omar Infante 3B
Pitching: RHP Jair Jurrjens (14-10, 2.60 ERA in 2009)
TIME/TV/RADIO: 7:05 p.m., YES/WCBS
WEATHER: Not good. It’s raining on and off and the forecast is for more.
UMPIRES: HP Dan Iassogna, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Marty Foster, 3B Andy Fletcher
NOTES: This is the first of six night games for the Yankees this spring. … Burnett allowed two runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings in his first spring start. … Welcome back, Eric Hinske. Melky Cabrera is not on the Braves travel roster. … Mariano Rivera is officially scheduled to pitch in his first game next Tuesday.
Spring Training Game 7: Pirates at Yankees • 03.09.10
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Jorge Posada C
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Randy Winn LF
Juan Miranda 1B
Kevin Russo 2B
Pitching: CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.37 ERA in 2009)
Andrew McCutchen CF
Ronnie Cedeno SS
Lastings Milledge LF
Garrett Jones RF
Andy LaRoche 3B
Jeff Clement 1B
Bobby Crosby DH
Delwyn Young 2B
Jason Jaramillo C
Pitching: Charlie Morton (5-9, 4.55 in 2009)
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES
WEATHER: Cloudy and a little bit of a chill in the air (for Florida). Temps are in the 60s with light wind.
UMPIRES: HP Damien Beal, 1B Eric Cooper, 3B Andy Fletcher (three-man crew today)
IN THE PEN: Following Sabathia to the mound today will be (among others who are available) Boone Logan, Dustin Moseley, Hector Noesi, Royce Ring and Romulo Sanchez. Tomorrow will see Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain in action.
BOWLING FOR DOLLARS: The Yankees announced this morning that the college bowl game at the Stadium this winter will be called the Pinstripe Bowl. I think Big Apple Bowl would have been better, but so it goes. The game will be between teams from the Big East and Big 12, and will be played on Dec. 30.
FAMILIAR FOES: This is the third the time the Yankees will play the Pirates this spring. They’ve won both previous games, including a 6-0 one-hitter yesterday in Bradenton.
CONGRATS: Yankees VP and assistant GM Jean Afterman has been honored by Women in Sports and Events as one of its Women of the Year. Kudos to Jean, who does a great job.
Back with more throughout the afternoon.
UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: Whoa. Went downstairs to get a post-workout interview with Francisco Cervelli – he’s feeling better, hoping to play Friday – and when I come back up it’s 4-0. Not exactly the start CC was looking for, I’d imagine. Garrett Jones absolutely crushed one over the right-field fence.
UPDATE, 1:17 p.m.: Another hard-hit ball, but this one is a comebacker that CC spears and, after stepping calmly out of the way of a flying bat shard, throws to first.
UPDATE, 1:25 p.m.: Guess Nick Johnson is finding a routine he likes. That was a rocket over the right-center field fence for his first homer of the spring. 4-1 Pirates.
UPDATE, 1:33 p.m.: Another rocket, another RBI for Nick Swisher. That’s a team-high four RBI in five games for Swisher this spring.
UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: For all you Edwar Ramirez fans out there: The Yankees just announced they’ve traded him to the Rangers for the immortal “cash considerations.” Ramirez was designated when Chan Ho Park was put on the roster.
UPDATE, 1:42 p.m.: That was better for CC. He’s slated to go three innings. Still 4-2 Pirates.
UPDATE, 1:55 p.m.: Garrett Jones, apparently, likes facing CC. Double for him, single for LaRoche and it’s 5-2.
UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: A walk to Jeff Clement and that’s it for Sabathia. He’s out and Dustin Moseley is coming on with two on, one out in the third. Sabathia threw 55 pitches, 34 strikes.
UPDATE, 2:06 p.m.: Yup, he’s found a good routine. Whatever you’re doing today, Nick Johnson, write it down. Two homers today and it’s 5-3 Pirates.
UPDATE, 2:14 p.m.: Final line on Sabathia: 2.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 W, 2 K, 1 HR. Clearly this means he’s washed up. I’ll be sure to ask if he’s planning to give some of that $161 million back.
UPDATE, 2:31 p.m.: Getting interesting here: Kevin Russo works a walk and now the bases are loaded for the Captain. Yanks down three but one swing here could be big.
UPDATE, 2:35 p.m.: Well, I think we all predicted that, didn’t we? Jeter bounces to third (did score one run) and Jon Weber – yes, Jon Weber – delivers the big blow, slicing a double down the left-field line to score two and tie the game at 6.
UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: Single up the middle for Posada and it’s 7-6 Yankees.
UPDATE, 3:08 p.m.: Just got back up from talking to CC Sabathia. As much as he knows these games don’t matter, he wasn’t too pleased. “Everything was up – belt-high and above. It’s pretty easy to hit when it’s like that,” he said. Of course, CC got knocked around in Lakeland last year too and, obviously, that didn’t exactly ruin his season.
Spring Training Game 5: Yankees at Twins • 03.07.10
Pitching: RHP Sergio Mitre (3-3, 6.79 ERA in 2009)
Pitching: RHP Scott Baker (15-9, 4.36 ERA in 2009)
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., No TV
WEATHER: Lovely. Clear skies, Not much wind. Right now, the flags are hanging limp.
UMPIRES: HP Tim Tschida, 1B Brian O’Nora, 2B Fieldin Culbreth, 3B Marvin Hudson
ON THE LINE: It’s still early but two of the five fifth starter candidates – the “20 percenters,” as Joe Girardi called them – are taking the mound. Sergio Mitre and Chad Gaudin will try to put themselves into the mix for the last spot in the rotation.
SPLIT DECISION: This actually a split-squad affair for the Twins though, as you can see from the lineup, most of the regulars opted to stay home. The rest of the Twins (including Orlando Hudson and Justin Morneau) are in Bradenton to face the Pirates.
ALSO ON THE MOUND: After Mitre and Gaudin, Wilkins Aria, Kei Igawa, D.J. Mitchell, Ryan Pope and Kevin Whelan are slated to work today.
UPDATE, 12:23 p.m.: Good buddy Mark Feinsand and I managed to navigate the (seemingly) 8,000 miles from Tampa to Fort Myers safely, and Hammond Stadium is starting to fill up. As expected, Andy Pettitte survived his simulated game in Tampa and feels good. He faced Randy Winn and Colin Curtis, who crushed one pitch that one-hopped off the wall but was called an out by Dave Eiland. Either way, Pettitte threw 36 pitches on a back field in his first “game” since Game 6 of the World Series.
“I told them, ‘I can’t even get the big-league field? What’s going on here?” Pettitte said. “I got a backstop over there, I got a lawnmower over here, but what’s amazing is I seriously feel like I can put myself in a game, whether it’s against these guys or not, so I guess that’s good. Mentally, I feel like I’m seeing my pitches. Especially, at my age, I’m happy at 9 o’clock in the morning to be able to get it going, I was up at 5:30 trying to get ready for this.”
UPDATE, 1:08 p.m.: And we’re off at picturesque Hammond Stadium. There is still a long line of cars trying to get into the parking lot and I saw a guy walking along the edge of the road leading into the stadium with a sign saying “I need tickets.” Not all that unusual, except for the fact that it was professionally printed and laminated, as opposed to scrawled on a piece of paper. Nice to see the professional scalping business embracing technology.
UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: Couple of sharp singles for Tex and Cano put two on with two outs but Marcus Thames whiffs to end the inning. Mitre to the mound now.
UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Just doing reading and came across a “30-seconds with Goose Gossage” piece in the Times. The Goose pulls no punches and has some harsh comments on (among others) Mark McGwire and Francisco Rodriguez. “K-Rod is a clown,” he said. Well, OK. Read the whole thing here.
UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: You want more bunts from Brett Gardner? You got it. Gardner just dragged a nice bunt down the first base line and beat the flip to the bag by half a step. It’s 0-0 in the third.
UPDATE, 1:48 p.m.: Apparently Gardner’s legs can be used for evil, as well as good. He was just picked off first by Baker when he left too early, but got bailed out when shortstop Matt Tolbert dropped the ball while lunging to tag him in the rundown.
UPDATE, 1:52 p.m.: And the Yanks can’t take advantage of the break – Teixeira hit into a double play and Cano grounded out to end the inning.
UPDATE, 2:09 p.m.: Who would win in a race between Jose Molina and Mike Rivera? Call it a pick ‘em. Rivera was just thrown out on a grounder to third in which Nick Punto looked to about three different bases (and double-clutched twice) before throwing him out by a couple steps at first.
UPDATE, 2:12 p.m.: Nice job by Mitre, who allowed two hits in three scoreless innings. Gaudin is on now.
UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: Brock Peterson – who sounds like a football player – just took Gaudin over the left-field fence. 1-0 Twins.
UPDATE, 2:21 p.m.: Not a great sequence for Gaudin. First he gets taken out by a guy who should be playing linebacker then he drops a throw from Teixeira and is charged with an error.
UPDATE, 2:46 p.m.: Single for Cano and he’s replaced by pinch-runner Kevin Russo. Clubhouse should be opening shortly so I’m heading down. Back with more later.
UPDATE, 3:48 p.m.: So it seems this one got a little out of hand. We got back upstairs just in time to see someone named Juan Portes crush a home run off D.J. Mitchell that made it 11-0. In the old days, George Steinbrenner would be demanding the Yankees run wind-sprints on the bus ride back to Tampa.
RHP Phil Hughes (8-3, 3.03 in 2009)
LHP David Price (10-7, 4.42 in 2009)
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Temperatures could get into the 60s and the sun is supposed to be shining through a few clouds this afternoon. It’s been windy the past few days, and today shouldn’t be an exception.
UMPIRES: HP Marty Foster, 1B Mark Carlson, 2B Andy Fletcher, 3B Chad Fairchild
ON THE LINE: This will be the first spring appearance for both Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain, the top candidates for the final spot in the rotation. Hughes will start, with Chamberlain scheduled to pitch right after him.
NO NICK: After feeling some stiffness in his lower back yesterday, Nick Johnson is likely out of the mix for this game.
THREE FOR THREE? Brett Gardner, Jamie Hoffmann and Ramiro Pena were the only Yankees to start each of the first two spring training games. They started in different positions each time.
PRICE IS RIGHT: Rays starter David Price was 7-7 before winning three of his final four starts last season. His last start of the year was a win against the Yankees. He allowed two hits in seven innings. Phil Hughes also pitched in that game and allowed three hits in one-third of an inning.
UPDATE, 9:23 a.m.: A few notes from the clubhouse.
• Nick Johnson can still feel the stiffness in his back, but “very little.” He did some exercises to loosen the muscles this morning. “After those exercises, it loosened up pretty good,” he said.
• Kevin Russo is scheduled to play today after missing the past two days because of an illness.
• Elliot Johnson is part of the traveling roster for the Rays. He’s the guy who slammed into Francisco Cervelli and broke his wrist two years ago.
• Highly touted prospects Tim Beckham, Jeremy Hellickson and Reid Brignac are also with the Rays today. Desmond Jennings is not.
• Scheduled to come off the Yankees bench: C Jesus Montero, 1B Juan Miranda, 2B Reegie Corona, SS Eduardo Nunez, 3B Kevin Russo, LF Reid Gorecki, CF Greg Golson, RF Jon Weber, DH Jorge Vazquez. At some point this season, that could very well be the starting lineup for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
UPDATE, 10:40 a.m.: With David Price starting for Tampa Bay, Curtis Granderson should get at least one more at-bat against a left-handed pitcher. He needs to get more and more so that he can re-evaluate his offseason progress against them.
“As of right now I’ve had eight total pitches against a left-handed pitcher since I’ve been here,” he said. “I can’t take anything good or bad out of these eight (pitches) considering I’m not ready to go and those pitchers aren’t ready to go. Everybody is working on stuff right now just trying to get themselves ready to go, and once we get enough at-bats in and they get enough innings in, then we’ll be able to have a little better evaluation.”
Granderson saw three pitches from lefty Paul Maholm in the spring opener, and he saw five pitches from Kei Igawa during live batting practice.
UPDATE, 12:44 p.m.: It’s actually a pretty nice day for a game. The wind is still blowing, but it’s a little warmer than it was the past two days. A few players have been called to the front of the home dugout to have pictures taken (bat on their shoulder, frozen after a swing, taking a knee, that sort of thing). Right now it’s Greg Golson’s turn. They must feel a little bit ridiculous doing this in front of a few thousand people.
UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: Sean Rodriguez is fighting for a job with the Rays, and he just took Hughes deep for his third home run of the spring. The wind might have helped carry the ball out to center field. It was just barely over the wall.
UPDATE, 1:37 p.m.: That’s probably it for Hughes. 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR. A lot of hard hit balls in the air, but he also threw a nice changeup to Ben Zobrist.
UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Nick Swisher was checked on the field after an odd collision with Chris Richard at first base. The catcher made a snap throw to first and caught Swisher off the base, but in the dive back to the bag, Swisher kind of collided with Richard and stayed on the ground for a while. After a long conversation with the medical staff and Joe Girardi, Swisher stayed in the game.
UPDATE, 1:54 p.m.: Television replays suggest it was Swisher right wrist that was hurt, but he’s still in there playing right field. Chamberlain is pitching.
UPDATE, 1:56 p.m.: Chamberlain is struggling but just got bailed out by a great play from Robinson Cano, salvaging a bad snap throw from Francisco Cervelli and turning it into an out at second. A colleague just described it as “Robby Alomar play.”
UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: Cervelli gets revenge for the broken wrist of two years ago by stretching a double into a triple. Great hustle on that play.
UPDATE, 2:23 p.m.: Chamberlain’s day is done after a ground-rule double that sent Nick Swisher tumbling into the bullpen. Kevin Whelan in to pitch.
Not a very good day for Chamberlain. Two triples, a double and three walks. Three earned runs so far, and two of his runners still on the bases.
UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: Hughes: 33 pitches, 18 strikes. Chamberlain: 33 pitches, 14 strikes.
UPDATE, 2:41 p.m.: Kei Igawa in from the bullpen to save the day, getting Ben Zobrist and B.J. Upton in order to strand the bases loaded. Who called it?
UPDATE, 3:12 p.m.: Chamberlain just estimated that he was at 60 or 70 percent today. He threw a short bullpen on Wednesday, but otherwise hasn’t worked out in three days. That might have played a part in today’s outing. Or maybe it was just an early spring game with him still trying to find his stride. Or maybe he was just bad today.
UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: Cervelli: “Next time, they will hit my glove. Don’t worry.”
UPDATE, 4:24 p.m.: The writers have now been in the clubhouse for well over an hour. It’s hard to follow the game too closely from down here, but it was fun to stand with Christian Garcia and watch R.J. Swindle flip super slow curveballs.
Phil Hughes told us he was happy with his offspeed stuff today, especially his changeup, but his fastball command was bad. He threw three straight changeups to Ben Zobrist.
UPDATE, 4:45 p.m.: That’s it. The game got slower than a Swindle curveball in the late innings, and ended with a 12-7 Yankees loss. Getting Girardi in a few minutes.
Spring Training Game 2: Yankees at Phillies • 03.04.10
LHP CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.37 in 2009)
RHP Roy Halladay (17-10, 2.79 in 2009)
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m.
WEATHER: Pretty much the same as yesterday, but probably a little more sunny and not quite as windy. Temperatures are supposed to be in the upper 50s.
UMPIRES: HP Dan Iassogna, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Phil Cuzzi, 3B Chad Fairchild
ON THE LINE: No Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez or Mark Teixeira on this trip, so it could be an opportunity for some younger infielders to make an impression.
HIM AGAIN: Roy Halladay is finally out of the Yankees division, but they’ll face him again here in the second game of the spring. Better to face him now than in a crucial game in the middle of September.
TWO FOR THE BIG MAN: CC Sabathia is scheduled for 35 pitches or two innings. This will be his first start of the spring. Obviously.
OLD FRIENDS: The Phillies new third baseman is Placido Polanco, who was a long-time teammate of new Yankees outfielders Curtis Granderson and Marcus Thames in Detroit.
LOST FRIENDS: Of course, Granderson and Thames aren’t on this trip.
UPDATE, 9:51 a.m.: A few morning notes before I get on the road to Clearwater.
• Zach McAllister and Austin Romine have been named the Kevin Lawn Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year for 2009. Romine found out about it when a reporter told him congratulations.
• Kevin Russo said he feels “better,” but the Yankees are giving him another day off.
• Royce Ring is away from the team because his wife has gone into labor.
• Joe Girardi kind of laughed off the idea of today’s Sabathia-Halladay matchup. “It’s getting a lot of coverage like it’s a regular-season game,” he said.
• Today’s late-inning replacements: C Austin Romine, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Eduardo Nunez, SS Reegie Corona, 3B Jorge Vazquez, LF Colin Curtis, CF Reid Gorecki, RF David Winfree, DH Jesus Montero. To be perfectly honest, I don’t think I knew Vazquez could play third until I saw him taking ground balls there the other day.
UPDATE, 12:34 p.m.: Just got back from batting practice, and I’ll admit to destroying some strawberry shortcake in the lunch room. It’s pretty windy here, might actually be as windy as yesterday, but the wind is blowing almost perfectly across the field — from left field to first base — instead of carrying out over the fence. Balls hit to left are going to die in the air.
UPDATE, 12:38 p.m.: As always, there are a lot of Yankees fans in the house. The picture is of Jorge Posada signing from the dugout.
UPDATE, 1:03 p.m.: Not sure why, but Jamie Hoffmann was just introduced as the Yankees No. 2 hitter. No sign of Nick Johnson.
UPDATE, 1:13 p.m.: Johnson has been scratched from the lineup. Hoffmann is in at DH. Still not sure why.
UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Stiff lower back for Nick Johnson.
UPDATE, 1:44 p.m.: That should be it for Sabathia: Two scoreless innings, with two walks and two singles.
UPDATE, 1:52 p.m.: Zack Segovia in to pitch. He was supposed to pitch yesterday but didn’t get in the game.
UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: Just got back from the clubhouse. Johnson felt something in his back during batting practice. He wore his spikes on the turf in the cage — he usually wears turf shoes — and a spike got caught during one of his swings. He said it’s not a big deal and he would have played if this were the regular season.
UPDATE, 2:28 p.m.: With a runner at first, Gardner just dropped a bunt directly in front of the plate. It actually had backspin on it and stopped immediately before rolling back to the catcher just in front of the plate. The Phillies got a force out at second and Gardner was safe at first.
UPDATE, 2:31 p.m.: Rule 5 pick Jamie Hoffmann just did a nice job going the other way with a single to right. Gardner went first to third easily and the Yankees might be in business.
UPDATE, 2:33 p.m.: Spoke too soon. Hoffmann was thrown out trying to steal second, then Jorge Posada struck out, stranding Gardner at third.
UPDATE, 2:53 p.m.: Yankees have changed their entire lineup. All backups in there now: C Austin Romine, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Eduardo Nunez, SS Reegie Corona, 3B Jorge Vazquez, LF Colin Curtis, CF Reid Gorecki, RF David Winfree, DH Jesus Montero.
Romulo Sanchez is now pitching. We’ve already seen scoreless innings from McAllister, Nova, Melancon and Segovia.
UPDATE, 3:02 p.m.: Double to right off Sanchez scores a run and gives the Phillies a 1-0 lead. The Yankees clubhouse is opening again, so I’m heading down there.