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Spring Training Games 15 and 16: vs. Braves, at Blue Jays03.11.11

Home game

YANKEES (6-6-2)
Derek Jeter SS
Andruw Jones LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jorge Posada DH
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Austin Romine C
Justin Maxwell RF
Austin Krum CF

RHP Phil Hughes (0-0, 5.40)
Hughes vs. Braves

BRAVES (8-5)
Martin Prado LF
Brooks Conrad 2B
Chipper Jones DH
Brian McCann C
Jason Heyward RF
Ed Lucas 3B
Freddie Freeman 1B
Jordan Schafer CF
Diory Hernandez SS

RHP Tommy Hanson (1-0, 0.00)
Hanson vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: It was bright and sunny when I left Tampa. I’m sure it’s still that way. A little cooler than it has been most of spring training, but no one down here is going to complain about the cold.

ON THE LINE: Most of the Yankees regulars stayed behind to play today’s home game. So did all of the big league relievers scheduled to pitch today. Nunez has another chance to keep making his case for the big league bench, and Romine has a chance to keep himself on the map for the backup catcher job.

Road game

YANKEES (6-6-2)
Curtis Granderson CF
Ramiro Pena SS
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 1B
Jesus Montero C
Ronnie Belliard 2B
Jorge Vazquez 3B
Brandon Laird DH
Jordan Parraz LF

RHP Ivan Nova (0-0, 0.00)
Nova vs. Blue Jays

Scott Podsednik CF
Yunel Escobar SS
Adam Lind 1B
Jose Bautista 3B
Travis Snider LF
Juan Rivera RF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Jose Molina C
Mike McCoy 2B

RHP Kyle Drabek (0-0, 4.50)
Drabek vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Not a cloud in the sky. Wind blowing pretty hard out to right-center.

ON THE LINE: Ivan Nova is trying to keep pace in a tight competition for the back of the Yankees rotation. This will be his second start and third appearance. He has yet to allow a run or a walk. The Yankees also have Belliard in the lineup for a second straight day. He’s trying to make up for lost time and make a surprising run at a roster spot.

I’m on the road in Dunedin, so I don’t have some of the usual information for the home game. I know that the Blue Jays are scheduled to have LHP Jo Jo Reyes, LHP David Purcey and RHP Casey Janssen pitching out of the bullpen. I also know the umpires for the road game are HP Tom Hallion, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Phil Cuzzi and 3B Andy Fletcher. Not sure about those things for the Braves game.

UPDATE, 1:07 p.m.: Kei Igawa has left the Yankees minor league complex to try to get in touch with friends and family in Japan. He’s from one of the area’s affected by this morning’s earthquake. Pretty scary stuff for him, I’m sure.

UPDATE, 1:10 p.m.: RBI single by Nick Swisher has given the Yankees a 1-0 lead here in Dunedin.

UPDATE, 1:23 p.m.: The Blue Jays have tied the game on a walk, two hits and an error by Ramiro Pena. After a one-out walk, Pena made a nice play up the middle and tried to start a 6-4-3 double play with a backhand flip to second. The flip was wide, got past Ronnie Belliard, and the base runner was able to go first to third. He scored on a sac fly.

UPDATE, 1:28 p.m.: Broken-bat single for Jorge Vazquez in the top of the second. Meanwhile, it appears — based on Gameday — that Hughes is being knocked around a little bit in Tampa: Five hits and two runs through two innings.

UPDATE, 1:40 p.m.: Jorge Posada has homered in Tampa.

UPDATE, 1:46 p.m.: Curtis Granderson’s third home run of the spring has cut the Blue Jays lead to 2-1 in the top of the third. My bad, it’s 2-2 now. Following two games at once is not fun. The Granderson homer made it 2-1 Yankees.

UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: Hughes settled in to pitch a scoreless third and fourth inning in Tampa, and he’s out having allowed two runs and seven hits through four innings. Nova didn’t last beyond the third here in Dunedin. He’s out after two runs, give hits and two walks. The Yankees and Blue Jays are tied at 2. The Braves are still leading 2-1.

UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: Phelps has allowed a triple — which scored on a wild pitch — and now a two-run homer. It’s 5-2 Blue Jays.

UPDATE, 2:26 p.m.: To get Phelps out of the inning — with runners at first and second — Jorge Vazquez charged a slow roller at third. He realized he had no chance to get the runner at first, then turned back to third where Pena had moved over to cover the bag. Vazquez saw the runner round too far, threw to Pena, and Pena made the tag to end the jam. Still 5-2 Blue Jays, now going into the top of the fifth.

UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: Good work by Montero. With one out and runners at the corners, one Blue Jays runner broke for second. Montero stood to throw but held onto the ball, and when the runner at third broke for home, Montero had him in a run down for the second out of the inning. Of course, the next guy followed with an RBI single it’s now 6-2 Blue Jays.

UPDATE, 3:01 p.m.: Nova just said his fastball command was the problem today. It was obvious that he was up, but Nova said he was frustrated that he couldn’t make the adjustment. Usually his fastball command is good down in the zone. it wasn’t there today. “I threw not too good today,” he said. “But physically and mentally I feel good.”

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Game 158: Yankees at Blue Jays09.28.10

YANKEES (93-64)
Travis Snider LF
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Bautista RF
Vernon Wells CF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Aaron Hill 2B
John Buck C
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
J.P. Arencibia DH

LHP CC Sabathia (20-7, 3.26)
Sabathia vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (81-75)
Travis Snider LF
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Bautista RF
Vernon Wells CF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Aaron Hill 2B
John Buck C
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
J.P. Arencibia DH

RHP Kyle Drabek (0-2, 4.91)
Drabek has never faced the Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:07 p.m. / YES Network MY9 and MLB Network (sorry, forgot to update this part)

UMPIRES: HP Mark Carlson, 1B Jeff Kellog, 2B Larry Vanover, 3B Jeff Nelson

WEATHER: Dome. Safe from the Canadian outdoors.

ONE MORE: If the Yankees win tonight, they’ll clinch a spot in the playoffs. They could also clinch if Boston loses.

THE OLD MAN: Blue Jays starter Kyle Drabek’s father is Doug Drabek, the former 22-game winner with the Pirates. Joe Girardi was 2-for-23 in his career against Doug Drabek.

MORE DRABEK: Although he’s know for his time with the Pirates, Doug Drabek actually pitched 27 games for the Yankees in his rookie year of 1986. In 1984, Drabek had been traded to the Yankees as a player to be named later in a deal for Roy Smalley. After the ’86 season, the Yankees sent Drabek, Logan Easley and Brian Fisher to Pittsburgh for LHP Pat Clemments and RHPs Cecilio Guante and Rick Rhoden.

GOOD GLOVES: The Yankees have committed six errors in the month of September. The lead the Majors with a .989 fielding percentage this season. The franchise’s highest fielding percentage for any season is .986, set in 1995 and matched in 2008. Alex Rodriguez has not made an error since July 17, a span of 44 consecutive games which is the third-longest single-season streak of his career.

GRANDY MAN: Since August 12, Curtis Granderson has three home runs against left-handed pitchers. He hit three home runs total vs. lefties from Opening Day 2009 through August 11 of this year.

UPDATE, 7:15 p.m.: Jose Bautista can throw a little bit, but Alex Rodriguez got the sac fly deep enough and the Yankees have a 1-0 lead after a half inning.

UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Another sac fly, another Jeter run. It’s 2-0 in the middle of the third inning.

UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Travis Snider got  solo homer just inside the right-field foul pole, cutting the lead to 2-1. That’s the Blue Jays 244th home run of the season, tying a franchise record.

UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: The throw was there, no doubt, but I think Gardner got his foot to the plate ahead of the tag. It’s a close play, and most every other player in baseball would have been out — or not at third place to begin with — but Gardner’s speed has given the Yankees a 3-1 lead in the fifth.

UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: Before the game, Girardi said he expects Sabathia to “do it every time” and that seems to be happening tonight. Through six innings, the Yankees ace has been absolutely dominant, working quickly and very efficiently. It’s still 3-1 in the seventh.

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