Spring Training Game 28: Yankees vs. Astros • 03.25.11
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Andruw Jones RF
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez LF
RHP Ivan Nova (1-0, 1.29)
Nova vs. Astros
Michael Bourn CF
Clint Barmes SS
Hunter Pence RF
Jason Michaels DH
Brett Wallace 1B
Bill Hall 2B
Chris Johnson 3B
J.B. Shuck LF
Carlos Corporan C
RHP Nelson Figueroa (2-0, 3.86)
Figueroa vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., not on television
WEATHER: I would make the case that today has been the nicest day of the spring. Just a gorgeous day with a little bit of a cool breeze blowing. The winis blowing out to left-center a little bit, but not much.
UMPIRES: HP D.J. Reyburn, 1B Dan Iassogna, 2B Vic Carapazza, 3B Tyler Funneman
ON THE LINE: Ivan Nova seems to have a spot locked up, so there’s not much left for him to prove in this start. Truth be told, every roster spot seems more or less set at this point, though I suppose there’s still a choice to be made between Eduardo Nunez and Ramiro Pena. Nunez gets another start in left field, and there’s no backup listed, suggesting he’ll play all nine innings out there.
OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE YANKEES: Rafael Soriano, Joba Chamberlain, Dave Robertson and Boone Logan are the first four listed. Romulo Sanchez is also available, as are four guys from the minor league complex: George Kontos, Ryan Flannery, Naoya Okamoto and Fernando Hernandez.
OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE ASTROS: LHP Gustavo Chacin, RHP Jose Valdez, RHP Ross Wolf, RHP Lance Pendleton and LHP Gabriel Garcia. Pendleton is the Astros Rule 5 pick out of the Yankees organization and Valdez was a long time Yankees minor leaguer. Former Yankees reliever Mark Melancon did not make the trip for Houston.
OFF THE BENCH: C Gustavo Molina, 1B Addison Maruszak, 2B Ramiro Pena, SS Doug Bernier, 3B Ronnie Belliard, LF (none), CF Justin Maxwell, RF Taylor Grote. Luis Nunez and Ray Kruml are also up from the minor league complex for the day. They’ll be available as backups.
SIDES: Three pitchers threw sides today: A.J. Burnett, Bartolo Colon and Phil Hughes. Jesus Montero and Austin Romine caught them.
UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: Ivan Nova got through a 1-2-3 first inning, but he’s allowed a leadoff double here in the second. The Yankees stranded the bases loaded in the bottom of the first.
UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: Nice little running catch by Nunez in left. He’s certainly not completely lost out there. Some balls are obviously going to give him trouble, but as an emergency option, he’s pretty solid.
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: There’s Eric Chavez’s first spring home run.
UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: Brett Gardner says he doesn’t want to be too passive this season. He wants to be patient, but not passive. He just went deep on a 3-1 pitch to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead in the second.
UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: With two outs, Nova allowed a single, walk and hit batter to load the bases for Hunter Pence, who singled in two runs before Nova ended the inning with a ground ball. That one inning was as bad as the rest of Nova’s spring combined.
UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: Nova seems to have settled in. He’s pitched three scoreless innings since that two-run third, and he’s allowed just one base runner in that span.
UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: Two-run triple by Russell Martin has given the Yankees a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth. Martin’s knee and hip must be feeling pretty good because he was moving really well around the bases.
UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: Martin was thrown out at home on Taylor Grote’s (near) sac fly to left. In a rare show of spring emotion, Joe Girardi actually came out to argue the call. I have to think that has something to do with Martin being a new guy and Girardi trying to back him up from the very beginning. If it’s not that, then Girardi just let himself get worked up in a meaningless game. Either way, Girardi was in mid-season form.
UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: Nova threw 98 pitches, 59 for strikes. Soriano pitching now.