Spring Training Game 14: Yankees at Phillies • 03.10.11
Brett Gardner LF
Russell Martin C
Jorge Posada 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Jesus Montero DH
Ronnie Belliard 3B
Ramiro Pena SS
LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 9.64)
Sabathia vs. Phillies
Jimmy Rollins SS
Shane Victorino CF
Placido Polanco 3B
Ben Francisco LF
John Mayberry Jr. 1B
Delwyn Young RF
Carlos Ruiz C
Matt Miller DH
Josh Barfield 2B
RHP Roy Halladay (1-0, 0.00)
Halladay vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., not on television
WEATHER: Tarp came off the field a little more than an hour ago. It’s still cloudy, but it looks like we’ll have a game. Wind is blowing from right to left.
UMPIRES: HP Phil Cuzzi, 1B Mark Carlson, 2B Andy Fletcher, 3B Dan Iassogna
ON THE LINE: Sabathia’s spot is not in question, and neither is Dave Robertson’s. None today’s other pitchers are realistic candidates to break camp on the big league roster. The bottom third of the lineup has the most on the line today. Jesus Montero is trying to keep his spot at the top of the backup catcher pecking order, Ronnie Belliard is trying to make up for lost time, and Ramiro Pena is trying to fend of Eduardo Nunez for the utility job.
OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE YANKEES: Sabathia should go four innings. Dave Robertson, Mark Prior, Brian Anderson, Eric Wordekemper and Ryan Pope are the next five pitchers listed, so they’ll probably handle innings five through nine.
BULLPEN FOR THE PHILLIES: RHP J.C. Ramirez, RHP Michael Stutes, RHP Michael Schwimer, RHP Justin De Fratus and LHP Antonio Bastardo.
SLIPPERY CONDITIONS: Joe Girardi said he has no concerns about sending his ace to the mound on a day when the field’s been wet most of the morning. “I’m sure the field’s in good shape,” he said. “They’re sending out Roy, so I don’t think they’d jeopardize him.”
WILL HE ARGUE THE CALL? Former umpire Jerry Crawford is throwing today’s ceremonial first pitch.
YOGI OK AFTER FALL: Yogi Berra fell in the Yankees clubhouse this morning and was taken to an area hospital, but the Yankees report that Berra is perfectly fine and alert. He was taken to the hospital strictly as a precaution.
UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: The Yankees were sent down in order in the top of the first. The bottom half started with a grounder to second — Posada handled the quick toss from Cano just fine — and now Victorino has reached on an infield single on a sharp grounder to third. Belliard went to his right to knock down the ball, but he couldn’t make the play. It was legitimately tough.
UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: Hip hip, Jorge! Line drive to first, Posada snags it and tags the runner for an inning-ending double play. Make Teixeira the DH!
UPDATE, 1:27 p.m.: A comebacker hit Sabathia in the thigh, but he made the play for the second out of the second inning. When Girardi, Rothschild and the Yankees training staff started walking to the mound, Sabathia quickly waved them away. They didn’t even make it to the first-base line. The big man is fine.
UPDATE, 1:46 p.m.: Russell Martin is not taking it easy on that knee. He just tried to stretch a single into a double and was thrown out at second base. Say this for the guy, he’s a gutsy, all-out player.
UPDATE, 2:26 p.m.: Sabathia went five scoreless and said the difference between this start and his previous start had to do with the pause in his delivery. He was “drifting through” last time.
UPDATE, 2:36 p.m.: Yogi is “feeling fine” and hoping to be out of the hospital later today.
He’s back • 06.15.10
Didn’t the American League East finally get rid of this guy?
Roy Halladay will be back at Yankee Stadium tonight, this time as the ace of the Philadelphia Phillies. There’s only one truly dominant starter in the Phillies rotation, and the schedule happened to setup a premier matchup between Halladay and CC Sabathia. Quite the way the kick start this World Series rematch.
“Obviously he’s been a great pitcher for a long time,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s pitched great in the National League. He came off a perfect game and then lost his next game 1-0. I don’t think much has changed about him. We just don’t see him quite as much.”
As the Yankees saw last weekend, the Blue Jays rotation has been pretty good without him, but it’s hard to find a pitcher better than Halladay. He’s 18-6 with a 2.84 ERA in his career against the Yankees. The only team he’s beaten more often is Baltimore. Of the current Yankees, only Curtis Granderson (5-for-12) and Ramiro Pena (2-for-6) have a better-than-.300 batting average against him.
“He throws so many strikes in so many good locations,” Girardi said. “Whether it’s his sinker, his cutter, his curveball, his changeup. He doesn’t miss spots. He’s very economical. He knows how to pitch. He doesn’t beat himself.”