Game Thread: Rounding third and heading for home


In fifteen minutes, the last televised Spring Training game and the final home game in Tampa begins. The Yanks will face off against the Pirates before heading down to Miami for two games against the Marlins in Dolphin Stadium. Sadly, those will probably be the two best-attended games of the season for the Marlins.

Before today’s game, the Yanks will rename Legends Field to honor George M. Steinbrenner, and Andy Pettitte will probably make his 2008 debut in game four of the season against the Devil Rays in Tampa Bay. While Brett Gardner heads to AAA after an impressive spring, Kei Igawa pitches for his spot on the Yankee roster this afternoon.

The game is on YES and Gameday is available here if you want to follow along. The next game thread hits on Opening Day. I can’t wait.

Damon DH
Jeter SS
Duncan RF
Rodriguez 3B
Posada C
Matsui LF
Ensberg 1B
Betemit 2B
Cabrera CF


Categories : Game Threads


  1. barry says:

    I hope Gardner gets a chance at some point in the season

  2. Jamal G. says:

    I hope Igawa doesn’t get a chance. We don’t need a long man, it would be nice and a great luxury but not a need. The same rule that applies to lefties outta the pen should apply to long men, they only get a spot if they’re on of your seven best relieving options.

    The spots should go to Patterson/Ohlendorf/Ramirez. I woulnd’t harp on it if Ramirez lost his spot to Bruney, but Patterson/Ohlendorf should be in.

  3. Ben K. says:

    Ah, two runs in the first off Igawa. I’m glad to see him pitching his way to AAA against the Pirates.

  4. Brian says:

    Nobody rings in Steinbrenner Field like Okeidokei Sunglasses. Way to barf on the field there, Iggy.

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  6. Bo says:

    Igawa really needs to be a National Leaguer.

    Hopefully this is an audition for the Pirates.


  7. Brian says:

    Pete Abe is reporting that Lane, Porter, Castro, Jason Brown, and Ransom were all sent to the minors.
    With Henn DL’ed, looks like camp is at 34 guys.

  8. Rich says:

    There has to be a better option for the long reliever role than The Little Three.

  9. mustang says:

    Wow…Is this not one of the worst signings in Yankees’ history or what? You can’t even give Kei Igawa a spot. I hope the Yankees just forget this long man idea because it would be a crime to give a spot to any of these guys (Igawa, Karstens, Rasner). At least Karstens and Rasner didn’t cost $42 MILLION DOLLARS.
    I don’t even have the words…..

  10. mustang says:

    What’s the Japanese word for sucker ?

  11. mustang says:

    At least he in the majors how about Cashman !!!

  12. Jamal G. says:

    So Igawa sucked and Karstens is injured. LoL, I acctually like Rasner but that’s two down, one to go. Please Joe, no long-man.

  13. Bo says:

    Soft tossing lefty who doesnt throw strikes.

    Who is Igawa?

  14. Jamal G. says:

    El Bombero makes his entrance, c’mon Girardi, he’s your guy.

  15. Bo says:

    They do need a long man wespecially early in the season. With 2 rookies on pitch counts and the offense prob blowing teams out u do need someone out there to polish off outs.

  16. mustang says:

    Over 150 million dollars in Japanese pitching junk… WOW

  17. Jamal G. says:

    Shit, line drive off the back of El Bombero. But he looks OK.

  18. Ben K. says:

    What happened to Karstens? How did he get injured?

  19. mustang says:

    Who cares ? At least he is not pitching !!! LOL

  20. E-ROC says:

    Ohlendorf, Patterson, and Traber. Make it happen, Girardi.

  21. mustang says:

    I second that

  22. Jamal G. says:

    El Bombero (It means fireman, BTW) just does the job day-in, day-out. That would literally be a shocker if he does not make the team. ONE HIT in 7.2 innings, God Damn.

  23. E-ROC says:

    Gotta love Patterson. He just throws strikes and opposing batters can’t do anything with it.

  24. E-ROC says:

    Does anyone know what type of stuff Gorzelanny has?

  25. Jamal G. says:

    Looks like Rock ‘N R-Ohlendorf is gonna pitch next up in the 7th.

  26. Jamal G. says:

    Bruney looking a little something nasty right now.

  27. Bruno says:

    With ALL the “longmen” struggling, it looks more-n-more like Joba will fill that role. It make SO MUCH more sense then sending him down to switch back to starting half way though the season. Use him as your first spot-starter ALL year. 140inn each for Joba, Hughes, IPK, Moose. That’s 560in, with 40 more to spread across a 7th starter and the rest of the ‘pen.

    Rivera, Olhendorf 8th, Farnsworth, Hawkins, Patterson, Traber, Bruney

    • Ben K. says:

      The Yanks are not going to waste Joba’s bullpen innings on relatively worthless long reliever innings. He’s in the pen to pitch in high-leverage situations. Getting three innings of work when the starter struggles doesn’t count.

  28. Bruno says:

    OOPs, forgot Joba lol. Traber or Bruney to AAA.

  29. Tripp says:

    Who is Schmidt?

    • Brian says:

      Josh Schmidt, really really good a few years ago with Staten Island. Pitched last year with Tampa and pitching, I think, decently in minor camp this year. Not a big prospect, but could be sniffing the bigs in two more years?

  30. Joe says:

    For those that read Peter Abe’s work this will look familiar but…I’m pretty sure that in the back of everyone’s mind they know Scott Patterson should be in that bullpen. It’s almost like people are scared to let him start out in the pen because of Edwar. The difference between the two? Edwar can’t command his fastball. You can have the best trick pitch in the history of baseball but if you can’t command your fastball you will not have any sustained success. I have said this again and again, but I’ll keep repeating it…fastball command is the single most important skill a pitcher can possess.

    We know how this will play out….Bruney won’t throw strikes, he will get bood. Patterson will keep commanding his fastball while striking lots of guys out and not giving up hits and he will replace Bruney at some point.

    Why chance blowing a couple early season games that may come back to haunt them when you knew all along that Patterson was going to do what his track record suggests…THROW STRIKES AND GET OUTS.

    I can just see the bases loaded walk from Bruney in a big situation already, he has been missing the plate his entire career, it isn’t going to suddenly change. Ok, rant over. Sorry.

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