Spring Training Game Thread: Thank Mo Baseball’s Back


Hughes in STAh, the first game thread of the year. We’ve been waiting for this day ever since Jon VanEvery hit that walk-off single at Fenway Park off Jose Veras in the Yanks’ final game of 2008. Who cares if today’s game doesn’t count, it’ll be great just to see the boys in action again.

But wait, it gets better! We’ve got ourselves a primo pitching matchup this afternoon: Phil Hughes vs Rays’ phenom Wade Davis (#32 on BA’s Top 100). The last time these two met was Game Four of the International League Championship Series last season, when Hughes thoroughly outpitched Davis and clinched the league title for Triple-A Scranton. It really doesn’t get any better than this, does it?

The game is on YES, with first pitch is scheduled for 1:15. If you miss the live broadcast, don’t worry, they’re going to replay it at 7pm. Here’s the starting nine:

Damon, LF
Jeter, SS
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Cano, 2B
Nady, RF
Posada, DH
Molina, C
Melky, CF

Scheduled Pitchers: Phil Hughes, Phil Coke, Brian Bruney, Damaso Marte, Jon Albaldejo, Mark Melancon

Looks like we’ll get multiple innings each out of the Phils, maybe Albie too. Anyone know anything about this Melancon kid?

Photo Credit: Steve Nesius, Reuters Pictures


  1. Nady Nation says:

    So, there’s gonna be a live blog and a game thread? I guess I can kiss my afternoon productivity goodbye.

  2. Mike A. says:

    Tommy Hanson is pitching for the Braves on ESPN, if anyone cares.

  3. Yankee1010 says:

    The only thing I know about Melancon is that Bard is a whole lot better than him.

  4. GG says:

    We better win today, the Rays are throwing a whole lotta scrubs at us and were starting most of our lineup

  5. UWS says:

    Just remember kids: if Hughes goes 2 innings and retires all 6 batters on 6 total pitches clocking 100mph, it doesn’t count because it’s ST against a B-squad. If, however, he gets shelled, he’s a bust and should be cut immediately.

  6. The only thing that could make this better is if I was on a boat right now.

  7. WhizzoTheWize says:

    Live Yankees baseball puts a smile on Whizzo’s face.

    Whizzo would also like to see some payback for last year’s crap Ray’s spring training play.

    A spike’s high slide from Shelley on Carl Crawford would work. (You figure it out)

  8. mryankee says:

    I guess I am leading this off and I certainly hope Hughes has a good day. I have been somewhat conflicted on Hughes so maybe someone can help me why is that Hughes who hadinitial success then struggled last year is being written off so quickly. I think his career mirrors that of Homer Bailey and Clay Bucholz-all three were the top rated 2006 pitching prospects and all three have struggled somewhat. Bialey more than the other two and he of the “95-100mph fastball” I would note that Hughes is youngest of the three. Why is it we dont hear about Bailey or Bucholz being busts. I know the NY baseball writers are nore intertesd in gossip than baseball. I also have issue with people downgrading the players in the Ynakees farm system in terms of position players, is Austin Jackson already a bust is Jesus Montero already overrated. I mean how many 18-19 year olds kids hit 326-and 17 home runs when most of them are in high school? How many teams have better catching prospects Montero-Romine-Fryer? I mean I see the following lf-Montero-cf Jackson rf-swisher-Holliday(possible) 3rd base arod-ssjeter(here is where we need a younger replacement) 2b Cano 1b Teixeira and cathing Romine-Fryer-is that not a potentially solid younger team

    • Bo says:

      You dont hear about Bailey and Bucholz because they don’t pitch for the Yankees. But they certainly hear the same talk in Cincy and Boston.

  9. Drew says:

    Look at that lineup, kind of wish I could see Swisher but who the hell could complain, baseball is back!

  10. Ryan S. says:

    All right! So glad I’m taping this game – it’ll be the first time I see Melancon pitch.

  11. UWS: You ready?

    Yankee baseball this afternoon, Marty Brodeur this evening! Heh. Good thing I got as much work done yesterday as I did…

  12. Longo says:

    how great is it not having to worry about throws down to first now

  13. southernyankfan says:

    OMG Texiera looks good in pinstripes!!!!!

  14. *resists temptation to say that someone should tell Phil that you’re not actually supposed to hit the batters…oh. wait.*

  15. pat says:

    Worst Liveblog Ever

  16. Jamal G. says:

    Cano’s back, baby!

  17. BJ says:

    cano just made a beauty of a play for anyone interested.

  18. Alex KGB says:

    douchebag walks in front of camera

  19. Jamal G. says:

    That shoulder seems fine.

  20. Alex KGB says:

    posada is back!!!!

  21. BJ says:

    posada hr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Tom Zig says:

    Posada Home run!

  23. RollingWave says:

    guess the shoulder’s alright, nice to see.

  24. RollingWave says:

    is it just me or does Melky look bigger?

  25. I can’t imagine how annoyed I’d be if I had an Abreu jersey. Those poor bastards.

  26. Jamal G. says:

    Melky seeing four pitches in his Plate Appearance is a good sign, I’d say. ;)

  27. BJ says:

    They have been talking about how the winds are really blowing in today, so even off a non-roster guy, that is nice to see

  28. Reggie C. says:

    What’s the possibility of actually having a game chatroom during the regular season. Something along the lines of what the YesNetwork sound-off page runs.

  29. Anyone just see that Francesa commercial? He freaking stole Armando Montelongo’s theme song.

  30. Alex KGB says:

    please not another seaspn of watching kids eat icecream

  31. Jamal G. says:

    Wow, Jonathan All-Day-jo lost a lot of weight.

  32. RollingWave says:

    It appears that Melky’s new found bulk is directly transferred from Bruney

  33. Yankeegirl49 says:

    I cannot believe how Bruney looks! He can actually be called “thin” now.

  34. RollingWave says:

    Cano swinging the first pitch zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  35. Yankeegirl49 says:

    I thought the same about Robinson “never saw a 1st pitch I did not like” Cano.

  36. Jamal G. says:

    Jorge Posada is back, yo.

  37. RollingWave says:

    Woooo Jorge, save some for the season there.

  38. jsbrendog says:

    UPDATE, 2:24 p.m.: Brian Bruney just cruised through the fifth inning, hitting 95 on the gun. He’s got big-time upside in that 8th inning role.

    ridiculous upside peteabe, ridiculous

  39. Manimal says:

    Japanese commercials ftl

  40. LB says:

    So, Jorge seems to be okay

  41. McCaff says:

    IS Ajax gunna get in today?

  42. Brian M says:

    Melancon yes, I know all.

    Melancon, Mark
    DOB – 3/28/1985
    Height 6ft 2inches
    RHRP for NYY
    Favorite color – turquoise
    Favorite film – Driving Miss Daisy
    Hobbies – Fishing, stamp collecting, impersonating Andy Phillips

  43. Manimal says:

    Epic Fail. Why would you even thing about going for two.

  44. Mike A. says:

    Holy shit, it’s JB Cox.

  45. Mike A. says:

    Bah, what a shit rally. Two grounders off the gloves of the middle infielders.

  46. Jamal G. says:

    Mark Melancon is warming up.

  47. KW says:

    Cox getting a smacked around a bit, some of those fouls were hard too. I wonder how he’ll do this year

  48. Jamal G. says:

    Is Andrew Brackman going to get in a Grapefruit League game this year?

  49. Tom Zig says:

    Damn that was crushed by Shelley

  50. Joey H says:

    I knew he was gonna hit that one out. That guy who he was facing is a bum you can tell. I knew it. I said Shelly is gonna smash one off of this f…

  51. GG says:

    For someone who can actually watch the game: How has Melky looked?

    • Mike A. says:

      Like Melky. I think you know what that means.

      • GG says:

        Has he gotten any better at any of the things Cash & Co. wanted him to work on when he got demoted last season? I seem to remember him playing(hitting) pretty well in winter wall but I know that doesnt mean a whole lot. I’m all for him giving way to BrettyG for superior D and baserunning but I’m just wondering if Melk still has any shot at the job.

  52. Mike A. says:

    Woo hoo, Mark Melancon.

  53. Joey H says:

    Enjoying the game while outlining chapters for my law course. Good times..

  54. Mike A. says:

    Keep looking, it might hit itself.

  55. Jamal G. says:

    Two ground-outs and a strikeout for “The Heir”.

  56. Jamal G. says:

    Ow, I feel ligaments tearing in my elbow just watching Thayer.

  57. Manimal says:

    Robbed Gardner of a HR. Inside the park.

  58. Jamal G. says:

    Should I make a bid for Mike Pelfrey at $2? I am running into the $1 territory very soon.

  59. GG says:

    I’m kinda curious who Boston is gonna make a run at mid season when they realize their club isnt that wicked nasty sick. Obviously it will have to be a white dude. Lance Berkman would be scary the Stro’s could use the bailout money.

  60. Matt says:

    John Kruk has said some wonderful things in the last five minutes. He thinks that the Rangers will get good pitching from Millwod and Padilla because they are in contract years and that Brian McCann playing for team USA and not learning Derek Lowe’s sinker will “cost them a game or two” because of wild pitches.

  61. Bryan says:

    Are we going to see Montero any time or did they ship him off to minor league camp?

  62. dillon says:

    What’s with all the talk of hughes hitting 95 in winter league? can we all just accept that this kid is nothing more than a #3 pitcher at best, and needs to work on his curve and change in the minors this year….and will only throw 92mph most games

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