Feb
26

Spring Training Game Thread: Thank Mo Baseball’s Back

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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

  • Nady Nation

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

    • http://www.supertangas.com The man with 33 fingers

      JORGE!!! JORGE!!! WOW, he killed that ball…or at the very least it very hard and out of the park.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Leggo my Eggo.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

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

    • FL Yank

      I couldn’t have missed him as its the top of the first with 2 outs. I’m guessing he’s up later?

    • FL Yank

      Schaefer’s starting in center as well.

  • Yankee1010

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

  • GG

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

    • Steve H

      kidding right?

    • Bo

      I hope this was a joke.

    • Steve H

      Thank Mo they won and we can all breathe a HUGE sigh of relief. The season would have been over with a loss today.

  • UWS

    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.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Damn straight. All accumulated evidence of an event or a phenomenon is suspect and flawed, unless it reinforces my preconceived notions and dovetails with my irrational agenda.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

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

    • Joe R

      Mothafuckaaa

    • Clayton

      I got my swim trunks and my flippie-floppies

      • jsbrendog

        im lfippin burgers youre at kinkos straight flippin copies

    • J.R.

      I never thought I’d be on a boat.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        POSEIIIIIIIIDON, LOOOOOOOOOK AT MEEEEEEEEEEEEE, WHOOOAH!!!!!

        • Mike Pop

          Fuck trees, I climb booeys mothafucker.

        • Thirty5Thirty6

          Believe me when I say I f()ck3d a mermaid.

  • WhizzoTheWize

    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)

  • mryankee

    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

      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.

  • Drew

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

  • http://evilempire20.com/ Ryan S.

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

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    UWS: You ready?

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

    • UWS

      Damnit, stupid work! I’m missing Marty’s return, too. Sob.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        UGH! No fair!

        • UWS

          Agreed.

  • Longo

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

  • southernyankfan

    OMG Texiera looks good in pinstripes!!!!!

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

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

  • pat

    Worst Liveblog Ever

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I didn’t even get my Coke Fix on.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Cano’s back, baby!

  • BJ

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

  • Alex KGB

    douchebag walks in front of camera

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      What the hell is John McCain doing in Florida?

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    That shoulder seems fine.

  • Alex KGB

    posada is back!!!!

  • BJ

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

  • Tom Zig

    Posada Home run!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Hip hip!

    • Mike Pop

      Jorge!!!!

  • RollingWave

    guess the shoulder’s alright, nice to see.

  • RollingWave

    is it just me or does Melky look bigger?

    • http://bigbluepinstripes.blogspot.com/ LB

      Not just you. He does look bigger.

    • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Agreed.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Steroids.

        (Finally. ‘Bout fuckin’ time, Melky.)

    • http://statspeak.net dan

      roids.

      • RollingWave

        so he’s going to hit 50 hr this year !

        • Mike Pop

          83.

  • http://bigbluepinstripes.blogspot.com/ LB

    Hip Hip!

  • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

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

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Naw, he’s going to be awesome and eclipse Abreu’s brief greatness.

      Melky’s gonna hit .314/.410/.466 for the rest of his career and become the fourth face on the Yankee Centerfielders Mount Rushmore.

      The Yankee Clipper. The Mick. Bern Baby Bern (a/k/a the most “feared” hitter of the 1990s). And the MelkMan. United in greatness.

      • Steve H

        Starting the Bernie for the HOF movement by throwing “feared” out there. I like it.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Howard Stern is “The King of all Media”.

        • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          You know, I was thinking about this “Bernie was the most feared” initiative. I think we should go with “most graceful” or something like that. Thoughts? I just think the “most feared” thing is easy to dismiss as a swipe at Rice-support. Bernie’s not menacing enough for that tag.

          • Chris

            Fearded = HOF Votes
            Graceful = Invitation to Dancing with the Stars

          • http://evilempire20.com/ Ryan S.

            Perhaps “one of the greatest World Series hitters of all time” would help win Bernie some undeserved votes too.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            That’s why I like the “feared”.

            Best case scenario, it works and Bernie gets in. But, even if it doesn’t work, it exposes how idiotic the Rice campaign was. It’s a no-lose situation.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

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

  • BJ

    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

  • Reggie C.

    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.

  • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

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

    • http://bigbluepinstripes.blogspot.com/ LB

      Bruney is so skinny. Is he on the Edwar diet?

  • Alex KGB

    please not another seaspn of watching kids eat icecream

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

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

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      My fault, that’s Brian Bruney, Michael Kay’s an idiot.

  • RollingWave

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

  • Yankeegirl49

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

    • pat

      he must have done sdiorets

      • jsbrendog

        icwudt

  • RollingWave

    Cano swinging the first pitch zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Yankeegirl49

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

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Jorge Posada is back, yo.

  • RollingWave

    Woooo Jorge, save some for the season there.

  • jsbrendog

    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

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    Japanese commercials ftl

  • http://bigbluepinstripes.blogspot.com/ LB

    So, Jorge seems to be okay

  • McCaff

    IS Ajax gunna get in today?

  • Brian M

    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

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I believe his favorite film is actually “Dirt Pipe Milkshakes.”

      • pat

        Shaving Ryan’s Privates?

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          “The Firm”.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

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

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Oooh, J.B. Cox.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Holy shit, it’s JB Cox.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Just when you thought it was safe, AL East… we’ve got you right where we want you.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

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

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Reminds me of that homo-thuggish (second?) inning that the Red Sox had against Andy Pettitte in N.Y.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Mark Melancon is warming up.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Looked like Albaladejo. I could be wrong though.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        It was Melancon, I saw a #7 on the jersey and Melancon’s jersey # is 78.

  • KW

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

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

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

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Slam Duncan!

    • KW

      Man, that swing is long as hell, but when he gets into one, it’s a goner

  • Tom Zig

    Damn that was crushed by Shelley

  • http://Thejoeyhshow.blogspot.com Joey H

    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…

  • GG

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

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Like Melky. I think you know what that means.

      • GG

        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.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Woo hoo, Mark Melancon.

  • http://Thejoeyhshow.blogspot.com Joey H

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

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Sit down, bitch.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Keep looking, it might hit itself.

  • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Jaso just got Muntz’d.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    Melancon ftw.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

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

    • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

      I prefer the “Second coming of God”

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

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

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    Robbed Gardner of a HR. Inside the park.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

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

    • KW

      Who else is around for that range?

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    Game over.

  • GG

    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.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      ietc

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    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.

    • Mike Pop

      Hall of Fame worthy.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Urge to kill… rising…

      • jsbrendog

        no beer no tv make homer something something

        go crazy?

        don’t mind if i DO!

  • Bryan

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

    • pat

      He doubled yesterday.

  • dillon

    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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