Spring Training Game Thread: Let’s Play Two

Pudge willing to play other positions
Mo feels strong after throwing BP session

Burnett in the bullpenWe’ve got our first split-squad action of the spring today [insert “you usually have to pay double for that kind of action, Cotton” joke here], and each game will feature a former Yankee great. AJ Burnett will take on the Astros at home, who will have Aaron bleeping Boone playing first and batting fifth. Phil Hughes and Co. are making the hour long drive down to Bradenton to face on the Pirates, who are sending old pal Ross Ohlendorf to the hill. This will be Burnett’s second start and Hughes’ four appearance (third start) of the spring.

Short on bodies because of the double-dip, the Yanks brought Eric Duncan, Walt Ibarra and Edwar Gonzalez over from minor league camp and will have them suit up for Team Burnett. Here’s the starting … err … eighteen:

Home vs. Astros
Gardner, CF
Damon, LF
Nady, RF
Matsui, DH
Ransom, 3B
Molina, C
Miranda, 1B
Berroa, SS
Leone, 2B

Scheduled Pitchers: AJ Burnett, Dan Giese, Brian Bruney, Edwar Ramirez, Chris Garcia

Away at Pirates
Melky, CF
Swisher, RF
Teixeira, 1B
Posada, DH
Austin Jackson, LF
Cash, C
Bernier, 2B
Russo, 3B
Pena, SS

Scheduled Pitchers: Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, Jason Johnson, Jon Albaladejo, Mark Melancon

Both Edwar and Jason Johnson will be making their spring debuts after battling a sore shoulder and retinal cancer, respectively. The game against Houston will be on YES at 1:15, but I think I’d rather be watch the squad out in Bradenton. Hey, it’s better than nothing.

Photo Credit: Gene J. Puskar, AP

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Pudge willing to play other positions
Mo feels strong after throwing BP session
  • Brooklyn Ed

    chances of Eric Duncan outperforming Ransom and become the starting 3B? I would say 5%.

  • The Evil Empire

    I <3 AJ

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

      Seriously, watching each of those 96-MPH readings appear makes me hate those five years even less and less.

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

        It doesn’t look like he’s trying enough. He’s just another Lazy Dominican American.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          He looks like he’s just going through the motions and he’s still hitting 95 and having great break on the curveball.

        • The Evil Empire

          Hey hey hey, I’m half Dominican man lol

          • Mike Pop

            And you don’t use periods. Therefore, it proves it. You are lazy.

        • whozat

          Seriously. Watching his motion makes me wonder how he got hurt so often. He looks like he’s just marking it out there, and yet it’s 93 easy.

          • Mike Pop

            I <3 AJ.

  • Alex KGB

    who has been better this spring thus far? nady or swisher?

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

      Last time I checked, Swisher’s IsoD was in the .300 range, and Nady’s SLG% was higher; but we all know, getting on base > getting extra-base hits.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Swisher: .111/.346/.111
        Nady: .227/.261/.545

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

    Hughes gave up solo homers to Nyjer Morgan and Ryan Doumit in the first. Struck out McLouth and Adam LaRoche.

    • UWS

      Bust.

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

      So, he gave up a homer to the young, Pirates star everyone should be talking about (Doumit), and struck-out the young, Pirates star everyone is vastly overrating (McLouth).

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Will 2009 be the year that Andy LaRoche officially falls off the face of the baseball earth?

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

          Nah, not only has he only had just 316 AB’s in the Major Leagues, but in every year he’s been at the Triple-A level, he’s posted a wOBP of over .400. Oh, and this season will be just his age-25 season, he’s still got time.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      “Struck out McLouth and Adam LaRoche.”

      Francesa is crying somewhere.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Does anyone know where I can find Gameday boxscore. I looked everywhere on the MLB site and I cant find it.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Nevermind, I found it.

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

    AJ is looking real good with Molina behind the plate.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    I wish the away game was on TV–I’d much rather watch Swisher, Tex, Hughes, and A-Jax.

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

    For fuck’s sake, A.J., if you’re going to throw the Curveball for strikes then there’s no point in watching you pitch.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Charlie Gibson’s love for New York sports? Isn’t he a big time Orioles fan?

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I’m listening to the Yankees/Pirates game on the radio. I hate work.

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

    Boy, that Hunter Pence still hasn’t learned the meaning of “patience”, has he?

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Listening to the Pirate announcers trying to pronounce Albaladjo’s name….Priceless.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      me trying to spell his name…..Fail.

    • whozat

      Ayl-buh-luh-dee-joe?

  • whozat

    Ooohhh…that SUCKS. Man, that poor kid. Oh, that could be a couple months for him.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      What happened?

      • whozat

        The Houston pitcher took a hot shot off his pitching hand.

        Kid looking to leave a good impression on a team with a LOT of potential for big-league openings, he’s holding the Yanks to one run over four innings…and now he could easily miss several months if something’s broken in there. You just feel bad for him.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Ajax single and stolen base.

    • A.D.

      uninspiring

  • zack

    For those who listened to Hughes, I see he walked three, was he all over the place, or just missing? His control still seems off this spring, no? (I KNOW its still spring)

    • whozat

      Well, he’s working on the cutter, which was a new pitch for him last year, and the changeup. Also, he’s working on being aggressive inside. So, I figure it’s kind of expected. Knowing that he’s not going to be in the bigs to start kind of frees him up to work on the stuff that’s going to make him a more complete pitcher. I mean, he spots his fastball, and now he’s got that power curve, the big looping curve to use as a change of speeds…the cutter’s looking promising, and if he’s got a decent change too…that’s a damn good pitcher.

      • zack

        Right, but my question was more if he is in fact spotting his fastball. I know that his HBPs have all been on inside pitches that just brushed him.

        But in order for Phil to be successful and what made him so successful, was spotting his FB well…

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      He seemed to be just missing his spots. It’s pretty windy in Bradenton also.

      • zack

        Cool thanks.

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          The home plate umpire kind of sucks, but at least its for both teams. Ian Kennedy just struck out Freddy Sanchez and Sanchez turned around and said something and he threw him out of the game. Kind of ridiculous.

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            Power trip much?

            • Andy In Sunny Daytona

              He’s a rookie umpire.

  • whozat

    Way to work around that 2-base error, Danny!

  • LostOurHeads

    Gardner appears to be definitively winning the CF position.

  • Tripp

    Question. If/When Gardner wins the CF job does that mean Melky is getting the big ugly ax? Or do they keep him on as another outfielder? Seems as though either Nady or Swisher will be the reserve outfielder when one of them is starting. And Damon would be the backup center fielder.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      The fact that Melky’s out of options really muddles this, but with the OF depth already at the ML level, I think it’ll be alright. Nady or Swisher will start in right, and who ever doesn’t will be the back up, Gardner will start in center, and Damon in left. After that, there really isn’t a need to have 2 back up OFs, especially since Matsui could play in an incredible emergency. I think I’d rather have an extra pitcher in the ‘pen than carry an extra OF.

      And, wow, Towles rocked that shit.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Just to be a devil’s advocate, but Melky is the only outfielder who can play capably play all 3 outfield positions.

        • A.D.

          I think they hold onto Melk, and try include him in some type of trade

        • whozat

          Yeah, but Damon, Gardner and Swisher would ALL have to get hurt in order for NO ONE to be able to cover CF for a little bit.

          LF – Damon, Swish, Nady, Gardner, Matsui
          CF – Gardner, Damon, Swisher
          RF – Swisher, Nady

          The only thing, to me, is the probability of losing Melky on waivers. I’d feel better about having him in AAA as insurance, but…maybe not enough to keep him over a good reliever. They’ll trade him, probably, but not get much for him.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          Melky’s only played 18 games in right. Granted, he’s done it well, but he’s primarily a CF. His career UZR/150 mark there, though, is -9.8. Compare that to Swisher who’s a -10.4 in center, so it’s just a small difference. Swisher can definitely play all three OF positions, and has a better bat than Melky.

          • Andy In Sunny Daytona

            Melky played most of winter ball in right field and did well.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Nate MCcoulth doubles over Nick Swisher’s head to score a run.

  • whozat

    Oh, Coney…that’s just not true. Angel Berroa has NEVER shown that he’s got a good glove.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Home run for Ajax. Deeeep center.

    • John

      good…about time he hits one!

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Former Boston great Craig Hansen in the game.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Has given up a 2 walks, 2 base hits, 2 wild pitches and a stolen base. Still one out.

      • Mike Pop

        One of the best trade chips in the game.

        /McCarver.

  • UWS

    Yankees defense = FAIL.

    • whozat

      Angel Berrora defense = fail

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Angel Berrora defense = fail

        ICWUDT.

        • whozat

          Ha! That is the greatest freudian typo I’ve ever made.

          I laud you for seeing the joke my fingers made without my brain even knowing.

  • Mike Pop

    Bob Lorenz needs to do some broadcasts.

    • Mike Pop

      Lol. He has made a couple mess ups in the past 5 minutes or so. Pretty funny.

    • whozat

      I know that someone put together a petition last year to try and get YES to put Lorenz in in place of Kay, but that’ll never happen.

      Still, I’d like to send SOMEONE email to let them know I think he does a great job. Even if it doesn’t get them to dump Kay, I’d like to let them know that Lorenz has fans. I figure fan mail can’t hurt the guy next time he’s negotiating for a new contract.

  • Mike Pop

    I can’t wait to watch CC and A.J. pitch this year, ugh. 22 Days!!

    • John

      the wait is painful

  • LostOurHeads

    Does anyone know when they’re mailing season tickets this year? I thought they were usually here by now.

  • LostOurHeads

    Brian Bruney does not like the pitcher he was two years ago.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Jesus Montero. Grand Slam. The radio went to a commercial and I didn’t hear it. Crazy.

    • Mike Pop

      Awesome. Both him and A-Jax homer in same game.

      Steroids?

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Obviously.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      For some reason they just stopped playing the game. Oh well. Grand slam was off Chris Bootcheck.

    • anonymous

      This kid is a beast.

    • John

      yea, thats my boy.

  • McCaff

    salivating

  • John

    i see russo finally got a hit.

  • John

    what would happen in Yankeeland if it was found that Montero is lying about his age?

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Just call him up sooner.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    How about them Noles?

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  • Rich

    Trading Tabata when his value was an absolute low point is looking worse and worse.

  • whitey

    1st RAB comment, pumped to be on here! Go Grit Gardner!