Spring Training Game Thread: See CC on TV

Tearing up the field at Yankee Stadium
CC, Mo star as Yanks romp Pirates

CC chillaxin'This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for, ever since we learned that CC Sabathia had agreed to join the Yanks back on Decemember 10th. Tonight, we’ll get to see him pitch in a Yankees’ uniform. It’s a St. Patrick’s Day Miracle.

Bryan Hoch says that Sabathia will go one and a third CC innings (four innings for a regular pitcher), and will be followed by Mo making his spring debut in the 5th. Jorge Posada will catch the first five frames. Here’s the rest of the boys:

Posada, C
Damon, LF
Teixeira, 1B
Matsui, LF
Nady, RF
Melky, CF
Ransom, 3B
Pena, 2B
Nunez, SS

Scheduled Pitchers: CC Sabathia, Mariano Rivera, Al Aceves, Edwar Ramirez

Some kid named Tabata is playing right and batting fifth for the Buccos. YES will have the action with first pitch set for 7:15. Enjoy the game.

Oh, and here’s your last reminder to vote in this week’s Fan Confidence Poll if you haven’t already. Thanks.

Photo Credit: Reuters Pictures

Tearing up the field at Yankee Stadium
CC, Mo star as Yanks romp Pirates
  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Lets go Sabathia ,been looking for this day for a while>

    • Eirias

      How many impeccable innings has Mo thrown?

  • Reggie C.

    Woulda been extra awesome to see my boy Pedro Alvarez square off against CC. Pirates still sending up most of their regulars tonight.

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

      They already sent Alvarez to minor league camp.

      • Crab Dribble Ointment

        Do you happen to know how he did this spring? I remember fat and lazy reports at the beginning of camp…

        • Drew

          hit .444 in 18 AB’s, 1 hr and a few doubles. No one goto the Pirates website, you will have to listen to some strange guy in a bright yellow shirt talk about 1 dollar food at their stadium. Poor Pittsburgh

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    So Mike does this mean Sabathia next start they push him to pitch 5 innings.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    So far nice start for Sabathia.

  • Mike Pop

    McClouth K’s, Francesca tears.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Sabathia sure has sum baggy Pants.2ks for C.C

  • Mike Pop

    Oh noeeess!! Tex doesn’t have a home run!!!

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Tex K’d with runners on and one in scoring position? Bust.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Nice to see Matsui rip that for a double 2-0.

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

    Is it meaningless if a non-ARod batter records a run-scoring hit before the 7th inning?

  • Mike Pop

    MAtsui can be huge for the Yanks while A-Rod is out.

  • Mike Pop

    Looking forward to see Tabata’s AB.

    • cult of basebaal

      he looked good, he’s been on fire ever since he went to the pirates.

  • cult of basebaal

    CC looking GOOD.

  • Frank

    Oh Tabata… I miss you. I’m starting to think I would have rather seen AJax go instead… in terms of upside anyway.

    • Mike Pop

      I’d rather have Jackson anyways. I would of much rather seen IPK go, but of course that didn’t happen.

      • Frank

        I would have much rather seen IPK go as well… in place of Ohlendorf. I always liked Ohly.

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

          You’re joking, right?

          • Mike Pop

            I thought IPK would of been the main guy involved with no Tabata/Jackson involved and they could of also kept McCutchen.

            • Frank

              I wish… but you had to give them an OFer for Nady.

          • Frank

            Not at all. I think Ohly was misused. He’s got good, hard (94-97mph) sinking stuff and didn’t take to the long relief role well. He did well once Pittsburgh decided to start him. I always thought he profiled as a much better mid-rotation starter than IPK did.

            • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

              He was pretty crappy with the Pirates. 6.35 ERA, 2.118 WHIP, 13/12 K/BB…

              • Frank

                I meant w/ the minor league club.

              • Steve H

                Pretty crappy? Understatement of the month, at least.

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

                He’s been pretty crappy everywhere, it’s just because he can dial it up to 97 MPH that people “feel” better in regards to his upside in comparison to the 89-91 MPH heater that IPK employs.

                • Frank

                  No he did well once it was decided he’s a starter in AAA. Right before the trade the Yankees were starting him b/c they wanted to sell him as a starter and he did pretty well. After the trade too w/ the Pitt AAA club.

                  I don’t feel like looking up his #s but that’s just what I remember.

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

                  Twenty-eight hits and thirty-three baserunners in just 22.1 IP is doing “well”? really?

                • Steve H

                  And if we’re using MiLB stats, compare Ohly to IPK, it’s a landslide in IPK’s favor.

                • Frank

                  25 Ks to 5 BB in 22.1 IP is doing well. Really. No. Really. 33 baserunners in 22 IP is actually a 1.16 WHIP you nitwit.

                  The 46 hits 8 BB and 40 Ks in 46.2 IP with the Pirates AAA is good as well. To go along with his 3.47 ERA.

                  It was a nice debate while it lasted but don’t make me fucking mad with your fucking sarcasm. And learn baseball stats the next time you fucking talk to me.

                • Crab Dribble Ointment

                  Fuck!

                • Drew

                  I don’t know if you were being sarcastic but 33/22 is a 1.5 whip.

                • steve (different one)

                  Really. 33 baserunners in 22 IP is actually a 1.16 WHIP you nitwit.

                  And learn baseball stats the next time you fucking talk to me.

                  i think you shattered the unintentional comedy scale

                • pat

                  Something tells me Frank won’t be posting under the same name anymore.

          • cult of basebaal

            i’m not.

            olly’s got a much better chance to be a solid mid-rotation starter than IPK does.

            i think he’s gonna have a pretty good year over in the little league.

            • cult of basebaal

              i owe you a coke, frank

              • Frank

                LOL. Yeah we know what’s going on. Meantime I’m seeing hearts and rainbows watching CC pitch!

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

              OK, results aside (which you can look at here: http://tinyurl.com/dcypof ), Ian Kennedy has always been a better prospect than Ross Ohlendorf. I’m not faulting you for liking the latter, I’m faulting you guys for favoring Ohlendorf over Kennedy simply because of the former’s velocity gap over the latter’s. Honestly, outside of throwing the ball harder, what in God’s name has Ohlendorf ever done on a baseball mound better than Kennedy?

              • cult of basebaal

                pretty simple since i parsed my words carefully.

                if i was forced to bet, “which pitcher (if given equal opportunities) would *likely* have a better MLB career), i would have picked IPK, since i think he can be a MLB quality 4/5 starter (especially in the NL) and he’s a pretty decent bet (if given a real chance).

                i just don’t see any real upside to him.

                whereas Olly clearly has the raw stuff to be a mid-level starter or better, though he’s far more volatile when it comes to *likely* outcomes.

                stuff matters.

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

                  Ross Ohlendorf does not have a true out pitch; the man throws hard and that’s it. What does Ohlendorf have to “put together”? It’s not like he has flashed dominant stuff in the past, he just throws hard, and has some good movement to the heater.

                  Having “raw stuff” is a lot more than dialing it up to the mid-nineties, you have to actually have damn-good secondary pitches – which Ohlendorf does not. You guys think just because he throws hard that means he as some dearth of talent to spin a sick Slider or dastardly Splitter; that is not the case… at all.

                  IPK as a prospect >> Ross Ohlendrof as a prospect; and IPK as a professional pitcher >>>> Ohlendrof as a professional pitcher.

                  There’s a reason why even though he throws so hard, Ohlendorf has a near 10 H/9 rate and a7.44 K/9 rate: everybody can hit a Fastball, and that’s all Ohlendrof has..

              • Frank

                It’s just a question of upside for me.

                No doubt IPK has a long history of success. But I know there are half a dozen guys who can take IPK’s place. Even as it is he’s 2nd… maybe 3rd on the list for a callup.

                But if Ohly ever put it together >> IPK. Past results be damned.

                • cult of basebaal

                  right, now we’re even with cokes, Frank!

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

          I was a big Rock n Rohlendorf fan as well. Great arm, just didn’t miss many bats for whatever reason.

          • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

            Lack of command, most likely. He’s similar to Edwin Jackson in that way.

            • Frank

              Most def. his command. His stuff goes all over the place sometimes. He would’ve missed more bats if he could master a changeup as well IMO.

  • Drew

    CC’s changeup looks sick.

  • CM

    How did they score that run off of C.C.?

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      RBI groundout.

    • Brasilian Yankee

      CC had mercy on their souls and let them score that run so they wouldn’t feel bad.

    • 27 this year

      infield single by Tabata, balk, stolen base, groudout.

      • CM

        Thanks

  • Mike Pop
    • Drew

      Alex, take a helicopter. Stay off the subway this year.

    • yankeefan91 Arod fan

      Mike i heard of this b4 its not the first time i heard about A-rod taking the subway i heard that from a friend of mines and alex who goes to every Yankee home games and does massages for Alex Rodriguez ever since he played winter ball in the Dominican republic.

  • cult of basebaal

    SICK slider!

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    CC Sabathia is not impressed by Nate McLouth.

  • Drew

    Tex has such a nice flat swing.

  • Frank

    Good to see the Yankes get some solid contact off this guy… Vasquez is not impressive.

  • Mike Pop

    GODZILLA!!

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Matsui on fireeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

  • cult of basebaal

    LEATHERFACE!

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

    What a horrible route by Nyjer Morgan.

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

    What is that, four straight extra base hits? Yeah, time for a new pitcher.

  • cult of basebaal

    man, nice swing from Hacky McHeadfirstslide!

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

    Yikes. It looks like Evan Meek ate his way out of being able to throw 96-98.

  • cult of basebaal

    meanwhile, USA up 5-1 over PR

    • Frank

      Does anyone else want them to lose? Let’s get on with it already.

      • cult of basebaal

        only team i’m rooting against is cuba, though i’m really *not* invested in whether the US team advances.

        • cult of basebaal

          looking forward to Japan v Korea tonite.

          saw them in the semi-final last time at Petco.

          one of the best sporting events i’ve ever attended.

          SO much fun.

      • Drew

        Nope, I’m hoping for a Cuba USA final.

        • cult of basebaal

          yeah, i *really* dpon’t like cuba.

          what a bunch of whiny bitches.

          seeing them play Japan on Sunday at Petco just confirmed that.

          watching them in the field when they’re struggling or behind is about as fun and interesting as watching glaciers recede.

          pitch.

          pitcher pouts like a teenager.

          catcher to the mound.

          pitcher wanders around the mound.

          infielders to the mound.

          pitcher wanders around the mound.

          catcher scolds the infield.

          pitching coach AND catcher AND infielders to the mound.

          pitcher wanders around the mound.

          pitch.

          rinse, lather, repeat.

        • Frank

          I’m not into it. To each his own.

          • cult of basebaal

            it?

            the WBC?

            i’ve been lucky living on the west coast, it’s been easy to get tickets to see it live, which matters.

            japan v korea was nuts, their fans were non-stop chanting and thunderstick banging and into the game.

            doesn’t really quite translate to tv, but in person, the games are REALLY cool.

            • Frank

              Yeah in person must be a lot of fun b/c the fans are so crazy for it. I would enjoy seeing it in person but I can’t get into it otherwise.

    • A.D.

      its 3-1 on game day, what happened?

      • cult of basebaal

        that’s weird, it *was* 5-1 when i flipped over a second a go, now it’s back to 3-1 … haven’t been watching so, not sure.

        last score showing on MLB.tv was 3-1, sorry for the confusion.

        • A.D.

          damn glitches, I was following, waiting for a big hit to plate 2

    • yankeefan91 Arod fan

      What game are u watching the score is 3-1

  • Cy Farnsworth

    I love what the Yankees are doing at the plate. Keeping it simple, taking advantage of pitches over the dish. Cabrera working the count a little bit and going the other way made me very happy.

  • Frank

    Looks like Jorge’s gonna have no problem getting in his ABs

  • Cy Farnsworth

    And a great job by Nunez working his way back to draw a walk. This was what was missing from the Yankees offense down the stretch last year: patience and simplicity.

  • Drew

    Don’t beat yourself up Jorge. Please

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Does any one Noe if that catcher of the pirates the son of hitting coach from the Texas rangers.

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

      Yeah, he is.

      • yankeefan91 Arod fan

        thanks Mike.

    • Mike Pop
      • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos
        • Mike Pop

          Ya, I like that alot.

        • yankeefan91 Arod fan

          Thanks Pablo that’s website is much easier :P.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    8-1 keep on hitting and only in the third inning

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Way to go, Jorge. He’s really hitting well and I’m loving it.

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

    Oh my Mo there’s only one out.

    • Frank

      LOL. Yeah I almost forgot Mo is gonna pitch after CC. Let’s make some outs already so we can see Mo.

  • Frank

    Did anyone else catch the article on SI.com – I think they got it from the Post – about Joba losing velocity on his fastball?

    I laughed so hard. I was about to comment, explaining what spring training actually was for (arm strength, mechanics) and how I saw Joba hit 96 in his last start. But then I figured…nah. So I came over to RAB where intelligent Yankees fans post :-)

    Seriously though… this is going to be such a long season. Thy sky is already falling in spring training.

    • Tom Zig

      I saw the article, some of those people over there are worse than the miscreants at LoHud.

  • Drew

    ..Exhale… You suck Ted Lilly

  • cult of basebaal

    oops, theodore roosevelt lilly just coughed it up.

    3-3

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Its time for Tex to go deep i Noe is spring but i wanna see him go deep>

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Cano pinch hitting for Matsui lets go get a hit.

  • cult of basebaal

    gah!

    CA-NOOOOOOOO!

  • Drew

    Why is Cano so damn bad with the bases loaded?

    • Tom Zig

      He is an alumni of A-rod’s “how to hit with the bases loaded” school.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    It starting to drizzle in the gamee.

  • cult of basebaal

    i’m SOOOOOO happy we decided the ‘Big Ugly’ was more important than securing the services of Carlos Beltran.

    not like we had a gaping hole in CF or anything (sorry, Bernie) …

  • Frank

    CC’s angry at McLouth.

  • Frank

    Easy play for Tex

  • cult of basebaal

    Giambi who???

  • Joe LA

    “No one goto the Pirates website, you will have to listen to some strange guy in a bright yellow shirt talk about 1 dollar food at their stadium. Poor Pittsburgh”

    I highly recommend taking the minute to see the Pirates advertisement. It’s a pretty brilliant spoof on the sham-wow commercial. It even has that guy who says, “Ya followin’ me here camera guy?”

    http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=pit

    And sorry for not replying to the comment directly, I didn’t think anyone would look 100 or so comments up.

  • Frank

    Mo be praised!

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Nice 3 pitches and hes gone.

  • Drew

    This guy 42 looks pretty good.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    “Grit, a gamer, old school play the game right.” Leiter on Youkilis. If your playing announcer buzz word bingo, you just won.

  • http://dylankidd@earthlink.net dkidd

    tex’s at-bats are a thing of beauty

  • Tom Zig

    Come on Bernie!!

  • Drew

    Bernie on one channel Ajax on another

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    USA Down 4-3 and bernie to the plate.

  • 27 this year

    I don’t think I saw anyone post on Texeira’s amazing play in the 2nd inning. No way Giambi makes that attempt. The grounder hit off the third base bag and Ransom barehanded it after it was in the air and threw it and Tex literally went at least six steps from teh bag and dove and rolled catching the ball in the process.

  • Frank

    Melky was just seen gathering his luggage.

    • http://26ncounting.blogspot.com VO

      Didn’t the DR lose like last week?

  • Reggie C.

    Does anybody have any guesses as to where Matt Jones ends up? Giants? Cowboys?

    Jones is the biggest WR in the league at 6’6, and he could fill in as a #1 WR.

    • Drew

      Him and Plaxico could be great on a state penetentiary team.

      • Lanny

        Because the Giants have showed a great propensity to sign below avg players?

        Really?

        • pat

          Or because they both have had run ins with the law?

      • kSturnz

        state prison, federal penitentiary?

  • Drew

    do it for your country Derek!

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

      Unclutch. He’s gotta drive that guy in. Walks are selfish.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Hmm, Derek had a monster year after the ’06 WBC. Any chance it happens again in ’09?

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Pedro Martinez close to an agreement with the houston astros

  • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    To anyone watching the WBC: how fast/slow is Bernie’s bat?

  • John

    Booooooooukilis

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    I’m late on this but Flaherty was harping on it earlier and all the WBC guys have been saying it, too. It would appear that “grinder” and “grinds out ABs” are gonna be the buzz-phrases for the ’09 season.

  • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    Apparently Mr. Douchebeard couldn’t “Git-R-Done.”

    • Drew

      Is it possible I hate him even more than before? I think so. Can’t wait to see him face Joba.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    CANO FTW! <3

  • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    Ha. Putz struck out both of his Amazin’ teammates.

  • A.D.

    They giving Tabata a chance to start this year?

  • Drew

    Come on USA..

  • A.D.

    “The Best of Mike Francesa” is on at 10:30 on YES….that ought to be interesting

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      “The Best of Mike Francesa” is on at 10:30 on YES….that ought to be interesting short.

      Agreed!

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Coding fail.

        “The Best of Mike Francesa” is on at 10:30 on YES….that ought to be interesting short

        Agreed.

        That’s better.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          NO it isn’t. My Mo do I suck at life.

          • Drew

            You worked through it though, that’s all that matters.

  • Tom Zig

    7 Ks in 4 innings? Not too shabby Carsten Charles.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    That right there is a ball stopped by most shortstops.

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

    PastadivingJeter FTL

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Jeter range is awful.

  • BigBlueAL

    Derek Jeter’s D costing team USA the game. Twice routine grounders up the middle he couldnt get to has lead to 2 runs.

    • Tom Zig

      Davey Johnson wanted to lose the game. Otherwise he’d have put Rollins in at SS and Jeet at DH.

      • A.D.

        but teh gold glove!!!!!!1!!!111!!!

        • Lanny

          Yea, its his fault the great pitchers are walking guys and its his fault he gave up the homers to Rios and Delgado.

          • Drew

            I agree, 3 walks and 3 runs in 3.1 innings is not really getting it done.

          • A.D.

            No matter how the pitchers fare, J-Roll is the better defensive SS

        • Tom Zig

          I’m not near a TV, but I have the GameCast open. However, it is delayed and glitches constantly. Anyone want to tell me what is going on?

    • Mike

      I was thinking the same thing. The Yankee brass better start making some plans at SS in the not too distant future. I am not saying for this year but Jeter can’t be the Yankee starting short stop in 2010.

      • pat

        This is the year Eduardo Nunez busts out.

        • Mike Pop

          A trade for Hanley.

          • pat

            Nah, our farm couldn’t take a hit like that. We’d have nobody left.

  • Drew

    Well for all you WBC haters, looks like USA is out of it. We suck again.

    • Lanny

      I wouldnt be giving JC Romero that much credit just yet.

  • Lanny

    How someone hasnt killed the guy doing the whistle thing I don’t know.

    • Drew

      LOL

    • mko

      LOL.
      I’ve been wondering the same thing…

    • John

      if you think that’s annoying, watch soccer or even Cricket.

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

    Time for Jeter to GITP.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    Jeter DP?

  • Drew

    fudge

  • A.D.

    At least no DP

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    Jeter’s bat looks slow- I do not like it.

  • Mike Pop

    Is it wrong if I want Yooouuuk to K here?

    • Josh

      You’d be like Limbaugh wanting Obama to fail.

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      It is ok…….

      if you hate America, you filthy commie!!!

      • Mike Pop

        Heh, TRAITOR TO THE CROWN!

  • Josh

    Double play. I’m calling it now.

  • Drew

    Did he just shake off a Molina!?

  • Drew

    WOOOHOOOO

  • Josh

    Oh, snap!

  • Lanny

    Well, David Wright. You got your chance to help shed this choke artist label.

    • Drew

      Rooting for a sock then a met, what has become of me

      • Lanny

        Feel the same way.

        Could be worse.

        Pedroia could be healthy and Paps could be closing.

        • Drew

          eh..

  • A.D.

    Wright better not fuck it up

  • Drew

    ahahahahahhaha SICK!!!!

  • Josh

    Wow! I thought that was a ball too! Nice.

  • Lanny

    You try telling me this is an exhibition and these guys dont care.

    • A.D.

      Well for Adam Dunn…probably not going to see the playoffs with that new Nats contract

  • A.D.

    BAM

  • Mike Pop

    I think this game proves Joba needs to be in the pen.

    How many injuries came from that pile on?

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

    They tried to do a pileup on David Wright but he ran away. He didn’t know what was happening since the mets miss the playoff every year. ZING!

    • pat

      Heh.

    • Mike Pop

      A for effort.

  • John

    yep, walks will kill you

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

    Victorino and Rollins can shit on Romero for the rest of the year. Should be interesting.

    • Drew

      Well, 112 games anyway…

  • Stryker

    wow. i can hear francesa now…”if only a-rod could be as clutch as david wright”