Spring Training Game Thread: CC to Mo


On two occasions last season, CC Sabathia handed the ball directly off to Mariano Rivera for a Yankee win, and he did it one more time in the postseason. He’ll do so again today, but under much different circumstances. Sabathia will be making his fourth start of the spring, and he’ll be relieved by Mo, who will be making his second appearance. You’ll see teams bring their closers into the early innings of exhibition games to make sure they face big leaguers and not Double-A fodder.

A few old friends will be coming to town today, as Austin Jackson is leading off for the Tigers and a Phil Coke’s mullet is scheduled to come out of the pen. Lefty prospect Andy Oliver is also scheduled to pitch for Detroit; I wrote about him for the 2009 draft, and he’s the guy who got the NCAA’s panties in a bundle by having the common sense to use an agent to negotiate a seven-figure contract on his behalf. The nerve.

Here’s the lineup…

Jeter, SS
Johnson, DH
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Cano, 2B
Thames, LF
Hoffmann, CF
Cervelli, C
Golson, RF

Scheduled Pitchers: CC Sabathia, Mariano Rivera, Jon Albaladejo, Ryan Pope, Eric Wordekemper, and Royce Ring.

Also scheduled to play: Eduardo Nunez, P.J. Pilittere, Mike Rivera, Kevin Russo, Jorge Vasquez, Jon Weber, and David Winfree.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET, and can be seen on YES. In case you didn’t already know, the Yankees play another split squad game tonight, and that one will be on TV as well thanks to MLB Network lifting the blackout. We’ll have another game thread later on.

After the jump, today’s game chat. Come join in.

Photo Credit: Kathy Willens, AP


  1. bexarama says:

    CC strikes out Austin Jackson! We won the trade!!!!

  2. Jose says:

    Bob Lorenz in the booth? Has this ever happened before?

  3. Jose says:

    “They say he is looking leaner, I don’t really see that Bob.” Flaherty burns Miggy.

  4. bexarama says:

    Hey look, it’s Last Five Starts.

  5. Jammy Jammers says:

    I maintain that Bob Lorenz and Nancy Newnan are the same person.

  6. W.W.J.M.D. says:

    So the Marlins vs. Cardinals game is blackout here in Florida because of FSN. I just wanted to watch some baseball. Now thanks to the blackout, I get to watch the 99 All Star game in Fenway. Equally as unimportant as a ST game but alot more fun to watch the greats, especially some prime players that have retired/dont produce up to the same level.

  7. Rogue Trader says:

    guys a little off topic: If any one wants a yankee hat or any other new era hats they’re 50% off on
    Code= 50foryou

    Pretty nice deal, 19th-21st.

  8. DanMizer says:

    hey boys,

    any reason why Jesus Montero has like all of 10 at bats all spring and is never in the lineup or basically backing up???? they didnt cut him but wouldnt it be nice to see what the kids got?? why keep him around if hes gonna play with himself in the dugout

    btw better chance of hitting the lottery then getting opening day tix at noon..

    i was on and i couldnt even get 4 tix to a tampa bay sat afternoon game for grandstand.. what a joke

    • Jammy Jammers says:

      just go to stubhub

      • DanMizer says:

        Ya and pay 100%-200% more a ticket..

        • Jose says:

          If you expected to get a ticket to the game where they present World Series rings at face value, you need to lower your expectations. Tickets to popular games are expensive. That is the way it is.

        • Drew says:

          Beggars can’t be choosers. If you want to go to an opening day game, in which WS rings are presented, you have to pay. There are plenty of tix available on stubhub.

        • Jammy Jammers says:

          I got very cheap tix to a Yanks- Mariners game. Isn’t it illegal to mark up the ticket prices past a certain amount as well? Maybe I’m naive.

      • DanMizer says:

        I wanna see some Montero.. Mike Rivera snoooooozeeeeeeeeee

        when Nick Johnson gets hurt whose the first call up???

  9. DanMizer says:

    Sorry, no exact matches were found, but other tickets may still be available.

    Try the following:
    Split Your Request We were not able to find the requested number of seats in the same row. Seats close together may be available in adjacent rows in the same section.

    Find Ticket



  10. Drew says:

    Why couldn’t Ajax teach Gardner to bunt!

  11. Drew says:

    Over the scoreboard! Take that Jesus!

  12. bexarama says:

    I was juuuust gonna ask if A-Rod had a ST HR yet…

  13. Riddering says:

    In Spring Training, A-Rod’s homers are even more meaningless.

    • I’ve been stuck in a vortex of nihilistic thought since you posted this comment.

      I’m gonna go ahead and nominate Riddering’s comment for today’s Axl Award (for comment of the day). Then I’m going to go sit in a dark room and sob for a while.

  14. Kristen says:

    Holy crap, what is that on Phil Coke’s head?

  15. bexarama says:

    Coke is just like a gross mess right now

  16. Hughesus Christo says:

    PCoke can grow some hair. I’m impressed.

  17. dkidd says:

    coke may look good, but in the end you always get burned

    /ron washington’d

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