Mar
19

Spring Training Game Thread: CC to Mo

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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


  • bexarama

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

  • Jose

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

    • Nigel Bangs

      i’ve seen it once or twice this spring. gotta say i’m a fan of him in the booth.

      • Jose

        He does great work. I thoroughly enjoy his broadcasting during the post-game and pre-game shows. I’d love to see him in the booth a few times during the regular season.

        • Hughesus Christo

          SO MUCH BETTER THAN KAY

    • Jammy Jammers

      He did the Virginia Tech game, too, right?

  • Jose

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

    • bexarama

      I laughed at that

      This isn’t a terrible booth, but good lord it is a boring booth.

  • bexarama

    Hey look, it’s Last Five Starts.

  • Jammy Jammers

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

  • W.W.J.M.D.

    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.

  • Rogue Trader

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

    Pretty nice deal, 19th-21st.

  • DanMizer

    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

      just go to stubhub

      • DanMizer

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

        • Jose

          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.

        • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

          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

          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

        I wanna see some Montero.. Mike Rivera snoooooozeeeeeeeeee

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

  • DanMizer

    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

    JUST STRUCK OUT AGAIN.. 0-5

    FUCK THIS.. ITS IMPOSSIBLE GETTING TIX ON SAT GAMES.. DRIVING FROM BOSTON.. ALL I WANNA DO IS SEE THE FLAG RAISED APRIL 13TH WITHOUT HAVING TO TRADE IN MY FIANCEES RING..

    • Tom Zig

      I think your fiancé would understand if you traded in her ring.

      We all must make sacrifices.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Why couldn’t Ajax teach Gardner to bunt!

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Over the scoreboard! Take that Jesus!

  • bexarama

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

  • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

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

    • http://warriorsmovie.co.uk/content/gangs/images/baseballfuries02.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      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.

  • Kristen

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

  • bexarama

    Coke is just like a gross mess right now

  • Hughesus Christo

    PCoke can grow some hair. I’m impressed.

  • dkidd

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

    /ron washington’d