Spring Training Game Thread: Javy & Ace


The Yankees are doing the split squad thing today, with half the team staying home to play the Orioles while the other half is going on the road to play Johnny Damon and the Tigers. After getting rained out the past two days, I’m sure the guys will be glad to get back on the field and get some actual work in. Taking BP and throwing in the bullpen just isn’t the same.

Here’s the starting lineup for the game against the O’s…

Gardner, CF
Johnson, DH
Posada, C
Cano, 2B
Granderson, LF
Winn, RF
Miranda, 1B
Laird, 3B
Pena, SS

Scheduled Pitchers: Javy Vazquez, Al Aceves, David Robertson, and Royce Ring. Kei Igawa, Wilkins Arias, and Jeremy Bleich are also available if needed.

Also scheduled to play: Reegie Corona, Colin Curtis, Kyle Higashioka, Jesus Montero, P.J. Pilittere, and Jon Weber. Mitch Abeita, Austin Krum, and Justin Snyder are also available if needed.

Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre will be on the mound in Lakeland. First pitch for both games is scheduled for 1:05pm, and you can watch the O’s game on My9. Enjoy.

Photo Credit: Gene J. Puskar, AP


  1. YankeesJunkie says:

    Finally, let there be baseball.

  2. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Cano in the 4th spot. FEARED!!!

  3. Manimal says:

    Why is Gardner playing center and Granderson in left?

  4. Poopy Pants says:

    I’m so happy to be watching baseball.

  5. Tank the Frank says:

    Damn that makes you appreciate Teixeira.

  6. Andy_C_23 says:

    How do they decide which players go where in the split squad games?

  7. YankeesJunkie says:

    Vazquez is done. What a waste of money!!! Two effing hits!!!

  8. bexarama says:

    Noooot even close to a strike.

    (I know, ST.)

  9. bexarama says:

    Nick Johnson <3333

    Please don't hurt yourself!!!

  10. Drew says:

    Now we gotta watch this friggin guy clog the bases…

  11. YankeesJunkie says:

    Nice double for NJ! However, his legs fell off at 2B out for the season.

  12. YankeesJunkie says:

    Dennard Span signs a 5 year/16.5 million dollar contract with the Twins.

  13. Poopy Pants says:

    Nick can hit.

  14. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    I saw “Sugar” last night. Not bad. I loved the line, “just don’t give it to the first white girl you meet”. haha

  15. YankeesJunkie says:

    Hitfest commences.

  16. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    So, Guthrie is back to midseason form.

  17. Steve H says:

    Anyone want to run out in the rain and get me a coffee?

  18. ShuutoHeat says:

    LOL, I know its ST. But man, Guthrie is getting set on fire.

  19. Tank the Frank says:

    I just have this feeling that Cano is going to have a MONSTER year. .335/.360/.545. 30 HR.

  20. Andy (different one) in chilly NYC says:

    Cano with the RISP hit!

    • Andy (different one) in chilly NYC says:

      Yes, after I posted that I realized I was about 5 minutes behind. Forgot I paused the game with my DVR while I put my contacts in!

  21. Drew says:

    I thought Pena says Suzuki blocks pitches the best.

  22. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Cervelli with a hit, in Lakeland. Good sign.

  23. YankeesJunkie says:

    Pretty solid inning for the offense.

  24. bexarama says:

    ZOMG we are in the presence of Wieters!!!!

    • ShuutoHeat says:

      Never knew he was a “closer” as well.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

      Fun Fact: Jesus is 3 1/2 years younger than Matt Weiters.

      • YankeesJunkie says:

        Fun story about Jesus here too.

        2On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ 4And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ 5His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ 6Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. 8He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it. 9When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’ 11Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

        Not really about baseball, but what a fucking G.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

          I saw David Blaine do the same trick. He put red dye in the containers. Everyone was too drunk to know the difference.

          dodges lightning

    • Tank the Frank says:

      I don’t consider Matt Wieters’ numbers legitimate because he never had to bat against Casey Kelly.

  25. YankeesJunkie says:

    That was a bomb.

  26. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    I think Gaudin is having a rough outing. MLB hasn’t updated in a while.

  27. AndrewYF says:

    For anyone who has an iPhone, Android or Blackberry…get the MLB At Bat App. Only $15 for the season, and you get to listen to any game you want. Plus you get a nifty interface to keep track of box scores.

  28. Drew says:

    hmm.. Javy’s starting to let that fastball creep over the plate. Maybe he’s getting a bit fatigued.

  29. bexarama says:

    a. I just went to to get updates on the game against the Tigers and wow Clay Buchholz looks awful with that beard.
    c. This is also on the MLB home page:
    If [Vernon] Wells can have a solid season … the Jays might have a chance [to make the playoffs]. — Kid Canada
    Not this year in the AL East, babe. (Okay, because I spoke poorly about percentages in an open thread a little while ago, maybe they have a chance. Like, a 1% chance.)

    • Andy (different one) in chilly NYC says:

      I think I have a better chance to start the season as the Yankees shortstop than Vernon Wells does to have a good enough season that the Jays make the playoffs.

  30. ShuutoHeat says:

    Gardy put a really nice cut on the ball.

  31. Drew says:

    NJ is very impressive so far in ST.

  32. BklynJT says:

    wow first to third on that hit… would of at least bee a throw in the regular season, probably an out against markasis’ arm.

  33. Andy (different one) in chilly NYC says:

    Now that’s the Cano-with-RISP I remember from last year…hard-hit ball, but bad luck on the placement, and a great defensive play to turn two.

  34. ShuutoHeat says:

    I hate that FIOs guy, he thinks he’s the $hit.

  35. bexarama says:

    Michael Kay making sense, I am confused.

    (though can we stop saying “he made the All-Star team”? Torre put him on that team. Doesn’t change the fact that he had a very good first half, though.)

    • Andy (different one) in chilly NYC says:

      Bexy, I just mis-read that as “…I am aroused” and I went, “Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck!!!”

  36. Andy (different one) in chilly NYC says:

    Andy in Sunny D-
    see my reply to your comment, I found the MLB At Bat app for you.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

      Gracias, amigo.

      • Andy (different one) in chilly NYC says:

        De nada!


  37. ShuutoHeat says:

    Pena with the range, spin and throw!

  38. BklynJT says:

    Man, they really play Gardner shallow in the OF positions. Careful not to let that ball get by you guys…

  39. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    Gritty Nicky?

  40. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Frankie C is batting .800!!!1111!! ZOMG!

    • Steve H says:

      Which reminds me of something I saw on Olney’s daily piece/links>

      .450 — That’s the batting average of Austin Jackson, who came into camp amid questions from some evaluators about whether he’ll hit enough to be a good major leaguer. It’s a nice first step for him.

      I don’t know about you, but now I’m thoroughly convinced that Jackson will hit enough, and will chase .400 for the first time since Williams in ’41.

      • bexarama says:

        the amount of people I’ve seen complaining about how good Austin Jackson is doing in ST and how awful Curtis Granderson is at everything and therefore Cashman is an idiot is astounding (and yet somehow not surprising) and irritating.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

        Well I am totally convinced that Frankie can hit AT LEAST .600 this year, if not .750. The early results prove this.

      • Hey ZZ says:

        Brett Gardner OPS’d 1.067 in ST training last year. Enough said.

  41. Michael says:

    Javy Vazquez in mid season form.

  42. Hangoverologist says:

    Can someone tell me Javy’s line? I missed about an hour and a half.

  43. bexarama says:

    Johnny Damon hit a HR. Why is Cashman such an idiot?!?!

    Nice catch, Gardy. Please use two hands?

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

      I would love if Gardner would get all cocky like Rickey Henderson, and snatch the ball when he caught it. I would absolutely become his #1 fan.

  44. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Am I misreading the boxscore? Nick Johnson stole a base? Off Matt Weiters? WTF?

  45. Andy (different one) in chilly NYC says:

    “[500 home runs is]…a seminal number…” [for HOF candidacy].

    Once again, Kay shows off that Fordham education by mis-using a big word…

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

      But if you could read his speaking bubble (like comics) it would read “…a Seminole moment”

      • Andy (different one) in chilly NYC says:

        Heh. Which would still be wrong…

        It always drives me nuts when he says, before the top of the ninth, that the visiting team has their “last licks” coming up; ever since I was a little kid (which was longer ago than I wish to admit), “we got last licks” meant, “we get to hit in the bottom of the ninth, and therefore have the chance for a walk-off win”. By definition, the visiting team never has “last licks”.

        In fact, it annoys me so much that I once sent in an e-mail to an “Ask Michael Kay” segment, asking why he perpetually gets that wrong. I was so surprised when he didn’t read my question on the air… :-)

  46. bexarama says:

    I love Tino, but he just has a bad voice for a broadcaster. He’s much better here than he was with ESPN, though.

    • Andy (different one) in chilly NYC says:

      I miss Coney already…though you’re right that Tino is infinitely better than he was on NESPN.

  47. BklynJT says:

    Gotta love how Cano hustles out of the box…

  48. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    I would guess that Jeter, Arod, Tex and Swish will be cruising down I-4 in a matter of minutes in Jeter’s Blazing Copper Ford.

  49. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Is Jesus in the game yet?

  50. Andy (different one) in chilly NYC says:

    Did anyone else hear that?

    Before that last play, I swear I heard a voice just audible in the background saying: “…Joba…they go down to the bar together, you know…”

  51. Andy (different one) in chilly NYC says:

    Robertson in for Teh Ninth!!!!11111!

  52. VO says:

    Is it just me or does Montero look fine behind the plate?

    • Andy (different one) in chilly NYC says:

      I’ve been thinking the same thing, but very few have tried to run on him so far.

  53. Drew says:

    D-Rob is just sick.

  54. Accent Shallow says:

    Dave Robertson: still awesome.

    That’s something that gets lost in the shuffle of the Joba-Hughes bullshit: the Yankees don’t necessarily need one of them in the pen, because they have Robertson.

  55. Andy (different one) in chilly NYC says:

    OK guys, it’s been fun. I have to go swimming go run some errands in these monsoon-like conditions.


    PS: There is now one fewer Andy on the board.

  56. bexarama says:

    I love you David Robertson and Nick Johnson

  57. Drew says:

    “Hey siddown and shutup!!” ha the crowd is getting rowdy.

  58. ShuutoHeat says:

    Love the drunk screaming “55 sucks!!!!” and the other guy screaming at him “hey shut up and sit down!!”.

  59. 4betterorworser says:


  60. Hughesus Christo says:

    Good day for the Yankees because people will have to stfu about Mitre and Aceves getting “screwed” for the 5th spot.

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