Spring Training Game Thread: Starting From The Top


The last time we saw our beloved Bombers take the field, we watched them walk away with their 27th World Championship. Hard to believe that was less than four months ago, isn’t it? Seems like an eternity.

The team has undergone some major changes since the wonderful night, waving goodbye to a few stalwarts while welcoming in both long-term cornerstones and short-term stopgaps. Despite that, the goal remains the same: to be the last team left standing when it’s all said and done in November.  This game means nothing in grant scheme of things, everyone’s just going to be shaking off some rust and trying not to hurt themselves, yet we’ll live and die with each pitch anyway because we love our team.

The three long-shot candidates for the fifth starters’ spot are all scheduled to take the mound, though only to start an inning. If one of them can’t finish off a frame, a throw-away reliever will be brought in to clean up the mess before the next guy comes in. Here’s today’s lineup, at least for the first few innings, anyway…

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Marcus Thames, DH
Jamie Hoffmann, RF
Brett Gardner, LF
Frankie Cervelli, C
Ramiro Pena, 2B

Scheduled Pitchers: Chad Gaudin, Sergio Mitre, Al Aceves, Jon Albaladejo, Wilkins Arias, Jason Hirsh, Royce Ring, Amaury Sanit, Zach Segovia

Among those slated to take the mound for the Pirates are former Yanks Ross Ohlendorf and Steven Jackson. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET, and you can watch on either YES or MLB Network. Enjoy the game.

Photo Credit: Kathy Willens, AP


  1. Christos says:

    What time is it??

  2. bexarama says:



  3. Meat Loaf says:

    I got goosebumps when the YES Gametime music chimed in. Goosebumps, people.

    Dirty Secret: I like Michael Kay simply because his voice means Yankees baseball.

  4. Phishin' says:


    Love working from home on days like today!!!!

  5. dkidd says:

    god help me

    i missed michael kay

  6. Longo says:

    anybody else not getting sound on

  7. zzzzzz says:

    haha this is awesome! can’t wait to see granderson, cervelli, and i want to take a look at hoffman.

  8. I can’t wait for people to start complaining about how Granderson is hitting second…

  9. DP: The Triple Entrendre says:

    Nick Johnson is supposedly playing first later. Let the breath holding begin!

  10. And now I’m posed in an awkward stance, because I…

  11. David A says:

    Greetings from London! Go Yankees!

  12. bexarama says:

    I don’t remember from last year/during the season, is there a difference between the MLB Network feed and the YES feed? Because MLB Network has, right now, the Mets-Reds one-game playoff from 1999. =/ And yesterday they had some game from the 1991 World Series, not the Mets-Braves ST game.

  13. So weird to hear this instead of O Canada…

  14. Yankeefan91 Arod Fan says:

    Its been a while since i posted here its been a rough 2010 so far with my baby momma losing are baby but seen baseball always gets me happy and pump so lets go yankees.

  15. Paul Canales says:

    Time for some baseball!

  16. Big Juan says: — bringing Spring Training games to students in Philosophy class everywhere.

  17. dkidd says:

    i love cervelli!

  18. bexarama says:

    Aieeeee they took the field.

  19. Clearly, Gaudin starting the first game means he’s the favorite for the 5th starter spot. Looks like Joba and Phil are both destined for the bullpen.

  20. dkidd says:

    gaudin: more proof that cashman is the balls

  21. Steve H says:

    Scheduled Pitchers: Chad Gaudin, Sergio Mitre, Al Aceves, Jon Albaladejo, Wilkins Arias, Jason Hirsh, Royce Ring, Amaury Sanit, Zach Segovia

    Who the hell is Jason Hirsh?

  22. Paul Canales says:

    Wow, Garret Jones’ statline looked very weird. 21 HRs with only 44 RBI in 82 games. Oddest stateline I’ve seen. Guess it comes with being in the Pirates lineup.

  23. DP: The Triple Entrendre says:

    Odds of a spillover thread?

  24. bexarama says:

    Cano isn’t playing in this game because he’s too lazy. He’s taking a nap in the clubhouse instead.

  25. Mike Axisa says:

    And so it begins…

  26. Manny says:

    being in the office sucks today… wait, I feel a cough developing…

  27. Drew says:

    Question of the year:
    Does YES’s gun work?

  28. A.D. says:

    Almost forgot the # of YES

  29. Paul Canales says:

    For some reason, I don’t think Cano would have even thrown the ball if he got up to it.

  30. Big Juan says:

    McCutchen = Really f-ing fast.

  31. Christos says:

    i miss david cone already. anyone else?

  32. Mike Axisa says:

    That’s it, Gaudin’s out of the fifth starter competition.

  33. bexarama says:

    Gaudin just lost the fifth starter job!!! /overreaction’d

  34. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Is there Gameday available anywhere? I’m at work, and we have no TV in the pro shop.

  35. dkidd says:

    wish i could have seen mazeroski play second base

  36. Kay: “That 5th spot isn’t a race between just Joba and Hughes, it’s actually 5 for 5. Joba, Hughes, Gaudin, Mitre, and Aceves are all in the mix for that spot.”

    I think you left out Jon Van Benschoten, Zack Segovia, Romulo Sanchez, Chan Ho Park, D.J. Mitchell, Ryan Pope, Hector Noesi, and Chris Garcia. They’re all also viable candidates for the 2010 5th starter spot as well, Michael.

    (makes wanking motion with hand)

  37. Manny says:

    wtf… I want to be home watching the beginning of the Granderson era…

  38. Steve H says:

    1:08 p.m. Middle of the 1st inning, NU 0, Sox coming up

    It’s Casey Kelly’s world and we’re all just living in it. The phenom retired the side on 10 pitches, seven strikes. After falling behind leadoff hittr Tucker Roeder 2-0, he threw three straight strikes. Then came a grounder to second and another swinging strikeout.

    Casey Kelly threw a scoreless inning against a college team. Wow, when’s the induction ceremony?

  39. Thank you YES for broadcasting Spring Training. Don’t ask how, but this is actually the first year of my life having cable TV. So I’m watching ST in glorious HD instead of on the little laptop. After spending 6+ hours at the Florida Four games yesterday, it’s a relief to hear wood bat on ball again.

    Anyone else hoping for the Pirates to hit long flies to center?

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

      Is it on Bright House? Because I checked this morning, and they said it wasn’t on. I DVR’d the MLB network instead.

  40. Mike Axisa says:

    I’m surprised Granderson didn’t drop that popup!

  41. I would thoroughly appreciate the Pittsburgh Pirates eliminating red from their fashion palette.

  42. Mike HC says:

    How many guys are with the ML team for the spring? Do we get to see guys like Montero, Nova, Romine and others I’m forgetting, or am I way off here?

  43. Paul Canales says:

    First inning over. Here come the Yankees!

  44. Paul Canales says:

    Do bats break often in Spring Training?

  45. Mike HC says:

    Jeter looking a little chunky eh? He must of enjoyed that off season.

  46. brewster's millions says:

    gameday audio available from…So I have to listen to the pirates game feed…Full season pirate ticket plans staring at $399, thats $4.90 per ticket…

  47. bexarama says:

    I guess I was wrong about the ’90s fade being gone. :(

  48. Curtis Granderson just can’t hit lefties at all. It’s a fact.

  49. bexarama says:

    Teixeira’s hair: still bad

  50. Paul Canales says:

    Does Texieria plan on keeping that hairstyle? Its pretty ugh

  51. DP: The Triple Entrendre says:

    Cancel the season.

  52. dkidd says:

    granderson needs a platoon partner


  53. Christos says:

    whats the count on Michael Kay speaking errors?

  54. J.D. says:

    I’m liking the short commercial breaks. I should be filling out my Bar application, but this is well worth it. I’m sure Ben can relate.

  55. “The best player in the Pirates system is ready to come”

  56. dkidd says:

    i really want the pirates to field a competitive team. that city (and stadium) deserves meaningful games in september

  57. Lastings Millege: “I attribute my new-found success to not having committed armed robberies, rape, assault or showing up the other teams with my youthful exuberance.”

  58. bexarama says:

    I’m still upset that Tino’s gonna be in the booth because I love Tino but he is SO BAD on TV for whatever reason.

  59. Aj says:

    An a-bomb off of Ohlendorf would be great.

  60. Mike HC says:

    And A-Rod is looking a lot thinner. Jeter and A-Rod are going in opposite directions.

  61. JimiLayne says:

    I think Kay is fantastic when the ball is in play and worthless otherwise.

  62. OMG Michael Kay went to Fordham? Who knew.

  63. bexarama says:

    A-Rod struck out. Back to his old tricks!!!!

    also, wake up, offense!!! and other things people say all the time.

  64. Paul Canales says:

    A-Rod did a double-take right there, ha.

  65. pat says:

    Holy shit. Ross almost killed the 1b man.

  66. Mike Axisa says:

    I wonder if Ohlie knows this is ST. That was quite the throw to first.

  67. DP: The Triple Entrendre says:

    Glad to see Kay got Jamie Hoffmann’s name in there once before he left the field.

  68. Kid with face in popcorn bucket = mini Mondesi

  69. Alex S says:

    idk why but this was in my recommended youtube section


  70. I bet if Sergio Mitre’s name was “Doug Miter”, people would hate him much, much less.

  71. Paul Canales says:

    3 ground balls: Mitre wins the 5th start spot.

  72. bexarama says:

    over/under on the number of times Michael Kay refers to the “defending World Champions” per game this year? (the Yankees haven’t won the Series since YES came around, right? OMG YES CURSED THE YANKEES!)

  73. Drew says:

    Eh, I missed my boy Mitre’s inning. How’d the sinker look?

  74. We’re still being no-hit.

    President Madagascar: SHUT DOWN EVERYTHING!

  75. Over/under on Brett Gardner swinging the bat?

  76. Aj says:

    God he’s gritty.

  77. Paul Canales says:

    Would have been a hit if he didn’t stumble at the plate.


    (boos Brett Gardner for having the audacity to continue wearing Lefty Gomez’s number)

  79. pat says:

    I’ve always liked Aki, that was a nice play.

  80. Drew says:


  81. Aj says:

    We need to retaliate.

  82. Punch out Bass, Frankie Blue Eyes! Tell them Ruskies they’re gonna get bopped if they keep it up.

  83. Mike Axisa says:

    You’re fast for a catcher, Frankie. But you’re still slow.

  84. pat says:

    Hahah, Frankie gettin greedy.

  85. Has a single Yankee hit a line drive yet?

  86. Aj says:

    The Red Sox are beating NorthEastern. 4-0.

  87. Drew says:

    Do we have plans to play a college team again this year?

  88. pat says:

    Mitre has a nice offspeed pitch. I’ve always thought he’s better than his results would lead you to beleive.

  89. dkidd says:

    fire girardi

  90. Drew says:

    Jesus looks like he’s ready to come in! That would be quite the treat.

  91. Seeing guys like Ryan Doumit makes me appreciate the Yankees no-facial-hair policy.

  92. dkidd says:

    seeing ryan doumit makes me appreciate the yankees no c.h.u.d. policy

  93. pat says:

    I can’t wait until Eduardo Nunez comes in so his HOF career can begin.


  94. bexarama says:

    fire Kevin Long!!

  95. PaulF says:

    Prediction: A-rod will hit a walkoff 2-run homer in the 15th inning, giving the Yankees a 2-0 win in this instant Yankees classic.


  97. Mike Axisa says:

    Jamie Hoffmann’s in the house.

  98. Big Juan says:

    That ball carried like a muthaf*cka.

  99. Rose says:

    Hey, any idea if Spring Training games get blacked out also?

    As I’ve stated a bazillion times, I don’t get the YES Network where I am…but MLB thinks I do…so regular season games that are on ESPN or TBS are blacked out. Also, I’m unable to get either MLB packages because of the same reasoning.

    Just wondering for when it’s on another time that I could potential watch.


  100. JohnC says:

    UGH!! We’re doomed!! How many days til football training camps open?

  101. Aj says:

    wtf was that Gardner?

  102. pat says:

    i really really hope Hoffman sticks. I <3 versatility.

  103. Ace says:

    I’m listening to the Bucs radio broadcast. What number does Granderson wear?

  104. bexarama says:

    Whoah. Nice plays by the Hoff and Gardner.

  105. DP: The Triple Entrendre says:

    OF defense FTW!!!

  106. That catch should not have looked THAT cool, even in a freakin’ hurricane. Brett, you showoff.

  107. Paul Canales says:

    The wind is wreaking havoc on our outfielders.

  108. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Just sent a friend request on Facebook to Fu Lin Kuo. If I can get him to join “Bring Melvin to America” it will open the floodgates to China.

    Just imagine, Kyle Perkins and Fu Lin Kuo. Wow. The Yankees are stacked at catcher.

  109. Anyone else having weird reception problems? YES just shit out on me.

  110. Yankeefan91 Arod Fan says:

    dammit yes frozeeeeeeee !!!!!!!!!!

  111. Vinny the Bull says:

    Anybody else’s YesNetwork feed bugging out?

  112. Paul Canales says:

    It blacked out?

  113. bexarama says:

    Aaagh YES died ;_;

  114. Yankeefan91 Arod Fan says:

    Yesssssssssss it came back

  115. Paul Canales says:

    Its back now.

  116. bexarama says:

    YES came back juuust in time for me to hear Kay talking about an “armpit name.”

    A-Rod gets the first hit of spring training!!!

  117. Mike Axisa says:

    And there’s the first hit of 2010.

  118. pat says:

    Hoffman is about to make his mark on the 5th OF spot.

  119. bexarama says:

    Hoffmann trying to bunt. >:(

  120. DP: The Triple Entrendre says:

    “Brian Bruney moving to the Nationals…where he’s gonna be working out of the bullpen.”

    Weird, I thought they had him penciled in at 3B.

  121. Paul Canales says:

    “He actually has hair.” Gasp.

  122. Maybe Brett can do something here. If so, I’ll start drinking.

  123. Vinny the Bull says:

    Let’s go, Grit. Get ‘er done.

  124. Yankeefan91 Arod Fan says:

    I rather Have Gardner come off the Bench he was so good in that role he can pinch run an steal a bag.

  125. I hate you Brett Gardner, even if that was just bad luck.

  126. Paul Canales says:

    Oh dang, I thought that was going to be a hit

  127. bexarama says:

    RISP fail, DFA everyone.

  128. Mike Axisa says:

    Tabata’s in the game.

  129. Big Juan says:

    Jack Curry — The voice of reason.

  130. Um… Jack Curry is the man? Did YES do something right?

  131. DP: The Triple Entrendre says:

    Wow. Jack Curry, I’m impressed.

  132. First blush:

    I’ve got a feeling we’re all going to enjoy the Jack Curry Era at YES. He’s instantly upped the IQ of this broadcast in just a few minutes.

  133. Drew says:

    I can has Jesus in the 7th?

  134. W.W.J.M.D. says:

    I’ve missed YesNetwork. I didn’t know MLBtv was going to be using their boradcast today. It’s nice to listen to Kay & Ken, I’m not looking forward to another year of watching the Rays and Marlins, but baseball is baseball.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

      I can tolerate watching and listening to the Marlins, but the Rays broadcast team is wretched.

      • bexarama says:

        Really? I think the Marlins’ announcers are among the worst. I have no problems with the Rays’, really.

      • W.W.J.M.D. says:

        Agreed. But I find AL games more interesting, probably because i have better knowledge of the teams.

  135. Cecala says:

    Nick is playing, he must get hurt.

  136. Nick the Stick Slick.

    I’m way too psyched to have him back on the team.

  137. ColoYank says:

    I wish they’d give us the changes. Who’s behind the plate now?

  138. Cecala says:

    Pena HR!!!

  139. Brooklyn Ed says:

    Pena is awesome!!!

  140. Drew says:

    haha way to go Ramiro

  141. Ha. Move Jeter to left, make room for Ramiro.

  142. Mike Axisa says:

    Pena just won the backup infielder job.

  143. Paul Canales says:

    Pena hits the first home run. Wow!

  144. W.W.J.M.D. says:

    Ramiro Pena, stating his case for Lf with a shot.

  145. Yankeefan91 Arod Fan says:


  146. Jack says:


  147. Vinny the Bull says:

    Peña pops one!

  148. The Pirates are starting to look like the 4th Quarter Knicks.

  149. pat says:

    I happened to turn on WFAN before and I stumbled upon Francesa interviewing Cashman. All I hear is Francesa say “So I think the best way to use your resources is to put Gaudin in the 5th spot and Jober and Hughes in the bullpen, right?
    My face met the steering wheel rather quickly.

    • bexarama says:

      what did Cashman say in response to that?


      • pat says:

        he flat out said no, and I turned it off because I couldnt bare listen to the CashMoneyNinja explain stuff to that rabid water buffalo Mike Francesa.

      • keith says:

        Cashman actually said that in 2010 the best usage of the talent on hand would be to have Gaudin win the 5th starter job and have the “2 young kids letting it fly” out of the bullpen. However, he tempered that with something like “although that would not be the best move for the future of the franchise”


    Nice arm by the Pirates’ catcher.

  151. ShuutoHeat says:


  152. Drew says:

    Should those little kids really be walking around freely on the 3rd base side?

  153. Cecala says:

    That throwing motion, is that similar to what Montero is being taught?

  154. pat says:


  155. Brooklyn Ed says:

    WELCOME back Nick!!!

  156. JIMP!!!!!!!!!!!

    I heart Nick Johnson.

  157. Mr.Jigginz says:

    Nick the Stick!!!

  158. Yankeefan91 Arod Fan says:

    Nick the stick

  159. Paul Canales says:

    Damn, that was smashed so hard, the outfielder couldn’t decide whether to take it casually or seriously.

  160. Note to Pirates pitchers: Keep throwing 86 mph fastballs down the middle.

    There’s a reason you’re the Pirates.

  161. bexarama says:

    I almost cried tears of joy when NJ hit that double.

  162. Jack says:

    I love Nick Johnson

  163. I have a feeling that Weber rocks one here. I don’t know why.

  164. Steve H says:

    So Nick Johnson is clogging the damn bases again?

  165. Alex S says:

    i thought nick would have gotten caught there

  166. But I thought Johnson couldn’t score from second on a single!

  167. Mr.Jigginz says:

    Damon would have scored…Wait,what?

  168. Mike Axisa says:

    Well look who just scored from second on a single…

  169. Paul Canales says:

    lmao, that was funny and it became funnier when Nick John actually scored.

  170. Meet the Mets Pirates, greet the Mets Pirates.

  171. PaulF says:

    I thought Johnson couldn’t score from second.


  173. Yankeefan91 Arod Fan says:

    Our New Lf Jon Weber :p

  174. Someone page Nostra Artist. NJ scored on that.

  175. donttradecano says:

    if the pirates prospects pan out and they had some decent pitching, they could be the rays of a few years ago (maybe not in the WS but competitive). tons of potential talent: Mcutchen, Doumit, Alvarez, Sano, Milledge if he gets his head out of his ass.

  176. W.W.J.M.D. says:

    Is Cano playing SS for the Pirates?

  177. dkidd says:

    watching nick johnson play = watching the opening scene of an episode of “six feet under”

    something bad is going to happen, just a matter of how and when

  178. Mike Axisa says:

    Holy shit, Albie looks like he gave birth. He lost that much weight.

  179. Albadanotgonnaworkhereanymore

    /Office Space’d

  180. pat says:

    Hah, definitely did a double take when the YES graphic said M. Rivera was catching for the Yanks.

  181. Drew says:

    Albaladingo did drop some poundage.

  182. bexarama says:

    Albaladejo hits someone, I am not surprised.

  183. So we’re basically watching the SWB Yankees now, right?

  184. Isn’t it “Ta-bah-ta” not “Ta-bu-ta”?

  185. Jose Tabata was not a Jesus-Montero-Can’t-Miss. Either is Romine.

  186. Shut up Michael Kay. Shut up Michael Kay. Shut up Michael Kay. Shut up Michael Kay. Shut up Michael Kay. Shut up Michael Kay. Shut up Michael Kay. Shut up Michael Kay. Shut up Michael Kay. Shut up Michael Kay. Shut up Michael Kay. Shut up Michael Kay. Shut up Michael Kay. Shut up Michael Kay. Shut up Michael Kay. Shut up Michael Kay. Shut up Michael Kay. Shut up Michael Kay. Shut up Michael Kay. Shut up Michael Kay.

    (shoots self in head with finger gun)

  187. Reggie C. says:

    I kinda hate that Kay just name-dropped Montero in association with Tabata as “cant-miss” prospects.

  188. pat says:


  189. Drew says:

    Pasta Diving Corona? wtf

  190. Jack says:

    Heh. I love that Doug Bernier is on the “Former Yankees” list

  191. Mike Axisa says:

    Jose Tabata showing off his power.

  192. Mike Axisa says:

    Ah Spring Training baseball.

  193. Oh shit. Brush up on your Wilkes-Barre speak, Jonny boy.

  194. Brian says:

    Albaladejo looks solid…haha. At least he can get a job as the Pirates’ BP pitcher.

  195. Paul Canales says:

    Damn, I was sure that was a homer. It had that sound.

  196. #47, Royce? Don’t you dare disgrace the great Shane Spencer’s number. Don’t you dare.

  197. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    About time for a spill over, no?

  198. DP: The Triple Entrendre says:


  199. PaulF says:

    Am I crazy to be mad that they blew the lead even though the game doesn’t matter?

  200. Reggie C. says:

    Pedro Alvarez just went down on 3 pitches… BUST.

    NL ROY dreams are dashed.

  201. DP: The Triple Entrendre says:

    WHO IS THIS GUY?!?1?

  202. Holy crap, Hirsh is tall.

  203. pat says:

    Dammit, I thought for a sec that might be Brackmizzle.

  204. Mr.Jigginz says:

    I know it’s wayyyyyyyy early…but Hirsh looked like he was workin’ some good stuff there.Nice little start for him.

  205. JohnC says:

    Has that kid Winfree played today?

  206. bexarama says:

    Curtis Granderson can’t really be this nice, can he? There’s like dead hookers in his basement, right?

  207. dkidd says:

    best debut of the day: jack curry

  208. pat says:

    Machi bringin the heat.

  209. bexarama says:

    Some nice catches by Golson.

    Walk-off time!

  210. What’s with the guy in the Syracuse sweatshirt sitting right behind the little kid?

    I didn’t think they allowed Orange alums within 100 feet of small children.

  211. dkidd says:

    if laird hits one out, his pie should have a file in it

  212. Paul Canales says:

    Finally, some action.

  213. Reggie C. says:

    Can we get some speed on the basepaths?

  214. Brandon Laird really knows how to fight off those inside bpitches.

  215. Reggie C. says:


  216. Yankeefan91 Arod Fan says:

    walk of bbyyyyyyyyyyyy

  217. Well that seems fitting. Nice moment for Curtis.

  218. pat says:


  219. Paul Canales says:

    Bada bing!! Game over, Yankees win!

  220. Mike Axisa says:

    This walk-off stuff is getting ri-God damn-diculous.

  221. Drew says:


    • Drew says:

      Haha. I was listening, not watching and heard Kay say Vasquez. I now realize that was the losing pitcher not Jorge Vasquez.


  222. dkidd says:


    first of many…

  223. larryf says:

    Didn’t see the game but just reading the posts was highly entertaining. Would make a great book and stocking stuffer for Yankee fans everywhere!!!!!

  224. Hughesus Christo says:

    Looking forward to the Curtis-Curtis-Swish outfield this season.

  225. Hughesus Christo says:

    What do I get when Melky is riding the bench all year in Atlanta?

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