Spring Training Game Thread: Under the lights


There’s nothing quite like baseball under the sun, but I’ve always had a soft spot for night games. The cool breeze, the lights, I dunno what it is, but I like it. The Yankees are playing one of their few night games of the preseason tonight, taking on the Rays’ B-team in Tampa. Javy Vazquez will be making his third televised start of the spring in as many outings. I guess he’s an attention whore.

Anyway, here’s the lineup…

Jeter, SS
Granderson, CF
Swisher, RF
Posada, C
Cano, 2B
Thames, DH
Winn, LF
Miranda, 1B
Pena, 3B

Scheduled Pitchers: Javy Vazquez, Chan Ho Park, and David Robertson. Dustin Moseley, Mark Melancon, Romulo Sanchez, and Boone Logan are also available.

Also scheduled to play: Reegie Corona, Colin Curtis, Greg Golson, Reid Gorecki, Eduardo Nunez, P.J. Pilittere, Austin Romine, Kevin Russo, and Jon Weber.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET. You can watch locally on YES, or out of market on MLB Network. Enjoy the game.

Photo Credit: Kathy Willens, AP


  1. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    No Michael Kay: Priceless.

  2. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    There appears to be a lot of room in here tonight.

  3. bexarama says:

    I love how the commercial for this said “A-Rod and the Yankees take on Evan Longoria and the Rays” and neither of those guys is playing.

  4. Good inning. I think Javy just won the fifth starter competition.

  5. WIlliam says:

    That was a fast inning.

  6. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Joe Madden is SO clever.

  7. WIlliam says:

    This is somewhat unrelated, but, my brother bought MLB TV package for 140 dollars, and while he payed for it, I get it for free. Life is rewarding in little ways sometimes.

  8. Riddering says:

    I got my new computer today. I think I’m in love. I have MLBtv open and I’m able to watch it at the highest quality without it freezing up or shutting down on me every five minutes.

    Sure, I have low expectations but I think they’re going to be raised with this baby.

  9. WIlliam says:

    Man, Granderson’s bat on the ball sounded really nice.

  10. Nice hair. I think that guy in the third row just won the craziest hair at the ballpark tonight competition.

  11. WIlliam says:

    They are talking about his homers making up for his avg, as if he didn’t have a 375 obp last year. Jesus people, a single is the same thing as a walk people, the only difference is a walk takes more pitches from the pitcher.

  12. WIlliam says:


  13. Nice hit. I think Swisher just won the right fielder competition.

    (Ok, I’ll stop now.)

  14. WIlliam says:

    OMG, Posada has a 421 avg in 7 games, he needs to slow down.


  15. Andy_C_23 says:

    What’s Sterling’s home run call for Granderson going to be?

  16. WIlliam says:

    OMG, cano should be put in the minor league system of the royals, immedeately. He struck out with risp.

  17. JobaWockeeZ says:

    These announcers are refreshingly pleasant. Who’s the guy that’s not Singleton?

  18. bexarama says:

    Clearly Cano can’t hit in the five-spot

  19. JobaWockeeZ says:

    CC? Wasn’t it AJ who hit Pena?

  20. Riddering says:

    I want to listen in to the conversation K-Long and Johnson were having.

  21. Teix is the Man says:


  22. bexarama says:

    I blame the announcers

  23. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Well it is Javy and it is the AL leader in homers…

  24. WIlliam says:

    VAazquez is sooooo unclutch. Giving up a homer to the AL home run king, unaccaptable.

  25. Drew says:

    3 full counts in a row. He’s getting his work in.

  26. bexarama says:

    What a silly thing to say. No one is more balanced than the Red Sox.

  27. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Rays better than Boston for defense? I don’t think so.

    • WIlliam says:

      It’s close, but Boston has the edge.

    • bexarama says:

      I can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic or not, but I think the Rays are actually projected to have better defense than the Red Sox.

    • Jose says:

      I have to disagree. Rays had a 69.5 UZR last year. Boston had a -16.3 UZR last year. No way the gap was closed by that much over the course of one off-season.

      • JGS says:

        I don’t know.

        Beltre >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Lowell
        Cameron >>>>>>>>>>>>> Ellsbury (CF)
        Ellsbury (LF) >>>>>>>>> Bay

        • Jose says:

          Don’t get me wrong, the defense will be improved, but in my opinion they still won’t have a better defense than the Rays. Projections seem to agree with that as well.

        • JobaWockeeZ says:

          This. Everyone on that team except for whoever is catching are plus defenders.

          I don’t know about the Rays and honestly I didn’t know they were that good.

          • bexarama says:

            1B defense doesn’t matter all that much, but I think Pena is actually quite good.

            In a small sample size because he plays pretty much everything, Zobrist is a great defender.

            Evan Longoria is an incredibly good defensive 3B. He is probably more or less Beltre’s equal there.

            Their OF is pretty awesome.

    • pete says:

      Crawford >>>>> Ells
      Upton > Cameron
      Drew >>> rays RF (unless it’s Jennings or Upton, both of which are totally possible)

      Longoria = Beltre
      Bartlett > Scutaro
      Zobrist > Pedroia (SSS, but so it would seem)
      Youkilis > Pena

      don’t watch either enough to really gauge their catcher’s D, but to me it seems like the Rays are clearly a better defensive team, and that gap only widens when they call up DJ

  28. Paul Canales says:

    That wasn’t a strike?? 38 pitches up the 2nd inning

  29. Steve H says:

    So I know, the Pujols for Howard, ehhh news, from earlier this week was absolutely never discussed as a potential trade. If, however, the Cardinals didn’t think they could sign him, and wanted to trade Pujols for a great 1B already locked up, what would you trade with Tex to get him, assuming a 10/$275 million extension for Pujols? Would you not do it at all to save some payroll flexibility? Would you do Tex/Joba/Romine. More? Less? I’m interested to see what people’s thoughts on this would be.

    • WIlliam says:

      That’s not even close to being worth it. With Teixera’s 6 more years, I think it has to be just Tex for Pujos, but only if the Cards know they can’t sign Pujos. Joba definetly shouldn’t be there.

  30. Drew says:

    I’m wondering if Winn has always been a slow starter. Is there a way to look at historical ST stats?

  31. bexarama says:

    Tino perpetually sounds like he has a headcold

  32. Paul Canales says:

    Pena is hitting pretty well.

  33. Paul Canales says:

    The captain comes through!

  34. Drew says:

    Upton was hotdoggin!!


    • bexarama says:

      I still remember the game where Derek tied Lou Gehrig’s hit total and Upton was chasing after a ball and then very abruptly he just stopped and threw his hands up in the air. Except it was way funnier than I’m describing. I still giggle about it.

  35. WIlliam says:

    DE-RECK JE-TER Duh Duh…Duh DUh

  36. Crawford worked that walk with his streetsiness.


  37. bexarama says:

    Jorge Posada is adorable when he’s furious with himself.

    /this sentence makes no sense’d

  38. Good call, but that was a really nice throw by Jorge. Can’t do it much better than that.

  39. Paul Canales says:

    It looked like he was out.

  40. WIlliam says:

    I wish they had shown the tag in Slo-Mo so we could actually see if the call was right or not. God knows they show close ups of many calls that are very obvious.

  41. bexarama says:

    fond memories (…) of Game 3 of the World Series

    • Riddering says:

      Are you referring to when Andy and Po both botched handling a bunt? I remember a few irrational people tearing Posada over every mistake or out because of Catcher Gate.

  42. Paul Canales says:

    Pena had that wtf face on

  43. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Lazy Puerto Ricans.

    /Dominican Lou’d

  44. Paul Canales says:

    Wow, that was a weird check swing

  45. Javy and Cano are getting out of jams with their clutchiscrappytude, ruining your ethnic stereotypes.

    /lolcats’d? kinda?

  46. Gary says:

    Lovin swishs sideburns

  47. WIlliam says:

    Why was Cano playing so far back last inning? He had to come in from a few feet into the OF.

  48. Nice walk. I think Posada just won the catcher competition.

    (Ok, I’m really done this time. Promise.)

    • ShuutoHeat says:

      It was supposed to be a back door sinker according to them, at that angle it sure is hard to tell if the ball really did move back in. IMHO, it looked like a ball..

      Ignore me if you weren’t referring to Cano’s strikeout.

  49. Paul Canales says:

    Inconsistent ump

  50. bexarama says:

    my mom is complaining excessively about the RISP “problem,” heeeelllppp

  51. Paul Canales says:

    Chan Ho Park has really let himself go.

    Oh wait.

  52. WIlliam says:

    Outstanding 2nd baseman? yes, for his offense. Quite a few gold gloves in his future? Not as long as Pedroia has something to say about it. Along with Zobrist, and many other 2nd basemen.

    • JGS says:

      but he makes great plays from time to time which make people forget about flubbing easier ones, and has a great bat. That is more important to winning gold gloves than you know, being the best defensive player at your position

      • WIlliam says:

        I know, i was refering to Tino’s comments about Cano after Cano’s one handed flip to Miranda. He said that Cano was a great 2nd baseman who had many GGs in the future.

        • JGS says:

          ah. not watching the game–Tino might be right though

          • WIlliam says:

            Good point, Jeter did it once a few years ago during a bad defensive season. Many people who win them aren’t great defenders. At least Cano is an average 2nd baseman. On a popular team with a flashy glove, I guess he could win. Then again, Pedroia has all that, plus he’s known as a better defender than Cano.

            • bexarama says:

              Jeter was not just a bad but a REALLY REALLY BAD defensive SS during every year he won a Gold Glove except 2009, according to UZR.

              I think one year according to UZR Cano was the best defensive 2B. Last year, he had a negative rating. Apparently TotalZone lists him as positive, though.

  53. BJ just cadillac’d right across the plate.

  54. pete says:

    gotta be honest, not that my opinion means much of anything, but i’m not really liking what i’m seeing from Sanchez – very herky-jerky delivery that doesn’t seem to bode well for his control (and he hasn’t proved that fear wrong yet). Good stuff, but a lonnnnng way to go from what i can see.

    • ShuutoHeat says:

      Not that my opinion means anything either, but he has way too much in his whole delivery. I think he needs to refine his delivery.

  55. WIlliam says:

    Is it just me, or is Tino’s voice really annoying.

  56. Reggie C. says:

    GO BIG EAST !!

    Marquette better not disappoint.

  57. Reggie C. says:

    Posada’s in mid-season form.

  58. Gary says:

    Watching Sanchez hurt my shoulder

  59. bexarama says:

    but where are his RH splits????

  60. Andy_C_23 says:

    Is Georgetown f’ing up anyone else’s bracket as bad as they’re f’ing up mine?

  61. LI Kevin says:

    Why doesn’t Posada or anybody else swing on 3 and 0 during the Spring?

  62. bexarama says:

    Did Tyler Kepner really say that BJ Upton was going to have a killer year and carry the Rays to the playoffs after one Spring Training triple? You know better than that, Kep.

  63. AndrewYF says:

    Robertson has a beee-yoo-tiful curveball.

  64. WIlliam says:

    Singleton is really marveling at peoples ST stats. He’s practically drooling over Posada and Cano when they’re at the plate. I must say Ken, I thought you knew better than that.

  65. WIlliam says:

    Completely off topic, but…idk if we all have the same commercials on MLBTV, but there was a really weird commerical where a mother used her phone to track her teen daughter in the mall. Sounds a little creepy to me. I mean, she has a phone.

  66. WIlliam says:

    Hey Mondesi, do you think Granderson will be able to recover and steal his job back from WInn? WInn has been on base 2 times today to Granderson’s 0.

  67. LI Kevin says:

    Right. People worry about the wrong things.

  68. WIlliam says:

    Colin Curtis has been awesome this ST. I mean, wasn’t he supposed to have very low power, or was that only true of Jackson?

  69. bexarama says:

    Javy has such a nice smile.

    • Hangoverologist says:

      Jazzy also almost doesn’t have the accent that hinders most Spanish pitchers. I’m picking a up a Javy jersey because I think he’s awesome.

  70. The season hasn’t even started yet and Flaherty is already getting on my nerves.

    BTW-Tino is just awful.

  71. Ivan says:


  72. Who the Frock was that?

  73. bexarama says:

    what the hell are they talking about here, my head hurts

    • bexarama says:

      They just showed a commercial for the Daily News’ “Modern True Yankee Heroes” or whatever and Andy Pettitte was on the cover for this Sunday’s version. Then, they showed someone playing Bejeweled. My true loves!!!

  74. Orlando says:

    I can’t take Flaherty anymore!!!!!

  75. I have a great idea for the Yankee broadcast booth. have Singleton, Kay, Tino and Flaherty all in the booth, but only turn on Kenny’s microphone.

  76. Tino has the personality of a 2×4.

  77. bexarama says:

    I can’t believe there’s A NEW VERSION of the 2009 Yankeeography.

  78. Cecala says:

    Park is not as intimidating without his beard.

  79. Paul Canales says:

    I saw that entire 15 inning game. I almost didn’t

    • bexarama says:

      When Derek struck out with the winning run on third and two outs in I think it was the bottom of the ninth, maybe the tenth, I like had a hernia and turned it off. I turned it on again, fearfully, like half an hour later, and it was STILL GOING ON

      Alex crying after the Yankees won the WS absolutely killed me.

  80. John Staten Island says:

    Just start the season already….I cant wait to see Aceves win the 5th starter spot

  81. Paul Canales says:

    Hahaha, I don’t think they empathized the game where we stole like 6 bases off Varitek in the first verison.

  82. Holy shit, how much did Game One of the WS suck? Fucking Cliff Lee.

  83. bexarama says:


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