Spring Training Game Thread: What do you mean, split squad?


Ah the joys of Spring Training. We’ve got our first split squad game of the preseason today, as half the team will be in Bradenton playing the Pirates this afternoon while the other half will be home in Tampa to take on the Phillies. We’re getting the home game of course, and for the first time since 2004, Javy Vazquez will be pitching in a Yankee uniform.

Vazquez is last starter to throw in some form of game action following Andy Pettitte‘s simulated game yesterday. I’m sure he’ll be held to the same 35 pitch limit the other starters were held to their first time out, and chances are he won’t be throwing much more than his fastball and a handful of breaking balls.  Thankfully, he won’t be matched up against Roy Halladay.

Here’s the starting lineup…

Gardner, CF
Johnson, DH
Teixeira, 1B
Posada, C
Cano, 2B
Swisher, RF
Thames, LF
Russo, 3B
Pena, SS

Scheduled Pitchers: Javy Vazquez, Mark Melancon, Royce Ring, David Robertson

Jesus Montero is scheduled to take over behind the dish once Posada gets a few at-bats. First pitch is set for 1:05pm, and you can watch on either YES or MLB Network. Enjoy the game.

Photo Credit: Kathy Willens, AP


  1. bexarama says:

    That’s a really unflattering picture of Kyle Kendrick there on YES.

  2. pat says:

    Is this streamed anywhere?


    I wonder if his dad will be watching in the stands.

  4. Alex S says:

    send him back to teh braves

  5. Um… That was hysterical. All the people who hate Javy just JIMP’d. I felt a disturbance in The Force.

  6. Kyle Kendrick must still be distraught that his sister lost out to Monique last night.

  7. Hughesus Christo says:


  8. andrew says:

    I’m assuming Javy gave up a HR, but can I get a recap of the inning from anyone? Thanks

  9. bexarama says:

    But I thought Nick Johnson was injured forever!!!

  10. Hughesus Christo says:

    Kyle Kendrick came wayyyyyy too close to hitting The Stick. We can’t have that. Now return Nick to his protective bubble.

  11. Stryker says:

    hahahahaha fucking javy.

  12. Big Juan says:

    Kendrick’s got a pretty nice changeup. Nice fade down and away to lefties.

  13. bexarama says:

    Hey, in the Pirates game, A-Rod just hit a two-run single with the bases loaded. SO NOT CLUTCH!!!

  14. Jake H says:

    I’m loving watching baseball again.

  15. bexarama says:

    No one wants to relive this, Michael.

  16. Jake H says:

    Jorge is too jacked up for this game

  17. Jake H says:

    Is Jayson Werth the same guy that does those Geico commercials?

  18. Big Juan says:

    Holy crap that beard is out of control.

  19. Mike Axisa says:

    Did Kay really just say that if you’re a team’s #4 starter, you’ll be matched up with the other team’s #4 starter all year? He can’t be that stupid.

  20. Hughesus Christo says:

    We’re talking about 2004 Vazquez’s struggles compared to his excellent first half… when he had numbers similar to those put up by Joba “To The Eitgh” Chamberlain last season.


    Jazzy Vazquez: 1
    Ted Kaczynski: 0

  22. Chip says:

    You know what’s sad, that lineup without Jeter, Granderson and A-Rod is still REALLY good.

  23. Alex S says:


  24. Werth-Francisco might be the ugliest back to back in baseball at the moment.

  25. fresh says:

    i find it crazy that people speak about javy as if his name is joe blanton. Hes more then just a 5 era innings eater. His expectations are so low that he almost has to exceed them.

    • Mike HC says:

      I think his expectations are higher than many think. He is expected to pitch on the same level as AJ and Pettitte and that is no easy task. That is still lower than what the expectations should be. He should be expected to pitch better than both of them. If he performs like Joe Blanton, fans will call for his head, and Cashman’s for having the audacity to trade for him a second time.

      • fresh says:

        yeah agreed i think hell clearly be our 3rd best starting pitcher and thats because im expecting improvement from aj and andy missing some time on the dl. i thin javy can settle in nicely into the 3.8-4.1 era range. which is great for a “4″ starter.

      • andrew says:

        I think his expectations are higher than many think

        Is that even possible?

  26. Mike Axisa says:

    Impressive outing by Javy. He had all four pitches going. That’s cheating on March 8th.

  27. Mike HC says:

    Is there any pitcher in the ML’s who has a larger gap between their ceiling and bottom even if healthy all year, than Javy? Or at least the perception of their ceiling/bottom, not including any health factors? I can’t think of one.

  28. Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

    Javy Vasquez, K Machine

  29. bexarama says:

    amount of attention that will be paid to Javy’s Ks of Utley, Werth, Ibanez: very little
    amount of attention that will be paid to Javy’s leadoff HR: wayyyyy too much

    (Yes, I realize neither of them means much of anything.)

  30. Tom Zig says:

    How many pitches has Javy thrown?

  31. Mike Axisa says:

    Marcus Thames just struck out against Kyle Kendrick. They should cut him just for that.

  32. I want to call Marcus “Thames N Hood Chek”, but I fear I may be the only one who appreciates the Smif-N-Wessun reference.

  33. Jake H says:

    Albie isn’t helping his cause at all.

  34. fresh says:

    i feel like im seeing way too much albaladejo in spring i kno he has to get work but jeez it feels like hes in every televised game. i really hope joe isnt planning on stuffing him into the bullpen somehow.

  35. Tom Zig says:

    Good grief Johnny Albalapendejo

  36. Carlos Ruiz >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Jorge Posada

    mentally unstable Phillies fans

  37. Hughesus Christo says:

    And with Vazquez leaving the game, we now go on JesusWatch™.

  38. The Evil Empire says:

    Guys, how would you grade this team. My first fantasy draft ever, 1st pick:

    C: Miguel Olivio
    1B: Albert Pujols
    2B: Placido Polanco
    3B: Chipper Jones
    OF: ichiro
    OF: Nick Markakis
    OF: Manny Ramirez
    SP: Zach Greinke, Joahan Santana, Brandon Webb, AJ Burnett, Ben Sheets, Johnathan Sanchez
    RP: Mariano Rivera, Michael Wuertz

    Bench: Magglio Ornodez

    & I’m still picking

  39. JSquared says:

    Can’t Fool Mark Teixeira.

  40. Mike Axisa says:

    Nick Swisher’s arm has gotten demonstrably better over the last 12 months.

  41. theyankeewarrior says:

    It’s clear that the laid-back Spring Training atmosphere is conducive to Cano’s approach to the game. That’s why he hits .700 every March. What a lazy player.

  42. JohnC says:

    Brace yourselves. Albie is in the game!

  43. bexarama says:

    over on the Pirates game, Aceves: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K

  44. This Timothy Oliphant “Justified” series looks like a really interesting and well done show that I’m never ever going to watch.

  45. Does Yogi really have to wear the uniform and hat and jacket and everything? He looks weird.

    When you reach a certain age, I think you should be allowed to wear whatever the hell you want. Especially when you’re just an advisor and not an official coach of any sort.

  46. fresh says:

    slick ramiro real slick

  47. T-Dubs says:

    This is disorienting at work. Where’s my game chat Axisa?

  48. JSquared says:

    Anyone have Vazquez’s Official Line for the game?

  49. fresh says:

    is it me or does anyone else see werth definately being a sawk next year. vic expiring ortiz leaving drew to dh in the last year of his deal.

  50. Anyone else feel like Thames could have caught that ball pretty easily, or am I crazy?

  51. Jake H says:

    Why wasn’t Marcus charging that ball?

  52. T-Dubs says:

    Javy win more games than AJ this year?

  53. JohnC says:

    If Billy Martin was around. he’d have pulled him right out of the game. Aske Reggie.

  54. Big Juan says:

    Who acts as the second manager when they go split squad?

  55. Contreras and Vazquez in the same game?!?!?!

    Who’s next, Esteban Loaiza?

  56. Jose says:

    Aceves perfect through 4!!! Why hasn’t Michael Kay mentioned it?!?!

  57. Tom Zig says:

    Yeah Swishhhaaa

  58. Flaherty (regarding Jorge Posada being an older catcher: “I will admit, though, when I turned 35 years old, it really took a lot out of me.”

    John Flaherty:
    1998 age 30 – .207/.261/.273 (39+)
    1999 age 31 – .278/.310/.415 (83+)
    2000 age 32 – .261/.296/.376 (70+)
    2001 age 33 – .238/.269/.363 (67+)
    2002 age 34 – .260/.296/.374 (79+)
    2003 age 35 – .267/.297/.457 (97+)
    2004 age 36 – .252/.286/.465 (93+)


  59. Meatgrinder #1: Jeter-Johnson-Tex-ARod

    Tommie: aroused.

    Meatgrinder #2: Cano-Posada-Granderson-Swisher

    Tommie: very aroused.

  60. Kay: Would the Yankees ever take a complete jerk if he was a great player?
    Girardi: I don’t think anyone really is a “complete jerk”. I don’t think anyone is really like that.

    I heart you, Joe Girardi.

  61. Drew says:

    Russo seems like he’d be a heck of a 9 hitter.

  62. Mike Axisa says:

    NJ looked way to happy taking that walk.

  63. ultimate913 says:

    Mike, you’re here. Why not a chat? Is it because 2 in one week is too much and us RABers would become spoiled and ask for more?

  64. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Did Michael Kay do his terrible, “That’s Amuary” joke again?

  65. bexarama says:

    Ruh-roh, Cano with RISP! Overreaction time!!!!

  66. Drew says:

    Woohoo Robbie!

  67. A.D. says:

    No reason to get cute on the bases in a spring training game for Posada.

  68. Tom Zig says:

    a hit with RISP? ZOMG

  69. Robbie knocks ‘em in. Struggles with RiSP have now been completely absolved. This is a WS preview, after all.

  70. Drew says:

    What Michael? It rolled on the warning track and went over the wall?

  71. bexarama says:

    That little “victory!” arm thing by Posada was adorable.

  72. fresh says:

    id say the new approach at the plate is working well so far… if mo is god and montero is jesus than kevin long has to be moses.

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals says:

      no way. cause we still can’t figure out what days are jewish holidays, causing schedules to get rewritten annually.

      if only there was a way to know when they were, you know, ahead of time…

  73. JSquared says:

    I had to go out for a half hour, ofcourse thats when the Yankees bats come alive… can anybody illustrate what happened?

  74. Mike Axisa says:

    Holy crap. Chris Garcia is actually on the mound and pitching.

  75. You could hang a coat on that pitch.

  76. fresh says:

    wow chris garcia reminds me alot of pavano.. in SO many ways.

  77. Pena really is a graceful fielder. It would really be something if he could hit the ball.

  78. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    Who is #94? Kay says it’s Nunez and that’s his number, but he doesn’t look one bit like Nunez. Plus, apparently Nunez is playing in the Pirates game:

  79. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Meanwhile, In Bradenton…Kyle Higashioka pics up his first spring training hit…a double.

    TEH DEPTH!!!12111

    • bexarama says:

      I know nothing is more legendary than the Red Sox’s pitching depth but I dare say the Yankees get almost sort of kind of close with their hitting depth. Sorry, baseball gods, do not smite me for such a crazy thing.

  80. Mike Axisa says:

    Domonic Brown in RF for the Phils. One of the 15-20 best prospects in the game.

  81. Granderslam says:

    Anyone know the score of the game in Bradentown?

  82. Kay: “Sublett strikes out looking…”

    Um, #97 is Laird. Sublett isn’t in the big league camp, Michael.

  83. fresh says:

    again with the nunez! that guy is caucasion! jeez kay cant you see

  84. bexarama says:

    They already updated the Yankeeography of 2009? ???

  85. Manimal says:

    So confused… Kay keeps saying Nunez but’s boxscore says Nunez is playing against the Pirates…

  86. Mike Axisa says:

    There’s our number nine prospect baby!


  87. A.D. says:

    Sooo this Garcia kid could be pretty good

  88. JohnC says:

    That WAS Sublett.

  89. This Luis Nuñez/Eduardo Nuñez and Brandon Laird/Damon Sublett number confusion further brings us back to the great “we’re running out of numbers” debate.

    I still think the best option is to allow retired numbers to be issued for all spring training games. Let the kids have some of those retired/unissued numbers during March where the games don’t count, and you’ll never have to give out two #94s and two #97s.

  90. fresh says:

    montero looks fine too me in his movements and such. atleast from what ive seen so far. granted i havnt seem him throw trying to catch a runner but supposidly thats not one of his weaknesses. aside from the sss my eyes arent lost are they? he looks passable to me.

  91. YankeesJunkie says:

    No kidding did Montero just strike out in three pitches that bastard.

    • bexarama says:

      It was at least four, he fouled one off. Still. BUST. DFA. Can we trade him to get Melky back?!?!?!?

      • YankeesJunkie says:

        I wish, but I want Crosby back instead. Remember when he hit that walk-off versus the Orioles. What a game and what a player unlike Montero.

  92. Mike Axisa says:

    It’s Jose Gil, you moron.

  93. Mike Axisa says:

    Wait, is Jack Curry replacing Kim Jones?

  94. Ooooh, CurryChat™.

    (listens intently for teh smartness)

  95. Can Jack Curry just do, like, every on-screen job on game-day broadcasts?


  96. Meat Loaf says:

    Jack Curry is awful.

    Yeah, I said it.

  97. bexarama says:

    I like how Werth, Howard, Polanco, etc. are still in the game. Charlie Manuel is clearly cheating in this, the World Series Rematch For The Ages (c) ™.

  98. Is it just me or does Gorecki look fairly awkward in CF? Every motion just seems unnatural.

  99. Drew says:

    Hmm, me thinks Jesus leads off next inning.

  100. Meat Loaf says:

    Who feels like fixing the Yankees’ wikipedia article?

    “Frank Messer, Phil Rizzuto and Bill White teamed together in the 1970s and 80s. Rizzuto spent nearly 40 years in the broadcast booth, and White later became president of the National League. Bobby Murcer called games with Rizzuto and White until shortly before his death from brain cancer”

    Yeah, Murcer called games with the dead body of Phil Rizzuto. Beisdes the fact that both Rizzuto and White retired a long time ago, does anyone even check dates anyore?

  101. Mike Axisa says:

    Hah, a Jimmy Paredes sighting.

  102. A.D. says:

    Russo gritted the ball out of his glove.

  103. Kid Cudi Jimmy Paredes reaches on an error. Nice.

  104. A.D. says:

    How’d Gorecki get a number in the 60s

  105. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Ivan Nova was the worst pitcher for the Yankees in Bradenton. He gave up a single.

    One hit shutout against a slpit squad Pirates team. I’ll take it,

  106. theyankeewarrior says:

    Can I get a warning when Montero is about to hit?

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

      True story: I had my buddy’s kid pester Jose Gil in Spanish, asking him to give him a baseball. Gil was laughing the entire time, he finally gave him one.

  107. fresh says:

    tie the game phillies!… i wanna see some jesus.

  108. bexarama says:

    stop it with your dumb “Let’s go Phillies” chants, people at this game.

  109. Mike HC says:

    Can I get a Jesus Montero update? How did he look in his at bat/at bats and behind the plate

  110. Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

    Where the hell is Mo? If Girardi blows this game with these clowns I hope he’s fired

  111. Oh, Segovia’s gone already. Let’s see, who do we want…

    Ryan Pope? Dustin Moseley? D.J. Mitchell?

  112. A.D. says:

    They’re not going to hold a guy down that can play out of spite

    Carl Everett disagrees.

  113. YES!!!!!! SWEET REDEMPTION!!!!


  114. Dela G says:

    good to see jose contreras sucking as usual

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