Apr
03

Spring Training Game Thread: The Future

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I suspect we'll get to see Mr. Venditte today. (Photo Credit: Charlie Riedel, AP)

I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been waiting for this day all spring. The Yankees will play a friendly exhibition against their top prospects this afternoon, so we’ll get to see Jesus Montero attempt to go shot-for-shot with Alex Rodriguez, Slade Heathcott roam the same swath of grass as Curtis Granderson, and David Adams try to out-line drive Robbie Cano. The only guy who won’t be there is CC Sabathia, as tomorrow’s starter went up to Boston ahead of everyone else.

The nine players in the Yanks’ lineup will combine to make roughly $112,275,000  in 2010. The Future Stars’ lineup cost a total of $8.5M or so in signing bonuses, with Heathcott accounting for roughly one-fourth of that. I expect it to be a blood bath. Here’s the lineups…

Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS
Jorge Posada, C
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Swisher, DH
Granderson, CF
Winn, RF
Gardner, LF

Javy Vazquez, SP

Future Stars
Slade Heathcott, CF
Corban Joseph, 3B
Jesus Montero, C
David Adams, 2B
J.R. Murphy, DH
Colin Curtis, LF
Bradley Suttle, 1B
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Melky Mesa, RF

Jon Albaladejo, SP

Chad Jennings has the rest of the pitchers and position players that are available. There’s a whole lot of ‘em.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET, and yes, the game will be broadcast on YES. After today, the games count.

  • http://www.facebook.com/adorador Ray Fuego

    Where can we see it?

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

      YES.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I don’t quite know why, but that turning head shot of Hughes was hilarious.

    • bexarama

      all those shots are hilarious. they’re so ~dramatic~

  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

    Is it wrong to hope that Javy gets rocked today?

    • bexarama

      why, so people panic?

      • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

        No, I want to see teh Jesus, Slade, and J.R. hit bombs.

        • bexarama

          ah.

          I wanna see Jesus hit a bomb, just not off Javy. Deal?

          • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

            Deal. Jesus can go nuts once Javy is out of the game.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Haha, I was just thinking…

        “OMG! HE can’t even get Heathcott and Joseph out! HOW IS HE GOING TO PITCH IN THE AL EAST?!?!’

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

    Albaladingo with the start!? Aysh

    Can’t wait to see Slade, JR, CoJo and of course, new Melky!

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Corban JosephMultipass will have a big year this year……I just wanted to say multipass.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Holy SHIT Heathcott is fast.

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

    Don’t worry YES, we don’t need to see the hit.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    GIVE ME UPDATES!!!! PLEASE!!!

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      IF single by Slade, Joseph just went down looking.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Thanks, Matt. You’ve moved a notch in my book. You’re now at notch one.

        /Huggy Bear as done by Snoop Dogg’d

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Double to right center, Heathcott to third.

  • Beamish

    TV Baseball production SUCKS! Heathcott was swinging at the first pitch and we missed it because they were too busy playing with their graphics and squeezing in one more sponsorship.

  • bexarama

    Jesus just made an adorable face

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Tino Martinez cannot form a coherent sentence.

    • http://www.facebook.com/adorador Ray Fuego

      He can’t even finish a sentence

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

    Those helmets are so funky looking.

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

    The Jesus!

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

      ASD: Ringing double to the gap.

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

        Right-center.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Awesome…

  • Beamish

    And a booming double for Montero…

  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

    JESUS that kid can hit

  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

    Eh, I’ll settle for a double from Jesus.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Montero with the speed.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      They told him that there was some arroz con pollo at 2nd.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        More like pabellon.

        (National Dish of Venezuela)

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          I didn’t know any Venezuelan dishes.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            http://www.google.com/

            /knocked back down a notch’d

            • Andy in Sunny Daytona

              Well played, Imbrogno.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I’m not sure why, but I really like David Adams.

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

      …and..he pops up. 2 out.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Over/Under: 5.5 of these players ever actually seeing time with the Yanks.

    • Nigel Bangs

      Ever? Including pitchers? I’ll take that over.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I was thinking just position players.

        • Nigel Bangs

          Ok, then no possible way.

    • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

      I’ll go with the under.

    • Mikebk

      over if we mean ever. this year under.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I’ll take the way under.

  • Nigel Bangs

    Gotta root for the kids in this game. The major leaguers have all season to dazzle me.

  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

    I think I’m more excited about seeing Murphy this season than any other player not named Montero, Romine, or Banuelos.

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

    Scouting Report: Looking for a good outing.

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

    Ouch! Catcher’s interference on the Jesus!

  • bexarama

    Jesus, I am disappoint

    • bexarama

      or more appropriately: OMG he’s such a bad catcher!!!! /MSM’d

      • Nigel Bangs

        I don’t think he’ll stick at catcher, but my, what a special bat.

        /John Hart’d

        • bexarama

          well-played, sir

  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

    Catcher’s interference. E-2 for Montero, Posada reaches.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Who would have guessed that Jesus would rise to the occasion on Easter weekend?

    /Obvious’d

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    My heart stopped for a second. I thought Montero was clutching his hand, not just being annoyed that his glove was lost.

    • bexarama

      I thought the same thing

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

    Jorge taking out the competition.

  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

    Albaladejo wearing 33 on the mound leading to flashbacks of Swisher pitching in Tampa Bay.

    • Nigel Bangs

      Except that Swish was reasonably effective in that outing, of course.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Hiyo!

  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

    Yo, Tex. Don’t kill Phil.

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

    Albie is sulking around up there like Charlie Brown.

  • UWS

    A-Rod is so unclutch.

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

    Chant:

    Alba-la-DAY-O!

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

      /Bad-pun’d

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    update?

    • bexarama

      Albie loaded the bases with nobody out on a Jeter single, Posada reaching on a catcher’s interference, and Tex walk.

      A-Rod K’d, Cano just hit a two-run double. Second and third, one out. Swisher up.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        You’re awesome. Unlike that Imbrogno character.

      • bexarama

        big sac fly by Swisher, 3-0 real Yankees

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Two run double to LCF by Cano.

    • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

      2-0 Real Yankees. 2-run double for Robbie.

  • Poopy Pants

    Albie thrown to the wolves.

  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

    What a lazy two-run double for Cano.

  • Nigel Bangs

    Can’t spell Robinson without RBI…and several other letters. Nice hit!

  • Hangoverologist

    Cano with RISP! Holy shit!

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

    Like a boss.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    You’d think Albaladejo would be used to this by now.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Damn! Nice range, Slade!

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      Riddering: very aroused.

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

      I am bullish on the future of centerfield in YS.

  • bexarama

    maybe Albaladejo should gain that weight back

  • UWS

    Slade with da wheelz.

    Poor Alby. Although that was nothing if not unexpected.

    • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

      In Alby’s defense, he wouldn’t normally have to face this lineup.

      In fact, is there a middle reliever in all of baseball who is successful against this lineup?

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

    Ooh, that kid sitting behind home plate, to the left, dark shirt, next to the dude with the loud shirt, has an…unfortunate hairstyle.

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

      To the left, as we see it. Nice flip-thing.

      • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

        That’s my little brother, dick

        • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

          Then you’re a worse dick for not buying your brother a better haircut! ;-)

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew
      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

        I ROFLCOPTERed.

    • Beamish

      It is distractingly awful…

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Can’t hit LHP.

  • bexarama

    I really loved that “Shipping Up to Boston” song. The Red Sox ruined it.

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

      Goodbye, girls, we’re going to Boston…
      Ear-ly in the morning!

      /old, old song’d

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      I have to admit that I like Buchholz a little more because of that ESPN commercial. He was pretty funny when he kept singing.

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

        That’s his scheme. He sucks you in, then steals your high end electronics.

        • bexarama

          ietc

      • Beamish

        I liked Swisher even more…

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Swisher was obviously great.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Did everyone know that Buck Showalter designed Steinbrenner Field?

    • Nigel Bangs

      Perhaps I’m alone here, but I had no idea! That’s a fun little fact right there.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Well he took some credit for it the other day on the ESPN telecast.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      The Diamondbacks’ stadium too. That strip from the pitcher’s mound to home plate was all his idea.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        I think he picked out the color scheme for the Diamonbacks too. Seriously.

        • bexarama

          He should be *punished* for that sh-t

    • Beamish

      And yet Joe Torre and Bob Brenly got the rings for it. Odd…

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    The HP ump is really widening that outside corner when RHB are up.

  • bexarama

    for those who wanted an update: 1-2-3 inning for Javy, I think it was Curtis, Nunez, and the new Melky

    • TJ

      Curtis, Suttle*, Nunez

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Curtis, Suttle, and Nunez. Melky Mesa will lead off the next inning.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Axisa, be honest, you celebrated a little when Nunez made an out, didn’t you?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        No, but I smiled when he swung at the pitch in the dirt.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Ooh Nova time.

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      Which ended pretty damn quickly…

      • bexarama

        was that a three-pitch inning? HOW ARE WE GONNA HIT BECKETT?!?!?!?!

  • Nigel Bangs

    Nova’s fastball looks deceptively fast.

  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

    Side note: I’m going to Trenton’s home opener next Thursday. Any idea who will be starting? Bleich?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Chris Garcia, unless he gets hurt between now and then.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        This is his year. BOOK IT , Michael.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Which is not unlikely.

        /beating a dead horse’d

      • Nigel Bangs

        ietc

  • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

    I love me some Nova.

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

    Melquisedec!

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      He’s just not the same, Drew. He’s….just….not….the….same. :(

  • bexarama

    Javy just wanted to give us all another chance to see Jesus

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Let’s go Jesus!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Javy fooled Jesus on that one.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      He’s going to hell for that. :(

  • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

    I have no idea why but stiff neck is even more amusing to me than sore groin when it comes descriptions of injuries.

    • bexarama

      I still remember “Kaz Matsui – anus”

      Ouch.

      • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

        Jeez, my comment was just about incomprehensible. I WritE GoOd!

      • UWS

        Don’t forget Adrian Beltre and his ruptured testicle.

        Eek.

        • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

          That wasn’t funny at all. Even though I don’t have balls I shivered whenever it was brought up.

          • Andy in Sunny Daytona

            And he still refuses to wear a cup.

            • bexarama

              I don’t have balls but I’ve heard cups are massively uncomfortable while playing baseball, especially 3B. Without getting into too much detail can anyone confirm if this is true?

              • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

                Better to have uncomfortable balls than no balls at all!

        • bexarama

          I love how Ken Griffey Jr. made the intercom guys put on the music from the Nutcracker Suite when Beltre got back

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Score update? Anyone?

    • UWS

      5-0, Swisher just drove in a run with a SF.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Gracias.

  • dkidd

    slade heathcott: not the most accurate thrower

    /jumping to conclusion’d

  • Chris0313

    JR Murphy looks reaaaally good at the plate.

  • Hangoverologist

    Anybody else notice Romine is wearing 18?

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Should have gave him #21.

      • Hangoverologist

        I thought that was for Jesus.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          He gets #6.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Brett Gardner cannot keep his throws airborne for more than twenty feet. It’s amusing.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      I still remember his first throw when he joined the Yankees, he buried it into the ground about 20 feet away, it rolled the rest of the way to Jeter.

      • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

        Jeter: You’re killing me, Smalls!

  • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

    Heathcott, you can run fast but you can’t run from your character issues forever.

    /Baseball Prospectus 2010’d

  • UWS

    Score update for anyone who cares:

    5-2 after 3.5 innings.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      How did the Farmboys score?

      • bexarama

        a bunch of hits, I forget who hit what

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          You have shamed this dojo, Bexy. Please turn in your kimono.

          • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

            ASD:

            • Adams – single
            • Murphy – single
            • Colin Curtis – ground to 1st, runners advance
            • Suttle- infield hit, Adams scores
            • Nuñez – single, Murphy
            • Melky Mesa – flied out
            • Heathcott – grounded out

  • Chris0313

    Slade Heatchott right now >>>>>>>> Brett Gardner will ever be.

    • UWS

      …you were saying?

      • Chris0313

        He hit a hanging changeup past a drawn in infield. Keep it in your pants. Gardner won’t break .250/.320 this year. I can’t wait for the days he’s a pinch runner and we have a real CF.

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

          Uh, CG?

          • Chris0313

            Oops. I meant Outfielder not specifically CF. I just always associate CF with Gardner.

            I would much rather see Slade this year than Gardner in LF. Same production, more excitement.

            • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

              This is a joke, right? Gardner’s a solid 3-4 years ahead of Heathcott. He’s not gonna be a superstar this year or probably any other, but Heathcott’d be lucky to break .200/.200/.200 this year.

              • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

                *in the majors

        • bexarama

          our CF is Granderson.

  • Chris0313

    We have a lot of kids who look very good. CoJo, Jr Murphy, Slade, David Adams all look fantastic.

    • Angelo

      I agree

      /Bias’d

  • bexarama

    sac fly by Romine, 6-2 Real Yankees (I want to call them ~True Yankees~)

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      If they are not part of the “Core Four” then they are not “True” Yankees.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      (I want to call them ~True Yankees~)

      You can’t, A-Rod is playing for them. Only Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon are true Yankees© outside of the “core Four”

      • bexarama

        /dalelama’d

        and Melky Cabrera

      • Spaceman.Spiff

        It’s True Yankees™. You have shamed us all.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          I’m simply not a True Commenter™

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      When I was down at the minor league complex, this guy asked me who was playing . When I said “Charleston and Tampa”, he turned to his kid and said, “Nevermind, it’s the scrubs.” I wanted to smash his face.

      • Spaceman.Spiff

        In front of his kid?

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Yep.

      • bexarama

        aaargh fail

        though… I guess you can explain it away by saying he was talking to his kids? He shouldn’t have said “scrubs” though

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          His son just wanted to watch baseball. They ended up leaving. The kid could have gotten a ton of foul balls.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            When I was a kid we went to only minor league games due to $$$. I saw Bernie/Brien Taylor/Ice/Bam-Bam, Moises Alou, and many other future MLB’ers. And that bastard Sam Horn.

            Minor league games, for kids, are the shizz. Foul balls and autographs galore, good seats, etc.

            • Andy in Sunny Daytona

              There is nobody at the minor league camp. He could have gotten just about all of them. Two home run balls too.

  • pollo

    fisted to leftfield.

  • Chris0313

    I’m going to enjoy watching Jesus in Scranton this year.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Woot woot Jesus!

  • pat

    The Jesus is strong like bull.

    • UWS

      Like a bull in a china shop?

      • pat

        Teh Jesus in teh 8th = Head explodes.

  • UWS

    At some point in the big leagues I want to see Jesus throw out a basestealer in the 9th inning who’s a potential tying run, just so the back pages the next day have “Jesus Saves” as the headline.

    …I may have given this too much thought.

  • bexarama

    Colin Curtis, ground rule double. 6-3. Melancon got a DP ball with one out but they botched the play.

    • bexarama

      now it’s 6-5 I think

  • VO

    WE CAN’T EVEN BEAT PROSPECTS!

    /rant

  • UWS

    Oh noes, Yankees can’t even beat a bunch of minor leaguers, they’re DOOOOOOOOMED!!!

    • bexarama

      I haven’t decided whether we’re going to go 2-160 or 3-159 this year

      • UWS

        1-161. I think they can take 1 game from the Mets.

        • VO

          Are you joking 1 from the Mets? They have Jason Bay, we are done for.

          • Jack
          • bexarama

            Jason Bay absolutely murdered the Yankees during the early season 0-8 thing, it was incredibly annoying

            .394/.475/.686/1.161 was his final line against us (in 59 PA so… not very significant)

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Come on! They will win at least 10.

  • camilo Gerardo

    Welcome Back Mr. Suttle

  • bexarama

    why in the balls is Drew batting seventh for the Red Sox? (I know it’s their projected lineup)

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      He should be leading off. Seriously.

      • bexarama

        Yup. Or second.

        And now we have to hear “Look, JD Drew is batting seventh!!! The Red Sox have people that could bat cleanup on any other team batting seventh!” No, it’s just a poor choice by whoever does the lineup, guys, that they’d rather give the corpse of Ortiz more at-bats than an actual good hitter

        • bexarama

          for the record, Pedroia would be my leadoff guy for the Sox, not Ellsbury

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Pedroia
            Drew
            Martinez
            Youkilis
            Cameron
            Ortiz
            Beltre
            Scutaro
            Ellsbury

            • Ghost of Scott Brosius

              I’d actually bat Beltre higher, maybe flip-flopped with Cameron. I think his home-road splits indicate he’s in for a huge year at Fenway, and Cameron, despite solid power, is definitely a worse hitter than Beltre IMO.

              • bexarama

                this. though I don’t think Beltre will have a “huge” year, he will certainly improve

              • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

                Cameron hasn’t had an OPS+ of less than 104 since 1998. Beltre has had 6 seasons under 104. Cameron>>>Beltre, and much more consistent.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        This.

        I could see 2nd if Ellsbury was leading off and getting on base at least 37% of the time.

      • bexarama

        also a score update for you! 7-5 Real Yankees. Thames hit a bomb.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Obviously the pressure of making the team is off.(?)

  • johnny

    You have to wonder if drews inability to be in the lineup on a regular basis has something to do with it. I think that if Cano was on a lesser team that he would be batting cleanup…

    • WIlliam

      I do not see the connection between those two comments.

      • bexarama

        I think it was a response to my comment above

    • bexarama

      that might have something to do with it, but I mean, we’re batting Johnson second. When Drew actually is healthy, I’d think you want to take advantage of that.

      Agreed about Cano, possibly Posada as well. Granderson/Swisher would hit cleanup on some really crappy teams.

  • Greg G.

    OK, RABers, got a question. I live outside Philly, and just got FiOS cable that includes YES HD in the channel lineup. Today’s game is not on right now…I’m getting a Yankeeography of Billy Martin.

    Is this just because it’s spring training, or is this going to happen during the regular season as well?

    Cause if it’s the latter, I’m gonna be pissed.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      It’s the latter, holmes. You’re not in the Yankee market.

      • Greg G.

        Do I get none of the games? Or a subset of ‘em?

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          None, unfortunately. But you do get pre-game and post-game shows. So you get all the Michael Kay, but none of the games. What else would you want though?

          • Greg G.

            Oh, whew, I feel a LOT better now. :-)

          • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

            ::shudders at the thought::

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      I’d guess it’s going to happen in the regular season as well. I have FIOS in Mass with the Yes network, but no games. Pretty sure territorial rights prevent it.

      Probably have to buy Extra Innings or MLB.TV

    • Greg G.

      Thanks, guys. Of course, now I’m depressed.

  • bexarama

    “Oh, it’s the lefty-righty!” -my mom

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

    I was pleasantly surprised by Nova. For whatever reason, I thought he had much worse control than that.

    • pat

      If anything, his control is a little too good. He throws everything for strikes and as a result gives up too many hits. It’s a good problem to have. I’d rather have to teach a guy how to expand the zone as opposed to find it.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

        exactly. SWB’s gonna have a nice rotation this year, even without Joba, Mitre, or Aceves

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          especially without Mitre.

  • VO

    “That’s four there”

    Good job! You can count!

  • bexarama

    Real Yankees (who aren’t really anything like the Real Yankees at this point) beat Future Stars, 9-6.

    • bexarama

      do you think the 25-man is already on the bus? Heh.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Thanks, for all of the updates. I really appreciate it.