ST Game Thread: Another look at Banuelos

For One Man, a Quiet Spring Training
No issues for Joba, Feliciano during bullpen sessions
(AP Photo)

This afternoon could be the last time we get to see Manny Banuelos for a while, unless you plan on trekking down to Trenton at some point this summer. Brian Cashman remains adamant that both Banuelos and Dellin Betances will begin the year at the Double-A level, though Joe Girardi indicated that both will probably get one more appearance in with the big boys before heading down to minor league camp. The regular season is less than two weeks away, so there’s only so many innings to go around.

Banuelos is scheduled to pitch at some point today, but that probably won’t come until after Freddy Garcia makes his latest case for a rotation spot and Mariano Rivera does his thing for an inning. Here’s the lineup…

Derek Jeter, SS
Eduardo Nunez, LF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robbie Cano, 2B
Jorge Posada, DH
Andruw Jones, RF
Austin Romine, C
Melky Mesa, CF

Available Pitchers: Freddy Garcia, Mariano Rivera, Manny Banuelos, Mark Prior, Luis Ayala, Steve Garrison, Eric Wordekemper, Ryan Pope, and Wilkins Arias.

Available Position Players: Jesus Montero (C), Eric Chavez (1B), Kevin Russo (2B), Doug Bernier (SS), Ronnie Belliard (3B), Ramiro Pena (LF), Justin Maxwell (CF), Jordan Parraz (RF), and Gustavo Molina (DH).

Today’s game will be broadcast on the YES Network, with first pitch scheduled for 1:05pm ET. If you miss it because you were spending this lovely Saturday afternoon outside, it will be rebroadcast by both the MLB Network and YES later this evening. Enjoy.

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For One Man, a Quiet Spring Training
No issues for Joba, Feliciano during bullpen sessions
  • mike_h

    excellent 1st inning for Garcia

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

    If Sweaty Freddy can’t cruise through the lineup the Jays threw out there today, he’s got problems.

  • Ultimate Yankee Warrior (James)

    I hope Freddy Garcia gets his ass handed to him and leaves after 1.2 innings.

    • Poopy Pants

      Why?

      • Esteban

        So that he’s eliminated from the competition thus improving Manny’s chance of making of the team, though Manny Banuelos is not gonna make the team out of spring training no matter what.

        • Ultimate Yankee Warrior (James)

          Contrasts are always nice.

      • YanksFan

        Because he doesn’t like Mike A.

        • Ultimate Yankee Warrior (James)

          Ummm, no.

          • YanksFan

            Yeah, I know. You don’t like his attitude about ManBan.

  • Urban

    I saw a reference to Brackman pitching last night. Wasn’t he assigned to AAA/minor league camp several days back?

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

      Just a paper move, they can still pitch in big league games.

    • Cuso

      yep. was trying to figure that out as well. i saw another article that said he was “recalled” too.

      didn’t know those maneuvers applied in ST

    • MikeD

      Perhaps the injuries to Joba, Logan and other bullpen arms caused them to keep Brackman around a little longer and reactivate him, if such a requirement exists in Spring Training.

  • Cuso

    eeer-neerrr-beeerrrrr-yip!!

    someone needs to find out the home address of the concession guy

  • Cy Pettitte

    A-rod is unstoppable

  • Cuso

    just stay healthy, A-Rod

  • Cuso

    Obi-Wan Cano-biiiiiii!!!!

    man, that was on his hands!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Robbie finally gets one, nice. Maybe he’s gonna heat up heading into the season

  • mike_h

    DAMN, bomb by Cano

    save some for opening day guys

  • YanksFan

    You can also listen to the game on radio if you’re like me & have to be at work at the moment.

  • Poopy Pants

    Those anti-smoking commercials cause me to constantly change away from YES between innings.

    • mike_h

      hahahahaha me too

    • Mike HC

      Those commercials should really be illegal.

  • mike_h

    loving the ground ball outs by Garica

  • Ultimate Yankee Warrior (James)

    Fcuking Freddy Garcia. Glad to know you. You’ll be with this team through June, at least. Awesome.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Your reverse jinx worked!

      • Ultimate Yankee Warrior (James)

        If only that were true. He’ll be haunting my early summer. Worse, he’ll have Barty Five Chins alongside him.

  • Tank the Frank

    Jeter is a groundball machine.

  • dutchsailor

    These guys that are in competition for the 4th and 5th spots really need to be pitching on the road — when the other teams are on the road, they always send their B team, so you can’t really tell how well Garcia, for instance, matches up against the regular lineup. This is not the lineup that toronto will field on opening day.

    • MikeD

      I wouldn’t be reading much into anything when it comes to Spring Training stats.

  • mike_h

    geez what happened Garcia, getting smacked around here

  • dutchsailor

    Got smacked around, but nice to be able to get two strikeouts to stop the bleeding.

  • Cy Pettitte

    #firefreddy

  • NJYankeeFan

    That weak crap Freddy is throwing up there isn’t gonna cut it in the AL east. He’ll be heading to the NL where he belongs before too long.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Nunez in LF, what an adventure

  • MikeD

    Wow, 98 pitches for Cecil in a Spring Training game, with the bases loaded. Not sure how far he’s pitched in previous games, but not sure what they’re gaining by pushing him this early.

  • Naved

    ooooo Monster homerun for Cooper

    • AnthonyNH

      Freddy looked like he put the slider in the right place, it was just the wrong pitch. His location has looked good for the most part.

  • MikeD

    Great. Freddie Garcia is the only person in the world who found D.B. Cooper.

  • Cuso

    anything traveling that far ought to have a stewardess and an in-flight meal

    • NJYankeeFan

      I think Cooper won a steak dinner with that blast.

    • Nuke Ladoosh

      Did it hit the Bull?

      • Cuso

        it did actually. the one in Durham, NC.

  • NJYankeeFan

    The reason Cashman was scouting Kevin Millwood last week is becoming more apparent. Garcia is WEAK.

    • MikeD

      Millwood is weaker.

  • James A

    Where are Aaron Small and Shawn Chacon when you need them?

  • Cult of Basebaal

    Nicely done by Nunez.

    Shoddy defense by the Jays.

  • RalphieD

    so many hitters for the yankees just looked locked in right now…too bad this wasnt the regular season

  • Cuso

    can’t believe that’s the same Loewyn that used to pitch for the O’s. He actually looks ‘hitterish.’

  • Cult of Basebaal

    Speaking of locked in: 9 pitches, 8 strikes, 2Ks, 3 outs.

    Praise be to Mo.

  • Nuke Ladoosh

    Movelous

  • Cuso

    can’t believe he just watched those 1st two pitches

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Mo is boring, and I mean this in the best way possible. Not even fair.

  • Hughesus Christo

    So Mark Prior. Does he have an opt-out if he doesn’t make the MLB team?

    • mbonzo

      94 on the gun. WTF!?

    • MikeD

      From what I’ve read, there is already an understanding between the Yankees and Prior that he will start the season in AAA to continue building up his arm strength. He didn’t come to the Yankees with a “I make the pitching staff or I walk” attitude, so I suspect he’ll be around.

  • smurfy

    Prior looked much better today, like his motion was better tuned in.

  • Cuso

    doesn’t Jorge Vasquez just ‘seem’ like a guy that will end up on the Pirates?

    • smurfy

      Yeah, Juan Miranda had as much pop, and looked smoother in the field.

  • Cy Pettitte

    guess we will get to see ManBan

  • Cuso

    bonus baseball in Spring

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Ugh no Banuelos? Weak.

  • smurfy

    they seem to be saving Manny for Sunday.

  • smurfy

    Garrison just did keep it in the house.

  • Charles

    No Banuelos makes me a sad Panda :(

    Is the Blue Jay’s left fielder Thames related to Marcus Thames?

  • smurfy

    man – Banuelos is working in the bullpen..