Spring Training Game Thread: Baseball!


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It may be March, it may be meaningless, but gosh darn it, the Yankees will play a baseball game today. After whooping the University of South Florida in yesterday’s tuneup, today the team officially opens their Grapefruit League schedule against future Yankee Cole Hamels and the rest of the Phillies. Here’s your first lineup of the (exhibition) season…

LF Brett Gardner
CF Curtis Granderson
RF Nick Swisher
DH Raul Ibanez
1B Eric Chavez
C Russell Martin
SS Eduardo Nunez
2B Bill Hall
3B Jayson Nix

RHP Ivan Novascheduled for 35 pitches or two innings

Available Pitchers: RHP David Phelps, LHP Manny Banuelos, RHP Dellin Betances, LHP Cesar Cabral, and LHP Mike O’Connor are all scheduled to pitch today. LHP Juan Cedeno, RHP D.J. Mitchell, LHP Clay Rapada, and RHP Chase Whitley also made the trip and are available if needed.

Available Position Players: C Gary Sanchez, 1B Jorge Vazquez, 2B Corban Joseph, SS Ramiro Pena, 3B Brandon Laird, LF Chris Dickerson, CF Dewayne Wise, RF Cole Garner, and DH Justin Maxwell will replace the starters. C Jose Gil, C J.R. Murphy, IF David Adams, IF Doug Bernier, OF Zoilo Almonte, and OF Melky Mesa all made the trip and are available if needed.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET, and the game can seen on MLB Network and The blackout has been lifted in the Tri-State Area. Hooray baseball!


  1. le david says:

    Is it on the radio?

  2. Mike HC says:

    I just tuned in to hear Mark Reynolds brilliant analysis of Papelbon calling him “the most underrated closer in baseball” or something like that. Fortunately, Leiter called him out on it.

  3. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Sad news about Brien Taylor and his drug arrest today.

    Hard to believe he’s still only 40 years old. He should just be finishing up a glorious career with a fist full of rings.

    What could have been.

  4. Chip says:


    • Mike E says:

      Couldn’t you hear? Its the short porch that makes him so good.

      • Chip says:

        Yep, I mean it was quite obvious that all of his homers last years were just pop flies that barely got out

      • fin says:

        Well, I cant remember if I saw it the MLB channel or read it online but the right field fences are 6-8ft closer to home plate than the than the markings say. That doesnt help a stadium that was already considered a band box.

        • Chip says:

          Yeah but there are also rumors that the big monster is less than 300 ft too

          • Dale Mohorcic says:

            When they had the all star game there they measured it with an airplane somehow and its significantly less than the markings on the wall.

  5. Mike HC says:

    Granderson didn’t waste time picking up where he left off against lefties.

  6. Mike HC says:

    Ibanez looks like he can still hit to me. Pretty built up.

  7. Mike Axisa says:

    Raul with the hustle.

  8. Mike HC says:

    Dominic Brown! Everyone’s favorite ” young cost controlled outfielder” over here at RAB.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:


      • Mike HC says:

        Dominic Brown’s name has come up a lot by RAB writers and commentors as a possible trade target looking for a “young cost controlled outfielder” to take over for Swisher.

        Have you not noticed that?

        • JobaWockeeZ says:

          I have, but it’s just an option. It’s not a big deal. But I guess I just didn’t see it. The John Danks love here was ridiculous.

          And regardless since they’re trying to get this 189 million payroll Swish is a goner. They need someone cheap so they can keep Cnao and Granderson who are much better players.

          • Mike HC says:

            It was a joke (which you obviously did not find funny). Similar to Axisa crossing out “future Yankee” in front of Hamels name.

  9. FIPster Doofus says:

    Nova looks heavier.

  10. STONE COLD Austin Romine says:

    Thank goodness there aren’t any radar readings in the cgi on screen.

  11. Mike HC says:

    Our future shortstop!

  12. BronXXVII says:

    Mike, why isn’t there a radar gun?

  13. Chip says:

    Good to see some things never change

  14. Needed Pitching says:

    good to see Nunez has improved his defense

  15. STONE COLD Austin Romine says:


  16. Mike Axisa says:

    Eduardo Scissorhands.

  17. Chip says:

    Yeah…….that one’s on Chavez

  18. Mike HC says:

    Meatball baby

  19. Mike E says:

    Dat slider. eeek.

  20. RetroRob says:

    Solar flares?

  21. fin says:

    LOl i dont want to be the dude throwing the ball in the wheel house batting cage

  22. Jesse says:

    Yes! First Game Thread of the year!

  23. Chip says:

    Hamels throws a curveball and we get “look at the changeup”. I guess it’s spring training for the announcers too

  24. Chip says:

    Maybe bringing the high school infield along for Nova’s start was a bad idea

  25. nedro says:

    Nova doing a better job of keeping the ball on the ground.

  26. fin says:

    That off speed pitch looks nasty, thats 3 or 4 swing and miss hes gotten off that pitch.

  27. Carl says:

    Tom McCarthy: “Yankees have a handful of pitching prospects. Nova’s one of them.”
    Who here called Nova a prospect? Anyone?

  28. Chip says:

    Did Granderson hit an oppo homerun all of last season? I know he hit one last spring training

  29. Mike Axisa says:

    Grandy going the other way. Hooray.

  30. Carl says:

    To oppo-field, Good bye. /cured

  31. mike_h says:

    SEE YA granderson HR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. DM says:

    Gardner taking a called 3rd strike. Granderson hits a double and an HR.

    Both already in mid-season form.

  33. Chrisis says:

    “Granderson had him played perfectly”
    and then made the over the shoulder catch…

  34. mike_h says:

    nice stuff from Phelps

  35. 22'Yankees says:

    Papelbon… #hate

  36. Mike Axisa says:

    Oh good, I get to hate on Papelbon in the first ST game.

  37. Bryan says:

    I wonder if we will get a Gary Sanchez at bat today.

  38. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Way late to the first game of the season =/

    questions: Errors on Nunez? How’d Nova look? Anything great or terrible happen?

  39. Bryan says:

    “Manny Banyouelos”

  40. Mike E says:

    Manny Bon-you-ale-ose

    Well, now I know how to pronounce it.

  41. TQStormrider6 says:

    Holy crap, D-Train sighting! If he didn’t play for the Phillies, I’d be happy to see him bounce back.

  42. RetroRob says:

    D-Train looks like he also has a love of Captain Crunch.

  43. Nick says:

    Who is Cole Garner?

  44. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Nice to see Jova going the other way.

  45. Mike Axisa says:

    First #NPoH of the year.

  46. CS Yankee says:

    Pena…the ultimate rally killer.

  47. Bryan says:

    Completely off topic but I hope JP Arencibia has a huge year after that Tim Kurkjian imitation.

  48. swishers fauxhawk says:

    0-2 to walk. He’ll fit right in.

  49. Johnny says:

    vazquez got an RBI, promote him immediately

    Seriously though, is he even in the running to make the majors if he does okay this month (just as a hypothetical)?

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      dude would have a K% of nearly 40. That’s not even hyperbole

    • whozat says:

      I can’t imagine he would be. Nothing he does this spring will change what he is: a 1B in name only that has great power but swings so freely that he’s unlikely to provide value at the plate in the bigs. Furthermore, whose spot would he take?

    • CS Yankee says:

      Think not;
      1) he K’s close to 30%…
      2) not the corner glove needed…
      3) when he fell off the ugly tree, he hit every branch on the way down.

      Power dingers can onlt trump so much.

  50. Cuso says:

    ManBan, not too impressive th first time out. Overthrowing dellin-style.

  51. Cuso says:

    Of course mlb network has phillies feed so we have to hear about paintings, murals and nonsensical ramblings by tarry templeton

  52. I am not the droids you're looking for... says:

    Two BBs in 2 IP already for Manny.
    Already worried (SSS’d)

  53. I am not the droids you're looking for... says:

    Prince Fielder today: 2 for 2 plus a walk. Worth every penny!

  54. Cuso says:

    DeWayne “don’t call me Dwayne” Wise

  55. fin says:

    LOL, Garner is a beast.

  56. mike_h says:

    Wise and Garner trying to stay on the roster

  57. Cuso says:


  58. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Garner crushes one, that was hit hard.

  59. CS Yankee says:

    This Garner is better than Gardner!

  60. CS Yankee says:


  61. mike_h says:

    enter Dellin!!!!!

  62. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Does anybody else feel that Hunter Pence is too big for everything lol? I cant explain it but he’s always looked oversized. Maybe he needs a bigger jersey or something.

    PS Philly broadcasters: Betances grew up in Teaneck. Just saying.

  63. mike_h says:

    Dellin all over the place, reminds me of Rick Vaughn of major league

  64. fin says:

    Is that Sanchez behind the plate now?

  65. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Just saw on the crawl on MLBN that Grady Sizemore is hurt again. I feel so bad for the dude…he was such a special player.

  66. CS Yankee says:

    Memo to the surviving B’s:


    a fan

  67. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Dellin a bit wild.

  68. forensic says:

    The combination of Betances’ lack of control and Sanchez’s lack of defensive ability is not a pretty sight.

  69. fin says:

    The killer b’s having thier issues this afternoon.

  70. mt says:

    Dellin looks so wild – I know tall pitchers sometimes have a hard time witrh their delivery but he looks all over the place.

  71. I am not the droids you're looking for... says:

    BBs will be the death of us all.

  72. James A says:

    Is anyone else concerned by the fact that Banuelos and especially Betances really struggle throwing strikes? I mean Dellin isnt close

    • Mike Axisa says:

      If you can’t start worrying during the first ST game, when can you?

      • DM says:

        Yep. But it works both ways. If they struck out the side with no walks, some might go overboard with praise. I hope you point that out too — when it inevitably appears with assessments of some player(s). You might even be guilty of it yourself at some point.

    • Bavarian Yankee says:

      well, not really concerned. It’s the 1st game of the year and Dellin has never thrown a lot of strikes anyway.

    • Bo Knows says:

      its that f’n back leg of his, you can literally see pitch by pitch whether he is going to throw a strike or not. He needs training in maintaining his balance (or better yet shortening his stride)….someone needs to get him a yoga instructor.

      • Bo Knows says:

        *see pitch by pitch whether he is going to throw a strike or not before he releases the ball by looking at that leg

  73. Bavarian Yankee says:

    Dellin already in mid-season form. Walking batters like it’s no one’s business XD

  74. YanksFanInBeantown says:

    how’s Sanchez looking at C?

    • fin says:

      I didnt think he looked very smooth recieving the ball. Then again Bentances was about as wild as you can be.

  75. I am not the droids you're looking for... says:

    Love a good DP (ha)

  76. Cuso says:

    Betances looks like he’s MORE than one year away. First game or not, his control is really ugly.

    • whozat says:

      First. Game.

      Nothing that happens today is relevant, except that guys play and avoid getting hurt.

    • fin says:

      Granted it was ugly, but its only the first ST game. I think its a little early to make that statement. But yea, it seems more than lack of control that is his issue, its complete wildness.

  77. CS Yankee says:

    I wonder if we’ll see a ST game with “Grit-Grandy-Garner” all starting in the OF?

    • whozat says:

      They usually keep either the IF or the OF all together in a game. Though, if they want to get swisher a start at 1B, it’s possible. I figure they’d put Jones out there instead, though.

  78. Monterowasdinero says:

    Betances is a thrower-not a pitcher (yet).

    Long way to go.

  79. fin says:

    So I think we take away from todays game that the B’s are ready to go (3IP no runs) and Garner is the replacement for Swisher.

    • CS Yankee says:

      Nova/Phelps/ManBan/Dellin >>>>>Hamels/Bush/Papelbon/Willis

      Garner is just as good as Granderson (2-2, double & dinger)

      • fin says:

        I would argue that clearly Garner is better than Granderson. Grandy’s homer was wind aided. Garner just crushed his. Can Garner play CF?

  80. fin says:

    How are the Redsox gona fit all those starters into the ST? I saw they signed a couple more yesterday.

  81. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Zoilo Almonte is a badass name.

  82. Chen Meng Wang says:

    What ever happened to Eric Almonte?

  83. RetroRob says:

    Kuroda is not part of the battle.

  84. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Kuroda is in the mix for the fifth spot in the rotation? Thanks Philly broadcasting, I’d never know.

  85. J Scott says:

    I know it’s a recurring theme (is it even a “theme” if it doesn’t recur?) with me, but…

    For a 19 year-old Gary Sanchez looks way (weigh?) too heavy. I continue to question the emphasis (or lack of same) this organization puts on conditioning.

    • Needed Pitching says:

      they can’t really control what players do in the off-season

      its been reported that Sanchez reported to camp overweight

    • DM says:

      It’s not just the conditioning itself that’s bothersome. It’s that it suggests something about the player’s attitude. You can’t control everything — but if you’re serious and work hard, staying in shape should be the least of your challenges. If a trainer/front office/mgr tells Sanchez to come in at 210lb, but he comes in it at 222lb, the fact that he didn’t bother/listen is worse than those 12 extra pounds.

  86. fin says:

    The announcer just said that there is a battle for the 5th spot between Hughes, Garcia and….Kuroda. They signed Kuroda for 10m to have him battle it out for a spot.

    • Mike HC says:

      Plus Girardi specifically mentioned that CC and Kuroda were the only two with guaranteed spots in the rotation.

      • I am not the droids you're looking for... says:

        These announcers are ass.

        • fin says:

          I dont know how bad they are, but clearly they are taking the announcing of a ST game not too seriously. Today they are terrible.

          • Mike HC says:

            And, you know, people that comment on a Yankee fan blog during the very first Spring Training game, are going to be a tough crowd to please, ha.

  87. fin says:

    Eesh, just keeps getting worse for Crawford.

  88. fin says:

    Time to get Mo up.

  89. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Hooray!!! well on our way to an undefeated season.

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