Mar
03

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 MLB.tv. The blackout has been lifted in the Tri-State Area. Hooray baseball!

  • le david

    Is it on the radio?

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

      I do not believe so.

    • XM

      If anyone has xm radio, the phillies have the game on their radio station, and the mlb xm channels pick up any games on the radio. I’m listening that way.

  • Mike HC

    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.

    • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

      Reynolds = not smart.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    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.

  • Chip

    #cured

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

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

      • Chip

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

        • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

          Fun fact: Granderson’s double in the first inning would have been a homerun in Yankee Stadium.

      • fin

        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

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

          • Dale Mohorcic

            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.

  • Mike HC

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

  • Mike HC

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

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

    Raul with the hustle.

  • Mike HC

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

    • JobaWockeeZ

      What?

      • Mike HC

        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

          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

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

            • Mike HC

              The first time we face Danks this year, I will probably make a joke about everyone wanting to trade for Danks here, which you can call me out on too for it sucking, ha.

              • JobaWockeeZ

                Oh it was a joke. Never mind then.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Nova looks heavier.

    • Mike HC

      Definitely.

  • STONE COLD Austin Romine

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

  • Mike HC

    Our future shortstop!

  • BronXXVII

    Mike, why isn’t there a radar gun?

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

      How would I know? Call CSN and ask.

    • Chip

      It’s the first spring training game, I’m sure the managers don’t want a radar gun on them yet

  • Chip

    Good to see some things never change

  • Needed Pitching

    good to see Nunez has improved his defense

  • STONE COLD Austin Romine

    E6

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

    Eduardo Scissorhands.

  • Chip

    Yeah…….that one’s on Chavez

  • Mike HC

    Meatball baby

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

    Dat slider. eeek.

  • RetroRob

    Solar flares?

  • fin

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

    • nedro

      I do believe the kit includes an L-screen, however flimsy it may be…

      • Chip

        For only 500 bucks you can do the same thing that a 20 dollar screen and bucket of balls does!

  • Jesse

    Yes! First Game Thread of the year!

  • Chip

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

  • Chip

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

  • nedro

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

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

      Yea his command was rough in the first inning. Much better in the second.

      • Chip

        Now that everybody knows he has a great slider to compliment his fastball, that curve is going to be much more effective

  • fin

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

  • http://abovetheyankeedugout.com/ Carl

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

  • Chip

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

    • Nick

      i know he hit at least one cause he hit one against the mariners when CC had the perfect game going

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

      FanGraphs said he hit one last year.

      • Nick

        so for those of us who cannot watch the game how did Nova look?

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

          Like it was the first game of ST. Everything was either way up in the zone or down below it. Threw one nice changeup for a swing and miss.

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

    Grandy going the other way. Hooray.

  • http://abovetheyankeedugout.com/ Carl

    To oppo-field, Good bye. /cured

  • mike_h

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

    • nedro

      Not the same without Sterling…

  • DM

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

    Both already in mid-season form.

  • Chrisis

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

  • mike_h

    nice stuff from Phelps

  • http://www.twitter.com/tbraga22 22′Yankees

    Papelbon… #hate

    • http://www.twitter.com/tbraga22 22′Yankees

      Jorge Vasquez looking a bit “heavier” than last spring…

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

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

  • Bryan

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

    • Chrisis

      Seeing as he’s scheduled in to replace Russel this game, I think we will.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Way late to the first game of the season =/

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

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

      Granderson hit a double and an oppo homerun.

  • Bryan

    “Manny Banyouelos”

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

    Manny Bon-you-ale-ose

    Well, now I know how to pronounce it.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      For real though it’s pronounced “Banwellos” right?

      • RetroRob

        Don’t worry. Michael Kay will let us all know how to pronnounce it…or not.

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

        Thats how I say it.

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

          He told Kim Jones “Ban-way-los” last year.

      • CS Yankee

        thought it was Ban-Whail-Los

      • Ghostwriter

        In Spanish
        ban (as in bon-bon)- ew – ale – os (as in toast)

    • RkyMtnYank

      Must have talked to M Kay.

  • TQStormrider6

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

  • RetroRob

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

  • Nick

    Who is Cole Garner?

    • RetroRob

      Phillies trying to confuse the Yankees into offering a contract to Cole Garner instead of Cole Hamels.

      • Nick

        that must be it

        • whozat

          http://riveraveblues.com/2012/.....als-61847/

          minor league free agent from the Rox

        • RetroRob

          He was picked up after the Rockies cut him last year. OFer perhaps taking Greg Golson’s 5th-OFer spot on the Yankees, meaning he’s ticketed for AAA.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Nice to see Jova going the other way.

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

    First #NPoH of the year.

  • CS Yankee

    Pena…the ultimate rally killer.

  • Bryan

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

  • swishers fauxhawk

    0-2 to walk. He’ll fit right in.

  • http://www.thisyearcollection.org Johnny

    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)?

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

      Nope.

    • Chen Meng Wang

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

    • whozat

      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

      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.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

    • fin

      Was glad to see them leave him in and get out of it though.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        True. Never wouldve been given the chance in regular season. So least hue got the shot

    • CS Yankee

      Isn’t he in-line for the “W” with a 0.00 ERA?

      /thenarrativeusuallywins’d

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

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

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

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

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

      The Braves are six outs away from getting no-hit in the same game.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    DeWayne “don’t call me Dwayne” Wise

  • fin

    LOL, Garner is a beast.

  • mike_h

    Wise and Garner trying to stay on the roster

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    COLE GARNER?! MONSTER BOMB

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Garner crushes one, that was hit hard.

  • CS Yankee

    This Garner is better than Gardner!

  • CS Yankee

    (today)

  • mike_h

    enter Dellin!!!!!

  • Chen Meng Wang

    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.

  • mike_h

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

  • fin

    Is that Sanchez behind the plate now?

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

      yup

  • Chen Meng Wang

    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.

  • CS Yankee

    Memo to the surviving B’s:

    HIT THE GLOVE,

    Sincerely,
    a fan

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Dellin a bit wild.

  • forensic

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

  • fin

    The killer b’s having thier issues this afternoon.

  • mt

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

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

    BBs will be the death of us all.

  • James A

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

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

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

      • DM

        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

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

    • Bo Knows

      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

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

  • Bavarian Yankee

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

  • YanksFanInBeantown

    how’s Sanchez looking at C?

    • fin

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

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

    Love a good DP (ha)

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

    • whozat

      First. Game.

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

    • fin

      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.

  • CS Yankee

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

    • whozat

      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.

  • Monterowasdinero

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

    Long way to go.

    • CS Yankee

      Seems to be stuck somewhere between a pitcher and a belly-itcher.

      • Monterowasdinero

        Keen analysis.

    • fin

      Yea, I think he gets too amped up and looses complete control. I expect to see much better from him as the spring goes on.

  • fin

    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

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

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

      • fin

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

  • fin

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

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Zoilo Almonte is a badass name.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    What ever happened to Eric Almonte?

  • RetroRob

    Kuroda is not part of the battle.

  • Chen Meng Wang

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

  • J Scott

    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

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

      its been reported that Sanchez reported to camp overweight

    • DM

      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.

  • fin

    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

      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…

        These announcers are ass.

        • fin

          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

            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.

  • fin

    Eesh, just keeps getting worse for Crawford.

    • RetroRob

      …and, by extension, the Red Sox.

  • fin

    Time to get Mo up.

  • Chen Meng Wang

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