ST Game Thread: Hiroki’s Turn


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Two days ago, Michael Pineda got his first chance to show us what he had (for two innings). Now it’s Hiroki Kuroda‘s turn, the other guy the Yankees acquired on Friday the 13th. The veteran right-hander has seemingly flown under the radar this spring despite being on track to serve as the number two starter on Opening Day. I’ve been hoping the Yankees would acquire the guy for about two years now, so I’m very much looking forward to today’s start even if it doesn’t mean anything in grand scheme of things. Here’s the starting nine…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
2B Robinson Cano
1B Nick Swisher
DH Raul Ibanez
3B Eric Chavez
RF Andruw Jones
C Russell Martin
LF Brett Gardner

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

Available Pitchers: RHP Rafael Soriano, RHP Cory Wade, LHP Boone Logan, RHP Adam Warren, LHP Clay Rapada, and RHP Kevin Whelan are all scheduled to pitch. RHP David Phelps, LHP Cesar Cabral, RHP Ryan Pope, RHP Dan Burawa, and LHP Juan Cedeno are also available if needed.

Available Position Players: C Jose Gil, 1B Jorge Vazquez, 2B Bill Hall, SS Jayson Nix, 3B Corban Joseph, LF Brandon Laird, CF Dewayne Wise, RF Colin Curtis, and DH Cole Garner will replace the starters. Garner was battling a minor hamstring problem earlier this week, but is apparently fine now.

The game is scheduled to begin at 1:05pm ET and will air live on YES. MLB Network’s replay won’t air until 9am ET tomorrow. Like Monday, we’re going to chat in honor of Kuroda’s unofficial debut. I’m not going to stick around for all nine innings, but definitely for the first few. Fun starts after the jump…

Update: Cover It Live is having issues, so no chat today. Sorry, blame the iPad launch.

  • jsbrendog

    kuroda is a monster playing LF and pitching. color me impressed.

  • Mike Axisa

    Cover It Live is having issues. The chat’s on hold temporarily.

  • pat


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        • pat

          The dream has ended :(

  • karel capek

    David Cone is looking FRESH in his Spring Training causal wear.

  • mike_h

    Cover it live is likey having issues due to the stupid Apple announcement

  • wow

    holy crap, Shields only hit 89mph with his fastball. Someone call Dr. Andrews!!!!11!!

  • Mike HC

    It is so nice in NY, it is definitely starting to feel more and more like baseball season.

  • Mike HC

    Matt Joyce! Axisa’s favorite fantasy sleeper, ha

    • Mike Axisa

      That was last year. I’m all about Brennan Boesch now.

      • Mike HC

        True. You nabbed them both.

  • Mike Axisa

    Am going to like watching Hirok.

    • Mike HC

      Definitely. Very smooth out there.

  • mike_h

    cant really blame those runs on him, was that bad Jeter throw

  • Will

    Damn our middle infield’s lack of range is going to kill us this year. Two of those three hits should have been fielded.

  • Mike HC

    Swish does look like he is in ridiculous shape.

  • CJ

    Honestly that may have been the most impressive 3 hit 3 run innings I have ever seen.

  • Mike HC

    Rays are all taking a swing on the cursory spring training fastball to start at bats, ha

  • CANO FAN #1

    Ibanez look so bad so far

    • Mike Axisa

      Pretty much everyone not named Zoilo looks bad so far.

      • Rafael

        A-Rod looks good

    • Monterowasdinero

      Very low expectations for the man that swings like Tino, looks like Gandhi and runs like Jorge.

      • jsbrendog

        this isnt any funnier the 10th time ytou post it

        • Monterowasdinero

          Harsh. I will continue to put all your comments in a book of pearls of wisdom that I am compiling.

          • Ted Nelson

            I hadn’t seen it before and found it pretty clever.

      • Havok9120

        This joke will need to be retired for awhile soon, but it is pretty good. I think he looks a lot more like Voldemort than Gandhi tho.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Ibanez in the outfield? please Joe no, just no.

  • Mike Axisa

    Josh Lueke really forced that fastball into the strike zone.

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  • Gonzo

    Luc Giolito shut down for the year. Still need a minor miracle for the Yanks to get him.

    • Mike Axisa

      I bet he goes undrafted now. It would take basically all the Yankees draft pool money to sign him.

      • Gonzo

        Couldn’t you see Theo trying to go big at #6 though?

        Nats too, but they have much less money to play with than the Cubs.

        • Gonzo

          Scratch that. The Nats have no money in the draft.

          Cards have a ton of dough to spend though.

  • baravelli

    I love David Cone on YES, but when he says “heighth,” it’s like nails on a blackboard to me.

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  • mike_h

    Rapada is the 2012 Luis Ayala of the spring