ST Game Thread: Hiroki’s Turn


(REUTERS/Steve Nesius)

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.


  1. jsbrendog says:

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

  2. Mike Axisa says:

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

  3. pat says:


  4. karel capek says:

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

  5. mike_h says:

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

  6. wow says:

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

  7. Mike HC says:

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

  8. Mike HC says:

    Matt Joyce! Axisa’s favorite fantasy sleeper, ha

  9. Mike Axisa says:

    Am going to like watching Hirok.

  10. mike_h says:

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

  11. Will says:

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

  12. Mike HC says:

    Swish does look like he is in ridiculous shape.

  13. CJ says:

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

  14. Mike HC says:

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

  15. CANO FAN #1 says:

    Ibanez look so bad so far

  16. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  17. Mike Axisa says:

    Josh Lueke really forced that fastball into the strike zone.

  18. Gonzo says:

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

  19. baravelli says:

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

  20. mike_h says:

    Rapada is the 2012 Luis Ayala of the spring

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