3/4 Camp Notes: Ryan, Teixeira, Austin, Nova

Spring Training Game Thread: Under The Lights
Thoughts after the first week of spring games
Mason Williams made this catch tonight.
Mason Williams made this catch tonight.

The totally meaningless Grapefruit League winning streak is over at four; the Orioles beat the Yankees 3-2 on Tuesday night. Here’s the box score. David Phelps was in “bend but don’t break” mode, getting knocked around pretty hard (five hits in 2.2 innings) but only surrendering one run. He escaped two on, no outs jams in both the first and second innings. Matt Thornton made his spring debut, throwing one pitch and retiring a lefty with a ground ball.

At the plate, both Jacoby Ellsbury and Derek Jeter went hitless in two at-bats. Ellsbury did draw a walk though, his fifth of the spring (only one strikeout). Carlos Beltran went 0-for-2 with a walk and a whiff. Frankie Cervelli opened the scoring with a solo tater and Spring Training superhero Yangervis Solarte plated another run with a single. Scott Sizemore went 1-for-2 in his spring debut and made a nifty diving stop at second base. Here’s the rest of the day’s news from Tampa.

  • Brendan Ryan was hit by a line drive in the left hand while running the bases during batting practice. He was looked at and is fine, so much so that he played in tonight’s game. “It’s sore but okay,” he said. [Andrew Marchand, Erik Boland]
  • Mark Teixeira did not take live batting practice as scheduled today because there was literally no one available to pitch. Vidal Nuno, Hiroki Kuroda, and Michael Pineda were among those to throw bullpens sessions. [Chad Jennings]
  • Tyler Austin played catch and took dry swings today for the first time since being shut down when his wrist flared up. He said it felt better than expected following the workout. [Jennings]
  • Ivan Nova and Phelps will start Friday and Saturday Saturday and Sunday, respectively. That means Nuno has been squeezed out of the spring rotation, at least for the time being. [Bryan Hoch]

The Yankees are on the road to play the Rays tomorrow afternoon, but that game will not be televised. Masahiro Tanaka will make his first start and second appearance of the spring on Thursday (CC Sabathia will throw a simulated game that day) while Michael Pineda will make his debut (in relief of Hiroki Kuroda) on Friday. Thursday’s game will be on television, Friday’s will not. For shame.

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Spring Training Game Thread: Under The Lights
Thoughts after the first week of spring games
  • Alkaline

    There might not be much pop, but it would be fun to watch an OF of Gardy, Elderberry, and W.B. Mason.

    • vicki

      i agree. i heart defense.

    • forensic

      With that OF, they should move the fences 30-40 feet back. They’d be able to cover the ground but other teams couldn’t and they’d put up absurd numbers of triples on balls in the gap.

    • Ethan

      Maybe they should just go to a 2 man outfield and stick the other one in the infield. Our IF could use it.

  • forensic

    It baffles me how there could be no one able to throw BP for Tex. They must have 20 pitchers in camp. Not a single one could throw for him? Even just use one of the scrubs who was available for an emergency in the game.

    • Tanakapalooza Floozy

      Yeah that strikes me as almost ludicrously unbelievable at this point in ST. I think it’d be better said that there was no one available whom the Yanks (or Teix) thought appropriate for his first swings.

    • nycsportzfan

      Probably would be most help Whitley could of given the yanks.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Small typo. The Yanks actually won 100-2 on Sizemore’s single.

    • Tanakapalooza Floozy

      Exactly. I was surprised to see that all his RBIs were omitted from the write up.

  • Dalek Jeter

    So, what you’re saying is Scott Sizemore will hit .500/.500/500 for the season and play gold glove second base? Got it.

  • Ethan

    Not gonna lie but I really don’t like Jeter batting 2nd in the lineup. If Ellsbury gets on base you want someone willing to take a few pitches that allows Ellsbury to steal 2nd. Jeter swings at too many first pitches and hits into a lot of double players. I’d much rather have Gardner batting 2nd than Jeter.

    • losealot101

      i’m glad you brought up jeter. does he have a hit this spring? no? hmmm…he sure did ground into a few dp’s though! this looks like vintage 2011 jeter (first half). i really hope i’m wrong about this.

      • Tanakapalooza Floozy

        The problem is there is no way he will be moved down to 7-9, at least not to start the season. If he’s absolutely brutal by……….June 15? July 15? I could see him getting moved down then, especially if we’re in a dogfight for a wild card and he’s been killing us.

      • Mr. Roth

        Jeter grounded into less double plays in 2011 than any other season of his career.

  • Joel

    Nova and Phelps are starting Saturday and Sunday, not Friday and Saturday.

  • LarryM Fl

    Phelps was the typical pitcher that he was last year in his appearance. The fastball is not a strikeout pitch and when off with location, lookout. He was a lookout pitcher last night. I still believe Warren is the fifth starter if Pineda is not ready.

    Its way too early for Jeter’s hitting assessment but Dp’s are a prevalent result. He’s running well!

  • lightSABR

    It’s not too early to say that Jeter’s going to be a ground ball fiend who has no business batting second. He’s been that for years. His spring trading GIDPs only illustrate what we all already know.