Spring Training Game Thread: Tanaka, Part III

Yankees no-hit by Marlins in Panama
Sunday Link: Breaking the language barrier with Masahiro Tanaka
(Mike Carlson/Getty)
(Mike Carlson/Getty)

It has been a little while, but we’ll finally get our third look at Masahiro Tanaka this afternoon. He was effective in his first two Grapefruit League appearances (5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) and his last outing was a simulated game, the first of his life. Tanaka threw 63 pitches in that four-inning simulated game last week, and today he’s scheduled for five innings or 75 pitches. We’ll get a nice extended look this afternoon.

The Yankees will be without Jacoby Ellsbury today after he was scratched from the lineup with minor calf tightness. Acting manager Rob Thompson told reporters he was scratched as a precaution and it is one of those “he would have played if it was the regular season” things. Ellsbury will not travel for tomorrow’s game either, so he will get two straight days off. Considering his game is built around speed, any kind of leg problem is worth keeping an eye on. Scratching him is a no-brainer.

The Braves are down from Orlando for this afternoon’s game and they’re going to be a nice test for Tanaka. Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward, Ryan Doumit, Dan Uggla, Andrelton Simmons, and both Upton brothers are in their starting lineup. Right-hander Julio Teheran will be on the mound. Here is the Yankees’ starting lineup:

  1. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  2. SS Eduardo Nunez
  3. 1B Mark Teixeira
  4. C Brian McCann
  5. 3B Kelly Johnson
  6. LF Ramon Flores
  7. DH Peter O’Brien
  8. CF Mason Williams
  9. 2B Ali Castillo
    SP Masahiro Tanaka

Available Pitchers: LHP Matt Thornton, RHP Dellin Betances, RHP Shawn Kelley, and RHP Shane Greene are also scheduled to pitch. RHP Caleb Cotham, LHP Aaron Dott, LHP Tyler Webb, and SwP Pat Venditte are the extra arms.

Available Position Players: C Francisco Arcia, 1B Kyle Roller, SS Carmen Angelini, 3B Rob Segedin, LF Ben Gamel, and RF Taylor Dugas will all come off the bench. C Austin Romine, 1B/3B Zach Wilson, and 2B Rob Refsnyder are also available.

In addition to the game against the Braves, the Yankees are also playing the Marlins in the second game of the Legends Series down in Panama this afternoon. I don’t have a lineup for that game, but CC Sabathia is starting. That game will start at 2pm ET and you can watch right here (h/t @PanamaHitek). As for the game in Tampa, the weather is great (little cloudy with temperatures in the 70s with no threat of rain) and first pitch is scheduled for a little after 1pm ET. You can watch that game live on both YES and MLB.tv. Enjoy.

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Yankees no-hit by Marlins in Panama
Sunday Link: Breaking the language barrier with Masahiro Tanaka
  • tanakas nutasacka

    Tanaka seems to handle all of this extremely well

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Nice start by Tanaka – he’s looked good so far through 2 IP.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Ryan Doumit gets the Cervelli. Ouch.

    I think you can hear an echo in here.

    • Chip Rodriguez

      Yeah, that sounded ugly. Hope the damage isn’t too bad.

  • TCMiller30

    Ouch.. That foul ball off of Doumit’s hand looked painful. If something isn’t broken in there I will be incredibly surprised.

    • mike_h

      that did not look good…$50 says Wren is on the phone with Cashman about Cervelli

  • http://panamahitek.com Antony García

    The game is just starting in Panama. Mo and Roberto Duran the first pitch

    • pat

      I’m assuming they asked Duran to throw another and he told then no mas?

  • Wheels

    Geez, what a great bunt.

    • Mr. Roth

      Can someone give me Tanaka’s pitching line and tell me how he’s looking so far? I’m at work and the gameday site is blocked for me.

      • Mr. Roth

        This wasn’t meant to be a reply to you, obviously.

      • Wheels

        3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO. Looking good, got out of a little trouble in the third

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Gave up a run in the 4th. La Stella hit a fly ball that carried further than thought and was somewhat misplayed by Flores into a double.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Man Tanaka is pretty nasty

  • NCS

    Panamanian tv link not working for me. Anyone else getting that game anywhere?

  • http://panamahitek.com Antony García

    Gardner and Jeter grounded out. Beltran reached on fielding error and Soriano flied out to right fielder Mike Stanton. Top of the first is gone

    • http://panamahitek.com Antony García

      Cervelli just hit the first hit by any Yankee in Panama. Now Solarte hit another

      • http://panamahitek.com Antony García

        Dean Anna strikes out. Wheeler hits a ground rule double. Cervelli Scores.

        Cojo strikes out (pretty awful)

        Gardner grounds out.

      • nycsportzfan

        Cervellis a stud!

  • http://panamahitek.com Antony García

    Sabathia is sitting 86-88, topping 89 two or three times

    • NCS

      How are you watching it? Mike’s link doesn’t work outside Panama.

      • http://panamahitek.com Antony García

        I live in Panama

    • your mom

      That extension is looking better by the day.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Thornton getting smacked around a bit.

    I’m not too worried about him, as he’s been a solid vet for a pretty long time now, but I’d like to see something more in the spring from the lone vet brought in to stabilize things a bit.

    As I type that, he throws a wild pitch.

  • nycsportzfan

    Matt Thornton can’t get anybody out. Jesus.

  • your mom

    Didn’t anybody tell Cashman that Ellsbury was made of glass before he signed him to that ridiculous contract???

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Slight tightness in his calf. Would have played if this was the regular season.

      The calamity of it all!

    • nycsportzfan

      They said he’d play if it were regular season. Whats the big deal?

    • Evan3457

      Because a slight calf strain is the same thing as being involved in two collisions, one which broke 4 ribs, and the other of which involved a shoulder subluxation.

      Brilliant.

    • BFDeal

      Great. Another season of your generalizations and over reactions.

      • your mom

        Yes, because you know me all too well.

        • BFDeal

          Unfortunately I do.

  • nycsportzfan

    McCann with the 2 run double to take the lead. That guys gonna be a monster for us.

  • nycsportzfan

    Flores is playing well this spring. He just smacked a RBI single. 4-2 yanks.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Just have to see him go back down to AA and, keep it up, and show a bit more power.

    • forensic

      .217/.269/.391 entering today is not really playing well.

      • nycsportzfan

        Well, hes hitting 269BA now, and hes got 1HR and 5ribbys in 26AB’s. Thats not to bad, dude.

        • Deep Thoughts

          I usually feel like “polemic” would be a more accurate user name than “forensic.”

          • forensic

            Have you mistaken me for someone who kicked your dog or something?

            • Deep Thoughts

              No mistake. I just think your posts are gratuitously contrarian more often than not. Just taking an opposing viewpoint for its own sake. Nothing wrong with that; that’s what discussion forums are for. But you should own it. Have you watched Flores this spring? He’s hitting the cover off the ball. Lots of his outs are coming off solid contact. He’s shown a decent arm in the OF. So I think it’s odd you would go out of your way to contradict someone on the internet based on box-score analysis. Actually, what I guess I’m saying is it wasn’t odd at all.

              • forensic

                Well, you’re entitled to your opinion. Every so often, I have brought up the opposing viewpoint (not totally supported or debated it, just brought it up so both sides are at least recognized), as do many people, but I make it abundantly clear when I do that.

                As for Flores, I have watched every game this spring. He’s swung the bat better the last few games, but that doesn’t exactly mean he’s having such a good spring. It means he’s having a good couple games. Before that, he was hitting in the low .100’s with nothing really sticking out to me as overly impressive.

                Again, just my opinion, which I am also entitled to.

                • forensic

                  FWIW, that first paragraph was supposed to continue that the majority and rest of the time, it’s just me stating my honest opinion. Just because it’s not always pinstriped biased or blind to potential negatives with the organization, team, etc. doesn’t mean I’m just being contrarian for the hell of it. That’s just how I happen to view that particular topic.

              • Jorge Steinbrenner

                While I think you’re correct in your assessment of Flores, I will come to forensic’s defense here. For all the talk from of the Steve-like malcontents on here as to other opinions not being tolerated by regulars, forensic is an intelligent, informed fan who I happen to disagree with sometimes. That’s a far cry from your qwerty’s and punkpitches who seem to be only out to antagonize and have nothing to ever back up their negativity with. I respect forensic’s contributions on here greatly and would never lump him in with those who truly intentionally never have anything positive to say.

  • http://panamahitek.com Antony García

    Sabathia is having a strong game. 5 innings of no hit no run. Robertson is warming up. And yes, no +90mph at all

    • http://panamahitek.com Antony García

      5K, 0BB, one runner reached on error. Great performance by Sabathia

    • hogsmog

      Niiiice. Hopefully helps his confidence pitching without a heater.

  • http://panamahitek.com Antony García

    You can watch the game here:

    http://www.rpctv.com/endirecto/

    It has been made available now

  • nycsportzfan

    Shane Greene is showing the big club some things. His stock has got to be on the rise.

  • nycsportzfan

    Anyone still wondering why some teams would may want to trade for Cervelli??

  • Wheels

    Betances looking a little shaky.

    • Wheels

      …and recovers and gets the job done.

  • nycsportzfan

    Betances trying to make sure we don’t win this one. Bases loaded and only 1out. Trying run to the plate.

    • nycsportzfan

      And Betances gets out of it, fairly well. Yanks win.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Yangervis Solarte – 3/4. It’s only March 16, but can he keep it up? I really want to see this guy make the majors, even if for a short time. A .536 average on March 16 goes a long way in trying.

    Also, look at that muscle by Gary Sanchez.

  • http://panamahitek.com Antony García

    Gary Sanchez hit a mammoth home run to the right field with a runner on. It is a 7-0 game now. What a blast

  • RetroRob

    7-0 win.

    Not sure who the announcers were, but one of them was giving me a headache. Maybe he’s the Michael Kay of Panama.

  • pat

    Need vid of the Sanchez HR. ASAP

  • MartinRanger

    The thing about Sabathia this spring is that 2 of 3 outings he’s been outstanding despite a subpar fastball. And that indicates that he’s making strides towards correcting what did him in last year, which was terrible location within the strike zone. 88 or 91, you can’t get away with pitches in the meaty part of the plate. If Sabathia can locate his pitches and make adjustments, he can be better than last year regardless of his velocity (which I do expect to be in the 89-92 range, touching 94 by the time the season is underway).

    Now, he got smacked around in his second outing, so it’s worth watching, but I think despairing over his velocity concerns is missing about half the picture.