Spring Training Game Thread: Tanaka, Part Two



This afternoon’s Grapefruit League game against the Phillies is no ordinary Spring Training game. Not even close. There is be a lot going on for the Yankees this afternoon, with Masahiro Tanaka‘s first start (second appearance) being the headliner. He is starting on a normal five-day schedule, his first time doing so, and because he’s starting, he’ll see mostly big leaguers. That’s kind of a big deal.

That’s not it, though. Mark Teixeira will also be playing in his first spring game after missing nearly all of last year due to a tendon sheath problem in his right wrist. He had surgery in early-July and has been slowly working his way back. With no obvious first base alternative in camp, Teixeira’s health and production is very important to the Yankees this season. Alfonso Soriano, who has been battling the flu, will also play his first spring game today.

But wait, there’s more. For the first time this spring, the Yankees will get a chance to try out the new expanded replay system. Each team will play a handful of “test” games with the new system — not every park has the proper equipment, so they can’t do it every game — and Joe Girardi said he plans to use the system as much as possible to get familiar with it. They’re going to have people checking replays and relaying information like they will during the season.

No, the bad news: it’s pouring in Florida. Pretty much the entire state, but especially the Tampa area. The Yankees are on the road to play the Phillies, but their complex in Clearwater is like, 15 minutes away. The weather will be a problem and there’s a good chance this afternoon’s game will not be played. I suppose they could wait it out, but it is Spring Training. They tend to pull the plug on these games quickly. The Yankees have bused over the stadium though, so here’s the starting lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. 1B Mark Teixeira
  4. RF Carlos Beltran
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. DH Alfonso Soriano
  7. 3B Kelly Johnson
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. CF Mason Williams

And on the mound is Tanaka for the second time this spring. His first outing was rather impressive and I think we all want to see some more.

Available Pitchers: RHP Bruce Billings, RHP Chris Leroux, RHP Mark Montgomery, RHP Danny Burawa, and LHP Fred Lewis are all scheduled to pitch. RHP Preston Claiborne, LHP Cesar Cabral, RHP Brian Gordon, and RHP Chase Whitley also made the trip and are available if needed.

Available Position Players: C John Ryan Murphy, 1B Corban Joseph, 2B Yangervis Solarte, SS Brendan Ryan, 3B Scott Sizemore, LF Ramon Flores, CF Antoan Richardson, and RF Adonis Garcia will come off the bench. C Francisco Arcia, 1B/C Jose Gil, C Gary Sanchez, C Peter O’Brien, and UTIL Jose Pirela are also available.

There is no YES broadcast of this afternoon’s game. The network usually doesn’t travel. The game can be seen live on both MLB Network and though, so if they do play, make sure you tune in. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 1pm ET. Enjoy.

Update (1:05pm): I haven’t seen an official announcement yet, but the game is very obviously in a delay right now. A cancellation is sure to follow at some point.

Update (1:27pm): First pitch is currently scheduled for 2:30pm ET. How about that?

Update (1:58pm): Carlos Beltran has been scratched from the game. Ramon Flores will take his place in right field. I assume the Yankees don’t want him playing on the wet outfield.

Update (2:30pm): Game on! They have started played, which seemed impossible not too long ago.


  1. Cuso says:

    Ooh! Is Brian Robertson an unknown hot prospect? Excited to see what he’s got!

  2. John Duci says:

    I really hope this game gets played. I want to see Tanaka !!!

  3. John Duci says:

    Please make Tanaka the number 3 so he can pitch Sunday night baseball against the sox on April 13th! I’ll be there.

  4. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    Well, I hope they don’t play this game, because since I live in a Phillies market, I can’t see the damned game. It gets blacked out on MLBN.

  5. dkidd says:

    a rainout today would be cruel

  6. lightSABR says:

    A (small) silver lining to the likely rainout: At least there will be some pitchers available to give Teix batting practice!

  7. The Great Gonzo says:

    The fatal flaw of MLB At Bat: radio broadcasts are few and far between in the spring.

  8. Grace says:

    “First pitch is currently scheduled for 2:30 p.m.”

    What? They talked to Al Roker and he gave them the time when the rain would end? :-)

  9. jayrod says:

    Why was Beltran scratched? A little concerning, isn’t it?

  10. Wheels says:

    Welcome back, Tex.

  11. lightSABR says:

    Today’s edition of “things you only see during spring training”:

    Reid Brignac, Designated Hitter.

  12. forensic says:

    Not too happy to see Tex batting 3rd today ahead of Beltran, and maybe even McCann (and arguably Soriano). I’d much rather he be behind Beltran and sometimes even behind McCann.

    Hopefully this order doesn’t stick.

    • Cuso says:

      Tex is probably batting third to gets his 2 or 3 ABs as quickly as possible then get him out of there by the 5th inning. Wouldn’t read too much into it.

      • forensic says:

        I thought about that, but I don’t think that’s really much of a difference. Batting 3rd vs. 4th isn’t giving him that much less time in the game and I think he’d just get his time no matter what. Still not thrilled.

  13. forensic says:

    Way to make Chase look silly, Tanaka!

  14. Cuso says:

    Welcome to Splitsville, Chase

  15. Zanath says:

    Looks like he had a nice first inning…well as far as I can tell from crappy Spring Training gameday. To those who watched, how did he look?

  16. lightSABR says:

    And a K on the splitter. Nice.

  17. Cuso says:

    McCann better not become dead pull guy. He’s got too much natural power to all fields.

  18. forensic says:

    It’s not balls and strikes. Those aren’t reviewable at all.

    Maybe ‘record keeping’ is the official scorer rulings on things like hit vs. error?

  19. yanks99 says:

    Is the game on tv? I thought MLB network was supposed to show it.

  20. forensic says:

    Flores says “Carlos who?”!

  21. RobertGKramer@AOL.Com says:

    MLB.TV and TCN (Philadelphia)

  22. vicki says:

    flores para los muertos.

  23. forensic says:

    A hit!!!

    Still looking for that elusive flyball though.

  24. vicki says:


  25. Cuso says:

    Well B-Rob got the hat trick that inning. He looks good with the glove, at least.

  26. forensic says:

    That thing was demolished.

  27. W.B. Mason Williams says:

    Brian Roberts flashing some leather.

  28. marechal says:

    7 groundouts for Tanaka. Pretty good.

  29. forensic says:

    If nothing else, Roberts has looked at least solid in the field. If he can hit around or a little better than league average for a 2B, and of course actually stay on the field for any length of time, he could be ok value for the team near the bottom of the lineup.

    I’m starting to come around on Roberts and Johnson a little bit, I think (partly because I picked Johnson in my fantasy league).

  30. forensic says:

    I’m not hating these guys in the booth. Much better than when Gary Matthews was in there.

    Is that Jaime Moyer doing the color analysis? That seems to be what their site intimates.

  31. Cuso says:

    I still hate your white tr. face, Papelbon

  32. forensic says:

    Obviously this was a “We need you to catch Tanaka, but then get your ass in off the wet field” kind of day for McCann.

  33. Cuso says:

    I like the way Billings attacked hitters that innings

  34. Cuso says:

    There it is, Cap’n

  35. vicki says:

    daddy’s home!

  36. RobertGKramer@AOL.Com says:

    Will Tex be sore?

  37. dkidd says:

    jeter with an extra base hit!

  38. dkidd says:

    is billings just a minor league depth arm?

  39. TWTR says:

    It looked like Tanaka threw a get me over fastball to Galvis and he paid.

  40. vicki says:

    chooch: not dead yet.

  41. RetroRob says:

    Hmmm, so John Ryan Murphy said he was never known as J.R. until he was in the minors. Yet Jamie Moyer has known him prior to that since he said he played with his son, yet Moyer struggled with calling him John Murphy, lapsing into J.R.

  42. RobertGKramer@AOL.Com says:

    Billings looks good for one inning only!

  43. Tanaka Flaka Flame says:

    My predictions for tanaka: 22-3 1.87 ERA 220 k

  44. DERP says:

    Not watching, but has Soriano really swung and missed at all nine pitches he has seen?

  45. The Other Matt says:

    Hell of a play by Roberts at second just now. He’s really been making some nice plays in the field this spring. That’s about his second or third just this game.

  46. RobertGKramer@AOL.Com says:

    Solarte in the game!

  47. RobertGKramer@AOL.Com says:

    Sux played 7 scoreless against Miami!

  48. dkidd says:

    assumed leroux was from louisiana, but he’s french-canadian

  49. vicki says:

    the man, the myth.

  50. lightSABR says:


  51. RobertGKramer@AOL.Com says:

    Flores has the first and fourth RBI!

  52. RobertGKramer@AOL.Com says:

    Solarte hits again!

  53. vicki says:

    yangervis does not make outs.

  54. RobertGKramer@AOL.Com says:

    Moyer on TV!

  55. RobertGKramer@AOL.Com says:

    That’s all folks!

  56. vicki says:

    don’t look now, but this team is kind of fun.

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