Mar
06

Spring Training Game Thread: Tanaka, Part Two

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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 MLB.tv 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.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

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

  • John Duci

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

  • John Duci

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

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    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.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      Not on Philly local channels? Whatever their equivalent to foxsportsnet or comcast sports net is?

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Shitnet?

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        Not from what I can tell. But they’d be blacked out on them too. Phillies games are always blacked out for some reason, possibly because we have Extra Innings.

        • Mr. Roth

          Look in the SD channels. I live in Philly and the game is on TCN.

          For fios it’s channel 99

  • dkidd

    a rainout today would be cruel

  • lightSABR

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

    • Betty Lizard

      “It’s all part of the plan.”

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        +Joker

  • The Great Gonzo

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

  • http://www.sportsentertainmentfan.com Grace

    “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? :-)

    • Wheels

      Nah, they went straight to Jim Cantore.

  • jayrod

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

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Maybe just didn’t want someone with a history of knee problems unnecessarily running around on a recently soaked OF.

    • forensic

      A regular, clear game? Maybe.

      A rainy day? Not really concerning.

    • jayrod

      Ah, wet outfield. Nevermind.

  • Wheels

    Welcome back, Tex.

  • lightSABR

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

    Reid Brignac, Designated Hitter.

  • forensic

    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.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      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

        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.

  • forensic

    Way to make Chase look silly, Tanaka!

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Welcome to Splitsville, Chase

  • Zanath

    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?

    • forensic

      He’s looked good so far, except for that slider (?) that he just hung to Byrd.

  • lightSABR

    And a K on the splitter. Nice.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

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

  • forensic

    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?

    • forensic

      Ok, they meant keeping track of balls and strikes, not calling something a ball or strike.

  • yanks99

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

    • forensic

      They are showing it. Are you in the Philly area to maybe be blacked out?

      • yanks99

        No – far from Philadelphia

  • forensic

    Flores says “Carlos who?”!

  • RobertGKramer@AOL.Com

    MLB.TV and TCN (Philadelphia)

  • vicki

    flores para los muertos.

    • Vaduna

      A “Quick Change” reference? I love that movie!

  • forensic

    A hit!!!

    Still looking for that elusive flyball though.

    • Tanakapalooza Floozy

      Baby steps.

  • vicki

    bust!

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

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

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Whoa. Bomb.

  • forensic

    That thing was demolished.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      It was a Bob Loblaw Law Bomb

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    Brian Roberts flashing some leather.

  • marechal

    7 groundouts for Tanaka. Pretty good.

  • forensic

    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).

    • dkidd

      and roberts sees a lot of pitches

      after last year, it’s nice seeing tougher at-bats

  • forensic

    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.

    • RobertGKramer@AOL.Com

      They added Moyer and Stairs.

      • forensic

        Yeah, that’s what I got from their site, and they’ve talked about his pitching so I’m assuming it’s Moyer. I haven’t seen him or heard his name yet to confirm though.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Yeah, Moyer is pretty good

      • RobertGKramer@AOL.Com

        I guess crafty translates well!

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    I still hate your white tr. face, Papelbon

    • Tanakapalooza Floozy

      Seriously. I always want to hit that pouty bitch mouth with a bat.

  • forensic

    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.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    I like the way Billings attacked hitters that innings

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    There it is, Cap’n

  • vicki

    daddy’s home!

  • RobertGKramer@AOL.Com

    Will Tex be sore?

  • dkidd

    jeter with an extra base hit!

  • dkidd

    is billings just a minor league depth arm?

    • RobertGKramer@AOL.Com

      Any arm is a pen candidate.

  • TWTR

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

  • vicki

    chooch: not dead yet.

    • dkidd

      i’m still basking in john ryan’s arm…

  • RetroRob

    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.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      I caught that, too.

  • RobertGKramer@AOL.Com

    Billings looks good for one inning only!

  • Tanaka Flaka Flame

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

    • Tanakapalooza Floozy

      Lulz. Put the pipe down.

  • DERP

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

    • pat

      In my best Ron Burgundy voice-

      I’m not even mad—that’s amazing

    • marechal

      That’s just At Bat during Spring Training. Walks are always four balls, strikeouts are always three swinging strikes.

  • The Other Matt

    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.

  • RobertGKramer@AOL.Com

    Solarte in the game!

  • RobertGKramer@AOL.Com

    Sux played 7 scoreless against Miami!

  • dkidd

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

  • vicki

    the man, the myth.

  • lightSABR

    Sizemore!

  • RobertGKramer@AOL.Com

    Flores has the first and fourth RBI!

  • RobertGKramer@AOL.Com

    Solarte hits again!

  • vicki

    yangervis does not make outs.

    • RobertGKramer@AOL.Com

      Looks like he can pick-it too!

  • RobertGKramer@AOL.Com

    Moyer on TV!

  • RobertGKramer@AOL.Com

    That’s all folks!

  • vicki

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

    • TWTR

      True. Must-watch-tv, as opposed to last season’s easy-to-avoid.