Spring Training Game Thread: Yankees @ Blue Jays

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Open Thread: 3/2 Camp Notes

The Yankees are in Dunedin to play the Blue Jays at 1pm ET this afternoon, though the game will not be broadcast locally on YES or nationally on MLB Network. It is available on MLB.tv only. (MLBN will re-air it on a tape delay at 8pm ET.) Here is the starting lineup and available players. Fifth starter candidate Vidal Nuno is on the bump. Talk about the game here if you’re watching.

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Open Thread: 3/2 Camp Notes
  • nycsportzfan

    Excited to see how Nuno does, and also hoping to see Mark Montgomery pitch well again also.

  • nycsportzfan

    Super excited to see how Nuno does, and also looking forward to seeing Mark Montgomerys 2nd appearance.

    • nycsportzfan

      Jeez, sorry for the duplicate post.

  • nycsportzfan

    1st throwing error of the spring fur Nunez.

    • Giancarlo Murphy

      It’s like the robin, or the first crocuses sprouting up.

      • Tanakapalooza Floozy

        Dig the handle.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Nunez makes a diving stop, short hops the throw to first. Some things never change.

    • WhittakerWalt

      NEVER TRADE HIM

    • nycsportzfan

      Then used his bat to make up for the difference in his defense and then some, by clubbing 2run HR. Between making some insanely tough plays and his offense, I think he makes up for his sloppy defense.

  • nycsportzfan

    Good thing Romine threw a bee-bee to get Reyes stealing 2nd, to make up for Nunez error..

    • lightSABR

      Yeah, pretty sweet.

      • Havok9120

        Yep, that was a nice thrown.

    • Wolfgang’s Fault

      This Romine guy is a very solid defensive catcher. If he could just stay healthy, he’d hit enough to be a very solid big league catcher.

  • lightSABR

    And Nunez with the error.

  • Giancarlo Murphy

    Hmmm…Canzler not doing Nunie or himself any favors. Nice throw by Lettuce to erase the error.

    • Hawkeye

      Can we loose that nick name- trying too hard to out cute Sterling.

  • nycsportzfan

    Nuno with 3straight swings and misses against Moises Sierra.. I like that.

    • nycsportzfan

      I don’t like Joey Bats hitting drives over the wall.lol Hes looking great early in the Spring.

  • Havok9120

    Hard to begrudge giving up a homer to Mr. Bats.

    • Betty Lizard

      And yet somehow we will.

  • lightSABR

    Dean Anna looking good at the plate.

    • lightSABR

      And gets a hit. Nice.

    • nycsportzfan

      Yes Sir.

    • Giancarlo Murphy

      Yes indeed. Just barely failed to stay back long enough to keep a pulled shot fair down the RF line, then hit a mistake into RF on the next pitch to drive in a run.

  • nycsportzfan

    Dean Mother Fucking Anna!

  • nycsportzfan

    Nuno looks great, despite that HR to Joey Bats. Peppering the strike zone. This dudes got some talent. We’ve got tremendous depth at pitcher

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Some hard contact already against Nuno.

    • nycsportzfan

      All I wanted to see was him get ahead and pepper the strike zone. Hes done that, and hes got plenty of swings and misses. All ready got 2ks through 4outs.

      • nycsportzfan

        3k in 2inn make that.

      • whozat

        Didn’t he go 3-2 on both of the first two hitters?

        Pin no hopes on Vidal Nuno.

        • lightSABR

          Yeah. I like Nuno, but can’t see the guy succeeding as a starter if he has to nibble like that to avoid giving up big hits–he just won’t be efficient enough. Maybe in the pen.

        • nycsportzfan

          He threw 19pitches and 16 of em were strikes. He K’d 3 in 2innings. Whats the issue?

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            Pretty sure that pitch count is inaccurate.

            • nycsportzfan

              I don’t think so. Reyes swung at 1st pitch, and he got Sierra on 3pitches to start the game. He was good and efficent. He k’d 3guys in 2innings. I gurantee Giardi was happy with Nuno today.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting

                Are you basing that on memory? Or Gameday?
                Gameday doesn’t accurately track pitches during spring training.

                (I’m not watching, so I don’t know about those specific batters)

                • vicki

                  “Mike Axisa says:
                  February 26, 2014 at 10:07 pm
                  …. In Spring Training, Gameday only counts three strikes for a strikeout, four balls for a walk, and one strike for all other at-bats.”

                  http://riveraveblues.com/2014/.....s-3-99912/

                  • Need Pitching & Hitting

                    For the most part, yes.
                    I did notice a couple of variations in today’s play-by-play though.

                • nycsportzfan

                  Yeah, he got Sierra and Encarnacion on 6pitches combined.

                  • nycsportzfan

                    Unless it just wasen’t accurate for Nuno. I have no idea now. I’m just confused?

                    • nycsportzfan

                      Either way, he K’d Encarnacion and Sierra, who are both RH, with one looking and one swinging in the 1st. He got Reyes , but Reyes reached on a error, and of course the Solo HR by Joey Bats, who looks awesome anyways this early on in the spring. And then he added another K in the 2nd.

                      I think the results were pretty good for Nuno today. Outside of one of the best power hitters in baseball taking em deep.

              • lightSABR

                That’s definitely not what I remember. I think Nuno got behind on Reyes, then battled the count full before Reyes fouled off several pitches (four maybe?) and then finally hit the ball to Nunez, who threw it short and got the E6. Then Sierra worked a full count before striking out. Anybody want to back me up on this?

                • nycsportzfan

                  Well, Reyes is a leadoff hitter, whos also a switch hitter, so getting him out is all that matters, which he did if not for the error. He faced all right handed hitters except Gose, and K’d 2of them, and also Gose. He did good.

                  • lightSABR

                    I didn’t say he sucked. Except for giving up the homer to Bautista – which you can hardly blame anybody for – he had a great outing. He’s a good pitcher, and I’m really glad to have him on the roster.

                    That said, watching him pitch, I thought it looked like the only way he could avoid giving up big hits to talented hitters like Reyes was to nibble. That’s a costly strategy (in terms of pitch count), and a risky one, since it means more opportunities to hang a curve and get pounded. It’s possible for a guy to succeed in the back of an AL East rotation with a repertoire like that, but you can’t blame me for hoping that someone with a higher ceiling (Pineda) walks away with the spot and pushes Nuno into a bullpen or 6th/7th starter role.

                    • nycsportzfan

                      I never said, you said he sucked. And i’m fine with Pineda winning the spot as well, but for Nuno to be put in the bullpen, he has to be good, period. Working 2innings is bullpen esque anyways. I’d rather have pitchers who can pitch over throw gas any day of the yr, so guys like Nuno are more exciting to me. I don’t care if he nibbles, as long as the end result is getting guys out.

                • nycsportzfan

                  Eh, either way, he faced 8hitters, almost all of em being RH hitters, and K’d 2 of the righties, and Gose, and BB’d none. Even the HR to Joey Bats wasen’t really bad one. Joey crushed Ball4 is all.

        • nycsportzfan

          And the answer is NO, he did not go full on 1st 2batters he faced. In fact he struck Sierra out on 3straight swing and miss pitches as the 2nd batter of the game. Where’d you get he went full on 1st 2batters of game?

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    I really detest when there’s not even local radio for games during ST. Oh well. Enjoy the game, whoever can actually watch it.

    • Chip Rodriguez

      Pleasantly surprised to see this is on mlb tv. I guess mostly the home games at the Boss are getting covered for Yankees fans.

    • Betty Lizard

      With MLB.tv all things are possible. Peace be with you brother.

    • Havok9120

      *cackles*

  • nycsportzfan

    Another BB for Ells. How many times he been on base through a couple/few games so far?

  • Ethan

    The angle of the camera is so terrible.

    • lightSABR

      I know. Too low to see the plate, too far off to the side to tell whether the ball ever crosses it.

    • Havok9120

      Yeah. I really don’t get when this crap happens.

      • whozat

        It’s a spring training facility and the vast majority of the games aren’t televised, so it’s not worth it to the team or the facility to spend money on camera positions. Is it really so hard to understand?

        • Havok9120

          I’m not talking less about ST and more in general. We get a ton of this during the regular season.

  • Yanks

    Nunez with the power stroke and Beltran follows it up. Hope that’s one of many in Pinstripes.

  • RetroRob

    Nice HR be Beltran.

  • Havok9120

    Always fun to see back-to-back homers for the good guys.

    • Chip Rodriguez

      Havok Harrelson?

      • Havok9120

        Damn, they’ve figured it out!

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Pleased to see Romine get a hit. Don’t give up on him!

    • Havok9120

      Ugh.

      • Betty Lizard

        I GAVE Romine the 25 man roster spell and he REFUSES to execute it properly. You CANNOT skimp on the ingredients!

  • nycsportzfan

    Nuny and Beltran belt em!

  • Yanks

    mlb.tv feed doesn’t seem to have a radar gun reading. Would like to see the readings on Mitchell.

    • lightSABR

      Three straight Ks, including Joey Bats. Can’t complain about that.

  • Havok9120

    Not a bad showing by Mitchell. `

  • nycsportzfan

    Nice Single for Flores off the LHP Cecil. Always like seeing the young kids get hits off same sided pitchers.

  • nycsportzfan

    Solarte flat out raking early on in the Spring.

  • vicki

    solarte keeping the legend alive.

    • nycsportzfan

      2-2 now.

    • lightSABR

      New triple slash: .857/.875/1.714

      Loser. I knew he couldn’t keep up that 2.000 SLG.

  • Giancarlo Murphy

    As a Yankee fan I’m sorry to see that the JP Arencibia experiment appears to be over.

  • vicki

    so doesn’t robbie sound a like a little rich girl with daddy’s credit card? he took a look around his team and decided the m’s should sign kendrys and ervin (and should’ve done cruz and ubaldo too).

    • Chip Rodriguez

      What did I miss here?!

      • vicki

        http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_.....-extra-bat

        surfing during the commercials. the alternative was watching the knicks/heat snuff film.

        • Chip Rodriguez

          Done with spring training for the day?

          And that article is glorious. Note to Robbie: maybe it’s not that easy getting both adequate ‘respect’ and a good hitting lineup around you.

          • vicki

            oh, no. i’m here til the bitter end. can’t get enough buck martinez.

          • lightSABR

            I think you mean “re$pect.” Strangely, most teams that sign a player for more than $20mm per year don’t have the budget to add a whole lot of other free agents.

        • lightSABR

          Oh, that’s hilarious. I’m going to be laughing about that all day.

      • VintageLiew
    • RetroRob

      He’s spent his career on the Yankees where he was constantly surrounded by shiny new toys. This is his new reality.

      • Giancarlo Murphy

        Yep. Get used to it hermano. Not like the Nintendo-backed Mariners couldn’t afford to spend more, but they won’t.

    • Chris W.

      There are still some who paint the Yankees’ FO as villains in the negotiations, which is nuts to me.

  • vicki

    murph!

  • Chip Rodriguez

    GODDAMN! Murphy just slammed one deep into left field.

    • nycsportzfan

      Wowsers! This spring coulden’t of started better for the Yanks. This teams gonna be the shit! And, no, not because of a few spring training games, but because of everything including the first few spring training games. GO BOMBERS!

  • gageagainstthemachine

    That’s what you get…WHEN YOU CALL HIM J.R.!!!

    • Giancarlo Murphy

      Hahaha absolutely. I pictured him shouting as he swung, “I’m JOHN RYAN dammit!”

  • vicki

    you may think cojo is useless, but my gay friend paige says she would go straight for him.

    corban joseph: dykebuster.

    • dkidd

      there’s a “turn the page” joke here somewhere…

      • vicki

        her nom de guerre is, in fact, Paige Turner.

    • RetroRob

      I don’t think he’s useless at all. CoJo and Anna will be manning 2B for the Yankees most of 2014 as soon as the inevitable injury comes to…

  • nycsportzfan

    16k 2bb’s for Yanks pitching the past 17innings of Spring training ball.

    • nycsportzfan

      Make that 18K and 2BB through last 18innings after Daley’s 2k 9th.

  • Cheval Anonyme

    Solarte went 2 for 2, lowering his Slugging Average.

    • lightSABR

      And his OPS, too. That’s a real accomplishment.

  • Rick

    Ahh to be in 70 degree weather in Tampa. Life is good. Can’t wait to see the Yanks.

  • Wolfgang’s Fault

    Please, Yankees, don’t trade any of Romine/Murphy/Sanchez UNTIL we absolutely get back some cherce, can’t miss players/prospects in return.