Spring Training Game Thread: Tanaka’s Fourth Start

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Spring Training continues this afternoon with Masahiro Tanaka‘s fourth Grapefruit League start. He looked excellent the first three times out, striking out 13 with no walks and three hits allowed in nine scoreless innings. Last year at this time Tanaka was coming back from surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow. There are no such concerns this year. He’s looked really good so far.

In other news, the Yankees are set to play their top two prospects (Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier) in today’s game, plus their most MLB ready starting pitcher prospect (Jordan Montgomery) will come out of the bullpen as well. Roster cuts are being made by the day. Enjoy watching these guys while you can, folks. We won’t get to see them too many more times before they’re sent across the street to minor league camp. Here is the Tigers’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  3. C Gary Sanchez
  4. DH Matt Holliday
  5. 1B Greg Bird
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. RF Rob Refsnyder
  8. 2B Ronald Torreyes
  9. SS Gleyber Torres
    RHP Masahiro Tanaka

Available Pitchers: LHP Jordan Montgomery, LHP Chasen Shreve, LHP Jason Gurka, and RHP Jonathan Holder are all scheduled to pitch today. RHP Matt Wotherspoon, RHP Dillon McNamara, RHP Eric Ruth, and LHP Caleb Frare are all up from minor league camp to serve as the extra arms.

Available Position Players: C Kyle Higashioka, 1B Ji-Man Choi, 2B Donovan Solano, SS Pete Kozma, 3B Ruben Tejada, LF Clint Frazier, CF Tyler Wade, and RF Billy McKinney will be the second string off the bench. C Radley Haddad, IF Abi Avelino, OF Dustin Fowler, and UTIL Wilkin Castillo are the extra players. Haddad and Avelino are up from minor league camp for the day.

The Yankees made the 45-minute trip inland to Lakeland for this afternoon’s game. The weather report tells me there won’t be a cloud in the sky for this afternoon’s game. It will be a tad chilly, however. This afternoon’s game will begin shortly after 1pm ET. If you’re in the Tigers’ home market, you can watch on FOX Sports Detroit. If not, you can watch on MLB Network and MLB.tv, even in the New York market. Enjoy the game.

Spring Training Game Thread: Pineda’s Third Start

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The Grapefruit League season marches on tonight. Michael Pineda is making his third start of the spring overall and his first televised outing. This’ll be our first time seeing Big Mike in action since last year. His first spring start was pretty good. The second … not so much. Classic Pineda. Which guy will show up tonight? The guy with the nasty slider and a ton of strike ’em outs, or the guy with a nasty slider and a ton of hits allowed? Stay tuned!

What else is there to pay attention to tonight? I guess Chad Green, who is competing for a rotation spot and is scheduled to come out of the bullpen. He’s allowed one run in 5.2 innings this spring, but he’s also walked five and struck out three, which ain’t good. If I had to guess, I’d say Green lags behind the others in the rotation race right now. Here is the lineup the Phillies sent over and here are the players the Yankees will use:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  3. C Gary Sanchez
  4. DH Matt Holliday
  5. 1B Greg Bird
  6. 2B Starlin Castro
  7. 3B Chase Headley
  8. RF Aaron Hicks
  9. SS Tyler Wade
    RHP Michael Pineda

Available Pitchers: LHP Aroldis Chapman, RHP Chad Green, RHP Ben Heller, LHP Chasen Shreve, and RHP J.R. Graham are all scheduled to pitch tonight. RHP Andrew Schwaab, RHP Eric Ruth, RHP Travis Hissong, and LHP Nestor Cortes are all up from minor league camp to serve as the extra arms.

Available Position Players: C Austin Romine, 1B Ji-Man Choi, 2B Ruben Tejada, SS Gleyber Torres, 3B Pete Kozma, LF Rob Refsnyder, CF Dustin Fowler, RF Billy McKinney, and DH Donovan Solano will be the second string off the bench. Solano is just back from the World Baseball Classic. C Kyle Higashioka, SS Jorge Mateo, 3B Miguel Andujar, OF Clint Frazier, OF Mason Williams, and UTIL Wilkin Castillo are the extra players.

Clear skies in Tampa tonight and the internet tells me it’s downright chilly. All I care about is rain and there’s none of that in the forecast. Tonight’s game will start at 6:35pm ET and you can watch on YES. There’s also MLB.tv and the FOX Sports Go app. Enjoy the game.

Spring Training Game Thread: Tanaka’s Third Start

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So far this spring the rotation has looked, well, pretty much exactly as expected. The kids have shown promise but are also taking some lumps. Michael Pineda has continued his good start, bad start routine. CC Sabathia is just now getting into the swing of things following offseason knee surgery.

And then there’s Masahiro Tanaka, the staff ace, who has been masterful in his first two Grapefruit League starts. Every fifth day last season the Yankees could count on Tanaka chewing up innings and pitching a high quality game. He’ll make his third start of the spring this afternoon. Here is the lineup the Tigers sent down from Lakeland, and here is the Yankees’ lineup, which looks an awful lot like a potential Opening Day lineup sans Didi Gregorius, who is still away at the World Baseball Classic:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  3. C Gary Sanchez
  4. DH Matt Holliday
  5. 1B Greg Bird
  6. 2B Starlin Castro
  7. 3B Chase Headley
  8. RF Aaron Judge
  9. SS Ronald Torreyes
    RHP Masahiro Tanaka

Available Pitchers: RHP Bryan Mitchell, LHP Daniel Camarena, RHP J.R. Graham, and RHP Brady Lail are all scheduled to pitch after Tanaka. RHP Colten Brewer, RHP Cale Coshow, RHP Ben Heller, LHP Joe Mantiply, and LHP Chasen Shreve are the extra arms. Brewer and Coshow are up from minor league camp for the day. Brewer was a minor league Rule 5 Draft pick from the Pirates over the winter.

Available Position Players: C Austin Romine, 1B Rob Refsnyder, 2B Ruben Tejada, SS Gleyber Torres, 3B Miguel Andujar, LF Pete Kozma, CF Dustin Fowler, RF Billy McKinney, and DH Chris Carter will be the second string off the bench. C Francisco Diaz, C Jorge Saez, C Kyle Higashioka, 1B Ji-Man Choi, SS Jorge Mateo, OF Dustin Fowler, OF Clint Frazier, and UTIL Wilkin Castillo are the extra players.

Pretty much perfect baseball weather in Tampa today. No clouds and temperatures in the low-80s without that gross Florida humidity. Today’s game will begin at 1:05pm ET and you can watch on YES. There’s also MLB.tv and the FOX Sports Go app. Enjoy the game.

Spring Training Game Thread: Green’s Second Start

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The Yankees return to television today, thankfully, and rotation candidate Chad Green will be making his second Grapefruit League start. It’s his second start and third appearance. As I mentioned in today’s mailbag, there doesn’t seem to be a standout among the rotation candidates thus far, but there are still three weeks to go before Opening Day. Green could start to separate himself this afternoon.

What else should you watch today? Well, Chance Adams and Justus Sheffield, for one. Or two, I guess. They’re both scheduled to come out of the bullpen. There’s a pretty good chance both guys will be making their final Grapefruit League appearance today before being sent out to minor league camp. We’ve reached that time of the spring. Here is the Phillies’ lineup and here are the players the Yankees sent across the causeway to Clearwater:

  1. CF Aaron Hicks
  2. C Gary Sanchez
  3. 1B Greg Bird
  4. DH Matt Holliday
  5. 3B Chase Headley
  6. 2B Starlin Castro
  7. RF Aaron Judge
  8. LF Clint Frazier
  9. SS Tyler Wade
    RHP Chad Green

Available Pitchers: RHP Chance Adams, LHP Jon Niese, LHP Justus Sheffield, and RHP Jonathan Holder are all scheduled to pitch after Green. LHP Jordan Montgomery, RHP Matt Marsh, and RHP Kyle Haynes are the extra arms. You know what? It might be RHP Mark Montgomery, not Jordan. The lineup card only lists “Montgomery.” Jordan last pitched Monday and he’s been on a strict every five days schedule this spring. Seems weird to send an extra pitcher who presumably can’t pitch. Marsh and Haynes are up from minor league camp for the road trip. Mark Montgomery might be as well. Whatever.

Available Position Players: C Kyle Higashioka, 1B Ji-Man Choi, 2B Jorge Mateo, SS Gleyber Torres, 3B Ruben Tejada, LF Rashad Crawford, CF Dustin Fowler, RF Rob Refsnyder, and DH Miguel Andujar will be the second string off the bench. C Jorge Saez, IF Pete Kozma, and UTIL Wilkin Castillo drew the short straws and had to make the road trip even though they aren’t scheduled to play.

The internet tells me the weather in Clearwater is typical Florida weather. A little cloudy but warm. Good baseball weather. This afternoon’s game will begin a little after 1pm ET. If you live in the Phillies home market, you can watch the game on CSN Philly TCN. The game will also be shown on MLB Network, even in the New York market. There’s also MLB.tv. Enjoy the game.

Spring Training Game Thread: Sabathia’s First Start

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We’ve officially entered the dog days of Spring Training. Everyone is just kinda going through the motions and waiting for the regular season to begin. Don’t get me wrong, the games are still fun to watch — how could they not be with this farm system? — but I’m ready for some meaningful baseball. I guess I’ll enjoy the stress-free baseball while I can.

CC Sabathia is making his first Grapefruit League start this afternoon. The Yankees have been taking a bit slow with Sabathia this spring following his relatively minor knee surgery back in October. There’s no reason to push it this time of year. Did you know this will be Sabathia’s 17th big league season? Crazy. He made three starts against the dynasty era Yankees in the span of the month during his rookie season in 2001, and allowed 15 runs in 9.2 total innings. He’s come a long way, eh? Here is the lineup the Rays sent up from Port Charlotte, and here are the players the Yankees will use today:

  1. 2B Ronald Torreyes
  2. C Gary Sanchez
  3. DH Matt Holliday
  4. 1B Chris Carter
  5. RF Aaron Judge
  6. SS Gleyber Torres
  7. LF Clint Frazier
  8. 3B Miguel Andujar
  9. CF Dustin Fowler
    LHP CC Sabathia

Available Pitchers: RHP Adam Warren, LHP Chasen Shreve, RHP Ben Heller, RHP Jonathan Holder, RHP Domingo German, and LHP Jason Gurka are all scheduled to pitch today. RHP Johnny Barbato, LHP Nestor Cortes, RHP Brady Lail, and RHP Eric Ruth are the extra arms. Cortes and Ruth are up from minor league camp for the day.

Available Positions: C Kyle Higashioka, 1B Francisco Diaz, 2B Rob Refsnyder, SS Ruben Tejada, 3B Tyler Wade, LF Pete Kozma, CF Rashad Crawford, RF Billy McKinney, and DH Greg Bird are coming off the bench later in the game. C Jorge Saez, SS Jorge Mateo, OF Zack Zehner, and UTIL Wilkin Castillo are also available. Crawford and Zehner are up from minor league camp.

It is cloudy yet warm in Tampa today. Not picturesque baseball weather, but it’ll do. Today’s game will begin a little after 1pm ET and you can watch on YES. There’s also MLB.tv and the FOX Sports Go app. Enjoy the game.

Spring Training Game Thread: Mitchell’s Third Start

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Like last spring, Bryan Mitchell has been the best potential starter candidate in camp aside from Masahiro Tanaka this year. Last spring Mitchell was electric, and if the fifth starter competition were based entirely on Grapefruit League performance, he would have beaten out CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova for the spot. Instead, he had to settle for a bullpen job before breaking his toe covering first base.

Of course, it’s still pretty early in the spring, so Mitchell is only making his third Grapefruit League outing today. It’s hard to handicap the fourth and fifth starter’s race at this point, though the fact he’s the only one of the fourth and fifth starter candidates who has yet to allow a run can’t hurt his chances. Mitchell will look to build on his strong early spring performance this afternoon. Here is the Pirates’ lineup he’ll face and here are the players the Yankees will use today:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  3. 2B Starlin Castro
  4. 1B Greg Bird
  5. 3B Chase Headley
  6. DH Aaron Judge
  7. RF Aaron Hicks
  8. C Austin Romine
  9. SS Jorge Mateo
    RHP Bryan Mitchell

Available Pitchers: LHP Jordan Montgomery, LHP Jon Niese, LHP Evan Rutckyj, LHP Joe Mantiply, RHP J.P. Feyereisen, and RHP J.R. Graham are all scheduled to pitch after Mitchell. LHP Jason Gurka, RHP Domingo German, RHP Jonathan Holder, and RHP Travis Hissong also made the trip. Hissong is up from minor league camp for the day.

Available Position Players: C Kyle Higashioka, 1B Wilkin Castillo, 2B Ruben Tejada, SS Gleyber Torres, 3B Miguel Andujar, LF Rob Refsnyder, CF Tyler Wade, and RF Billy McKinney will be the second string off the bench. C Francisco Diaz, IF Abi Avelino, and OF Clint Frazier also made the road trip even though they aren’t scheduled to play. Avelino is up from minor league camp.

The Yankees are on the road today, having made the hour long bus trip down to Bradenton. The internet tells me it’s cloudy and on the cool side. Today’s game will begin a little after 1pm ET. If you’re in the Pirates home market, you can watch on ROOT Sports. If not, the game will be shown live on MLB Network, even in the New York market. There’s also MLB.tv. Enjoy the game.

Spring Training Game Thread: Tanaka’s Second Start

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The Spring Training of our dreams continues this afternoon with a home game against the Pirates. The pitchers all look pretty good, the young position players are hitting the snot out of the ball, and the Yankees are winning. They lead all teams in wins, runs (by 12), homers (by four), and extra-base hits (by eight) this spring. Wins and runs in February and March don’t mean anything, but it sure has been a blast to watch.

Staff ace Masahiro Tanaka is making his first televised start and second overall start of the spring today. By all accounts he looked very good first time out. Today we’ll be able to lay our eyes on him. Also, Gleyber Torres is playing second base today. He spent a tiny little bit of time there last season as the Yankees look to increase their top prospect’s versatility. Here’s the lineup the Pirates send over from Bradenton, and here are the players the Yankees will use:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  3. DH Matt Holliday
  4. 1B Chris Carter
  5. RF Aaron Judge
  6. C Austin Romine
  7. 3B Ronald Torreyes
  8. SS Ruben Tejada
  9. 2B Gleyber Torres
    RHP Masahiro Tanaka

Available Pitchers: LHP Aroldis Chapman, LHP Tommy Layne, RHP Tyler Clippard, RHP Luis Cessa, RHP Yefrey Ramirez, and RHP Chance Adams are all listed as scheduled to pitch today. Assuming Tanaka goes three innings, I guess that means everyone else is throwing one inning each, including Cessa and Adams. We’ll see. RHP J.R. Graham, LHP Joe Mantiply, LHP Caleb Frare, and LHP Evan Rutckyj are also available today. Frare is up from minor league camp for the day.

Available Position Players: C Gary Sanchez, 1B Ji-Man Choi, 2B Jorge Mateo, SS Tyler Wade, 3B Pete Kozma, LF Donovan Solano, CF Dustin Fowler, RF Clint Frazier, and DH Aaron Hicks will be the second string off the bench. C Jorge Saez, C Kyle Higashioka, C Francisco Diaz, UTIL Wilkin Castillo, 3B Miguel Andujar, and OF Billy McKinney are also available, if necessary.

It is pretty cloudy in Tampa today, though there’s no rain in the forecast, and that’s most important. This afternoon’s game will begin a little after 1pm ET. You can watch live on YES and MLB.tv. There’s also the FOX Sports Go app. Enjoy the game.