Spring Training Game Thread: Severino’s Second Start

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Can regular season start already? Things are going so well early in Grapefruit League play. Hate to waste it on meaningless games. The Yankees are 7-1 this spring and they lead all teams in runs (55), homers (15), and extra-base hits (40). The bats are usually behind the arms this early in Spring Training. The Yankees have come out swinging though. It’s been fun. Hopefully it lasts another eighth months or so.

The Yankees are on the road to play the Blue Jays this afternoon. A few things to watch: Luis Severino, who is making his second spring start. He broke off some nice changeups last time out and I’d like to see him do it again. Also, Aaron Judge is in the starting lineup and have you noticed he’s struck out only once in 13 plate appearances this spring? That’s pretty cool. Maybe the new leg kick is working. Here is the Blue Jays’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  3. RF Aaron Judge
  4. DH Chris Carter
  5. C Austin Romine
  6. 1B Rob Refsnyder
  7. 3B Donovan Solano
  8. SS Jorge Mateo
  9. 2B Pete Kozma
    RHP Luis Severino

Available Pitchers: RHP Johnny Barbato, LHP Joe Mantiply, RHP Brady Lail, LHP Evan Rutckyj, RHP J.R. Graham, and LHP Jason Gurka are all scheduled to pitch. RHP J.P. Feyereisen, RHP Kyle Haynes, and RHP Matt Marsh also made the trip. Haynes and Marsh are up from minor league camp for the day.

Available Position Players: C Francisco Diaz, 1B Ji-Man Choi, 2B Ruben Tejada, SS Gleyber Torres, 3B Miguel Andujar, LF Clint Frazier, CF Dustin Fowler, RF Billy McKinney, and DH Wilkin Castillo will be the second string off the bench. C Jorge Saez, IF Ronald Torreyes, and UTIL Tyler Wade are on the bench but not scheduled to play.

The Yankees made the 20-ish mile trip west to Dunedin, where it’s nice and sunny with temperatures in the low-70s. Pretty windy too. Not a bad day for a ballgame. This afternoon’s game will begin a little after 1pm ET, and if you’re in the Blue Jays home market, which is basically all of Canada, you can watch on Sportsnet. If not, you can watch live on MLB Network, even in the New York market. There’s also MLB.tv as well. There is no YES broadcast of today’s game. Enjoy the game.

Spring Training Game Thread: Chapman’s Spring Debut

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So far, so good for the Yankees in Spring Training. The only significant injury was a fluke (Tyler Austin‘s foot) and the kids all look pretty good. The Yankees are 6-1 this spring and they’ve outscored their opponents 47-29. They lead all teams in runs and homers (12) this spring. I have no idea whether the offense will last, but it has made this first week of Grapefruit League play awful fun.

This evening Aroldis Chapman will make his spring debut. Unlike Dellin Betances, Chapman is not going to the World Baseball Classic. He can work at his own pace this spring. Top relievers usually only throw seven or eight innings in camp. This will be inning No. 1 for Chapman. Also, Clint Frazier is starting in center field tonight. That’s sorta interesting. Here is the split squad lineup the Orioles sent up from Sarasota, and here are the players the Yankees will use:

  1. RF Aaron Hicks
  2. C Gary Sanchez
  3. 1B Greg Bird
  4. DH Matt Holliday
  5. 2B Starlin Castro
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. LF Rob Refsnyder
  8. CF Clint Frazier
  9. SS Gleyber Torres
    RHP Adam Warren

Available Pitchers: LHP Aroldis Chapman, RHP Tyler Clippard, LHP Tommy Layne, and LHP Dietrich Enns are all scheduled to pitch tonight. RHP Gio Gallegos, LHP Jason Gurka, HP Kyle Haynes, RHP Matt Marsh, and LHP Evan Rutckyj are also available if needed. Haynes and Marsh are up from minor league camp for the day.

Available Position Players: C Kyle Higashioka, 1B Wilkin Castillo, 2B Jorge Mateo, SS Ruben Tejada, 3B Miguel Andujar, LF Ronald Torreyes, CF Tyler Wade, RHP Billy McKinney, and DH Ji-Man Choi will be the second string off the bench. C Jorge Saez, C Francisco Diaz, IF Pete Kozma, IF Donovan Solano, and OF Dustin Fowler are the extras.

It is cloudy and cool in Tampa, and there was some on-and-off rain throughout the afternoon. There’s no wet stuff in the forecast tonight though. Tonight’s game will begin at 6:35pm ET. You can watch on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. There’s also MLB.tv and the FOX Sports Go app. Enjoy.

Spring Training Game Thread: Dellin’s Spring Debut

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For the first time this year, the Yankees are playing a game under the lights. Tonight is their first night game of Grapefruit League play — they have another night game tomorrow — though at least they didn’t have to travel anywhere. This is a home game in Tampa against the Braves.

Dellin Betances, who is due to leave for the World Baseball Classic in the coming days, will make his spring debut tonight. He said the plan is two or three (likely two) appearances with the Yankees before heading to Miami to meet up with the Dominican Republic team. Here’s the lineup the Braves sent down from Disney, and here are the players the Yankees will use tonight:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  3. 2B Starlin Castro
  4. DH Matt Holliday
  5. 1B Chris Carter
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. C Austin Romine
  8. RF Aaron Judge
  9. SS Ronald Torreyes
    RHP Bryan Mitchell

Available Pitchers: RHP Dellin Betances, LHP Jordan Montgomery, RHP J.P. Feyereisen, LHP Nestor Cortes, and RHP Travis Hissong are all scheduled to pitch after Mitchell. LHP Daniel Camarena, LHP Dietrich Enns, RHP J.R. Graham, LHP Joe Mantiply, RHP Eric Ruth, and LHP Evan Rutckyj are also available, if needed. Cortes, Hissong, and Ruth are up from minor league camp for the day.

Available Position Players: C Jorge Saez, 1B Ji-Man Choi, 2B Pete Kozma, SS Gleyber Torres, 3B Donovan Solano, LF Tyler Wade, CF Dustin Fowler, RF Billy McKinney, and DH Francisco Diaz will be the second string off the bench. C Kellin Deglan, C Kyle Higashioka, SS Jorge Mateo, 3B Miguel Andujar, OF Clint Frazier, and UTIL Wilkin Castillo have to hang around for the game even though they’re not scheduled to play.

The internet tells me there is no rain in the forecast for Tampa tonight, so that’s good. It’s supposed to be hot and sticky though. Yuck. Hate humidity, you guys. Tonight’s game will begin at 6:35pm ET and you can watch live on YES locally and MLB.tv nationally. There’s also the FOX Sports Go app. Enjoy.

Spring Training Game Thread: Prospects on the Road

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This afternoon the Yankees are playing their second road game and fourth game overall of the Grapefruit League season. So far in their three games they’ve hit five home runs, second most this spring (the Phillies have six), and man, I am loving it. Long live dingers. We haven’t seen nearly enough of them the last four years. Hopefully the trend continues.

What to keep an eye on today? Chad Green, for starters. He’s coming off an elbow injury and the other four rotation candidates have all pitched already. They all threw well too. Green will look to do the same today. Greg Bird and Aaron Judge are batting third and fourth in the starting lineup, and, with any luck, we’ll get to see them do that for the next five or six years. (Gary Sanchez might have something to say about that.) Anyway, here is the Orioles lineup and here are the players the Yankees sent 60 miles south to Sarasota:

  1. LF Aaron Hicks
  2. C Austin Romine
  3. DH Greg Bird
  4. RF Aaron Judge
  5. 1B Rob Refsnyder
  6. 2B Ruben Tejada
  7. 3B Miguel Andujar
  8. CF Dustin Fowler
  9. SS Jorge Mateo
    RHP Chad Green

Available Pitchers: LHP Evan Rutckyj, LHP Joe Mantiply, RHP Gio Gallegos, RHP Kyle Haynes, and RHP Matt Marsh are all scheduled to pitch after Green. LHP Nestor Cortes, LHP Caleb Frare, RHP Jonathan Holder, RHP Yefrey Ramirez, and RHP Matt Wotherspoon also made the trip and are available. Haynes, Marsh, Cortes, Frare, and Wotherspoon are all up from minor league camp for the day.

Available Position Players: C Wilkin Castillo, 1B Kellin Deglan, 2B Thairo Estrada, SS Abi Avelino, 3B Cito Culver, LF Ji-Man Choi, CF Rashad Crawford, RF Clint Frazier, and DH Jorge Saez will be the second string off the bench. C Francisco Diaz, SS Tyler Wade, and OF Billy McKinney will be on the bench as well. Estrada, Avelino, Culver, and Crawford are all up from minor league camp.

It is bright and sunny in Sarasota today. Pretty much perfect Spring Training baseball weather. This afternoon’s game will begin a little after 1pm ET. If you’re in the Orioles home market, you can watch the game on MASN. If not, you can watch live on MLB Network and MLB.tv. The MLB Network broadcast will be available in the Tri-State Area. You won’t be blacked out. Enjoy the game.

Spring Training Game Thread: Severino’s First Start

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I didn’t realize how much I missed baseball on a lazy Saturday until yesterday. Now I look forward to realizing how much I missed it on Sundays too. The day-in, day-out grind of baseball has returned even though these games aren’t all that meaningful. The prospects have brought us some fun highlights already though, and that’s cool. Spring Training is a great time of year for prospect watching.

This afternoon Luis Severino, one of five candidates for the fourth and fifth starter spots, will make his first Grapefruit League start. If you could get the Yankees to give you an honest answer, I’m sure they’d tell you they want Severino to grab one of those spots and run with it. That’d be ideal. At the same time, he’ll have to show improved command and more confidence in his changeup to make that happen. Here is the skeleton crew the Blue Jays sent on the road trip, and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  3. C Gary Sanchez
  4. DH Matt Holliday
  5. SS Didi Gregorius
  6. 1B Chris Carter
  7. 2B Starlin Castro
  8. 3B Chase Headley
  9. RF Aaron Hicks
    RHP Luis Severino

Available Pitchers: RHP Johnny Barbato, RHP Brady Lail, LHP Jason Gurka, and RHP J.P. Feyereisen are all scheduled to pitch after Severino. RHP Gio Gallegos, RHP J.R. Graham, RHP Kyle Haynes, RHP Matt Marsh, and LHP Evan Rutckyj are all available as well. Haynes and Marsh are up from minor league camp for the day.

Available Position Players: C Kyle Higashioka, 1B Donovan Solano, 2B Pete Kozma, SS Tyler Wade, 3B Ruben Tejada, LF Ronald Torreyes, CF Rashad Crawford, RF Billy McKinney, and DH Francisco Diaz will be the second string off the bench. C Jorge Saez, C Kellin Deglan, SS Jorge Mateo, SS Gleyber Torres, 3B Miguel Andujar, OF Dustin Fowler, and OF Clint Frazier are also available, if necessary. Crawford, who was the fourth piece in the Aroldis Chapman trade, is up from minor league camp for the day.

Pretty excellent weather in Tampa today, according to the internet. Sunny with temperatures in the upper-70s, but not much humidity. I wish I was there. This afternoon’s game will begin a little after 1pm ET. You can watch on YES locally and MLB.tv nationally. There’s also the FOX Sports Go app. Enjoy.

Spring Training Game Thread: A Prospect-Laden Lineup

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Yesterday’s Grapefruit League opener sure was fun, wasn’t it? Aaron Judge cranked a monster homer, Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar both did some exciting things, and of course the Yankees won. That’s always cool, even in Spring Training. This afternoon the Yankees are on the road for the first time this spring, and they brought some big time prospect firepower with them to Clearwater.

A few things to watch today: Greg Bird! He’s playing again. First base too. The shoulder must be feeling good if he’s playing back-to-back days in the field. We’ll also get to see Chris Carter in a Yankees uniform for the first time. Will he be able to one-up Judge’s homer from yesterday? That’d be cool. Also, natural shortstop Tyler Wade will play center field off the bench as the Yankees continue to turn him into a super utility player. Here is the Phillies lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. 2B Ronald Torreyes
  2. C Austin Romine
  3. 1B Greg Bird
  4. DH Chris Carter
  5. RF Aaron Judge
  6. LF Clint Frazier
  7. 3B Miguel Andujar
  8. SS Gleyber Torres
  9. CF Dustin Fowler
    RHP Adam Warren

Available Pitchers: LHP Dietrich Enns, LHP Daniel Camarena, RHP Ben Heller, LHP Joe Mantiply, and RHP Jonathan Holder are all scheduled to pitch after Warren. RHP Johnny Barbato, RHP J.P. Feyereisen, RHP Brady Lail, and RHP J.R. Graham are also available.

Available Position Players: C Kellin Deglan, 1B Rob Refsnyder, 2B Jorge Mateo, SS Pete Kozma, 3B Donovan Solano, LF Ji-Man Choi, CF Tyler Wade, RF Billy McKinney, and DH Jorge Saez will be the second string off the bench. UTIL Wilkin Castillo and C Francisco Diaz drew the short straws and had to make the road trip even though they aren’t scheduled to play.

The weather is pretty excellent in Clearwater. A little cloudy with temperatures in the mid-70s and a cool breeze. Can’t beat it. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 1pm ET today. If you’re in the Phillies’ home market, you can watch the game on CSN Philly. Otherwise MLB.tv is your only option. There’s no YES broadcast and MLB Network isn’t showing the game live either. Enjoy.

Spring Training Game Thread: Baseball Returns!

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For the first time since October 2nd of last year, the Yankees will play a baseball game today. Not a meaningful one, of course, but a game nonetheless. The Yankees open the 2017 Grapefruit League schedule with a home game against the Phillies at renovated George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa this afternoon. Welcome back, baseball. I’ve missed you.

A few things to watch today: Greg Bird! We haven’t seen him since the 2015 Wild Card Game. He is in today’s lineup. So is Aaron Judge, who is competing for the right field job. I’m curious to see what his mechanics look like these days. There’s been some confusion of late (which is my fault). And, of course, the fourth and fifth starter competition is beginning. Here is the cast of characters the Phillies sent across the causeway, and here’s the lineup Joe Girardi is sending out there in the exhibition opener:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Didi Gregorius
  3. C Gary Sanchez
  4. DH Matt Holliday
  5. 1B Greg Bird
  6. 2B Starlin Castro
  7. 3B Chase Headley
  8. LF Aaron Hicks
  9. RF Aaron Judge
    RHP Bryan Mitchell

Available Pitchers: RHP Tyler Clippard, LHP Tommy Layne, RHP Luis Cessa, LHP Jordan Montgomery, and RHP Gio Gallegos are all expected to pitch today, assuming I’m reading the lineup card correctly. LHP Daniel Camarena, LHP Dietrich Enns, RHP Ben Heller, RHP Jonathan Holder, and LHP Joe Mantiply are also listed as available.

Available Position Players: C Kyle Higashioka, 1B Ji-Man Choi, 2B Ruben Tejada, SS Gleyber Torres, 3B Miguel Andujar, LF Clint Frazier, CF Dustin Fowler, RF Rob Refsnyder, and DH Wilkin Castillo will be the second string off the bench. That’ll be fun. C Kellin Deglan, C Francisco Diaz, C Jorge Saez, SS Jorge Mateo, OF Billy McKinney, and UTIL Tyler Wade are also available today.

The internet tells me the weather in Tampa is pretty much perfect for baseball. Sunny and warm but not oppressively hot and humid. I want to go to there. This afternoon’s game will begin a little after 1pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and both MLB Network and MLB.tv nationally. There’s also the FOX Sports Go app. Over the last few years MLB.tv blackout rules have not applied during Spring Training, and hopefully that is still the case. Enjoy the game, folks.