Spring Training Game Thread: Split Squad


For the first of three times this spring, the Yankees are playing a pair of split squad games today. Half the team will face the Phillies in Clearwater this afternoon and the other half will face the Pirates at home in Tampa later tonight. Only the afternoon game will be broadcast, however. That’s better than nothing in my book.

Because they’re playing two split squad games today, the Yankees called up several players from minor league camp for this afternoon’s trip. They sent a skeleton crew of big leaguers — the minimum four required for a Spring Training road game — with a whole bunch of prospects and organizational player types. As you can imagine, most of the veteran big league players stayed in Tampa and will play the home game tonight.

Today’s reason to watch: Prospects! The Yankees’ three best position player prospects (according to me!) are in the starting lineup this afternoon and their most recent true first round pick is up from minor league camp and scheduled to come off the bench. Oh, and Bryan Mitchell is making his spring debut. He’s kind of important this year as the team’s default sixth or seventh (or eighth) starter.

Here is the starting lineup for the first of today’s two games:

  1. SS Didi Gregorius
  2. 3B Chase Headley
  3. 2B Stephen Drew
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Greg Bird
  6. C Gary Sanchez
  7. LF Ramon Flores
  8. RF Aaron Judge
  9. CF Slade Heathcott
    RHP Bryan Mitchell

Available Pitchers: RHP Nick Goody, RHP Jaron Long, LHP Matt Tracy, and RHP Mark Montgomery are all scheduled to pitch. LHP James Pazos, RHP Caleb Cotham, and RHP Branden Pinder are the extra arms.

Available Position Players: C Kyle Higashioka, 1B Kyle Roller, 2B Rob Refsnyder, SS Nick Noonan, 3B Eric Jagielo, LF Michael O’Neill, CF Mason Williams, RF Taylor Dugas, and DH Trent Garrison will all come off the bench. C Alvaro Noreiga is also on the trip and available if needed.

It’s cloudy with temperatures in the low-70s in Clearwater this afternoon, but there’s no rain in the forecast and that’s what matters. If you’re in the Philadelphia market, you can watch this afternoon’s game on television on CSN. If you’re not, you’re stuck watching online on MLB.tv. There is no live YES or MLB Network feed this afternoon. Sucks, but hooray MLB.tv. Enjoy the game everyone.

Open Thread: March 5th Camp Notes


The Yankees picked up their first win of the spring this afternoon, beating the Pirates 2-1 in an untelevised game. Tyler Austin‘s solo homer broke the 1-1 tie in the eighth. Jacoby Ellsbury and John Ryan Murphy both went hitless in three at-bats while Brett Gardner went 0-for-1 with two walks. Chris Young had one hit (double) and both Garrett Jones and Rob Refsnyder had two hits apiece, including a double.

Esmil Rogers got the start and allowed one hit in two scoreless innings. Chase Whitley followed with two scoreless innings of his own. Righty relief prospect Nick Rumbelow struck out the side in his inning, and otherwise a bunch of call-ups from minor league camp saw action on the mound. Here’s the box score — no highlights because there was no broadcast! — and here are the day’s notes from Tampa:

This is your open thread for the night. MLB Network is showing the Red Sox and Twins tonight (live!), plus the Islanders are playing and there’s some college hoops on as well. Talk about anything other than religion and politics here. Go nuts.

Open Thread: March 4th Camp Notes

The Yankees threatened in the ninth, but, unlikely Tuesday, there was no miracle comeback Wednesday afternoon. The team dropped their first home Grapefruit League game 3-1 to the Phillies. Gary Sanchez plated the only run with a sacrifice fly and Nick Noonan struck out looking to end the game with the tying run on base. Mason Williams doubled and Alex Rodriguez went 1-for-2 with a walk. Here’s more on his day.

Nathan Eovaldi made it really easy to see why everyone loves his arm. Throws hard, broke off some nasty sliders and at least one nasty splitter (GIF). He allowed a run on two hits in two innings and Erik Boland spoke to a scout who had Eovaldi up to 98 mph. Andrew Miller struck out two in an inning in his spring debut while Danny Burawa, Wilking Rodriguez, and Tyler Webb all struck out one in their perfect innings of work. Here’s the box score, here’s the rest of the video highlights, and here’s everything else that happened in Tampa today:

Here is your open thread for the evening. This afternoon’s game will not be rebroadcast anywhere but MLB Network is replaying the White Sox and Dodgers later tonight, if you’re really desperate for baseball. The Rangers, Knicks, and Nets are also playing, and there’s some college basketball on as well. Have at it.

Open Thread: March 3rd Camp Notes

The Yankees opened Grapefruit League play with a 5-5 tie with the Phillies today. They were one strike away from a 5-2 loss when top prospect Aaron Judge hit a two-out, two-strike, game-tying three-run homer off actual big leaguer Mario Hollands in the top of the ninth. Jose Pirela also plated a run with a Baltimore chop single in the first and Jake Cave infield singled in a run in the ninth. Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury both went 0-for-3.

Adam Warren started and allowed one hit in two otherwise perfect innings. Luis Severino had a dominant first inning of work (two strikeouts, broken bat ground out) then got dinked and dunked to death in his second inning. Lots of weak hits, but that’s baseball. Diego Moreno balked in a run and Jacob Lindgren allowed two unearned runs thanks to Rob Refsnyder‘s throwing error. Here’s the box score, here are the video highlights, and here’s the rest from Tampa:

This is your open thread for the night. This afternoon’s game will be rebroadcast on MLB Network at 9pm ET tonight, if you’re interested. Otherwise the Devils, Islanders, and Knicks are all playing, and there’s the usual slate of college basketball as well. Talk about those games or anything else right here.

Open Thread: March 2nd Camp Notes


Yankees baseball returns to tomorrow. Granted, it is only Grapefruit League play, but baseball is baseball. Tomorrow’s game will be available on MLB.tv but not YES, if you’re wondering. (Here’s the full Spring Training broadcast schedule.) Here are the day’s notes from Tampa:

Here is your open thread for the evening. The new look (hockey) Rangers are playing, and so are the Nets. There’s also some college basketball on as well. Talk about those games, Spring Training, tomorrow’s upcoming exhibition opener, or anything else right here.

Open Thread: 3/1 Camp Notes


Only one more day of workouts until actual Spring Training games start. Here are the day’s notes from Tampa:

Here is your open thread for the evening. None of the local hockey or basketball teams are in action and there’s no college hoops either. Slow night. Talk about whatever you want here.

Open Thread: 2/28 Camp Notes


Mother Nature got in the way of Spring Training today. Rain across Florida forced many teams to either cancel or move their workouts indoors, including the Yankees. Here’s what happened down in Tampa:

  • Michael Pineda and Chasen Shreve were among the notables scheduled to throw live batting practice, but the rain canceled it. Adam Warren, Justin Wilson, and Jose Ramirez were among those to throw bullpen sessions inside. [Chad Jennings, Brendan Kuty]
  • Because of the rain, Joe Girardi did not announce his early Grapefruit League rotation as expected. He and pitching coach Larry Rothschild need to sit down and map things out again. Warren is still likely to start Tuesday’s opener though. [Jennings]
  • As expected, Girardi said he will get Stephen Drew some work at shortstop this spring. He still hasn’t decided when Alex Rodriguez will play first base in an actual game. Girardi said he needs to talk to A-Rod to see if he’s ready first. [Kuty]
  • And finally, the Yankees had a special guest motivational speaker in camp today: Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. [Erik Boland]

This is your open thread for the night. The Islanders and Devils are in action right now and the Rangers are playing later tonight. Both the Knicks and Nets are playing tonight too, and there’s a ton of college hoops on as well. Talk about those games or anything else right here.