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Two days after traveling to Fort Myers to play the Red Sox, the Yankees are back in town this afternoon to play the Twins. Masahiro Tanaka is making his third “real” start of the spring and his fifth overall appearance. He’s scheduled to throw 90 pitches, so this will basically be a full start. As you might expect, the Bombers did not send many of their regulars on the 2+ hour bus trip after playing last night. Here are the Yankees and Twins lineups. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 1pm ET and the game can be seen on MLB.tv. There is no live YES or MLB Network broadcast. Enjoy the game if you’re watching.

Update: Whoops, apparently the game is live on MLB Network. My bad.

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This has been a weird spring for CC Sabathia, this evening’s starter. His fastball continues to sit in the upper-80s and that remains a concern, but he has been excellent in two of three outings, including retiring 15 of 16 batters faced in his last start. (The one was an error by the third baseman.) Baseball Reference’s opponent quality stat says Sabathia has been facing almost all big leaguers too. I’d like to see more velocity, but at the end of the day outs are outs. If he gets them throwing 88 mph, who am I to complain?

The Pirates are in Tampa for tonight’s game. Even though it’s a night game and they had to make an hour bus trip up from Bradenton, they did bring a few of their regulars, including Neil Walker, reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen, and former Yankees farmhand Jose Tanaka. Edinson Volquez will be on the mound. I have no idea why the Pirates a) gave him $5M, and b) are expecting him to be in their rotation. That’s a move the pre-2013 Pirates would make. Whatever. Here’s the starting lineup, which looks an awful lot like what we figure to see come Opening Day:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. LF Alfonso Soriano
  7. 3B Kelly Johnson
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. DH Ichiro Suzuki
    LHP CC Sabathia

Available Pitchers: RHP David Herndon, LHP Matt Thornton, RHP Shawn Kelley, and RHP David Robertson are all scheduled to pitch. RHP Danny Burawa, RHP Shane Greene, and LHP Fred Lewis are the extra arms.

Available Position Players: C John Ryan Murphy, 1B Russ Canzler, 2B Yangervis Solarte, SS Dean Anna, 3B Zelous Wheeler, LF Zoilo Almonte, CF Antoan Richardson, and RF Adonis Garcia will be the second string off the bench. C Austin Romine, C/1B Jose Gil, C Peter O’Brien, and UTIL Casey Stevenson are also available.

The weather is fine in Tampa. Some clouds and temperatures in the mid-to-highs-70, but no threat of rain. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and you can watch live on both MLB Network and MLB.tv. There is no YES broadcast even though it’s a home game. Enjoy.

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For the second time in three days, the Yankees are playing the Red Sox in a Spring Training game that more than a few people will try to pass off as meaningful. Gotta shove the rivalry down everyone’s throat. David Phelps is making his fifth start of the spring as he looks to edge out Michael Pineda for the final rotation spot, though that might be a lost cause at this point. Boston is playing most of their regulars, so it’ll be a good tune-up for Phelps, who is probably scheduled for something like six innings or 90 pitches.

Because it’s a night game and the Yankees had to travel two hours south to Fort Myers, they sent a skeleton crew roster. Whoever drew the short straw, basically. The biggest name to make the trip is Mark Teixeira, who still needs a lot of at-bats after missing all but 15 games last season due to his wrist injury. Otherwise it’s a bunch of bench players and non-roster invitees. Star and scrubs as the title says, only the star really isn’t a star anymore. Here’s the starting nine:

  1. CF Ichiro Suzuki
  2. SS Brendan Ryan SS Dean Anna – Ryan was a late scratch with upper back spasms unrelated to his previous oblique problem
  3. 3B Eduardo Nunez
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. C Frankie Cervelli
  6. 2B Scott Sizemore
  7. LF Yangervis Solarte
  8. RF Zoilo Almonte
  9. DH Zelous Wheeler
    SP David Phelps

Available Pitchers: RHP Matt Daley, RHP Chris Leroux, RHP Yoshinori Tateyama, and LHP Fred Lewis are all scheduled to pitch. RHP Branden Pinder, LHP James Pazos, RHP Manny Barreda, and RHP Caleb Cotham are the extra arms.

Available Position Players: C Austin Romine, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Jose Pirela, SS Carmen Angelini, 3B Dean Anna, LF Ben Gamel, CF Antoan Richardson, RF Adonis Garcia, and DH John Ryan Murphy will be the second string off the bench. C/1B Tyson Blaser and UTIL Ali Castillo are also available.

The weather in Fort Myers is quite lovely this evening, with no clouds and temperatures in the upper-60s/low-70s. Not bad. Not bad at all. You can watch the game live on YES locally and both ESPN and MLB.tv nationally. Enjoy.

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The fifth starter competition takes another step forward this afternoon, as Michael Pineda makes his second Spring Training start and third overall appearance. He was reportedly very impressive in his first outing and slightly less so last time out, though he was hardly bad. Pineda will get stretched out a little bit more this afternoon, probably up to four innings and 60-65 pitches, so it’ll be good to see how he holds up later in games. He was hitting a wall around the 70-pitch mark during his Triple-A stint last summer.

The Red Sox are up from Fort Myers for this afternoon’s game, so I hope you’re ready for some over-analyzed Grapefruit League action. If you can’t beat ‘em on March 18th, when can you? Boston didn’t bring any of their top players, with only Jackie Bradley Jr., Jonny Gomes, Xander Bogaerts, and David Ross coming close to qualifying as regulars. Left-hander Felix Doubront will be on the mound. Here is Joe Girardi‘s starting lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Alfonso Soriano
  6. C Frankie Cervelli
  7. 2B Brian Roberts
  8. 3B Kelly Johnson
  9. CF Ichiro Suzuki
    SP Michael Pineda

Available Pitchers: RHP David Robertson, LHP Fred Lewis, RHP Shawn Kelley, RHP Matt Daley, and RHP David Herndon are all scheduled to come out of the bullpen. RHP Jim Miller, RHP Yoshinori Tateyama, RHP Chris Leroux, and RHP Danny Burawa are the extra arms.

Available Position Players: C Austin Romine, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Eduardo Nunez, SS Dean Anna, 3B Zelous Wheeler, LF Yangervis Solarte, CF Adonis Garcia, and RF Zoilo Almonte will be the second string off the bench. C John Ryan Murphy and OF Antoan Richardson are also available.

It’s cloudy and cool in Tampa but there is no rain in the forecast after yesterday’s downpour. Hooray for that. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET and you can watch live on YES, ESPN, and MLB.tv. Enjoy the game.

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1:52pm: The game has been canceled due to the rain. It’s Spring Training, they’re not making it up. No word on what this does to the upcoming rotation, but I’m sure we’ll find out later today.

1:00pm: The Yankees will look to win their third Spring Training game in the span of 24 hours this afternoon when they make the short trip south to play the Pirates in Bradenton. Hiroki Kuroda gets the start and is scheduled to throw five innings or 75 pitches, whichever comes first. Here are the Yankees and Pirates lineups. The game will not be broadcast live on YES or MLB Network, so it’s MLB.tv or nothing if you live outside the Pittsburgh area. The weather forecast isn’t all that pretty, so there’s a chance they won’t even play. Talk about the game here.

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It has been a little while, but we’ll finally get our third look at Masahiro Tanaka this afternoon. He was effective in his first two Grapefruit League appearances (5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) and his last outing was a simulated game, the first of his life. Tanaka threw 63 pitches in that four-inning simulated game last week, and today he’s scheduled for five innings or 75 pitches. We’ll get a nice extended look this afternoon.

The Yankees will be without Jacoby Ellsbury today after he was scratched from the lineup with minor calf tightness. Acting manager Rob Thompson told reporters he was scratched as a precaution and it is one of those “he would have played if it was the regular season” things. Ellsbury will not travel for tomorrow’s game either, so he will get two straight days off. Considering his game is built around speed, any kind of leg problem is worth keeping an eye on. Scratching him is a no-brainer.

The Braves are down from Orlando for this afternoon’s game and they’re going to be a nice test for Tanaka. Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward, Ryan Doumit, Dan Uggla, Andrelton Simmons, and both Upton brothers are in their starting lineup. Right-hander Julio Teheran will be on the mound. Here is the Yankees’ starting lineup:

  1. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  2. SS Eduardo Nunez
  3. 1B Mark Teixeira
  4. C Brian McCann
  5. 3B Kelly Johnson
  6. LF Ramon Flores
  7. DH Peter O’Brien
  8. CF Mason Williams
  9. 2B Ali Castillo
    SP Masahiro Tanaka

Available Pitchers: LHP Matt Thornton, RHP Dellin Betances, RHP Shawn Kelley, and RHP Shane Greene are also scheduled to pitch. RHP Caleb Cotham, LHP Aaron Dott, LHP Tyler Webb, and SwP Pat Venditte are the extra arms.

Available Position Players: C Francisco Arcia, 1B Kyle Roller, SS Carmen Angelini, 3B Rob Segedin, LF Ben Gamel, and RF Taylor Dugas will all come off the bench. C Austin Romine, 1B/3B Zach Wilson, and 2B Rob Refsnyder are also available.

In addition to the game against the Braves, the Yankees are also playing the Marlins in the second game of the Legends Series down in Panama this afternoon. I don’t have a lineup for that game, but CC Sabathia is starting. That game will start at 2pm ET and you can watch right here (h/t @PanamaHitek). As for the game in Tampa, the weather is great (little cloudy with temperatures in the 70s with no threat of rain) and first pitch is scheduled for a little after 1pm ET. You can watch that game live on both YES and MLB.tv. Enjoy.

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This afternoon’s game is going to be one of the most Spring Training-iest games we may ever see. The Yankees are on the road in more ways than one — half the team is in Panama and the other half is supposed to travel to Sarasota to play the Orioles. Except most of the regulars who stayed in Florida will not made the hour-long bus trip south. The travel roster for today’s game is as diluted as it can possibly get.

On the mound is left-hander Vidal Nuno, who is making his first Grapefruit League appearance in about two weeks. He’s been throwing simulated games and bullpen sessions, but other pitchers have been drawing the Spring Training starts. It’s pretty obvious at this point Nuno is at best a long shot for the fifth starter’s spot. He could still win a bullpen job, sure, but I think an assignment to Triple-A Scranton to serve as the designated sixth (or seventh) starter is in the cards.

The Orioles’ lineup isn’t much better this afternoon. In fact, their outfield alignment from left to right is former Yankee Steve Pearce, Nelson Cruz, and Delmon Young. Yes, Nelson Cruz is playing center field. That’s as bad a defensive outfield as you’ll ever see. Korean right-hander Suk-Min Yoon is scheduled to throw an inning in today’s game after having his spring debut delayed by visa trouble. The Yankees had some interest in him over the winter. Here’s the lineup acting manager Rob Thomson is sending out there:

  1. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  2. 2B Brian Roberts
  3. 3B Kelly Johnson
  4. C Austin Romine
  5. LF Ramon Flores
  6. CF Mason Williams
  7. DH Kyle Roller
  8. SS Carmen Angelini
  9. 1B Francisco Arcia

That is some lineup. As bad as some of last season’s lineup were, they were never that bad. Nuno will be on the bump and he’s scheduled for four innings or 60 pitches, whichever comes first.

Available Pitchers: RHP Brian Gordon, RHP Mark Montgomery, RHP Danny Burawa, RHP Diego Moreno, and RHP Joel De La Cruz are all scheduled to pitch. Moreno was part of the A.J. Burnett trade and De La Cruz was reported the pitcher Brian Cashman wanted to send to the Cubs for Alfonso Soriano instead of Corey Black. RHP Shane Greene, RHP Manny Barreda, RHP Graham Stoneburner, RHP Branden Pinder, and RHP Charley Short are also available if needed.

Available Position Players: C Peter O’Brien, 1B Zach Wilson, 2B Rob Refsnyder, SS Cito Culver, 3B Rob Segedin, LF Ben Gamel, CF Jake Cave, and RF Taylor Dugas will be the second string off the bench. C Wes Wilson, UTIL Ali Castillo, and IF Dan Fiorito also made the trip.

The weather in New York is just gorgeous today, as is the weather in Sarasota. No clouds, temperatures in the low-70s, no threat of rain. Perfect day, pretty much. The game is scheduled to begin at 1:05pm ET and you can watch live on MLB Network and MLB.tv, or MASN if you’re in the Baltimore area. There is no YES Network broadcast. Enjoy the game.

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If it feels like we’ve seen a lot of David Phelps this spring, it’s because we have. Every one of his starts has been broadcast on YES so far, and that will continue today. He’ll be making his fourth start of Grapefruit League play this afternoon as he tries to win a fifth starter’s competition that, frankly, feels like it has already been decided as long as Michael Pineda stays healthy. Phelps is still going to be a big part of the pitching staff this summer though. I’m sure of it.

Half the Yankees are in Panama, but there is still a representative group left in Tampa. Mark Teixeira is playing back-to-back games at first base for the first time this spring, and Brian McCann is playing back-to-back games behind the plate as well. I think he’s done that before though. Russ Canzler, who has an outside chance of winning that last bench job, was supposed to make his first start at third, but was a late scratch with hip stiffness.

The Twins are up from Fort Myers for this afternoon’s game. Ex-Yankee Phil Hughes started yesterday, so we missed him by just a day. Oh well. Kyle Gibson is on the bump for Minnesota and will be backed by a skeleton crew lineup. Here is the lineup third base coach/acting manager Rob Thomson is sending out there (Joe Girardi is in Panama):

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. 2B Brian Roberts
  3. 1B Mark Teixeira
  4. C Brian McCann
  5. SS Eduardo Nunez
  6. LF Ramon Flores
  7. DH Peter O’Brien
  8. RF Mason Williams
  9. 3B Rob Segedin

Available Pitchers: LHP Manny Banuelos, RHP David Herndon, LHP Fred Lewis, and RHP Dellin Betances are all scheduled to come out of the bullpen. RHP Danny Burawa, RHP Mark Montgomery, LHP Aaron Dott, LHP James Pazos, and RHP Branden Pinder are also available if needed.

Available Position Players: C Austin Romine, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Rob Refsnyder, SS Carmen Angelini, LF Ben Gamel, CF Jake Cave, and RF Taylor Dugas will be the second string off the bench. C Wes Wilson and UTIL Ali Castillo are also available.

It’s nice and sunny in Tampa with temperatures in the 70s and no threat of rain. Wonderful day for baseball. This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start a little after 1pm ET and you can watch live on YES and MLB.tv. Enjoy.

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For the first time this spring, the Yankees will play a pair of split squad this afternoon. It won’t be the last time though. Not even close. Half the team, including most of the regulars, are leaving camp this evening to travel to Panama for this weekend’s exhibition games. The other half will stay in Tampa to play regularly scheduled Grapefruit League games. Seven games in the next four days and at least five will be on television, if not all seven. Fun.

This afternoon is all about Michael Pineda, who will be making his second appearance of the spring. His first outing was not broadcast anywhere, so this game will be the first time many of us get to see him since Spring Training 2012, before he blew out his shoulder. Pineda’s first outing went well (four strikeouts in two scoreless innings) but I don’t really care about results. I just want to see a healthy pitcher this afternoon. A pitcher with some life on his fastball, a nasty slider, and the ability to locate. If I see that, I’ll be happy.

Half the team is at home in Tampa to play the Orioles while the other half is just over the causeway in Clearwater to play the Phillies. Pineda and just about everyone going to Panama will play in the home game. Here are the Orioles and Phillies lineups, if you’re interested. Here are the Yankees’ lineups:

Home vs. Orioles (Joe Girardi managing)

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. DH Carlos Beltran
  4. C Brian McCann
  5. LF Alfonso Soriano
  6. 3B Eduardo Nunez
  7. 2B Dean Anna
  8. RF Zoilo Almonte
  9. 1B Russ Canzler

Available Pitchers: RHP Michael Pineda (starter), RHP David Robertson, LHP Matt Thornton, RHP Bruce Billings, LHP Cesar Cabral, and RHP Chris Leroux are all scheduled to pitch. RHP Matt Daley, RHP Jim Miller, and RHP Brian Gordon are also available if needed.

Available Position Players: C John Ryan Murphy, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Corban Joseph, SS Jose Pirela, 3B Zelous Wheeler, LF Jake Cave, CF Antoan Richardson, RF Adonis Garcia, and DH Gary Sanchez will come off the bench as the second string. C/1B Tyson Blaser and UTIL Casey Stevenson are also available.

Road vs. Phillies (Tony Pena managing)

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  3. 1B Mark Teixeira
  4. 3B Kelly Johnson
  5. C Frankie Cervelli
  6. SS Yangervis Solarte
  7. 2B Scott Sizemore
  8. LF Ramon Flores
  9. DH Austin Romine

Available Pitchers: RHP Ivan Nova (starter), RHP Shane Greene, RHP Bryan Mitchell, RHP Mark Montgomery, and RHP Preston Claiborne are all scheduled to pitch. RHP Danny Burawa, LHP Fred Lewis, LHP Tyler Webb, and SwP Pat Venditte are the extra arms.

Available Position Players: C Peter O’Brien, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Rob Refsnyder, SS Carmen Angelini, 3B Rob Segedin, LF Ben Gamel, CF Mason Williams, and RF Taylor Dugas are all due to come off the bench. C Wes Wilson and UTIL Ali Castillo are also available.

Both games are scheduled to begin a little after 1pm ET and both will be broadcast live, which is neat. The home game will be available on YES and MLB.tv while the road game will be on MLB.tv only. Thank goodness for the split screen feature. The weather in both Tampa and Clearwater will be a non-issue, it’s nice and sunny on Florida’s west coast. Talk about both games right here. Enjoy.

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Once again, Hiroki Kuroda is flying under the radar. It feels like he’s done it his entire Yankees career. Everyone is talking about Masahiro Tanaka or the healthy Michael Pineda or CC Sabathia‘s missing fastball this spring, but no one is talking about Kuroda, the team’s best pitcher over the last two years. He’s allowed two hits and one walk in his 4.2 Grapefruit League innings so far, striking out seven. Business as usual, I guess.

Right-hander Jose Campos, the other guy in the Pineda-Jesus Montero trade, is scheduled to make his spring debut this afternoon. The Yankees have been taking it slow with him in camp and really in general since he missed most of 2012 with a small fracture in his elbow. Campos, 21, had a 3.41 ERA and 2.83 FIP in 87 innings for Low-A Charleston last summer while working short, very controlled outings. I ranked him as the team’s 15th best prospect last month.

The Tigers made the short trip over from Lakeland for this afternoon’s game. They didn’t bring too many of their regulars, only Ian Kinsler, Victor Martinez, and Alex Avila among the position players. Top prospect and new third baseman Nick Castellanos will be in the lineup as well. Anibal Sanchez is on the mound. Here is Joe Girardi‘s starting lineup:

  1. LF Ichiro Suzuki
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. DH Alfonso Soriano
  5. 3B Kelly Johnson
  6. 2B Brian Roberts
  7. C Frankie Cervelli
  8. 1B Russ Canzler
  9. CF Mason Williams

And on the mound is Kuroda for the third time this spring. He’s probably scheduled for something like four innings or 60-65 pitches.

Available Pitchers: RHP Shawn Kelley, RHP Jose Campos, RHP Robert Coello, RHP Danny Burawa, RHP Yoshinori Tateyama, and LHP Fred Lewis are all scheduled to pitch. As I said, Campos will be making his spring debut. RHP Chase Whitley, RHP Shane Greene, RHP Chris Leroux, and RHP Bryan Mitchell are the extra arms.

Available Position Players: C Austin Romine, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Zelous Wheeler, SS Dean Anna, 3B Jose Pirela, LF Yangervis Solarte, CF Antoan Richardson, RF Adonis Garcia, and DH John Ryan Murphy will be the second string off the bench. C Francisco Arcia, C Peter O’Brien, C Gary Sanchez, IF Corban Joseph, OF Zoilo Almonte, and OF Ramon Flores are also available.

Now, the bad news: It has been raining all morning in Tampa and the forecast isn’t great for the rest of the afternoon. I don’t know what that means for the game, but they did wait out a torrential downpour a weekend ago against the Phillies, when Tanaka was making his second start. There might be a delay at some point or the game might be postponed all together. We’ll see. The game is scheduled to start a little after 1pm ET and can be seen live on YES, MLB Network, and MLB.tv. Enjoy.

Update (12:44pm): First pitch has been pushed back to 1:30pm ET. Not too bad.

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