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Now that Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Manny Banuelos, and Mark Teixeira have made their Spring Training debuts, I feel like all the major milestones have passed. Well, we still haven’t seen Pineda pitch in a televised game, but that’ll happen Thursday. Eyes were on those guys for obvious reasons these last few weeks and now that they’ve all gotten their first games under the belt, it’s back to business as usual and preparing for the season.

Kelly Johnson will start this afternoon’s game at first base for the first time this spring and only the third time in his career. He played three games (two starts) and 18 total innings at first last season, his only other experience at the position. Given the roster, Johnson is Teixeira’s backup at first pretty much by default, so learning the position and getting comfortable around the bag will be pretty important. His first real test of the spring is today.

The Rays are up from Port Charlotte for this afternoon’s game and they brought a pretty representative squad. Desmond Jennings, Matt Joyce, Wil Myers, James Loney, Ryan Hanigan, and Jose Molina all made the trip. Former Yankee Jayson Nix will be in the starting lineup as well. Chris Archer, who dominated the Yankees in three starts last summer (three runs and 12 hits in 22 innings), will be on the mound. Here is Joe Girardi‘s starting lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. C Brian McCann
  5. LF Alfonso Soriano
  6. 1B Kelly Johnson
  7. 2B Brian Roberts
  8. DH Ichiro Suzuki
  9. 3B Yangervis Solarte

And on the mound is right-hander David Phelps, whose has some more serious competition for the fifth starter’s spot now that Pineda is pitching in games. Phelps is likely scheduled for four innings or 60-65 pitches, give or take.

Available Pitchers: RHP Dellin Betances, RHP Mark Montgomery, RHP Bruce Billings, RHP Danny Burawa, and RHP Matt Daley are all scheduled to pitch. RHP Preston Claiborne, RHP Branden Pinder, LHP Jeremy Bleich, and SwP Pat Venditte are the extra arms.

Available Position Players: C J.R. Murphy, 1B Russ Canzler, 2B Zelous Wheeler, SS Dean Anna, 3B Jose Pirela, LF Ramon Flores, CF Mason Williams, RF Adonis Garcia, and DH Jose Gil 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 Antoan Richardson are also available if needed.

It’s nice and sunny down in Tampa, with temperatures in the mid-70s. No chance of rain or anything like that. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET and the game will be broadcast live on YES and MLB.tv. Enjoy.

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Last night, Michael Pineda return to a Spring Training mound for the first time in nearly two full years following shoulder surgery. He was impressive, or so we’ve heard. The game was not televised but the always fun anonymous scout quotes indicated he looked strong and better than he did the last time we saw him, in the weeks before he blew out his shoulder.

This afternoon, another one of the Yankees’ promising young starters will return to the mound. Left-hander Manny Banuelos is scheduled to throw an inning after missing most of the last two years with elbow problems, first a bone bruise and then Tommy John surgery. He threw in simulated games and in Instructional League last fall, but this is his first time in something that resembles a competitive environment. It’s easy to forget Banuelos is still only 22 after all the lost time. Getting him back and healthy would be a big boost to the organization going forward.

The Yankees are on the road this afternoon, making the short-ish trip up to Kissimmee to play the Astros. Mark Teixeira is in the lineup for the second time as he works his way back from wrist surgery, and Scott Sizemore is starting a game for the first time this spring. He’s missed most of the last two years due to back-to-back torn left ACLs. Dexter Fowler, Jose Altuve, and Jason Castro are all in Houston’s lineup. Hard-throwing righty Jarred Cosart will be on the hill for them. Here’s the Yankees’ starting lineup:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. 2B Eduardo Nunez
  3. 1B Mark Teixeira
  4. DH Kelly Johnson
  5. C Frankie Cervelli
  6. SS Dean Anna
  7. 3B Scott Sizemore
  8. LF Zoilo Almonte
  9. RF Mason Williams

And on the mound is right-hander Ivan Nova, who was very impressive last time out. As good as I’ve ever seen him, regular season or otherwise. He’s probably scheduled for something like four innings or 65 pitches.

Available Pitchers: LHP Manny Banuelos, LHP Cesar Cabral, RHP David Herndon, and LHP Fred Lewis are all scheduled to pitch. Herndon, a sleeper for one of the open bullpen spots, will be making his spring debut after missing most of last season due to Tommy John surgery. RHP Chase Whitley, RHP Chris Leroux, RHP Mark Montgomery, and RHP Danny Burawa also made the trip and are available if needed.

Available Position Players: C Austin Romine, 1B Corban Joseph, 2B Jose Pirela, SS Yangervis Solarte, 3B Zelous Wheeler, LF Ramon Flores, CF Antoan Richardson, RF Adonis Garcia, and DH Peter O’Brien will all come off the bench to replace the starters. C Francisco Arcia, C/1B Jose Gil, and C Gary Sanchez also made the trip.

It’s sunny with temperatures in the upper-60s in Kissimmee, so good weather for baseball. Today’s game will be broadcast live on MLB Network and MLB.tv, but not the YES Network. YES usually doesn’t travel for Spring Training games. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 1pm ET and, by the way, the new expanded replay system will be available. Enjoy the game.

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This afternoon’s Grapefruit League game against the Phillies is no ordinary Spring Training game. Not even close. There is be a lot going on for the Yankees this afternoon, with Masahiro Tanaka‘s first start (second appearance) being the headliner. He is starting on a normal five-day schedule, his first time doing so, and because he’s starting, he’ll see mostly big leaguers. That’s kind of a big deal.

That’s not it, though. Mark Teixeira will also be playing in his first spring game after missing nearly all of last year due to a tendon sheath problem in his right wrist. He had surgery in early-July and has been slowly working his way back. With no obvious first base alternative in camp, Teixeira’s health and production is very important to the Yankees this season. Alfonso Soriano, who has been battling the flu, will also play his first spring game today.

But wait, there’s more. For the first time this spring, the Yankees will get a chance to try out the new expanded replay system. Each team will play a handful of “test” games with the new system — not every park has the proper equipment, so they can’t do it every game — and Joe Girardi said he plans to use the system as much as possible to get familiar with it. They’re going to have people checking replays and relaying information like they will during the season.

No, the bad news: it’s pouring in Florida. Pretty much the entire state, but especially the Tampa area. The Yankees are on the road to play the Phillies, but their complex in Clearwater is like, 15 minutes away. The weather will be a problem and there’s a good chance this afternoon’s game will not be played. I suppose they could wait it out, but it is Spring Training. They tend to pull the plug on these games quickly. The Yankees have bused over the stadium though, so here’s the starting lineup:

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

And on the mound is Tanaka for the second time this spring. His first outing was rather impressive and I think we all want to see some more.

Available Pitchers: RHP Bruce Billings, RHP Chris Leroux, RHP Mark Montgomery, RHP Danny Burawa, and LHP Fred Lewis are all scheduled to pitch. RHP Preston Claiborne, LHP Cesar Cabral, RHP Brian Gordon, and RHP Chase Whitley also made the trip and are available if needed.

Available Position Players: C John Ryan Murphy, 1B Corban Joseph, 2B Yangervis Solarte, SS Brendan Ryan, 3B Scott Sizemore, LF Ramon Flores, CF Antoan Richardson, and RF Adonis Garcia will come off the bench. C Francisco Arcia, 1B/C Jose Gil, C Gary Sanchez, C Peter O’Brien, and UTIL Jose Pirela are also available.

There is no YES broadcast of this afternoon’s game. The network usually doesn’t travel. The game can be seen live on both MLB Network and MLB.tv though, so if they do play, make sure you tune in. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 1pm ET. Enjoy.

Update (1:05pm): I haven’t seen an official announcement yet, but the game is very obviously in a delay right now. A cancellation is sure to follow at some point.

Update (1:27pm): First pitch is currently scheduled for 2:30pm ET. How about that?

Update (1:58pm): Carlos Beltran has been scratched from the game. Ramon Flores will take his place in right field. I assume the Yankees don’t want him playing on the wet outfield.

Update (2:30pm): Game on! They have started played, which seemed impossible not too long ago.

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For the first time this year, the Yankees are playing a night game. Only six of their 31 Grapefruit League will be played at night and that seems low to me, but whatever. Day baseball is better anyway.

Derek Jeter is playing back-to-back games for the first time this spring, though he will only serve as the DH for the first few innings tonight. Two at-bats is my guess. The back-to-back games is something of a milestone following last year’s leg injury fiasco. David Phelps, who I still think is the front-runner for the fifth starter’s job, is making his second start of the exhibition season.

The Orioles are in Tampa for tonight’s game after making the short trip up from Sarasota. As you might expect, their roster for the road night game is not exactly brimming with projected big leaguers. Jemile Weeks, Delmon Young, and starter Wei-Yin Chen are pretty much the only names casual fans may recognize. Here is Joe Girardi‘s starting lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. DH Derek Jeter
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. 2B Brian Roberts
  5. 3B Eduardo Nunez
  6. C Frankie Cervelli
  7. SS Brendan Ryan
  8. 1B Russ Canzler
  9. LF Yangervis Solarte

And on the mound is the right-hander Phelps, who is likely scheduled for something like three innings or 45 pitches, whichever comes first.

Available Pitchers: LHP Matt Thornton, RHP Brian Gordon, LHP Cesar Cabral, RHP Chris Leroux, RHP Chase Whitley, and RHP Preston Claiborne are all scheduled to pitch. This will be Thornton’s spring debut. RHP Bruce Billings, RHP Graham Stoneburner, LHP Jeremy Bleich, and SwP Pat Venditte are also available if needed.

Available Position Players: C Gary Sanchez, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Scott Sizemore, SS Dean Anna, 3B Zelous Wheeler, LF Ramon Flores, CF Mason Williams, RF Antoan Richardson, and DH Brian McCann will all come off the bench. Sizemore will be making his spring debut. C Jose Gil, C Peter O’Brien, C John Ryan Murphy, IF Corban Joseph, UTIL Jose Pirela, OF Adonis Garcia, and UTIL Addison Maruszak are all available as well.

The forecast for Tampa tonight calls for cloudy skies and temperatures in the upper-60s but not rain, thankfully. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and the game can be seen live on YES, MLB Network, and MLB.tv. Enjoy.

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The first week of Grapefruit League games is not yet complete but it still feels like the day-to-day grind of baseball has returned. It’s wonderful. Meaningless Spring Training games are not for everyone, I get that, but I’ve always felt these games are fun in their own way. We get to see a bunch of prospects we otherwise never get to see and the results don’t mean anything. You can just sit back and enjoy some baseball. It’s wonderful.

This afternoon’s game will be Derek Jeter‘s third at shortstop this spring. He made it through the first two just fine following his lost leg injury plagued season, but obviously there is a long way to go before he’s ready to play nine-inning games on an everyday basis. That’s what these next four weeks will be all about. Ivan Nova has a rotation spot already locked up, he’ll just be preparing for the season and getting work in today. He says he feels like he’s competing for a job, but we all know that’s not the case.

The Nationals made the long trip across the state from Viera for today’s game, so their roster is a skeleton crew. None of their best players made the trip. Denard Span, Danny Espinosa, Scott Hairston, and Jose Lobaton are the only guys in the starting lineup who remotely qualify as MLB regulars. Left-hander Ross Detwiler will be on the mound for Washington. Here is the Yankees’ starting lineup:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. C Brian McCann
  4. 2B Brian Roberts
  5. DH Frankie Cervelli
  6. 3B Kelly Johnson
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. LF Zoilo Almonte
  9. 1B Corban Joseph

And on the mound is Nova. Since this is his second Spring Training outing, he’s probably scheduled for something like three innings or 50 pitches, whichever comes first. Don’t hold me to that though.

Available Pitchers: RHP David Robertson, RHP Shawn Kelley, RHP Danny Burawa, RHP Yoshinori Tateyama, RHP Robert Coello, and RHP Jim Miller are all scheduled to pitch. This will be Robertson’s spring debut and Kelley’s second outing. Matt Thornton can’t be too far behind. RHP Chase Whitley, RHP Mark Montgomery, and RHP Brian Gordon are also available if needed.

Available Position Players: C John Ryan Murphy, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Zelous Wheeler, SS Addison Maruszak, 3B Jose Pirela, LF Ramon Flores, CF Mason Williams, and RF Adonis Garcia will all come off the bench to replace the starters. C Francisco Arcia, C Peter O’Brien, C Gary Sanchez, IF Dean Anna, IF Yangervis Solarte, and OF Antoan Richardson are also on the bench.

They play these games in Florida (and Arizona) for a reason, and that’s because the weather is just perfect for baseball. It’s in the mid-70s with a few scattered clouds in Tampa. Can’t wait until that weather hits New York. This afternoon’s game will begin a little after 1pm ET and can be seen live on YES, MLB Network, and MLB.tv. Enjoy.

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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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I know this is only the fourth Grapefruit League game of the year, but this feels like the most anticipated Yankees game in a long time. Probably since Jesus Montero made his debut in 2011. Masahiro Tanaka will pitch in a game for the Yankees the first time this afternoon, though he isn’t starting. He’ll follow CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda as the team’s top three starters make their spring debuts.

Everything we’ve heard about Tanaka these last two or three weeks has been overwhelmingly positive. He looks great in the bullpen, he looks great in simulated games, he’s handling the attention well, he’s adapting to the culture and getting along with teammates, so on and so on. It’s all been good. Hopefully Tanaka comes out today and dominates in his limited action, but I’m not gonna lie, part of me hopes he gets creamed just to see the silly overreactions to a Spring Training outing. The single most important thing is that Tanaka gets through the day healthy, that’s all. If he does that, today will be a success.

The Phillies made the short trip over from Clearwater and will have Ben Revere, Jimmy Rollins, Domonic Brown, and Marlon Byrd in the lineup. Bobby Abreu is also starting as he attempts a comeback. Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, who has received underwhelming reviews so far this spring, is scheduled to pitch at some point. Here is Joe Girardi‘s starting lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. DH Brian McCann
  4. 2B Brian Roberts
  5. C Frankie Cervelli
  6. 3B Kelly Johnson
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. 1B Corban Joseph
  9. CF Mason Williams

And, as I said, Sabathia is the scheduled starter. He’ll be followed by Kuroda and Tanaka. All three guys will be limited to two innings or 35 pitches, so Tanaka figures to throw innings five and six. Girardi confirmed Kuroda and Tanaka will not enter the game in the middle of an inning.

Available Pitchers: LHP Cesar Cabral and RHP Dellin Betances are also scheduled to pitch. RHP Robert Coello, RHP Chris Leroux, and RHP Yoshinori Tateyama are available to clean up innings if needed.

Available Position Players: C J.R. Murphy, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Addison Maruszak, SS Dean Anna, 3B Yangervis Solarte, LF Zoilo Almonte, CF Antoan Richardson, and RF Adonis Garcia will all come off the bench. C Peter O’Brien, C Gary Sanchez, C Francisco Arcia, UTIL Jose Pirela, IF Zelous Wheeler, and OF Ramon Flores are also available.

It’s a great day for baseball in Tampa, with temperatures in the low-70s and not a cloud in the sky. This afternoon’s game will start a little after 1pm ET and can be seen live on YES, MLB Network, and MLB.tv. The game is also being shown live on three different networks in Japan even though it’s 3am on Sunday over there. This is kind of a big deal. Enjoy the game.

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One hundred and fifty days after their disappointing 2013 season ended unceremoniously with an extra-innings wins over the Astros, Yankees baseball returns this afternoon. Well, it actually returned on Tuesday, but today’s game is the first one we will be able to watch live thanks to the magic of television. It’s a good day.

Spring Training games are generally meaningless but today is no ordinary Spring Training game. Derek Jeter will start at shortstop, his first game action since being shut down with continued leg problems last September. He is coming back from a twice-fractured ankle and various leg muscle problems, all of which limited him to only 17 games last year. Jeter says he feels great and he has reportedly been moving well during workouts, but that and a couple bucks will get you on the subway. Today we’ll get to see him in action for ourselves.

The Pirates are making the short trip up from Bradenton for today’s game after beating the Yankees in yesterday’s Grapefruit League opener. Pittsburgh sent a skeleton crew lineup for the road game, but top prospect Gregory Polanco is playing center field and batting second. He’s a stud. Former Yankees Chris Dickerson and Chris Stewart are also in the starting lineup and righty Charlie Morton will be on the mound. Here is Joe Girardi‘s lineup, for the first few innings anyway:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  4. 2B Brian Roberts
  5. C Frankie Cervelli
  6. 3B Kelly Johnson
  7. DH Austin Romine
  8. 1B Russ Canzler
  9. CF Mason Williams

And on the mound is RHP David Phelps, who is making his first appearance of the spring. He’s competing for the team’s fifth starter’s spot.

Available Pitchers: RHP Jim Miller, RHP Chris Leroux, RHP Mark Montgomery, RHP Robert Coello, and RHP Yoshinori Tateyama are all scheduled to pitch. RHP Brandon Pinder, RHP Brett Gerritse, and LHP Jeremy Bleich are also available if needed.

Available Position Players: C J.R. Murphy, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Corban Joseph, SS Brendan Ryan, 3B Zelous Wheeler, LF Jose Pirela, CF Ramon Flores, and RF Adonis Garcia will all come off the bench.

It’s cloudy with temperatures in the low-60s in Tampa, and it’s supposed to rain later this afternoon. Hopefully it holds off until the end of the game, but even if the doesn’t, the regulars should all be done by time it arrives. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET and you can watch the game live on YES and MLB.tv or listen on WFAN. Enjoy.

Update: I have been informed that today’s game is MLB.tv’s free game of the day, so you can watch online even without a subscription.

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Sep
29

Game 162: The End

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So this is it. The final game of the season. The Yankees were eliminated from the playoffs a few days ago and both Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte have had their grand send-offs. All of the important stuff has already been addressed, so this game is the epitome of meaningless. I expect a lot of quick at-bats by both teams since everyone wants to get home for the winter. Vacation’s a waitin’. Here is the final lineup of 2013:

  1. 3B Eduardo Nunez
  2. C J.R. Murphy
  3. CF Curtis Granderson
  4. LF Vernon Wells
  5. 1B Mark Reynolds
  6. DH Travis Hafner
  7. 2B David Adams
  8. SS Brendan Ryan
  9. RF Zoilo Almonte

And on the mound is left-hander David Huff, at least for a little while. A parade of September call-up relievers will follow him to close out the year.

More heat, more humidity, and more rain in Houston. The retractable roof at Minute Maid Park has gotten a workout this weekend. First pitch is scheduled for 2:10pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

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Sep
28

Game 161: Andy’s Last Start

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For the last time in his career, Andy Pettitte will start a Major League game tonight. He is retiring after the season and, after making his final Yankee Stadium start last weekend, will wrap-up his borderline Hall of Fame career at home in Houston. Pettitte lives in the area and spent three years pitching for the Astros, so things worked out pretty well for him. Coincidentally, he will also be making his 438th career start in pinstripes, tying Whitey Ford for the most in franchise history. Pretty neat. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander Paul “don’t call be Rogers” Clemens:

  1. CF Curtis Granderson
  2. 3B Eduardo Nunez
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. LF Alfonso Soriano
  5. 1B Lyle Overbay
  6. RF Zoilo Almonte
  7. DH Ichiro Suzuki
  8. SS Brendan Ryan
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound for one last time is Andy Pettitte. Maybe it’s just me, but this doesn’t seem to have the same luster as it would have had he not retired once before. Still going to sad to see him go.

It is hot, humid, and raining in Houston. Luckily, Minute Maid Park has a roof. We’ll have baseball tonight. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy the penultimate game of the season.

Mariano Rivera Update: Rivera said he was pitching with “tremendous soreness” in his forearm down the stretch. He won’t pitch against this season and is unlikely to play center field as well.

Injury Update: Alex Rodriguez (hamstring, calf) is unlikely to play at all this weekend. With his appeal hearing set to start Monday and a lengthy suspension on the horizon, it’s fair to think he may have already played the final game of his career.

Rotation Update: Girardi confirmed that Hiroki Kuroda has been shut down and will not pitch tomorrow even though he lines up for the game. David Huff is likely to get the ball, at least until the parade of September call-ups close out the season.

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