These are the dog days of Spring Training. Opening Day is only two weeks away and the players are all raring to go. They’re ready for meaningful baseball. The monotony of Spring Training has definitely set in. This is the time of spring when teams start doing wacky stuff to stay loose, like practice walk-off home run trots.
Anyway, this afternoon we’ll get our first look at Sonny Gray, who has managed to pitch in only non-televised games up to this point. He’s been good so far this spring (5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K), but eh, results don’t matter. I feel like a lot of people are sleeping on Sonny this year. Dude’s a stud. He’s gonna be real good this season. Here is the Pirates’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:
- LF Brett Gardner
- DH Aaron Judge
- RF Giancarlo Stanton
- C Gary Sanchez
- SS Didi Gregorius
- CF Aaron Hicks
- 1B Greg Bird
- 3B Brandon Drury
- 2B Tyler Wade
RHP Sonny Gray
Available Pitchers: RHP Dellin Betances, RHP Jordan Foley, RHP Ben Heller, RHP Tommy Kahnle, RHP Andrew Schwaab, LHP Chasen Shreve, RHP David Sosebee, and RHP Adam Warren.
Available Position Players: C Francisco Diaz, C Erik Kratz, C Jorge Saez, 1B Tyler Austin, IF Abi Avelino, 3B Miguel Andujar, OF Trey Amburgey, OF Rashad Crawford, OF Estevan Florial, OF Zack Zehner, and UTIL Jace Peterson.
It is nice and sunny in Tampa this afternoon. The Spring Training weather has been pretty great so far this year. This afternoon’s game will begin at 1:05pm ET and you can watch live on YES and MLB.tv. Enjoy the ballgame.