Another day, another Grapefruit League night game. The Yankees have another one tomorrow too. Spring Training night games are somehow even worse than regular season weekend night games in my opinion. I dunno, just seems like Spring Training baseball and weekend baseball belong under the sun and blue skies. Eh, whatever.
The Yankees are in Orlando to play the Braves tonight and they brought a fair amount of regulars on the trip. Guys are starting to play a little more — three or four at-bats instead of two or three, back-to-back days, that sort of stuff — in preparation for the regular season, which is now two weeks and five days away. But who’s counting?
Tonight’s reason to watch: Masahiro Tanaka is making his second Grapefruit League start this evening. His first went splendid. I tell myself worrying about his elbow accomplishes nothing, though I still find myself thinking about it. Can’t help it. Anyway, Tanaka is probably scheduled for something like three innings or 45 pitches. That’s pretty standard for the second spring outing. Also, Andrew Bailey is scheduled to make his spring debut tonight. He hasn’t pitched in a game since July 2013 due to shoulder surgery. I’m curious to see how he looks tonight. Torn capsules are usually the kiss of death for a veteran pitcher.
Here is the starting lineup for tonight’s game:
- CF Brett Gardner
- 3B Chase Headley
- C Brian McCann
- DH Mark Teixeira
- 1B Garrett Jones
- 2B Stephen Drew
- RF Chris Young
- SS Didi Gregorius
- LF Jose Pirela
RHP Masahiro Tanaka
Available Position Players: C John Ryan Murphy, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Rob Refsnyder, SS Cole Figueroa, 3B Jonathan Galvez, LF Ramon Flores, CF Mason Williams, and RF Slade Heathcott will be the second string off the bench. C Kyle Higashioka, C Eddy Rodriguez, IF Nick Noonan, and OF Tyler Austin are the extra players.
Available Pitchers: RHP Jose Ramirez, RHP Andrew Bailey, LHP Jacob Lindgren, RHP Danny Burawa, and RHP Nick Rumbelow are scheduled to pitch after Tanaka. RHP Diego Moreno, LHP James Pazos, and LHP Tyler Webb are the extra arms.
It’s cool and a little cloudy at Disney this evening. For whatever reason tonight’s game starts at 6pm ET, not 7pm ET. You can only watch live on MLB.tv. That’s it. There’s no YES broadcast and no television broadcast in the Atlanta area either. There are no MLB.tv blackouts in either team’s home market and the game will be replayed on MLB Network at 11pm ET. Enjoy the game.