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Alright, now this is pretty funny. The Yankees were no-hit by four Marlins pitchers in the first game of the two-game Legends Series down in Panama tonight. The final score was 5-0. I don’t have the box score handy, but you can find it on They Yankees are never going to win the Grapefruit League World Series at this rate.

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Open Thread: 3/15 Camp Notes

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The Yankees lost 2-1 to the Orioles this afternoon and they’ve now won just one of their last seven Grapefruit League games. If you ask me, that means the team is doomed. (It doesn’t.) Vidal Nuno had a nice little start, allowing just one hit and one walk in four scoreless innings. He struck out three. Danny Burawa gave up a solo homer to Chris Davis and Mark Montgomery allowed a run on a double, a wild pitch, and a sac fly.

Brian Roberts had a good day at the plate against his former club, going 2-for-3 with two singles. I don’t know if he’ll be healthy or hit much this year, but Roberts has consistently had long at-bats both this spring and throughout his career (career 9.8 BB% and 3.98 P/PA). That’s a pretty good trait for a number eight or nine hitter. Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-3 and both Kelly Johnson and Austin Romine went 0-for-2 with a walk. Ramon Flores had a nice spot start with a single and a double in two at-bats. Francisco Arcia accounted for the team’s only run with a solo homer. Here’s the box score, here are the video highlights, and here’s the rest from an otherwise slow day in Tampa.

  • Larry Rothschild seemed to indicate Masahiro Tanaka will start the fourth game of the season, both as a way to give him extra rest early in the season and also split him up with Hiroki Kuroda, since they have similar styles. Tanaka, meanwhile, said the MLB ball gives his splitter “more bite compared to balls in Japan,” which is something he’s still adjusting to. [Wally Matthews, Brendan Kuty]
  • There were no workouts scheduled for the guys who did not travel to play the Orioles this afternoon. Eduardo Nunez is fine after being spiked in yesterday’s game and could have played today, though he wasn’t scheduled to travel. Brian Roberts fouled a ball of his foot yesterday and is fine; he played six innings this afternoon. Russ Canzler received treatment today after being scratched from yesterday’s game with hip stiffness. [Chad Jennings]
  • The Yankees are playing the Marlins at 9pm ET in Panama tonight and the game is not on any of the normal television networks. It will air on TV Max if you get that channel and it may be broadcast online right here. Not sure if it actually will though. Thanks to @Mikhel2 for the heads up.

This is your open thread for the night. This afternoon’s game will not be replayed anywhere but MLB Network will air both the Red Sox-Phillies and Dodgers-White Sox live later tonight. The Nets, Devils, and Islanders are all playing tonight as well. Talk about anything and everything right here.

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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, or MASN if you’re in the Baltimore area. There is no YES Network broadcast. Enjoy the game.

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Open Thread: 3/14 Camp Notes

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The Yankees blew an early three-run lead and lost to the Twins by the score of 7-3 this afternoon. Jacoby Ellsbury (double), Brian Roberts (double), and Mark Teixeira (single) start the games off with hits, then Minnesota’s staff retired 26 of the final 29 batters they faced. The only exceptions were walks to Teixeira (one) and Ramon Flores (two). The final eleven Yankees to bat made outs.

David Phelps was alright, allowed two runs on five hits and one walk in four innings. He struck out four and was both up in the zone and running deep counts a little too much. Not the most efficient outing. Manny Banuelos was all over the place, walking two and allowing two (bloop) hits in one-third of an inning. He was charged with four runs to raise his spring ERA to 63.00. Dellin Betances was excellent again, inheriting a bases loaded, one-out jam and escaping with a strikeout and ground out. He then tacked on another scoreless inning and retired all five batters he faced. Here’s the box score and the video highlights, and here’s the rest from camp.

  • The Yankees contingent in Panama took a tour of the Panama Canal today. George King has a story on the tour with a bunch of photos. The Yankees will play a pair of exhibition games against the Marlins at Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City this weekend, though I still have no idea of those games will be on television anywhere.
  • Hiroki Kuroda and Shawn Kelley threw their scheduled bullpen sessions. Tyler Austin (wrist) took regular batting practice for the first time and Brendan Ryan (oblique) both hit and fielded grounders. [Chad Jennings]
  • Eduardo Nunez got spiked on a take-out slide but told Jack Curry he is fine during an in-game interview. He said he should be able to play tomorrow.

This is your nightly open thread. This afternoon’s game will be replayed at 7pm ET on YES, plus MLB Network will air some different games later tonight. All three of the local hockey clubs are playing as well. Talk about anything you like right here.

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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 Enjoy.

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Open Thread: 3/13 Camp Notes

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The Yankees split their two games this afternoon, losing 6-2 to the Phillies and beating the Orioles 5-0. Michael Pineda started against Baltimore and looked good, striking out five in 2.2 scoreless innings before hitting his pitch count. I’ll have some more on him later tonight. Brett Gardner (2-for-4 with a double), Carlos Beltran (1-for-3), Brian McCann (0-for-1 with two walks), Alfonso Soriano (1-for-2 with a walk), and Zoilo Almonte (2-for-3 with a double) all had nice days. Derek Jeter went 0-for-4. Here’s the box score and video highlights for that game.

Meanwhile, against the Phillies, Ivan Nova got knocked around a bit, surrendering three runs on nine hits and no walks (six strikeouts) in five innings. He was getting dinked and dunked early but gave up a few hard hits near the end of his outing. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a homer (!), Kelly Johnson doubled, and both Scott Sizemore and Frankie Cervelli singled. Ichiro Suzuki and Mark Teixeira both went 0-for-3. Preston Claiborne got knocked around for three runs on four hits in 0.2 innings. Here’s the box score and video highlights for this game, now here’s the rest from Tampa.

  • The upcoming rotation: David Phelps (Friday), Vidal Nuno and Adam Warren (Saturday), Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia (Sunday), Hiroki Kuroda (Monday), Pineda (Tuesday), Nova (Wednesday), Phelps (Thursday), and Sabathia (Friday). No surprise here, but Joe Girardi confirmed Pineda will have an innings limit this season. [Chad Jennings]
  • McCann will not travel to Panama as planned, instead staying behind to catch Tanaka on Sunday. Does that mean Cervelli, who looked like he was being groomed to be be Tanaka’s personal catcher, is about to be traded? Eh, maybe. Cervelli is going to Panama instead of McCann though. Jennings has the full roster for the trip. [Jack Curry]
  • Another two roster cuts: Bryan Mitchell and Jose Campos have been optioned to Triple-A Scranton and High-A Tampa, respectively, the team announced. There are still 59 player in big league camp by my unofficial count.

Here is your open thread for the night. The game against the Orioles will be replayed at 7pm ET on YES, if you missed Pineda earlier today. MLB Network will air a non-Yankees game later tonight, plus the (hockey) Rangers are playing as well. Talk about whatever here.

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Long time no see. (Presswire)

Long time no see. (Presswire)

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 while the road game will be on 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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Right-hander Jose Campos, the Yankees’ 15th best prospect, made his spring debut against the Tigers on Wednesday afternoon after being brought along slowly earlier in camp. The 21-year-old pitched around a leadoff double in his inning of work, striking out one and getting both a ground ball out and a fly out.

By my unofficial count, Campos threw eight of his 15 pitches were strikes. His fastball sat anywhere from 89-93 mph on the YES Network gun and he only threw a handful of sliders and changeups. I’d say fewer than five non-fastballs total. It was a short look but Campos was solid. Better than Manny Banuelos in his spring debut, that’s for sure.

This wasn’t the most GIF-able outing, but there are two more after the jump if you’re interested. You have to mouse over each GIF to get it to animate now, as you can see. If that isn’t working for whatever reason (new feature, working out the bugs, etc.), here are each of the three GIFs: one, two, three.

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Open Thread: 3/12 Camp Notes

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The Yankees battled back from a six-run deficit to tie the Tigers 7-7 in ten innings this afternoon. Hiroki Kuroda took one on the chin, allowing six runs on ten hits in 3.1 innings before reaching his pitch count. Just about everything was up in the zone. Not a good day for Kuroda. Seven relievers held Detroit to one unearned run 6.1 innings after that.

Frankie Cervelli had a big day at the plate, going 2-for-2 with two solo homers. Ichiro Suzuki, Derek Jeter, and Carlos Beltran went a combined 0-for-9 while Kelly Johnson and Alfonso Soriano both went 1-for-3. Zelous Wheeler hit what would have been a bases-clearing, game-tying double in the eighth, but it hopped over the fence for a two-run ground-rule double instead. Zoilo Almonte tied the game at seven with a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. Here’s the box score and video highlights, and here’s the rest from Tampa.

  • The Yankees announced three more roster cuts: Slade Heathcott and Nik Turley were optioned to Triple-A Scranton while Gary Sanchez was optioned to Double-A Trenton. Heathcott (knee) and Turley (arm) did not play this spring due to injury. Don’t read anything into the levels they were assigned, these are just procedural moves and the assignments can change before the season.
  • Tyler Austin (wrist) is hitting off soft toss now, not just a tee. Heathcott is still running and hitting, but nothing more. Dellin Betances threw a simulated game and Manny Banuelos will make his second appearance of the spring on Friday. [Chad Jennings]
  • Both Matt Daley and Chris Leroux are making the trip to Panama. Shawn Kelley will not. The team leaves at 6pm ET tomorrow. [Jorge Castillo]

This is your open thread for the night. This afternoon’s game will be replayed on YES at 10pm ET. MLB Network will carry the Cubs and Mariners live at the same time, plus both the Knicks and Nets are playing as well. Talk about anything and everything right here.

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(Scott Iskowitz/Getty)

(Scott Iskowitz/Getty)

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 Enjoy.

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

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