The Yankees are in Port Charlotte today to take on the Tampa Bay Rays. The game isn’t on YES and it isn’t on MLB Network but it’s on the MLB.tv schedule so I’m assuming it will be shown online. It starts at 1:05 p.m.
Here’s your Yankees lineup:
Didi Gregorius SS
Brendan Ryan 2B
Garrett Jones 1B
Chris Young CF
John Ryan Murphy C
Rob Refsnyder DH
Slade Heathcott LF
Ramon Flores RF
Cole Figueroa 3B
Well there’s some good news! I said earlier in the week it would be nice to know something about Ellsbury’s condition and when he was going to return to baseball activities, and lo and behold we’ve gotten a lot of information in that department over the last few days.
A return to game action next week would be more good news and provide further reassurance that Ellsbury will actually be ready for Opening Day. We’ll see how things progress for the rest of this week, but it seems like the worry meter can be turned down on Jake.
“But Betances’ heater hasn’t warmed up this spring. And that’s led to results not exactly befitting of a man who appeared on the fast track to become Mariano Rivera‘s longterm replacement as Yankees closer…
His fastball only reached 94 mph, according to the notoriously generous YES Network radar gun.”
“What was worrisome was the admission by Tanaka that he did not have full confidence in his fastball, and the nagging suspicion that the real reason why Tanaka has not cut loose is fear. The fear that to really let fly with a fastball will cause pain in his torn UCL, which the Yankees chose to rehabilitate without surgery last year — or pain, which Tanaka, manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild all insist is not there.”
Also from those articles:
– Betances had pitched almost twice as many innings at this time last year (10.1) as he has this year (5.1), and he was pitching low-mid 90s then just like he is now.…
In the first installment of “the Mets and Yankees play a meaningless Spring Training game that’s blown out of proportion by Mets fans,” the Mets won the game handily. The game was also in Port St. Lucie, the Yankees didn’t have all of their regulars make the longish bus trip east and the Mets had Matt Harvey pitching. Today’s game is in Tampa, Masahiro Tanaka is pitching and guess what? It still doesn’t count, so calm down.
Here are your lineups:
It looks like Tanaka will be your Opening Day starter (if you care about that sort of thing) and Adam Warren may have locked up the fifth starter job according to GM Brian Cashman.
I don’t think that I was the only Yankee fan who was growing a little tired of the Derek Jeter retirement tour last September. Jeter was a shadow of his former self, and barely limping to the end of his career. It felt a little sad to watch a once=great player be so humbled by father time. And then, he gave us all a little bit more drama at the very end.
Jeter started the game out with an RBI double. I would have been happy for that to the final hit to remember his career by. He struck out in his next at bat, then reached on an error in the 7th inning. With the Yankees in the lead and David Robertson loaded up in the bullpen, everyone was expecting Joe Girardi to ceremoniously pull Derek Jeter in the 9th inning in order to send him off with a standing ovation. Girardi did no such thing, and David Robertson proceeded to blow the save.…
Joe said he wanted to make a decision on his 5th starter by the end of this week, so last night was a very important start for Esmil Rogers. He looked shaky at best his last time out, and same as Bryan Mitchell he was going up against a really good start by Adam Warren the last time Warren took the mound.
He was facing the regular Detroit Tiger lineup that was full of tough and dangerous hitters and he didn’t fair very well against them. He got hit early and hit often in the 1st inning and escaped with only 1 run against him. He got hit again in the top of the 2nd, exacerbated that problem by committing a fielding error, couldn’t finish off the inning with 2 outs, and got tagged for 4 more runs. It was not a good outing.
The Yankee lineup chipped in a bunch of small contributions that were enough to keep them within striking distance in the bottom of the 9th, and once again it was the young guys coming up with the big hits to get the W. …
Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chase Headley, Brian McCann, Didi Gregorius, CC Sabathia and Dellin Betances recreated a scene from “The Sandlot” which is causing a bit of a stir on the internet right now. And even though we probably won’t see any of them nominated for an acting award anytime soon, it’s still a pretty cool video.