Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

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Spring Training Game 29: Yanks at Twins

This afternoon the Yankees (some of them) are traveling to Fort Myers to face off against the Minnesota Twins.

YANKEES
Gardner LF
Ryan 3B
Young CF
Jones 1B
Romine C
Refsnyder 2B
Flores RF
Noonan SS
Jagielo DH

Tanaka P

TWINS

Schafer CF
Escobar SS
Herrmann RF
Vargas 1B
Nunez 3B
Walker II DH
Robinson LF
Fryer C
Bernier 2B

Millone P

The game isn’t on YES but can be seen on MLB Network starting at 1 p.m.

LaVelle Neal who covers the Twins for the Star Tribune said in his blog (which is where I found the Twins’ starting lineup) that this is the worst Yankees’ lineup he’s ever seen in Fort Myers. Yeah, sorry the Yankees aren’t sending their more well-known players on a two-hour bus ride to face off against the Twins in Spring Training, LaVelle.

Anyway, enjoy the game!

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IIATMS Top Moment #2: The Flip Play

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I am a pretty lucky gal when it comes to my baseball fandom because thanks to my Bronx-born and bred father, I grew up a Yankee fan. Sure, there was a pretty long playoff drought during my childhood but as an adult, I’ve attended no-hitters, playoff series clinchers and World Series games. I have also been blessed enough to write about my favorite team on this and other blogs, in newspapers and in magazines, and I’ve been extremely fortunate to be able to talk about them in an HBO documentary. And the one play I have written and talked about a few times just happens to be our #2 Top Moment which fittingly enough is “the flip play” by Derek Jeter.

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2001 is one of those years that people in the New York City metro area will never forget for one reason: 9/11 and all that happened on that dreadful day. It is also a memorable year because of what the Yankees were able to do during the playoffs that fall.…

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Open thread: Baseball is starting next week!

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You guys, we’re a week from Opening Day! Can you believe it? I know. I can’t either. It feels like the last month and a half or so have dragged on.

Anyway, this is your open thread for the evening. I will be linking some news for you to peruse. Feel free to discuss any/all of the articles in the comments.

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Tales of media desperation: When an article about A-Rod isn’t actually about A-Rod

Wow, the New York sports media will do anything to stir up nonsense about Alex Rodriguez.

This time it’s Bob Raissman of the Daily News who thinks it’s very telling that Alex wasn’t in the Sandlot video that the Yankees put out last week and that it somehow means that he’s being alienated by his team.

Hey! You know who else wasn’t in the video? Mark Teixeira. Oh, and Carlos Beltran. Are they being alienated too?

Here’s how the article starts:

Anyone else wondering why Alex Rodriguez did not perform in the Yankees’ recent video re-enactment of the Babe Ruth scene from the 1993 movie “The Sandlot?”

Hmmm, not really. I saw the video and the first thing I thought about was how funny it was, not why Alex wasn’t in the video. In fact, the thought never even crossed my mind.

An appearance by Rodriguez in the video would be tantamount to Yankees brass giving him their true stamp of approval and officially welcoming him back into the fold as a member in good standing.

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Spring Training Game 26 – Yanks at Phillies

The Yankees are heading to Clearwater (again) to play the Phillies (again). The game isn’t on TV until later (MLB Network tape delay) but you can catch it on MLB.tv and tweet about it here!

Here’s the Yankees lineup:
Brett Gardner LF
Chase Headley 3B
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Alex Rodriguez DH
Stephen Drew 2B
Chris Young CF
Brendan Ryan SS

Michael Pineda RHP

Here’s the Phillies lineup:

Enjoy!

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Quick hit: A-Rod to play first base this weekend and your Opening Day starter is…

This news doesn’t come as a surprise at all. Joe Girardi just finally made the news official. Hooray #TANAK!

The rest of the rotation is as follows: Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia, Nathan Eovaldi, and the mystery fifth starter. Adam Warren appears to be the front runner.

Alex Rodriguez will be playing some first base on Sunday in Kissimmee against the Houston Astros.

There had been talk since camp broke – and even before the team reported for Spring Training – that there was a possibility of Rodriguez playing some first base to give Mark Teixeira some relief. He was even given a first baseman’s glove but up until last week, it seemed to be all talk and no action.

Then there were reports that Tex was working with A-Rod and showing him the ropes at first.…

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IIATMS Top Moment #4: “Back, at the track, at the wall, we are tied!”

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Date: October 23, 1996
Place: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Event: Game 4 of the World Series

Up to this point: The defending champion Atlanta Braves had beaten the Yankees handily in the first two games of the World Series in Yankee Stadium. The Yankees recovered nicely and picked up a Game Three victory In Atlanta thanks to the pitching heroics of starter David Cone and the hitting heroics of Bernie Williams. So going into Game Four down 2-1 in the series, the Yankees looked to starter Kenny Rogers to bring them back into the series.

That didn’t exactly happen.

In fact, the Yankees found themselves down 5-0 after the end of the third inning and down 6-0 after the end of the fifth inning.

The top of the sixth started with a Derek Jeter single off starter Denny Neagle. The play came with some controversy which was routine for Jeter at this point. Earlier in the at bat Jeter lifted a ball, a pop foul near first base, that right fielder Jermaine Dye had the best chance of getting but umpire Tim Welke had his back to Dye, didn’t move out of the way until the last second and caused Dye to miss the pop up.…

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IIATMS Top Moment #5: Game 5 of the 2001 World Series

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The Yankees and their fans were on a bit of a high on the evening on November 1, 2001 because the night before, the team made a pretty miraculous comeback to beat the Diamondbacks and tie the World Series at two games apiece. So going into Game 5, it looked like the Yankees could take a 3-2 lead in the series.

The game started off quietly with both starting pitchers – Mike Mussina for the Yankees and Miguel Batista for the Diamondbacks – keeping the contest scoreless until the top of the fourth.

Mussina ran into some trouble when Steve Finley hit a 1-2 offering into the stands to put the Diamondbacks up 1-0. Two outs later, Mussina gave up another 1-2 home run, this time to Rod Barajas and the Diamondbacks were up 2-0.

That score would remain 2-0 until the bottom of the ninth which followed a very familiar script. Diamondback manager Bob Brenly went to his closer Byung-Hyun Kim and Jorge Posada stepped into the batter’s box.…

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Spring Training Game 25: Yanks at Rays

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

Adam Warren RHP

Enjoy the game (if you can watch it)!

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