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Open thread: Yanks win in D.C., Next up… The Bronx!

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The Yankees won their last Spring game at Nationals Park in D.C. 4-3 over the Nats.

Chris Young provided the big hit with a two run shot that put the Yankees ahead for good in the eighth inning.

Well, okay, Stephen Drew also had a big hit – a two-run shot of his own off starter Doug Fister in the fifth inning.

Nathan Eovaldi started for the Yankees and while he wasn’t great, he wasn’t terrible either. Sure he gave up three runs in five innings but he did strike out six batters. He also walked three. I think he’ll be fine. He’s still working on some stuff.

Alex Rodriguez struck out three times and was booed. Can you believe it? He was booed on the road! What’s next? Being booed at home? Oh wait…

Dellin Betances made things interesting in the ninth but got the save.

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Murphy wins the backup catcher job, Romine DFA

The big decision has been made, the Yankees have designated Austin Romine for assignment which means John Ryan Murphy will be Brian McCann‘s backup.

Romine was the Yanks’ second-round draft pick in the 2007. He has a .275/.330/.407 line in just under 2,300 games in the minors.

But don’t worry, all is not lost for Austin. The Yankees now have 10 days to trade him, release him or waive him and if he passes through waivers, he can go to triple A but not be on the 40-man roster. I think someone will probably want him because a few teams are in need of a backup catcher – I believe the Phillies were interested in him – and his situation mirrors Francisco Cervelli‘s who was traded by the Yankees to the Pirates in November.

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Spring Training Game 34: Yanks at Nats in D.C.

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IT’S THE LAST GAME OF SPRING TRAINING! IT’S THE LAST GAME OF SPRING TRAINING! We’re almost at the finish line. Just one more exhibition and the regular season starts. Thank goodness.

Here are the lineups. (Looks like this could be the Opening Day lineup for the Yanks.)

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Beltran RF
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Headley 3B
Rodriguez DH
Drew 2B
Gregorius SS

Eovaldi P

NATS
Taylor CF
Escobar 3B
Harper RF
Zimmerman 1B
Ramos DH
Desmond SS
Uggla 2B
Moore LF
Lobaton C

Fister P

The game can be seen on the YES Network and mlb.tv (it’s a free game of the day!). It can also be seen on MLB Network on tape delay overnight at 3 a.m.

Enjoy!

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Some Yankees News and Notes: 4/4/15

Good morning!

Here what’s happening today:

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10 years ago tonight: Randy Johnson vs. David Wells

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This is going to be our open thread for the night but I thought it would be fun to look back at 10 years ago tonight because we have finally arrived at a date on the calendar when we can do that and have there be a regular season game we can talk about!

April 3, 2005 was Opening Night of the 2005 season, it was scheduled to be an 8 p.m. ESPN game (of course) and the Yankees were welcoming the defending world champion Boston Red Sox into Yankee Stadium for the first time since that awful October night that none of us like remembering.

As I was looking at the boxscore and play by play on Baseball Reference I couldn’t believe how much of the game I didn’t remember. It’s funny how your memory plays tricks on you because I was at this particular game and I didn’t even remember that David Wells was the starter for Boston. At least I remembered that Randy Johnson started for the Yankees.…

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RECAP: Nats 8 Yankees 2

Well, that wasn’t very pleasant.

The big story was CC Sabathia who had a rough first inning. Here’s the rundown:

The good thing is that CC “settled” down after the first and finished his outing with five hits, 3 runs, 3 walks and 3 strikeouts in 5 and 1/3 innings pitched. Amazingly, those three walks were his first three of the spring.…

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Spring Training Game 33: Steinbrenner Field Finale vs Nats

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Today’s game is the Yankees’ last at Steinbrenner Field for the Spring. After today they’ll be in Washington, D.C. to play the Nats tomorrow and then at home on Monday to start the season against Toronto.

Hooray!

NATIONALS
Taylor CF
Escobar 3B
Harper RF
Zimmerman 1B
Ramos C
Desmond SS
Moore LF
Espinosa 2B

Strasburg RHP

YANKEES
Gardner LF
Gregorius SS
McCann DH
Teixeira 1B
Jones RF
Headley 3B
Young CF
Petit 2B
Murphy C

Sabathia LHP

A few things:

  • It’s CC Sabathia’s final start before the regular season and he hasn’t been faring that great in Spring Training and while I know spring stats don’t count, it’s a little disconcerting looking at his numbers so far. The bad: 4.2 IP, 9 hits, 6 runs, and 3 home runs. The good: 6 strikeouts and no walks. It’s also only two games and he missed a significant amount of time last season so maybe he just needs to get warmed up.
  • Joe Girardi told reports that Alex Rodriguez just has a day off.
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Quick hit: Girardi says he’ll use closer by committee to start the season

So it looks like the Yankees won’t have a closer just yet.

From Aaron Gleeman of Hardball Talk:

Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced that he’ll begin the season without a set closer, instead splitting the ninth-inning duties between right-hander Dellin Betances and left-hander Andrew Miller based on matchups and game situations.

From the Lohud Yankees blog:

“My thought has been more like with a power lefty who strikes out a lot of guys and a power righty, the lineups just might match up where one day he’s the eighth inning guy and then one day he’s the ninth inning guy a little bit better,” Girardi said. “… I think you start managing who you’re going to use (in the ninth) in about the sixth inning, because you try to prepare them.”

Oh this will be fun. I cannot wait for the overreactions from everyone when one or both guys have a hiccup in the early part of the season.…

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