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:


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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!”


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


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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Wednesday Night Open Thread: 3/25/15

This is your open thread. Feel free to discuss today’s game result, Spring Training performances so far, etc.

And remember, just because you think


It’s really not. Not yet. I think it’s still too early to panic. Of course if you want to panic, do so in the comments but be nice to your fellow IIATMS readers, okay?

Enjoy your evening!

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IIATMS Yankee Moment #6: Jeter’s Game-Winning Hit in Final Yankee Stadium Game

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.…

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Spring Training Game 23: Yanks vs Tigers

Here’s your game thread. The game is on YES at 7 p.m. and the Yankees are facing the Tigers.

Gardner CF
Headley 3B
Beltran RF
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
A-Rod DH
Drew 2B
Young LF
Gregorius SS

Rogers P

Gose CF
Kinsler 2B
Cabrera DH
J. Martinez RF
Cespedes LF
Avila C
Castellanos 3B
Romine 1B
Iglesias SS

Sanchez P


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The Yankees recreate a scene from “The Sandlot”

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.


UPDATE 6:09P.M.: They posted the outtakes!

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