Spring Training Game 33: Steinbrenner Field Finale vs Nats


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.


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

Strasburg RHP

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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Some (quick) Yankees news and notes: 4/3/15

Good morning!

Here’s what’s happening on the last Friday without regular season baseball until a long time from now:

Today is the Yankees’ last game at Steinbrenner Field. They will travel to Washington, D.C. after the game to face the Nationals on Saturday afternoon in their last exhibition game of the Spring. Then they will be off on Sunday and the season (finally) opens on Monday afternoon against the Blue Jays.

It’s almost here! We only a few more sleeps until the games finally count.

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Video: Masahiro Tanaka watches the Housewives shows?

Some people seem to be bothered by this but I think MLB is smart using videos like these to market baseball because we’re in an age where people who film YouTube videos are getting book deals, TV show pilots and movie roles. The younger set are drawn to this sort of thing and I think it can help bring a younger audience, who may have gone away for one reason or another, back to baseball.

Don’t I sound so old right now?

Enjoy the video.

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RECAP(S): Yankees win! Yankees lose!

Home game recap:

The Yankees beat the Pirates 6-2! Hooray!

Michael Pineda continued his strong spring with a 5 1/3 inning, one run, six hit performance. He also added to his strikeout total with 6 and he didn’t surrender a walk.

Alex Rodriguez played first and did a nice job with a couple of scoops because Stephen Drew can’t throw from the shortstop position, a caught pop foul and a toss to Pineda for an out.

Jacoby Ellsbury was 1-3 and the kids helped the Yankees in the later innings by scoring three in the sixth and three in the seventh.

Drew, Austin Romine, Rob Refsnyder, Chris Young and Garrett Jones all had two hits apiece.

Away game recap:

The Yankees lost to the Tigers 3-2. Boo.

J.R. Murphy and Slade Heathcott both had two hits and other than, not much happened for the Yankees.

One of Heathcott’s hits was an RBI single and Kyle Roller hit a sacrifice fly to score the Yankees’ first run.…

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Yankees: Ryan to miss the first month

Brendan Ryan 2013

The Yankees announced that backup shortstop Brendan Ryan will be out until at least May because of a strained right calf.

Ryan was hurt yesterday while fielding a grounder up the middle against the Rays and had to be carried off the field. According to the AP he arrived at Steinbrenner Field on one crutch.

Ryan was playing for the injured Didi Gregorius who made his return to the lineup in a split squad game against the Tigers in Lakeland this afternoon.

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Spring Training Games 31 and 32: Another split squad day

The Yankees are splitting up the squad with some guys staying back and playing against the Pirates at home (which can be seen on YES at 1:00pm) and some heading over to Lakeland to play the Tigers.

Home Lineup vs. Pirates
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Alex Rodriguez 1B
Brian McCann C
Austin Romine DH
Garrett Jones RF
Chris Young LF
Stephen Drew SS
Rob Refsnyder 2B
Eric Jagielo 3B

RHP Michael Pineda

Away Lineup at Tigers
Didi Gregorius SS
Chase Headley 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
John Ryan Murphy C
Ramon Flores RF
Slade Heathcott CF
Taylor Dugas LF
Kyle Roller DH
Nick Noonan 2B

RHP Bryan Mitchell

And your backups courtesy of Chad Jennings:


• Today’s second string: C Austin Romine, 1B Greg Bird, 2B Tyler Wade, SS Cito Culver, 3B none, LF Ben Gamel, CF Jake Cave, RF Aaron Judge


• Today’s scheduled relievers: David Carpenter, Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances, Jose Ramirez




• Today’s second string: C Eddy Rodriguez, 1B Jonathan Galvez, 2B Ali Castillo, SS Cole Figueroa, 3B Dante Bichette, LF Dustin Fowler, CF Mason Williams, RF Mark Payton


• Today’s scheduled relievers: Kyle Davies, Danny Burawa, Jacob Lindgren, Diego Moreno, Tyler Webb

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Who are you calling old?

With a large tip of the interlocking NY cap to devoted reader/commenter UYF1950, below are the anticipated rosters of the Yanks and RedSox, with their ages as of the beginning of the season. I swapped out the injured Brendan Ryan for Jose Pirela, but it could just as easily be Rob Refsnyder (or not, as he was just sent to AAA, sorry!) or newly acquired Gregorio Petit (please, no). Either way, dumping Ryan for either of the kids helps the Yanks (both in terms of production and for comparitive reasons, as shown below):

2015 Yanks. vs Sox by age

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