Game Thread: Yankees vs Phillies 3/25/14

Welcome to tonight’s game thread!

Here’s the lineup:

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano RF
Kelly Johnson 3B
Brian Roberts 2B
Ichiro Suzuki CF

Adam Warren RHP

The game on YES, MLB Network and you can listen to it on 660 AM/101.9 FM WFAN.

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Quick Hit: Pineda Named Fifth Starter

Well, it’s official and not a surprise.

Michael Pineda has been named the Yankees’ fifth starter. David Phelps, who was Pineda’s strongest competition for the spot and Adam Warren, who is starting tonight’s game, will be placed in the bullpen while Vidal Nuno will also be considered a relief role.

Do you know what this means? It means real baseball is almost here!

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Finding A Trade Partner For Ichiro

According to Jon Heyman, the Yankees are willing to pick up some of Ichiro Suzuki‘s salary in an effort to trade the outfielder. At the moment, the Yankees have a full outfield sporting Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, and Alfonso Soriano. While Ichiro would be a strong defensive 5th outfielder and speedy pinch runner, his $6.5 million salary is far too high for his talent level. But his ability to play a respectable center field and bring in a Japanese media market could make him interesting to some teams.

Heyman suggests that the Tigers are one club that could use another outfielder following an injury to Andy Dirks. Their outfield lines up, at the moment, with Torii Hunter in right field, Austin Jackson in center field, and a platoon between Rajai Davis and Tyler Collins in left field. Jackson’s injury history, Hunter’s age, and Collins’ inexperience is something of a legitimate depth concern for the Tigers, which was why Heyman suggested Ichiro to Detroit in the first place.…

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Late Spring Training Winners And Losers

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Somebody cue the music because we’ve reached the final countdown.  We’re now only a week away from Opening Day.  This time next week we won’t be talking about who’s going to make the bullpen or win the 5th starter competition or what the batting order should look like because all of that stuff will be decided.  That means the guys in camp still competing for roster spots or clearer roster definitions don’t have much time left to prove their worth.  A little less than 3 weeks ago, I singled out some of the early winners and losers in Spring Training.  In the time since, the winner/loser landscape has almost completely changed, as it’s wont to do when the sample sizes become a bit larger and roster cuts start being made.  With a handful of ST games remaining, here is the updated list for who’s sitting pretty and who’s not.

Winners:

Dellin Betances- The only player to appear on the same list both times, Betances hasn’t missed a beat since his hot start.  …

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Monday Night Open Thread: 3/24/14

Looks like Michael Pineda will be number 5.

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No, not that number 5, Pitcher #5 in the rotation!

On ESPN New York, Wally Matthews deduced from what Joe Girardi said (and didn’t say) that Pineda will be the fifth starter and David Phelps will work out of the bullpen.

More from Matthews: Jacoby Ellsbury will return to game action tomorrow as DH in a Minor League game. Ellsbury has been bothered by a tight right calf and hasn’t played in 10 days.

A scout told CBS Sports’s Jon Heyman that the Yankees’ infield range, “has got to be the worst in baseball.” Congratulations, everyone!

Some news from around baseball:

  • Another Tampa Bay Rays pitcher has been suspended for PEDs. This time it’s Alex Colome who is currently on their 40-man roster – he made three starts for them last season. It seems like there’s at least one or two Rays players being suspended for something drug related every season. Just what in the world is happening down there anyway?
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Spring Training Musing & Updates: Rotation, Trades, Quintana

  • With real official Yankee baseball here in just 8 days, the organization is beginning to put the finishing touches on their 25-man roster. Tomorrow, Joe Girardi will announce the five-man rotation. Everyone expects Michael Pineda to make the team as the fifth starter, but Girardi says he won’t announce his decision until he’s told the players. We do know that he’s ordered the rotation a little differently than first expected, as CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, and Ivan Nova are now lined up to pitch the first three games of the season. Masahiro Tanaka will pitch the fourth game of the year, in an effort to separate the two Japanese starters, who own similar pitch repertoires.
  • As we assume Pineda wins the fifth rotation spot, keep in mind that Adam Warren and David Phelps were promised spots on the major league team, and both pitchers have played well enough for Girardi to keep that promise. I assume that they’ll both end up as relievers, with Warren getting a shot at more high-leverage situations and Phelps as the long-man.
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Quick hit: Looks like the first three slots in the rotation are set

This was just tweeted by Dan Barbarisi:

“Girardi says CC, Kuroda, Nova are pitching thurs-fri-sat this week, lining them up as 1-2-3 starters. Tanaka will start game 4 vs toronto.”

So now wait to find out who will be the fifth starter. Both David Phelps and Michael Pineda have pitched well and it has been reported that the decision has been made but Girardi hasn’t revealed his choice yet.

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Late Spring Training Injury Roundup

With 8 days until Opening Day, the Yankees enter their final week of ST game action with a few more potential roster holes to plug than they were hoping for.  It’s not competition that’s causing the uncertainty.  The starting lineup and rotation are mostly set, as is the bench, and the bullpen is starting to take shape.  A few late spring injuries have popped up and for now the Yankee training and coaching staffs are addressing them in a very slow and cautious manner.  None of the injuries appear to be too serious and none involve important ligaments or joints, continuing the refreshing string of good luck that Mike E. pointed out last Thursday, but there are a few that are serious enough to possibly affect the look of the Opening Day rosters.

Brendan Ryan- Already out for most of ST, Ryan suffered what I’m calling a setback with his back last week on the day the Yankees tried to get him back into a game.  …

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Game Thread: Yanks vs. Blue Jays 3/23/14

We get another televised look at Michael Pineda today, who’s been devastating opposing hitters all March. So far he’s accumulated 14 strikeouts and given up just 1 walk and 8 hits in 9.0 innings of work.

The Yankees lineup:

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano DH
Brian Roberts 2B
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Ichiro Suzuki CF

On the mound: Michael Pineda

In his last outing, Pineda went 4.1 innings with 60 pitches. Assuming everything goes right, I assume the team will push him to somewhere around 75-80 pitches today. Keep an eye on his velocity and command as Pineda continues to gain strength and up his effort.

Some other guys to watch today are Nunez, Scott Sizemore, and Yangervis Solarte who are each competing for a 25-man roster spot. Preston Claiborne, Cesar Cabral, and Dellin Betances should also get a shot out of the bullpen, and they’re in a similar situation.…

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