Game thread: Yankees vs Pirates 2/27/14

You guys (and gals), we’re going to be able to see a Yankee game and while I realize it’s only Spring Training, it’s still actual baseball with bats, balls, bases, the whole nine!

Not only that, we get to see Derek Jeter in his first in-game action since early September.

Here are the lineups:

PIRATES
Decker LF
Polanco CF
Dickerson RF
Lambo 1B
Sanchez DH
Stewart C
Harrison 3B
Barmes SS
Martinez 2B

Morton RHP

YANKEES
Gardner LF
Jeter SS (!!!)
Suzuki RF
Roberts 2B
Cervelli C
Johnson 3B
Romine DH
Canzler 1B
Williams CF

Phelps RHP

The game will be on YES, you can listen on WFAN and you can access it via mlb.com.

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Diamondbacks Emerge As Perfect Trade Partners For Yanks’ Infield Needs

Ross D. Franklin/AP

Ross D. Franklin/AP

On Tuesday, I wrote about how the Yankees need to add depth to the infield to prevent the same problems we saw in 2013. The team is already out on Stephen Drew and Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz, but now Brian Cashman is hinting that he recognizes the team’s weaknesses.

“I am more focused on the bullpen, the rotation and how that will shake out and the infield that is not Mark Teixeira or Derek Jeter. I have said it’s a developing story that the Yankees have to keep focused on,” Cashman said of second and third. “Do we have the answer, the exclamation point right here in camp? If the answer is no, we have to look outside. If we need to do improvements it has to be cheap, we spent our money.”

In this report by George King, he brings up names like the White Sox’ Jeff Keppinger and Gordon Beckham, as well as the Brewers’ Rickie Weeks.…

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The IIATMS Podcast Episode 7: Gardner, Bailey, NL Central and much more

It’s episode 7 of the It’s About The Yankees, Stupid podcast and Domenic, E.J. and Stacey discuss Brett Gardner‘s extension, the Andrew Bailey signing, there’s an NL Central Preview, the guys teach more stats to Stacey and they read listener mail! Oh and there also may be a slightly heated discussion about fruit.

As always, suggestions, comments and questions are welcomed. You can tweet us at @IIATMS, email us at stupidyankeespodcast@gmail.com or leave a comment below.

Enjoy!

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Late afternoon news and notes: 2/26/14

The Yankees lost to the Pirates 6-5 today in Bradenton.

The Yankees had a lead and the bullpen imploded in the bottom of the seventh and gave up four runs after the Yankees took a 5-2 lead in the top of the inning. Oh well. At least Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann had nice debuts. McCann drove Ellsbury in for the first run of the day – Ellsbury walked twice and had an infield single – and Yangervis Solarte (oh oh) hit a two-run home run in the second inning.

Tony Sanchez hit a tying three-run homer against Chase Whitley and Chris McGuiness hit the go-ahead single that drove in former-Yankee Chris Dickerson who I didn’t realize was with the Pirates. Nor did I remember that Edinson Volquez is with them as well.

Ivan Nova allowed two runs, two hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings and Pirates starter Francisco Liriano gave up two runs (Solarte’s homer), three hits and a walk in one inning of work.…

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Projecting 2014: Kelly Johnson

AP Photo/Chris O'Meara

AP Photo/Chris O’Meara

The Yankees landed Kelly Johnson relatively early in the offseason on a one-year $3 million deal. Considering the money given this offseason, and the contracts offered to other infielders, the deal now looks like a steal.

The 32 year old left-handed hitter has most of his experience at second base, but is also capable of playing the outfield, third base, and first base. It looks like the Yankees’ plan is to utilize him as the starting third baseman, and if Brian Roberts or Mark Teixeira find themselves injured, Johnson will move over to their spot with Scott Sizemore stepping in at third base. But Johnson has only started 12 games at third base, which happened last year after minor injuries to Evan Longoria. In his extremely limited sample size of 118.0 innings, DRS and UZR liked what they saw out of Johnson. To assume that he can handle third base full-time, the Yankees must have liked what they saw as well.…

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Today’s lineup and some notes from camp: 2/26/14

The Yankees are playing the Pirates today and while it won’t be on Yankees TV or radio, you can listen on mlb.com via the Pirates’ radio feed.

Here are both lineups thanks to Bryan Hoch:

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Solarte SS
Beltran RF
McCann C
Flores LF
Wheeler 3B
Anna 2B
Joseph 1B
Murphy DH

Nova RHP

PIRATES
Marte LF
Martin C
McCutchen CF
Alvarez 3B
Walker 2B
Sanchez 1B
Lambo DH
Tabata RF
Mercer SS

Liriano LHP

More news from camp:

Joe Girardi said that Mark Teixeira is about a week away from game action and Alfonso Soriano will play in his first spring game on March 2.

Oh, and Eduardo Nunez was scratched from the lineup due to flu-like symptoms. I guess the illness that Soriano had is making its way around the George M. Steinbrenner Field clubhouse.

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Quick hit: 30 Clubs in 30 Days Returns

MLB Network announced that its program “30 Clubs in 30 Days” will be premiering this Friday at 8 p.m.

MLB Network analysts Ron Darling, Al Leiter, Joe Magrane, Dan Plesac, Harold Reynolds and Mitch Williams will report the latest news from each camp throughout Arizona and Florida, provide analysis and predictions on the coming season, and conduct interviews with players and managers from each club. Starting with the Arizona Diamondbacks, MLB Tonight will feature a new edition of 30 Clubs in 30 Days everyday through March 29.

The most important date for Yankee fans is Tuesday March 18 when the Yankees’ edition of “30 Clubs in 30 Days” airs at 7:00 p.m. that evening. Click here for the entire schedule.

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Yanks Still Mining For Injured/Rehabbing Roster Gold

Johan Bullpen 2012

Pass.

In the never-ending quest to add more pitching depth, the Yankees were among several teams on hand to watch Johan Santana throw in Florida yesterday.  He’s attempting to work his way back from a second shoulder capsule surgery in less than 3 years and the Yanks have been linked to him for months.  According to George King, Santana was sitting 77-78 MPH with his velocity and he maxed out at 81.  That is a far cry from the upper-80s he was throwing the last time he was on a Major League mound, and while King did say his changeup looked “impressive”, I question whether Major League hitters would feel the same when it’s coming at them at basically the same speed as his fastball.

The long and short of it is that Santana doesn’t look like a viable option to bring aboard as additional Triple-A rotation insurance, at least not until he builds up more arm strength and gets his velocity back into the mid-80s.  …

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Tanaka to debut on Saturday

Per Chad Jennings of Lohud:

Masahiro Tanaka will make his Yankees spring training debut on Saturday. But he won’t be starting.

 

CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Tanaka will all pitch in Saturday’s game against the Phillies. Sabathia will be the starter. All three will be expected to go two innings or 35 pitches.

 

After Saturday, those three will be separated, with Tanaka occasionally getting extra rest along the way.

Saturday’s game will be broadcast on YES and on MLB Network.

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