Monday, March 22, 2010

Game Day - Yankees vs. Phillies, Intrasquad Game

It's a busy day for the Yankees today. Due to the rainout yesterday the team held an intrasquad game earlier in the day in order to allow the pitchers to get their work in. Following that session, they traveled to Clearwater to take on the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. That game will be airing on ESPN and YES. It's a beautiful day for baseball, sunny and clear, with temperatures in the upper 60s.

Gardner - LF
Granderson - CF
Teixeira - 1B
Swisher - RF
Cervelli - C
Pena - SS
Russo - 3B
Nunez - 2B
Burnett - P

RHP A.J. Burnett

Rollins - SS
Polanco - 3B
Utley - 2B
Howard - 1B
Werth - CF
Ibanez - LF
Francisco - RF
Sardinha - C
Hamels - P

LHP Cole Hamels

Things to Watch: Burnett is making his third start of the spring and is expected to throw 60-70 pitches or go about five innings. Phil Hughes is scheduled to come on in relief and should go about four innings. Girardi was careful to mention that nothing should be assumed from the fact that Hughes is pitching against the Phillies while Chamberlain is participating in the intrasquad game. Also available to pitch: Jonathan Albaledejo, Royce Ring, Amaury Sanit and Zack Segovia. Playing off the bench today: P.J. Pilittere - C, Juan Miranda - 1B, Reegie Corona - SS, Jorge Vazquez - 3B, Greg Golson - CF and David Winfree - RF. Rule 5 pick Jamie Hoffman has cleared waivers and was returned to the Dodgers. This opens up a spot for Marcus Thames to claim that final bench role.

Game Notes: The Yankees fell to the Phillies 9-7. Burnett got hit hard in the first inning and gave up five runs very quickly, but then settled down. In his four total innings of work he allowed seven hits, five runs, three walks and struck out four. He struggled with his command all day. Hughes was also roughed up in his four and 1/3 innings. He gave up five hits, four runs, no walks and struck out six. He allowed a whopping three homers, one of which was a walk-off two run shot in the bottom of the ninth to Ben Francisco. Despite the ugly final line and results, Hughes did have a couple of encouraging innings and had hitters fooled on some change ups. The 6/0 K/BB ratio is also very nice. Teixeira went 4-for-4 and was a triple short of the cycle, he scored two runs and drove in two. Granderson went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and was facing a tough lefty in Cole Hamels. In 30 spring at bats Granderson has a 5/3 K/BB ratio, which is encouraging for a player with a penchant for striking out.

Intrasquad Game Notes: This game was created solely for the pitchers, so in light of that fact, here's a breakdown of what each pitcher did: Andy Pettitte faced 25 batters over five innings. His final line was 12 hits, three runs, no walks and six strikeouts. He threw 80 pitches, 54 for strikes. He allowed one extra base hit, a double to Golson. Mike Rivera was his catcher. Joba Chamberlain faced 19 batters over five innings. His final line was six hits, two runs, one walk and one strikeout. He threw 75 pitches, 48 for strikes, and recorded three double plays. Joba showed improved velocity and threw a few nice change ups. Austine Romine was his catcher. Mariano Rivera pitched one scoreless inning and allowed one hit and struck out one. He threw 22 pitches, 16 for strikes. Chan Ho Park faced eight batters over two innings. He allowed one hit (a ground rule double to Gorecki) and struck out five. He threw 29 pitches, 21 for strikes. DeMaso Marte faced six batters and went one and 1/3 innings. He allowed two hits, one walk and struck out one. He threw 21 pitches, 12 for strikes, and recorded one double play. David Robertson faced five batters over one and 1/3 hitless innings. He allowed one walk and struck out three. He threw 22 pitches, 11 for strikes. LoHud has a breakdown of the game.

Chad Jennings sat down for five questions with Jesus Montero.

Here are your LoHud notes from Monday.

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