Thursday, March 18, 2010

Game Day - Yankees vs. Rays

The Yankees are a little less than halfway through their 32-game spring schedule, inching closer to the regular season. Tonight they take on the Rays at 7:05 p.m. and the game will be airing on YES.

Yankees
Jeter - SS
Granderson - CF
Swisher - RF
Posada - C
Cano - 2B
Thames - DH
Winn - LF
Miranda - 1B
Pena - 3B

RHP Javier Vazquez

Rays
Bartlett - SS
Crawford - LF
Zobrist - RF
Pena - 1B
Aybar - 3B
Upton - CF
Burrell - DH
Rodriguez - 2B
Navarro - C

LHP Carlos Hernandez

Things to Watch: Javier Vazquez is making his third start of the spring and should amp up his workload. Also available to pitch - Boone Logan, Chan Ho Park, Dave Robertson, Dustin Moseley, Mark Melancon and Romulo Sanchez. Granderson is getting a shot at the number two hole and is patrolling center. Swisher has a five game hitting streak. Cano has multi-hit games in four of his last eight. Posada has been on fire with eight hits in his last 11 at bats. Alfredo Aceves is scheduled to start on Saturday.

Game Notes: The Yankees beat the Rays 6-4. Javier Vazquez went three innings, allowing one run on two hits and two walks, striking out three. He ran his pitch count up and ended up throwing 60 pitches, 38 for strikes. He came out of the game feeling like he could've thrown more, so his arm must be feeling strong. Vazquez has allowed a home run in each of his three spring starts, which is slightly concerning. Boone Logan came on with the bases loaded and proceeded to strike out Carl Crawford. He continues to impress and is causing the Yankees to think about carrying a second lefty out of the pen. Mark Melancon looked good, despite giving up a run. He gave up one hit, one walk and struck out two in one inning, the one hit he gave up happened to be a lead off triple. Chan Ho Park made his Grapefruit League debut and looked sharp while throwing a perfect inning with one strikeout. He only needed eight pitches. Dave Robertson walked away with the win after throwing a hitless inning and striking out two. Jeter went 2-for-3 with a double but apparently suffered a minor injury to either his wrist or his hand. Girardi wasn't concerned and said his shortstop would be in the lineup tomorrow. Swisher extended his hitting streak to six games. Colin Curtis hit a big three run home run and is showing the team that maybe they do have some good outfield prospects.

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