Friday, March 19, 2010

Game Day - Yankees vs. Tigers, Yankees at Rays

The Yankees have split squad games today at home against the Tigers and on the road against the Rays. It's a long day for the team as the game against the Tigers begins at 1:05 p.m., and will be airing on YES, while the game against the Rays kicks off at 7:05 p.m. It's nice and sunny in Tampa with temperatures in the upper 60's.

Jeter - SS
Johnson - DH
Teixeira - 1B
Rodriguez - 3B
Cano - 2B
Thames - LF
Hoffmann - CF
Cervelli - C
Golson - RF

LHP CC Sabathia

Jackson - CF
Thomas - RF
Inge - 3B
Cabrera - 1B
Guillen - DH
Laird - C
Ramirez - LF
Dlugach - 2B
Santiago - SS

RHP Rick Porcello

Gardner - CF
Granderson - LF
Swisher - DH
Posada - C
Winn - RF
Miranda - 1B
Pena - 2B
Laird - 3B
Nunez - SS

RHP Sergio Mitre


Things to Watch: Johnny Damon is again not in the Tigers lineup, so still no on field reunion for him. Former Yankees Austin Jackson and Phil Coke will both be playing today. Jeter is in the lineup after a minor injury yesterday. Sabathia is making his fourth start of the spring, it's possible he goes 70-80 pitches or six innings. Sergio Mitre is trying to maintain a spot in the fifth starter competition, but Girardi mentioned that players can begin to pitch themselves out, so it's an important outing for him. Other pitchers available today - Mariano Rivera, Chad Gaudin, Jason Hirsch, Jonathan Albaladejo, Royce Ring and Amaury Sanit among others. Marcus Thames and Jamie Hoffmann are both in the lineup and are fighting for a spot on the bench. Nick Swisher has a six-game hitting streak. Cano and Posada have been on fire. There are 52 players remaining in camp, 17 of which are non-roster invitees.

Game Notes: The Yankees topped the Tigers 6-2. Sabathia looked excellent and earned rave reviews from Girardi and the rest of the staff. He went five and 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. He struck out eight batters and threw 77 pitches, 47 of which were strikes. He featured great command and threw some outstanding breaking pitches. His change up in particular looked real sharp. Four of his strikeouts caught hitters looking and he struck out the side in the fourth. Rivera made his second spring appearance and needed only 10 pitches to get through one perfect inning of work, he struck out one. Royce Ring pitched a scoreless inning with one walk and one strikeout. A-Rod hit a majestic solo home run over the left field scoreboard, his first long ball of the spring. Jeter went 1-for-3 with two RBI. Romulo Sanchez was optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Ryan Pope was reassigned to minor league camp after the game.

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