3/17 – Yankees vs. Pirates

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from George M. Steinbrenner Field!

CC Sabathia is scheduled to go four innings under the lights here tonight, working with Jorge Posada for the first time in game action. Posada – making his second appearance behind the plate – is expected to catch five innings. When Sabathia is done, Mariano Rivera will relieve him, pitching his first of eight to 10 spring frames. Tonight’s game is on YES.

PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Nyjer Morgan LF
Jack Wilson SS
Nate McLouth CF
Garrett Jones 1B
Jose Tabata RF
Steve Pearce DH
Neil Walker 3B
Jason Jaramillo C
Luis Cruz 2B

Virgil Vasquez RHP

NEW YORK YANKEES
Jorge Posada C
Johnny Damon LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Hideki Matsui DH
Xavier Nady RF
Melky Cabrera RF
Cody Ransom 3B
Ramiro Pena 2B
Eduardo Nunez SS

CC Sabathia LHP

Game notes:
Tonight marks the 21st of 37 spring games for the Yankees, and the 19th of their 33-game Grapefruit League slate … Alfredo Aceves and Edwar Ramirez will also pitch for New York … Random facts — the oldest player in camp is Rivera (11/29/69); the youngest player in camp is Eduardo Nunez (6/15/87).

UPDATE 7:05 p.m.: Damaso Marte threw 30 pitches in the bullpen and said he felt “great.” Robinson Cano did some tossing and said he’s on track to play second base on Friday, though it remains unclear if he’ll travel to Fort Myers. With Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada both staying back to work out in intrasquad games, it might make sense to dispatch Cano across the street to Himes Avenue as well.

8 Comments

I meant to say ends, not eans there

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Tough luck for Aaron Boone. His season is over, and maybe that eans his career too. I’ll always remember watching him hit that home run in 03

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090318&content_id=4010636&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

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Dude, what is with you sports-reporter-guys and your shamrock shakes? I saw this allover the net last year too.

That stuff looks like milk blended with ecto-cooler and ice. It probably makes you poo green.

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CC pitched a good game tonight. looked like he had a good chemistry with posada once they got going.

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Pete Caldera waxes poetic on his blog about something called a Shamrock Shake. And somehow I picked up an assist.

http://njmg.typepad.com/yankeesblog/2009/03/and-now-the-lineups.html

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Bingo. Since he’s only going to catch five innings, hitting leadoff gives him the best chance of logging more at-bats. It’s certainly not for his speed.

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I’m just wondering, why bat Posada lead off? Is Girardi trying to get as many at-bats as possible for him before reaching a limit of innings that he can catch?

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Lots of hopes for this one….CC rebounds from the last outing…Mo pitches without pain (and throws strikes)….Posada throws runners out….and the Yankees win, of course.

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

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