Grapefruit League Game 4: Yankees at Pirates

March 1, 2011, 1:05 p.m. ET – McKechnie Field – Bradenton, Fla.
TV: None / Radio: None
YANKEES (1-2)
Brett Gardner LF, Nick Swisher RF, Curtis Granderson CF, Jorge Posada DH, Eric Chavez 3B, Jesus Montero C, Eduardo Nunez SS, Brandon Laird 1B, Ramiro Pena 2B
Starting pitcher: Phil Hughes RHP (18-8, 4.19 ERA in 2010)
Also scheduled to pitch: Dave Robertson, Steve Garrison, Brian Anderson, Andy Sisco
PIRATES (2-2)
Alex Presley CF, John Bowker LF, Matt Diaz RF, Garrett Jones DH, Garrett Atkins 1B, Andy Marte 3B, Chris Snyder C, Josh Rodriguez 2B, Pedro Ciriaco SS
Starting pitcher: James McDonald RHP (4-6, 4.02 ERA in 2010)
Also scheduled to pitch: Aaron Thompson, Daniel McCutchen, Chris Resop, Daniel Moskos, Ramon Aguero
  • It’s a rainy day in Florida, the first we’ve had since camp began. There were heavy thunderstorms in Tampa this morning but the skies have cleared in Bradenton and there will be baseball this afternoon.
  • Derek Jeter is not on the trip, but he drew attention this morning in the batting cages back at George M. Steinbrenner Field as he tries to get his timing right with the revamped stride. At one point, Jeter was surprised to look up from his session hitting off Kevin Long to see a dozen reporters watching each swing. As Long left the cage, someone asked tongue-in-cheek if Jeter was now fixed. Long laughed.
  • Phil Hughes makes his first start of the spring this afternoon, and he is working on getting the feel back on his changeup. Hughes got away from using it down the stretch last year and believes it hurt his second-half numbers. The Yankees are pushing him to use it more in ’11, although as Joe Girardi said, he did win 18 games last year so it is difficult to complain a whole lot.
  • Jorge Vazquez still seems like a long shot to make the roster, needing to beat out the veteran Eric Chavez, but Girardi believes his glove is passable. The question Girardi has, considering Vazquez’s size, is his range. But his bat has lived up to billing, as he’s hit everywhere he’s been. He’s 5-for-5 this spring with two homers and a double. 
  • Greg Golson, plunked in the head the other day by A.J. Burnett, is scheduled to take batting practice today. Andrew Brackman will throw again today and could be back on a mound Thursday. 
  • It will be at least 10 days until Ronnie Belliard can even resume testing his strained right calf. Missing two weeks of games seems to deal a serious blow to what were already slim chances of making the roster over Ramiro Pena or Eduardo Nunez.
  • Nick Swisher shaved his head. His explanation? “I was bored.” Moving on…
  • There are 30 days until Opening Day.

1 Comment

Not a very good start at 1-3. Too early to get overly concerned I guess. Silver lining today was Hughes’ scoreless 2 innings. Offence was quiet. Should be able to beat Pittsburgh even without starting lineup.

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