Grapefruit League Game 5: Yankees vs. Astros

March 2, 2011, 1:05 p.m. ET – George M. Steinbrenner Field – Tampa, Fla.
TV: YES / Radio: None
ASTROS (0-2)
Michael Bourn CF, Clint Barmes SS, Brian Bogusevic RF, Jason Michaels DH, Bill Hall 2B, Brett Wallace 1B, J.R. Towles C, J.B. Shuck LF, Matt Downs 3B
Starting pitcher: Bud Norris RHP (9-10, 4.92 ERA in 2010)
Also scheduled to pitch: Douglas Arguello, Jose Valdez, Casey Fien, Jordan Lyles, Cesar Carrillo
Derek Jeter SS, Robinson Cano 2B, Mark Teixeira 1B, Alex Rodriguez 3B, Jorge Posada DH, Andruw Jones LF, Francisco Cervelli C, Colin Curtis RF, Justin Maxwell CF
Starting pitcher: A.J. Burnett RHP (10-15, 5.26 ERA in 2010)
Also scheduled to pitch: Sergio Mitre, Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan, David Phelps

  • It’s another pleasant day here in Florida, with partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 70’s. There’s a steady breeze that is, right now, blowing into the press box, whipping the flags in center field straight in. That might keep some fly balls in the yard, but it’s nothing to complain about. 
  • Mark Teixeira gathered the beat writers at his locker this morning to announce that he and agent Scott Boras have parted ways. Boras has represented Teixeira since he was 18 years old, but Teixeira said that he wants to focus more on helping the Yankees win and his off-field activities like raising funds for Harlem RBI. Teixeira is entering the third year of an eight-year, $180 million contract, so his next contract isn’t really an issue.
  • Expect to see Jorge Posada leave after a few at-bats as a DH, with Russell Martin subbing in. Martin is on the travel roster for Thursday’s game at Port Charlotte against the Rays, so he may be able to get his first action behind the plate.
  • There had been talk that Greg Golson – hit in the helmet on S
    unday by an errant A.J. Burnett fastball – would play today, but they’ll wait another day. Golson is listed on tomorrow’s travel roster. 
  • Believe it or not, Andrew Brackman is taller than his listed 6-foot-10. Brackman said that the Yankees got him at 6-foot-11 when he reported for his physical, but it wasn’t a complete shock – he’d been hearing from friends that he looked a little taller. He’s hoping that he has stopped growing for real this time.
  • Sergio Mitre will pitch in relief today, but he’s set to get his first spring start on Monday. Mitre seems to be an outside contender for one of the Yankees’ vacant rotation slots, lining up alongside Ivan Nova, Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia.
  • Dave Robertson has struck out four of the seven batters he’s faced this spring.
  • There are 29 days until Opening Day. 


It’s ridiculous to worry about spring training wins and losses right now. Most games right now are decided in the late innings by players who will start the year in AAA or lower, and who will have little chance of making the big club anytime throughout the year.

Really, if the Yanks are up 4-3 in the 8th inning this year, are you going to see Eric Wordekemper? No. You’ll see Soriano and Rivera.

Also, as for W-L, the 1961 Yankees had a 9-20 spring training record.


I know it’s only exhibition but losing has become too repetetive so far. After today it will probably be 1-4 with not a lot of offence to show for its efforts so far this year. Personally I’m concerned about this year’s Yankees team. Hope I’m wrong.


Let’s go YANKEES!


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