Grapefruit League Game 12: Yankees at Braves

March 8, 2011, 1:05 p.m. ET – Champion Stadium – Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
TV: YES / Radio: None

YANKEES (4-5-2)
Brett Gardner LF, Nick Swisher RF, Curtis Granderson CF, Jorge Posada DH, Jesus Montero C, Jorge Vazquez 1B, Eduardo Nunez 2B, Brandon Laird 3B, Ramiro Pena SS 
Starting pitcher: Freddy Garcia RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA this spring)
Also scheduled to pitch: Dellin Betances, David Robertson, Robert Fish, Warner Madrigal, Andrew Brackman

BRAVES (7-3)

Martin Prado LF, Jordan Schafer CF, Chipper Jones DH, Dan Uggla 2B, Eric Hinske 1B, Alex Gonzalez SS, David Ross C, Matt Young RF, Shawn Bowman 3B
Starting pitcher: Jair Jurrjens RHP (0-0, 3.60 ERA this spring)
Also scheduled to pitch: Jonny Venters, Yohan Flande, Brett Oberholtzer, Arodys Vizcaino
  • Hello from Disney World, where the Yankees and the Braves will have their first meeting of the spring. The Yankees were a little groggy as a group this morning, at least those who were on last night’s trip to Sarasota for the night game against the Orioles. Nice sunny day in Florida, some harmless clouds dotting the blue sky, temperatures in the low 70s. There’s a cool breeze blowing in from left-center field.
  • Dude, where’s Joe Girardi’s car? Well, it’s still in Sarasota at Ed Smith Stadium. If you know where the keys went, please call the Yankees. Girardi said they were last seen when Kevin Long went back to the rental car to retrieve a hat. Long says he gave Girardi the keys back, but the skipper isn’t so sure. He had to ride the bus back to Tampa and was not a happy camper.
  • Colin Curtis is going to be out for a good amount of time, but the Yankees aren’t sure of the timetable yet. He had his right arm in a sling this morning and said he was “kind of unlucky” to jam his shoulder making a catch on Sunday in Kissimmee, but said it was “a sick catch, though.”
  • Greg Golson felt some stiffness in his ribcage yesterday but the Yankees say there are no tests scheduled. The Yankees are seriously entertaining carrying four outfielders to start the year, with Andruw Jones as the backup.
  • Ronnie Belliard could get into a game this week after bouncing back better than expected from a strained calf. A natural second baseman/third baseman, he’s competing more with Eric Chavez and Jorge Vazquez than with Ramiro Pena and Eduardo Nunez. In other words, he’s facing long odds to make this team. 
  • Jorge Posada could play some first base next week. He’s in line to DH all day today.
  • Andrew Brackman is set to make his first spring appearance today. Girardi said it’s definitely possible that Brackman could work into the Yankees’ bullpen this year.

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That’s all folks!

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Today?s offensive highlight was three stolen bases by Nunez.

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First look at Andy Brackman.

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Posting problems!!!

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Garcia with three perfect innings!

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Garcia with three perfect innings!

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Garcia with three perfect innings!

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Let’s go YANKEES!

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