Spring Game 16: Yankees vs. Astros

March 17, 2012, 1:05 p.m. ET, George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, Fla.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Which guest instructor will come out of retirement today? Bernie Williams? David Wells? Reggie Jackson? Yogi?

No, Brian Cashman said that he has nothing new cooking with anyone when he was half-jokingly asked on the field this afternoon. That’s OK, because yesterday’s stunner has left us with plenty to talk about. The Andy Pettitte watch will continue into next week, but in the meantime, the Yankees have business to attend to on the field here.

Eduardo Nunez tested his right hand in batting practice and came through fine, so he’s in today’s lineup. Mariano Rivera is scheduled to pitch an inning today, and I’d like to get another look at switch-pitcher Pat Venditte, who was brought over from Minor League camp for the day.

ASTROS (7-6)
Jason Bourgeois CF
Matt Downs 2B
J.D. Martinez LF
Jack Cust DH
Chris Johnson 3B
Brad Snyder RF
Chris Snyder C
Brett Wallace 1B
Marwin Gonzalez SS

Pitching: Bud Norris RHP

Brett Gardner LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Raul Ibanez DH
Andruw Jones RF
Eric Chavez 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Francisco Cervelli C

Pitching: Hiroki Kuroda RHP

  • The Yankees are 7-6 on St. Patrick’s Day over the last 12 years (since 2000), with two split squads (2001, ’02) and a 2005 rainout.
  • Mariano Rivera has not allowed an earned run in his last 23 spring innings, dating to March 13, 2008.


That’s all folks!


Cano did his best to send that ball to Dublin for a Guiness!


H bomb!


Gun by Gil!


2 for 2 for 22!


C bomb!


Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!


Let’s go Yankees!


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