Spring Game 17: Yankees at Orioles

March 18, 2012, 7:05 p.m. ET, Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota, Fla.

YANKEES (8-8)
Brett Gardner LF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez DH
Bill Hall 3B
Justin Maxwell RF
Dewayne Wise LF
Gustavo Molina C

Pitching: Ivan Nova RHP (expected to go 5 IP, 75 pitches)
Also scheduled to pitch: David Phelps RHP, George Kontos RHP, D.J. Mitchell RHP, Clay Rapada LHP.

ORIOLES (5-7-3)
Endy Chavez LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis DH
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 3B
Ryan Flaherty RF
Robert Andino 2B

Pitching: Alfredo Simon RHP
Also scheduled to pitch: Jon Link RHP, TBA.

  • Outfield prospect Mason Williams is on the trip and Joe Girardi said he is excited to get a look. Williams starred at Class-A Staten Island last year. Other players up for the night from Minor League camp are C Kyle Higashioka, IF Kevin Russo, IF Ronnier Mustelier and OF Dan Brewer.
  • RHP David Robertson threw a bullpen today and reported no pain, tossing about 25 pitches. He’s next scheduled to get back on a mound Tuesday, when the bullpen of the day will be the one thrown by Andy Pettitte. Derek Jeter, Nick Swisher and Russell Martin are all scheduled to play Tuesday, but Girardi said if Jeter can’t go, he’d play him Friday to save him a couple of bus trips to Port Charlotte and Fort Myers.
  • Speaking of Pettitte, Girardi emphatically said that the Yankees wouldn’t consider a six-man rotation to accommodate him whenever the 39-year-old is ready. “I should not say never, but no, no, no,” Girardi said.
  • Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi both said there is no chance of seeing RHP Joba Chamberlain in a game this spring. Chamberlain had optimistically floated the idea of breaking camp with the club; he’s still ahead of schedule but the Yankees are really looking more toward early June.
  • Girardi is thinking about flipping Ivan Nova and Hiroki Kuroda on March 23, having Kuroda face the Phillies and Nova seeing the Twins. Girardi explained that the Twins are probably unfamiliar with Kuroda and there’s no reason to give them a free look.

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    I’ll be catching this game on DVR delay and I’m anxious to see Mustelier too! He’s an older (28?) Cuban that plays all over the infield and the outfield corners with pop and very nice numbers at the A levels last year.

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    PROSPECT WATCH:
    “center field prospect Mason Williams is up for the day and scheduled to play off the bench.”-Chad Jennings (LoHud)

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