Game 3: Yankees at Rays


April 7, 2012, 1:40 p.m. ET, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla.
TV / Radio: YES, TBS, WCBS 880 AM

Hello from the Trop, where the Yankees will try to avoid beginning the season winless in their first three games of the regular season. Starting the year 0-2 isn’t necessarily a bad omen for the Bombers; the last two times they started with two losses, the Yankees went on to win the World Series (1998, 2009). Plus, there’s that whole Kentucky winning the NCAA championship thing to talk about.

Surprised to see Alex Rodriguez in the starting lineup, playing third base? I was. Joe Girardi had strongly considered giving him the day off, not wanting him to play three straight on the hard artificial turf, but A-Rod wanted to play. He’ll probably get a DH day tomorrow in Baltimore instead.

Here are the lineups on a beautiful afternoon in St. Pete, though it all looks pretty much the same from underneath the oatmeal-colored roof:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez RF
Brett Gardner LF
Chris Stewart C

Pitching: Phil Hughes RHP (5-5, 5.79 ERA last year)

RAYS (2-0)
Desmond Jennings CF
Carlos Pena 1B
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce LF
Ben Zobrist RF
Luke Scott DH
Jeff Keppinger 2B
Jose Molina C
Sean Rodriguez SS

Pitching: Jeremy Hellickson RHP (13-10, 2.95 ERA last year)

EARLY RISER: RF Nick Swisher homered in his second game and eighth at-bat of the 2012 season… last season set a career high by starting 2011 with 21 homerless games and 75 homerless AB… has homered in his second game of a season for the third time in his career (also 2005-06)… has accomplished the feat five times (also 2004 ‘09) when excluding games played without an official plate appearance (was a pinch-runner in the second game of 2004 and walked in his only PA in the second game of 2009 — then homered in subsequent games).

THUNDER STICKS: On Saturday in a 11-2 win vs. New Hampshire, the Trenton Thunder scored in each of the first five innings and hit a franchise record 7HR (Zoilo Almonte-1, Cody Johnson-2, Robert Lyerly-2, Melky Mesa-1, Jose Gil-1).


I just wish Larry Rothschild would tell Hughes to shorten his stride
(stops momentum) so his fastball would gain a couple mph and his curve
would break a little later and sharper. Hughes has been doing it all
during Spring Training. What are they paying Rothschild for anyway?


MON – APR – 9 – at Baltimore – 7:05 PM – YES
TUE – APR – 10 – at Baltimore – 7:05 PM – MY9, MLBN
WED – APR – 11 – at Baltimore – 7:05 PM – YES
THU – APR – 12 – – –
FRI – APR – 13 – vs LA Angels – 1:05 PM – YES
SAT – APR – 14 – vs LA Angels – 1:05 PM – FOX
SUN – APR – 15 – vs LA Angels – 8:05 PM – ESPN


Gotta think a stop in Baltimore for three games will help a lot!


Been away celebrating Easter with my family. Missed today’s game but not surprised when I went in to the Yankee web site and saw the Yankees lost another one to the Rays. This is getting very repetetive and I don’t like the feel of it. I can’t comment on the game really because I didn’t see it or follow it on gameday but the Yankees are starting very flat and have already got themselves into a hole early. The starting pitching has been less than stellar and the big hitters aren’t getting it done. Tex and his slow start again. Noone is really lighting it up on offence. It could be a long season. Hopefully they’re going to get this turned around and like now, or they’re going to be struggling to catch up and keep up with teams like the RAys and the Jays.


Not a good start to the season. AROD and Tex—–less than stellar at bats. The Rays always give the Yanks a headache. I think every year—–the starting pitching will be better, but then I realize, perhaps it won’t. Andy P. —-you can’t get ready fast enough!


This team slept walk throughout spring training and it has carried over to the regular season. NO life at all, going thourgh the motions and soon to be in last place in the AL East. Yeah I know folks it’s early but this team is showing absolutely NO life or desire to win. Girardi you better get their attention ( I mean your stars Girardi) soon or you’ll be on umemployment before long.


Boo! Shame on you Girardi! Francisco Cervelli has given his all for the Yankees and you treat him like Rodney Dangerfield! It’s a back up catcher spot for Christ sake! Cervelli brings life and a fighting attitude to the club and you are trying to break his spirit! Cashman! Why don’t you trade him and let him come back to bite you in the ass with another team, just like Molina! For shame on the Yankee management for the bad form!


ANOTHER less than 5 inning performance by Phil Hughes. When or when do the Yankee management have its fill of Hughes & Joba. NEITHER of the two has lived up to their fanfare and IMHO never will.


Can someone, more knowledgeable than me, explain why the Yankees picked up this Giant reject Chris Stewart? I mean I’m not a huge Cervelli fan but why the *ell do you get this guy and send Cervelli down to the minors. Yeah I know Stewart was out of options BUY why the hell do you pick the guy up in the first place? It’s not like he’s been lighting any league on fire in his career.


Do NOT like the way this season is starting. This team has NO life at all. Damn Swish that pitch was right down Broadway with ducks on the pond and all you do is pop the damn thing up???? No reason to panic but #28 better have a closed door meeting soon if this crap continues.


Guests are here…bye!


Let’s go Yankees!



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