Spring Game 23: Yankees at Pirates

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Bradenton, where Ivan Nova will try to continue his solid spring on the mound for the Yankees. Nova entered the spring competing with David Phelps for the fifth starter’s job, and while both have pitched well, Joe Girardi said he’s no closer to a decision — in part because he really doesn’t need to make one, since Phil Hughes’ situation remains so uncertain.

It would figure that Nova and Phelps will both be in the rotation for at least the first turn in the regular season, with Hughes rejoining the starting five the second time through. That’s an idea right now, but obviously so much can change between now and then with Nova, Phelps and Hughes. These things never really seem to work out the way you plan in March. So … stay tuned.

Old friend Russell Martin is in the lineup for the Bucs this afternoon. Martin said he has “no regrets” about the way things worked out with the Yankees, and thinks the Yankees will be OK defensively this year with Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart behind the plate. Girardi said, of course, that neither Cervelli nor Stewart will be expected to match Martin’s power.

Here are the lineups and game information:

1:05 p.m. – McKechnie Field, Bradenton, Fla. –
TV: None, Radio: None
RHP Ivan Nova (0-0, 1.00) vs. RHP Phil Irwin (0-0, 2.25)

Eduardo Nunez SS
Brennan Boesch RF
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Juan Rivera 1B
Jayson Nix 2B
Chris Stewart C
Thomas Neal LF
Dan Johnson DH
Melky Mesa CF

Ivan Nova RHP

Nova is scheduled to be followed by David Robertson, Matt Tracy and Mark Montgomery.

Starling Marte LF
Russell Martin C
Andrew McCutchen CF
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Garrett Jones 1B
Gaby Sanchez DH
Travis Snider RF
Josh Harrison 2B
Clint Barmes SS

Phil Irwin RHP

Irwin is scheduled to be followed by Jeff Locke, Kyle Waldrop, Mike Zagurski and Jared Hughes.


MON – MAR – 18 – – – – – –
TUE – MAR – 19 – at Phillies – 1:05 PM – YES, MLB.TV
WED – MAR – 20 – vs Red sox – 1:05 PM – YES, ESPN, MLB.TV, MLBN (delay 8 PM)**
THU – MAR – 21 – vs Twins – 7:05 PM – YES, MLB.TV, MLBN (delay 9 AM FRI)**
FRI – MAR – 22 – at Twins – 1:05 PM – –
SAT – MAR – 23 – at Tigers – 1:05 PM – –
SUN – MAR – 24 – vs Rays – 1:05 PM – YES, MLB.TV, MLBN*
* NOTE: MLBN live game time broadcasts will likely be blacked out in the YES service area.
** NOTE: Where indicated MLBN broadcasts are delayed.


And he’s batting only .143!


The Yankees are lucky not to have Martin. He has an error and has given up 3 stolen bases, plus he has had a bum shoulder in ST.


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