Spring Game 28: Yankees at Tigers

Andy Pettitte gets the ball for a rare road Spring Training start this afternoon as the Yankees roll up to Lakeland, Fla. to take on the Detroit Tigers.

Actually, while Pettitte said it has been at least a few years since he pitched in Tiger Town, starts against big league competition have been scarce for him in recent years. This is just his second of the year, and Pettitte has had bad luck with rain in the past as well — Joe Girardi still laughs about the spring that Pettitte seemed to get all of his work done in the batting cages and sim games.

Here at Steinbrenner Field, Derek Jeter will take ground balls this morning and if everything goes well, he’ll DH in a Minor League game. The Yankees really need Jeter to prove he can play back-to-back days without discomfort before they’ll consider putting him on the big league roster to open the season.

Also, outfielder Brennan Boesch (left rib cage soreness) saw a doctor and got a green light — the Yankees will rest him until Tuesday or Wednesday, according to Girardi.

Here is the Yankees’ lineup:

Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Juan Rivera 1B
Ben Francisco RF
Jayson Nix 2B
Chris Stewart C

Andy Pettitte LHP


Age, injuries and a lack of talent will hound this team the entire season. Thanks to Crashman for building a “wonderful” team.


Wh the heck uses meaningless ST games for momentum to start the regular season? NOBODY!!!!!!!!!!!! ST games are used to get players in shape and to get a look at FA’s and prospects, games aren’t even played in the same way as they are played during the regular season. History proves that ST is NOT an indicator of how well or how poorly a team does in the regular season.

However, with all that being said, this team has me scared and a bit depressed, this has to be one of the weakest if not the weakest lineups the Yanks have had in a long, long time. There are holes all over this lineup from C to SS to CF to 3B to 1B to a questionable pitching rotation. Except for Cano, there’s no one in this lineup that comes close to being scary. The OF at best is very average, there is no one who can come close to making up for the loss of Granderson, and no replacement for Jeter who is banged up. Crashman once again gets HOSED with that Jesus Montero trade getting two injury prone pitchers with now questionable futures for a very good prospect, albeit one who has questionable defensive skills behind the plate.

Considering the problems this team faces and the fact that it didn’t even bother to improve itself, I would have to say this team will struggle to win a WC spot, I see a 3rd place finish behind Tampa who will likely win the division and Toronto who even making some solid moves in the offseason is far from a perfect team.


everyone in yankee land happy yet with the spring training season? Eppley pitches lousy in relief of Petitte who did well up to the 4th inning. Sure it’s spring training but so is it for all the other clubs. Not much momentum to build on going into the regular season. It doesn’t help when you can’t play half of the regulars because they are banged up or recovering. Rookies aren’t going to get it done. You can integrate one or two into the lineup but not half of the lineup. And you cant build a team around old cast offs and rookies. It will be interesting to see who Girardi will have on the field come April 1. Not much to get any Yankee fan excited this year. Hal’s business decision will come back to bite him in the @ss before this season is over.


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