Game 8: Yankees vs. Orioles

Hello from Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees and Orioles are set to play the second game of a three-game series. We’ve got a rare Tuesday afternoon game here in the Bronx, with Ivan Nova and Wei-Yin Chen locking up as the pitching matchup. We had some rain earlier in the day but it’s turning into a pleasant, overcast afternoon; temperatures in the low-to-mid 60s.

Here are the quick hits from the Yankees clubhouse:

  • Francisco Cervelli is in the lineup, making his first career start at first base. It’s something the Yankees have toyed with a little bit in the last few days, but Cervelli is still very much an unknown quantity over there. Joe Girardi called it a “low risk” gamble. Cervelli thinks the last time that he played first base in a game was when he was 15.
  • Cervelli has been taking ground balls all over the infield since Spring Training, and with a lefty on the mound, it’s something that they want to take a look at. Girardi said that it is not something he has to stick with all day; Kelly Johnson is still the regular first baseman.
  • Cesar Cabral was promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take David Robertson’s place on the active roster. Matt Thornton may not be available today; Thornton pitched yesterday and Girardi said that he has also been getting up in the bullpen often.
  • Who’s today’s closer? Girardi replied: “That is a really good question.”
  • You might remember that the Yankees thought about having Alfonso Soriano play first base this spring. They never got around to it, Girardi said, because Soriano got a late start to his spring with a bad case of the flu and then needed to focus on working in the outfield corners. Girardi also said that he has never seen Brian McCann take a grounder at first base, so they weren’t about to start now.

Lineup time:


ORIOLES (2-5)

Nick Markakis RF
Delmon Young DH
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Nelson Cruz LF
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Ryan Flaherty SS
Jonathan Schoop 3B

Wei-Yin Chen (0-1, 6.35)

YANKEES (4-3)

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carlos Beltran RF
Alfonso Soriano DH
Brian McCann C
Francisco Cervelli 1B
Brian Roberts 2B
Yangervis Solarte 3B

Ivan Nova RHP (1-0, 3.18)

23 Comments

Gay Matt out of Cali here. I like to put trojans on other users accounts prevent them from logging in here. Gay Unit.

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Kelu is swinging a hot bat but his defense and his offensive has always been inconsistent.

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Bob and Bryan please get Matt off the blog, he refuses to talk baseball.

Thanks, Nick.

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Rough start for Tanak

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You have a knack for stating the painfully obvious bpuke/anonymous/rcgolf!!!!

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sakki, are you back on this blog again? Why are you going under the name “anonymous”. Because you’ve been excluded under your real name? Stick to baseball and never mind the crude stuff. Don’t need it. Go on another blog if you’re going to do that. Tough game for pitching and defense. Questions during spring training about the infield, its range, age etc. Now beginning to see age and lack of fitness catching up with older players. This might end up being the most glaring weakness on this year’s team.

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Robert, if you look at some previous posts, he was calling me all kind of racist names yesterday. The reason my posts show as anonymous is because of firefox security. All the other posts are mine except the derogatory one.

-RCGOLF

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Its early but I was saying all winter you need another starter and another guy for the pen. Nova is inconsistent. Pen is young.

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I take back what a suggested about maybe Nuno starting. He’s getting bombed too. Just a bad game for yankee pitching. 11 runs in 6 innings? What looked so promising potentially in spring training with our starting rotation now obviously has some question marks and with Robertson going down for a couple of weeks that adds to the concern. The Oriole hitters have zeroed in on Nova and Nuno today and are having a field day at the plate.

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SOOOLAARTAY

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Yankee pitching today reminiscent of last year. And how to you leave in a guy like Nova long enough to give up all of those runs in the first place. Pen has enough arms.

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Vidal has been impressive also

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I praise him and he give up the bomb. Interesting Phelps wasn’t in long relief.

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Nova the weak spot in the rotation. Might need to put him in the pen and give Adam Warren a chance to start. Nova was inconsistent last year too. He has good games and bad games. Who does that remind you of? Someone named Hughes? Always waiting for him to develop and finally traded him. I have to think Nuno or Warren should be given the chance. Phelps hasn’t pitched great since spring training. One bright spot is the home run by Soriano. He’s starting to warm up at the plate.

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Girardi said Warren will close some along with Kelley.

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I can’t say enough about Solarte no matter what Meister says, kids for real.

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This Nick or Golf by the way.

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Don’t you know RCGOLF? It’s in your last post on this blog. Only you could get so delusional about an inexperienced player bpuke!!!

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Getting forgetful of who you are with so many ID’s bpuke/rcgolf/anonymous?

SEE YOUR LAST POST ABOVE!!!!

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I had a bad feeling about Nova Lova before the season. I thought we could use another pitcher in case he struggled. Warren is not in the pen and might even close. Phelps is struggling also.

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Yanks need offense. Cervelli’s bat hopefully could be a good addition. He is a good fielding catcher and probably can adapt to first easily enough. Yanks need to find a way to play him more frequently. Meanwhile it looks like third base is no longer an issue as Solarte could not have emerged at a better time.

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Wrong forum Meister.

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Suck on my half in her bro, that’s if you sontmind coming to ny

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