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Grapefruit League Game 20: Yankees vs. Orioles

March 16, 2011, 7:05 p.m. ET – George M. Steinbrenner Field – Tampa, Fla.
TV: YES / Radio: WCBS

ORIOLES (8-8-2)
Robert Andino 2B, Nick Markakis RF, Adam Jones CF, Vladimir Guerrero DH, Luke Scott LF, Mark Reynolds 3B, Matt Wieters C, Josh Bell 1B, Cesar Izturis SS
Pitching: Jim Johnson RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA this spring)
Also pitching: Rick VandenHurk, Mark Hendrickson, Michael Gonzalez, David Riske, Clay Rapada
YANKEES (6-11-2)
Derek Jeter SS, Nick Swisher RF, Mark Teixeira 1B, Alex Rodriguez 3B, Robinson Cano 2B, Jorge Posada DH, Curtis Granderson CF, Russell Martin C, Brett Gardner LF
Pitching: Ivan Nova RHP (0-0, 2.25 ERA this spring)
Also pitching: Mariano Rivera, Rafael Soriano, Mark Prior, David Robertson
  • Back in the saddle here at The Boss after four days of
    f and a flight home to New York. We’re under the lights in Tampa tonight as the Yankees try to pick up a win after six straight losses, the last of which came on Monday in a 2-1 decision to the Red Sox.
  • You’ll notice that this lineup looks an awful lot like the one the Yankees might be trotting out on March 31 against the Tigers. It’s the first time the probable Opening Day lineup has been together as a group, and with another night game on Thursday, Joe Girardi said he’s thinking about running it out there again. 
  • There has been some talk outside the clubhouse about moving around the 3-4-5 hitters, but Girardi said he has no plans to shuffle Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano. 
  • Joba Chamberlain’s MRI showed a slight oblique strain, although he’s asymptomatic. They’ll have him play catch tomorrow and see where he is. Sergio Mitre tossed a light side today and is also on the mend.
  • Ivan Nova is expected to throw 75 to 80 pitches tonight.
  • There are 15 days until Opening Day.

Yankees make first spring cuts

Prior to Sunday’s game, the Yankees optioned RHP Hector Noesi to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The team also assigned RHP Adam Warren, RHP David Phelps, RHP Brian Anderson, RHP Buddy Carlyle and LHP Andy Sisco to Minor League camp.
After Sunday’s game, INF Bradley Suttle, and OFs Daniel Brewer and Austin Krum were reassigned to minor league camp; LHP Robert Fish was claimed on waivers by the Kansas City Royals; and RHP Daniel Turpen was returned to the Boston Red Sox.
Major League camp now stands at 53 players: 24 pitchers, eight catchers, 12 infielders and 9 outfielders.  

Former Yankees Rasner, Albaladejo OK in Japan

Darrell Rasner left the United States after the 2008 season to play for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japanese Pacific League. 
Their home city of Sendai, in Miyagi Prefecture, was hit hard by Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, but Rasner said he and his teammates are safe. 
“We were not in town when that hit,” Rasner wrote in an e-mail. “The guys on the team were in Kobe and I was on the bullet train going to Tokyo when the earthquake hit. By the time the tsunami hit, I was in a hotel room glued to the TV, watching it unfold.”
Rasner said that his family is not currently in Japan, but he expressed sympathy for those who are suffering there.
“I just feel really bad for the people up there right now and what they are going through,” Rasner wrote. “I have a couple guys on the team I talked with last night that are up in Sendai right now. I talked to them for a couple minutes and [they] said all the power was out. They were staying in a big tent by the field with a whole bunch of people.  It’s really too bad.”
Rasner pitched for three seasons with the Yankees beginning in 2006 after starting his career with the Montreal Expos. 
Former Yankee Jonathan Albaladejo is also safe, he told Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger via e-mail. Now a member of the Yomiuri Giants in Nippon Professional Baseball, Albaladejo had just left Tokyo for Hiroshima, which was far from the epicenter. Albaladejo said he never felt the earthquake.

Grapefruit League Game 15: Yankees vs. Braves

March 11, 2011, 1:05 p.m. ET – George M. Steinbrenner Field – Tampa, Fla.
TV: YES / Radio: None

YANKEES (6-6-2)
Derek Jeter SS, Andruw Jones LF, Mark Teixeira 1B, Alex Rodriguez 3B, Jorge Pos
ada DH, Eduardo Nunez 2B, Austin Romine C, Justin Maxwell RF, Austin Krum CF
Starting pitcher: Phil Hughes RHP (0-0, 5.40 ERA this spring)
Also scheduled to pitch: Steve Garrison, Rafael Soriano, Joba Chamberlain, Pedro Feliciano

BRAVES (8-5)

Martin Prado LF, Brooks Conrad 2B, Chipper Jones DH, Brian McCann C, Jason Heyward RF, Ed Lucas 3B, Freddie Freeman 1B, Jordan Schafer CF, Diory Hernandez SS
Starting pitcher: Tommy Hanson RHP (2-0, 0.00 ERA this spring)
Also scheduled to pitch: Kenshin Kawakami, Eric O’Flaherty, Craig Kimbrel, Scott Proctor
  • The Yankees have split-squad action going today, as half the team is in Dunedin playing the Blue Jays. Here’s that lineup – Granderson CF, Pena SS, Swisher RF, Chavez 1B, Montero C, Belliard 2B, Vazquez 3B, Laird DH, Parraz LF, Nova RHP

Grapefruit League Game 14: Yankees at Phillies

March 10, 2011, 1:05 p.m. ET – Bright House Field – Clearwater, Fla.
TV: None / Radio: None

YANKEES (6-5-2)
Brett Gardner LF, Russell Martin C, Jorge Posada 1B, Robinson Cano 2B, Nick Swisher RF, Curtis Granderson CF, Jesus Montero DH, Ronnie Belliard 2B, Ramiro Pena SS 
Starting pitcher: CC Sabathia RHP (0-0, 9.64 ERA this spring)
Also scheduled to pitch: David Robertson, Mark Prior, Brian Anderson, Andy Sisco


Jimmy Rollins SS, Shane Victorino CF, Placido Polanco 3B, Ben Francisco LF, John Mayberry Jr. 1B, Delwyn Young RF, Carlos Ruiz C, Matt Miller DH, Josh Barfield 2B
Starting pitcher: Roy Halladay RHP (1-0, 0.00 ERA this spring)
Also scheduled to pitch: J.C. Ramirez, Michael Stutes, Michael Schwimer, Justin De Fratus, Antonio Bastardo
  • Hello from Clearwater, where it’s rainy and in the 60s. We had some heavy thunderstorms overnight, and this morning my apartment was literally shaking from overhead thunder, but it’s all supposed to clear up and we expect to have baseball. The tarp is on the field and the flags atop the scoreboard in left-center field are gently blowing out to left. 
  • If you take a look at the Yankees lineup, you’ll see Jorge Posada at first base. That’s not a typo. They want to give him some looks there this spring; he’s been working out at the position in practice and has 28 Major League appearances there previously. It’s more as an emergency type option for Joe Girardi, who noted that Posada’s knee has given him no problems.
  • Upcoming pitching for the Yankees: Phil Hughes vs. the Braves tomorrow at Steinbrenner Field, with Ivan Nova going in the split-squad game at Toronto; A.J. Burnett at Nationals; Freddy Garcia vs. Twins, Sergio Mitre at Red Sox.
  • Greg Golson (sore oblique) is on the mend, but Colin Curtis (separated shoulder) isn’t so lucky. He’ll rehab in Tampa for a month.
  • Former MLB umpire Jerry Crawford – a Havertown, Pa. native – is throwing today’s ceremonial first pitch.
  • There are 21 days until Opening Day.

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