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Game 12: Yankees vs. Red Sox

Hello from Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees and Red Sox are back in action after last night’s quick turnaround. The Yankees dropped last night’s contest, 4-2, evening the series at one game apiece. Hiroki Kuroda looks to continue his strong start to the season, while Boston gives the ball to John Lackey. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET and it is a beautiful spring afternoon in New York.

Some quick hits from the clubhouse and interview room:

  • The part of Derek Jeter will be played by Dean Anna in today’s performance. Joe Girardi said that was because of the quick turnaround following last night’s game. It’s Jeter’s second day off of the season and his first at home. Girardi understands that crowds want to see Jeter play in his final season, but said this: “I have to manage him with the focus of winning games and keeping him healthy, not it being a farewell tour. I wasn’t hired to put on a farewell tour.”
  • Mark Teixeira said that he expects to be activated from the disabled list on April 20 against the Rays at Tropicana Field, the first day that he is eligible.
  • Interesting note — Yankees pitchers had struck out at least 12 batters in each of their last three games entering play on Saturday (12, 12 and 13, respectively). That marks just the second time in franchise history they have done so, also doing it from May 17-19, 2002.

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (5-6)Dustin Pedroia 2B
Daniel Nava RF
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Mike Carp LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
A.J. Pierzynski C
Jonathan Herrera 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

John Lackey RHP

YANKEES (5-6)Brett Gardner LF
Brian Roberts 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano RF
Kelly Johnson 1B
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Dean Anna SS

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

Game 11: Yankees vs. Red Sox

Hello from Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees and Red Sox are set to play the second game of a four-game series tonight. We’ve got a matchup of lefties, with CC Sabathia and Jon Lester taking the ball. There is rain in the forecast, but it looks like we’ll be having an on-time start.

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (4-6)

Jonny Gomes RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Grady Sizemore LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Ryan Roberts 3B
David Ross C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Jon Lester LHP

YANKEES (5-5)

Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carlos Beltran RF
Alfonso Soriano DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Brian Roberts 2B
Kelly Johnson 1B

CC Sabathia LHP

Game 10: Yankees vs. Red Sox

Hello from Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees and Red Sox are set to begin a four-game series tonight. It’s the first of 19 meetings this season between the Bombers and the defending World Series champions, with tonight’s pitching matchup highlighted by Michael Pineda’s Yankee Stadium debut. Clay Buchholz has the ball for Boston.

Here’s what you need to know from Joe Girardi’s pre-game press conference:

  • Brian Roberts has the day off, with Dean Anna playing second base. Girardi joked that Roberts is on pace to play 162 games this season, so obviously the Yanks would like to handle him a little bit more carefully. Roberts, as I can now recite from memory, has missed 445 games over the last four seasons due to injury.
  • Who’s closing today? Good question, again. It won’t be Shawn Kelley, who threw 30 pitches in his outing last night, and Girardi said that he probably doesn’t have Adam Warren available either. A save situation might go down to Matt Thornton, if Girardi can resist using him earlier in the game.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury and Thornton will be picking up their 2013 Red Sox World Series championship rings tomorrow. Boston manager John Farrell and GM Ben Cherington will deliver them.
  • Brendan Ryan has started light baseball activity down in Tampa. Mark Teixeira is doing some off-field exercises, including riding the stationary bicycle.

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (4-5)

Grady Sizemore LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Daniel Nava RF
Xander Bogaerts SS
A.J. Pierzynski C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Jonathan Herrera 3B

Clay Buchholz RHP

YANKEES (4-5)

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano DH
Kelly Johnson 1B
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Dean Anna 2B

Michael Pineda RHP

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)

Game 5: Yankees at Blue Jays

Michael Pineda has never thrown an official pitch in a Yankees uniform, something that will finally change this afternoon. Pineda is making his first start for the club, having come all the way back from right labrum surgery to win the fifth starter competition this spring. Pineda may not throw as hard as he once did with the Mariners, where he was a 2011 All-Star, but he believes that his slider and changeup are better than they ever were with Seattle. Pineda was electric for a lot of this spring, and it will be fun to see what the Blue Jays have to say about it here at Rogers Centre.

The game is on YES and WFAN. Here are the quick hits you need to know, courtesy of the Yankees’ media relations department.:

AT A GLANCE: Today the Yankees will play the second game of a three-game series at Toronto…is the fifth game of a six-game road trip that also included a season-opening three-game series at Houston (went 1-2)…following this road trip, return home for a 10-day, nine-game homestand vs. Baltimore (Mon.-Wed.), vs. Boston (4/10-13) and vs. Chicago-NL (4/15-16)…will play 18 of their first 31 games at home.

>> The Yankees have come from behind in both of their wins this season.

>> Yankees batters have not homered in their first four games of the season for just the second time since 1976 (also 1990)… since 1923, have started just four seasons without a homer through their first five games (1990-7G, 1975-6G, 1964-5G, 1938-5G).

CURTAIN CALL: SS Derek Jeter leads all active MLB players and is the Yankees franchise leader with 3,318 career hits… needs just 1H to tie Paul Molitor (3,319) for eighth place on MLB’s all-time hits list and fourth place on the all-time AL hits list.

JUST GETTING STARTED: RHP Masahiro Tanaka made his Major League debut on Friday at Toronto, starting and earning the win (7.0IP, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 8K, 1HR)…became just the third pitcher in the last 15 seasons (since 2000) to strike out at least eight batters without allowing any walks in his Major League debut (also Washington’s Stephen Strasburg on 6/8/10 vs. Pittsburgh, 14K/0BB; and Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto on 4/3/08 vs. Arizona, 10K/0BB)…the only other Yankee to accomplish the feat since 1914 is Rich Beck on 9/14/65 at Washington (8K/0BB).

The lineups for both clubs:

YANKEES (2-2)

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann DH
Alfonso Soriano LF
Kelly Johnson 1B
Francisco Cervelli C
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Dean Anna 2B

Michael Pineda RHP

BLUE JAYS (2-3)

Melky Cabrera LF
Colby Rasmus CF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Adam Lind DH
Brett Lawrie 3B
Josh Thole C
Ryan Goins 2B
Jonathan Diaz SS

R.A. Dickey RHP

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