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Spring Game 10: Yankees at Phillies

clearwaterI really didn’t think there was a chance of this, but it looks like we might have baseball after all here at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. They have announced an estimated 2:30 p.m. ET start time, and the tarp was pulled at 1:41 p.m., to a loud cheer from the handful of people waiting things out at the Frenchy’s tiki bar in left field.

There have been tornado warnings in the area and a bunch of cancellations around the Grapefruit League today. It still looks ugly here, but we’ll see. Now you know why I flunked out of meteorological school.

Here are the lineups you’ll be seeing, if we can get underway. The Phillies have a TV broadcast that is being picked up by MLB Network.

Update 1:58 p.m. Carlos Beltran has been scratched from the Yankees’ lineup. The team has not given a reason yet, but you would figure Joe Girardi isn’t thrilled about the idea of Beltran splashing around right field on a pair of surgically repaired knees. Ramon Flores will take over in right; updated lineup is below.

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano DH
Kelly Johnson 3B
Brian Roberts 2B
Mason Williams CF
Ramon Flores RF

Masahiro Tanaka RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Bruce Billings, Chris Leroux, Mark Montgomery, Dan Burawa, Fred Lewis.

Freddy Galvis SS
Kevin Frandsen 3B
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Marlon Byrd RF
Domonic Brown LF
Carlos Ruiz C
John Mayberry Jr. CF
Reid Brignac DH

Kyle Kendrick RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Jonathan Papelbon, Justin De Fratus, Mario Hollands, Phillippe Aumont.

Spring Game 9: Yankees at Rays

The Yankees set the cruise control and rolled down I-75 this morning, traveling to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. to meet the Tampa Bay Rays. Adam Warren makes his second spring start for New York, while the Rays give the ball to Cesar Ramos. Old buddy Jayson Nix is in the lineup for Tampa Bay. There’s no Yankees TV or radio coverage for this game, but the Rays have a radio broadcast going.

Here are the lineups:

Brett Gardner LF
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Ichiro Suzuki CF
Russ Canzler 1B
Kelly Johnson 3B
Yangervis Solarte SS
Austin Romine C
Zoilo Almonte RF
John Ryan Murphy DH

Adam Warren RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Dellin Betances, Matt Daley, Jim Miller, Robert Coello, Yoshinori Tateyama.

Ben Zobrist 2B
Desmond Jennings CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce DH
Ryan Hanigan C
Vince Belnome 1B
Jayson Nix SS
Brandon Goyer LF
Mikie Mahtook RF

Cesar Ramos LHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Grant Balfour, Joel Peralta, Erik Bedard, Jake Odorizzi, Matt Andriese.

Spring Game 8: Yankees vs. Orioles

The Yankees are under the lights for their first night game of the spring here at George M. Steinbrenner Field, welcoming the Baltimore Orioles to town. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET, and the game is being televised on YES.

Here are the lineups:

David Lough CF
Jemile Weeks 2B
Delmon Young DH
Steve Clevenger C
Steve Pearce 1B
Ryan Flaherty SS
Francisco Peguero RF
Quintin Berry LF
Cord Phelps 3B

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Brad Brach, Evan Meek, Ryan Webb.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Derek Jeter DH
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian Roberts 2B
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Francisco Cervelli C
Brendan Ryan SS
Russ Canzler 1B
Yangervis Solarte LF

David Phelps RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Matt Thornton, Brian Gordon, Chris Leroux, Chase Whitley.

Spring Game 7: Yankees vs. Nationals

The Yankees host the Nationals this afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field, in a 1:05 p.m. ET start. Ivan Nova gets the ball for his second spring start, while Ross Detwiler starts the game for Washington. You can watch along on YES, MLB Network and

Here are the lineups:

Span CF
Espinosa 2B
Moore LF
Hairston DH
Lobaton C
Skole 1B
Walters SS
Rhymes 3B
Perez LF

Detwiler LHP

Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Brian McCann C
Brian Roberts 2B
Francisco Cervelli DH
Kelly Johnson 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Zoilo Almonte LF
Corban Joseph 1B

Ivan Nova RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: David Robertson, Shawn Kelley, Dan Burawa, Yoshinori Tateyama, Robert Coello, Jim Miller.

29 days until Opening Day.

Spring Game 6: Yankees at Blue Jays

dunedinThe spring home of the Blue Jays is Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, formerly Dunedin Stadium, over across the bay in Dunedin, Fla. I bring this up because some of the writers were taking a few guesses during batting practice at how old this facility actually is; my guess was that it was constructed in 1983.

I missed it by seven years, according to the Internet — the Jays have been playing their spring games in this park since 1990, but they’ve been in Dunedin for their entire existence. That’s our history lesson for the day.

It’s clear and sunny in the mid-70s, just another perfect day for spring baseball. The Blue Jays have TV and radio coverage for your viewing and listening pleasure.

Here are the lineups:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Carlos Beltran DH
Adonis Garcia RF
Austin Romine C
Brendan Ryan 2B
Russ Canzler 1B
Dean Anna 3B
Ramon Flores LF

Vidal Nuno LHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Bryan Mitchell, Shane Greene, Bruce Billings, Fred Lewis, Matt Daley.

Jose Reyes SS
Moises Sierra DH
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Brett Lawrie 3B
Melky Cabrera LF
Dioner Navarro C
Anthony Gose CF
Ryan Goins 2B

Esmil Rogers RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Todd Redmond, Brett Cecil, Aaron Loup, Jeremy Jeffress, Chad Jenkins, Neil Wagner, Casey Janssen.

This and that: Masahiro Tanaka’s next outing has been scheduled for Thursday against the Phillies in Clearwater. Tanaka will start the game, while CC Sabathia hangs back in Tampa to throw a simulated game. … Mark Teixeira is scheduled to play either on Thursday or Friday. … Michael Pineda threw a simulated game on a back field this morning and looked pretty good, shattering Zoilo Almonte’s bat with an inside fastball. Pineda threw the equivalent of two innings to Almonte and Scott Sizemore, and will next appear in a game. He’s scheduled to relieve Hiroki Kuroda on Friday night. … Joe Girardi said they’re shooting for early next week with Alfonso Soriano, who is still only about 80 percent recovered from a nasty bout with the flu.


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