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Spring Game 20: Yankees vs. Astros

We’re back again at George M. Steinbrenner Field, where Michael Pineda has the ball this afternoon for a 1:05 p.m. ET tilt against the Houston Astros. This will be the Yanks’ last game at home for a couple of days, as the squad will motor to Florida’s Treasure Coast to see the Mets tomorrow and then visit the Nationals on Monday.

Dallas Keuchel is on the hill for Houston as we head into the home stretch of Spring Training — 16 days until Opening Day.

There’s no Yankees TV or radio for this game, but there is a Houston radio broadcast.

ASTROS (7-6-3)
Robbie Grossman LF
George Springer RF
Chris Carter DH
Jason Castro C
Matt Dominguez 3B
Jon Singleton 1B
Carlos Correa SS
Marwin Gonzalez 2B
Jake Marisnick CF

Dallas Keuchel LHP

In relief: Mark Appel, Will Harris, Darin Downs

YANKEES (11-7-1)
Brett Gardner LF
Chase Headley 3B
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Chris Young CF
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS
Austin Romine DH

Michael Pineda RHP

In relief: David Carpenter, Justin Wilson, Andrew Bailey.

Spring Game 19: Yankees at Tigers

We’re at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. this afternoon as the Yankees visit the Tigers for a 1:05 p.m. ET contest. Adam Warren gets the start for the Yanks, opposite Alfredo Simon. Old friend Joba Chamberlain is listed among the Tigers’ pitchers for this game.

The game will mark the first spring action for shortstop Brendan Ryan, as the Yankees toss him into a game at shortstop. Ryan was bouncing around the clubhouse back in Tampa, shouting loudly and wearing a backpack, so it’s safe to say he’s just a little excited to get out there. He’ll play four or five innings. Brett Gardner, Brian McCann and Alex Rodriguez also are in the Yanks’ lineup.

There’s no TV or radio, either New York or Detroit, for this game. Sorry about that. Here are the lineups, followed by some notes & quotes…

YANKEES (10-7-1)
Brett Gardner cf
Brendan Ryan ss
Brian McCann c
Alex Rodriguez dh
Garrett Jones 1b
Chris Young rf
Jose Pirela 3b
Rob Refsnyder 2b
Ramon Flores lf

Adam Warren rhp

In relief: Chase Whitley, Chris Martin

TIGERS (6-12-1)
Rajai Davis lf
Anthony Gose cf
Ian Kinsler 2b
J.D. Martinez rf
Yoenis Cespedes dh
Alex Avila c
Nick Castellanos 3b
Jordan Lennerton 1b
Jose Iglesias ss

Alfredo Simon rhp

In relief: Joe Nathan, Joba Chamberlain, Bruce Rondon, Joakim Soria

Tex messaging: Joe Girardi said that he has been happy with what Mark Teixeira has shown so far this spring.

“What I’ve seen is, he’s healthy, which I think last year was a struggle with his wrist on and off,” Girardi said. “It has been strong. He’s let it go. I’ve talked to him a couple of times after he’s played a couple of days, and he says he feels great. To me that’s encouraging.”

A-OK: A-Rod has one hit in his last 12 at-bats, but Girardi said he has no concerns there.

“I’m OK with his at-bats. That’s just normal for hitters to go through that,” he said. “The real importance is the last 10 days to feel that all our hitters are in a good spot leading up to the season. We’re not there yet. Still timing issues. I see some guys timing improving a lot the last few days. We want to continue that.”

For openers: CC Sabathia has started on Opening Day in each of his previous six seasons with the Yankees, but Girardi acknowledged on Friday that streak may be coming to an end. Girardi said he has four or five decent candidates to make the April 6 start vs. Toronto.

“I’ve got to make sure he’s ready,” Girardi said. “A lot of times it’s a big story for who’s the Opening Day starter, but after Opening Day, does anyone really care? I think it’s a bigger story who’s the Game 1 starter in the playoffs. That’s a bigger story to me, but I understand why it’s a big story because it’s Opening Day and there is a little something that goes with it. But I think when players look back on their career, they’re not going to say, ‘I was the Opening Day starter only 11 times instead of 12.’”

Spring Game 18: Yankees vs. Phillies

Hello again from George M. Steinbrenner Field, where Esmil Rogers will try to make a good impression in the Yankees’ fifth-starter competition tonight against the Phillies at 7:05 p.m. ET.

The starting infield is on the diamond for New York. In injury updates, Jacoby Ellsbury met with reporters outside the clubhouse and said that he is “fully confident” that he will be ready to play on Opening Day. Ellsbury is expected to miss about a week of exhibition action with an oblique strain.

Tonight’s game will be televised on YES and ESPN, and can be heard on WFAN.

PHILLIES (8-7-1)
Ben Revere cf
Freddy Galvis ss
Chase Utley dh
Ryan Howard 1b
Carlos Ruiz c
Domonic Brown rf
Cody Asche 3b
Grady Sizemore lf
Cesar Hernandez 2b

Aaron Harang rhp

In relief: Joely Rodriguez, Jonathan Papelbon, Andy Oliver, Luis Garcia, Elvis Araujo, Nefi Ogando

YANKEES (10-6-1)
Didi Gregorius ss
Stephen Drew 2b
Carlos Beltran rf
Mark Teixeira 1b
Chase Headley 3b
Alex Rodriguez dh
Austin Romine c
Ramon Flores lf
Slade Heathcott cf

Esmil Rogers rhp

In relief: David Carpenter, Chasen Shreve, Wilking Rodriguez

Spring Game 11: Yankees vs. Braves

Hello from George M. Steinbrenner Field, where Masahiro Tanaka will make his spring debut this evening against the Atlanta Braves at 7:05 p.m. ET. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he expects Tanaka to throw 30 to 35 pitches over his two innings of work.

Shelby Miller is on the mound for Atlanta, and the Yankees are sending out their probable Opening Day lineup for the second time this spring. It has been a hot and humid day here in Tampa — CC Sabathia was drenched with sweat after his two-inning simulated game — but things are cooling off just in time for first pitch.

The game will be televised on YES.

BRAVES (3-5-1)
Andrelton Simmons ss
Alberto Callaspo dh
Freddie Freeman 1b
Jonny Gomes lf
Christian Bethancourt c
Chris Johnson 3b
Todd Cunningham cf
Joey Terdslavich rf
Pedro Ciriaco 2b

Shelby Miller rhp

In relief: Tyrell Jenkins, Michael Korn, Sugar Ray Marimon, Josh Outman

YANKEES (5-4-1)
Jacoby Ellsbury cf
Brett Gardner lf
Carlos Beltran rf
Mark Teixeira 1b
Brian McCann c
Chase Headley 3b
Alex Rodriguez dh
Stephen Drew 2b
Didi Gregorius ss

Masahiro Tanaka rhp

In relief: Scott Baker, David Carpenter, Chris Martin

Spring Game 10: Yankees vs. Red Sox

The Yankees and the Red Sox meet for the first time this season today here at George M. Steinbrenner Field, where the American League East rivals will face off in a 1:05 p.m. ET contest. Chris Capuano is on the mound for the Yanks and Joe Kelly has the ball for Boston. Alex Rodriguez is in the lineup, batting fifth and playing third base.

The game will be televised on YES.

RED SOX (5-2)
Mookie Betts cf
Brock Holt ss
Allen Craig dh
Bryce Brentz lf
Daniel Nava rf
Christian Vazquez c
Garin Cecchini 3b
Travis Shaw 1b
Jeff Bianchi 2b

Joe Kelly rhp

YANKEES (5-3-1)
Jacoby Ellsbury cf
Brett Gardner lf
Carlos Beltran rf
Brian McCann dh
Alex Rodriguez 3b
Garrett Jones 1b
Jose Pirela 2b
Austin Romine c
Cito Culver ss

Chris Capuano lhp

In relief: Bryan Mitchell, Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances


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