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Spring Game 12: Yankees at Astros

greetings_floridaHello from Mickey’s doorstep in Kissimmee, Fla., where the Yankees and Astros will meet this afternoon for a 1:05 p.m. ET contest. Today’s game is being televised and will be shown on MLB Network. John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman are also here with the radio call, which can be heard in New York on WFAN (man, that’s going to take some getting used to).

Ivan Nova gets the start for New York, but the more interesting storyline will be the spring debut of left-hander Manny Banuelos, who is scheduled to pitch in relief. This is the first time Banuelos has faced hitters since his Tommy John surgery, and after Banuelos declared earlier in camp that 2014 will be his year to get to the big leagues, it’ll be a good opportunity to see what his stuff looks like.

Here are the lineups:

YANKEES (6-4)
Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Kelly Johnson DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Dean Anna SS
Scott Sizemore 3B
Zoilo Almonte LF
Mason Williams RF

Ivan Nova RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Manny Banuelos, Cesar Cabral, David Herndon, Fred Lewis.

ASTROS (3-4)
Dexter Fowler CF
Jose Altuve 2B
Jason Castro C
Chris Carter DH
Marc Krauss 1B
Jesus Guzman LF
L.J. Hoes RF
Jonathan Villar SS
Cesar Izturis 3B

Jarred Cosart RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Chad Qualls, Darin Downs, Jake Buchanan, Jorge De Leon, Paul Clemens.

Spring Game 11: Yankees vs. Tigers

A big arm of the Yankees’ past and one – they hope, at least – of the Yankees’ future will be on display tonight at George M. Steinbrenner Field, as the Tigers come to town for a 7:05 p.m. ET contest.

Detroit is scheduled to use Joba Chamberlain in relief against his former club, but the Yankees will be far more interested to see Michael Pineda’s relief outing. Pineda is scheduled to follow Hiroki Kuroda and should enter for the fourth inning. The Yankees are looking to get three innings out of Pineda tonight in his spring debut.

There’s no TV or radio coverage tonight. Here are the lineups:

TIGERS (5-3-1)
Rajai Davis LF
Torii Hunter RF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Alex Avila C
Austin Jackson CF
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Nick Castellanos 3B
Danny Worth SS

Anibal Sanchez RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Robbie Ray, Joe Nathan, Joba Chamberlain, Jose Ortega, Luis Marte, Jhan Marinez.

YANKEES (5-4)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano RF
Brian Roberts 2B
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Russ Canzler 1B

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Michael Pineda, David Robertson, Matt Thornton, Shawn Kelley, Bryan Mitchell.

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.

YANKEES (4-4)
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.

PHILLIES (1-6)
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.

Rainy day at Yankees camp

Yankees UmbrellaIt’s raining here in Tampa, and the Yankees’ bus to Clearwater has been delayed until 11:15 a.m. Today’s game against the Phillies appears to be in jeopardy of a washout, which means we’ll have to scrap any plans of seeing Masahiro Tanaka’s first spring start, the spring debuts of Mark Teixeira and Alfonso Soriano, and another day of the Derek Jeter watch.

Update 12:15 p.m. ET: OK, so I’m in Clearwater. Just before pulling into the stadium complex, I got an emergency text message telling me there were tornado warnings in the area and that I should seek shelter immediately. There are lakes in the outfield. Other than that, “I’d keep playing. I don’t think the heavy stuff’s gonna come down for quite a while.

Here’s the view that the Yankees had of their dugout at Bright House Field, courtesy of traveling secretary Ben Tuliebitz:

In the meantime, let’s roll the clock back to yesterday’s Yankees coverage:

What we learned: Mark Teixeira didn’t feel like he got enough swings during David Herndon’s sim game yesterday at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Teixeira has had a tough time getting work in this week; there were no pitchers available Tuesday, he only got three swings yesterday and today Mother Nature isn’t cooperating. Lucky for Tex that it’s so early in camp. Then again, considering he injured his wrist by overuse, a light schedule isn’t the worst thing in the world.

What we wrote:

And since you’re already here, and I probably won’t get a chance to post this video again, let’s all do the El Duque.

They said it: “I thought I was going to get a lot more work the last few days, but I do what I am told.” – Mark Teixeira

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:

YANKEES
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.

RAYS
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.

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