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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.

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:

ORIOLES
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.

YANKEES
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.

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