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3/3 wrap: Jeter, Broadway Joe compare notes

Joe Namath, Derek JeterWhat we learned: You just never know what to expect around the Yankees. I came to the ballpark expecting to write something about David Robertson’s first spring appearance, and while we did pay attention to the closer’s scoreless inning, the arrival of Joe Willie Namath seemed to upstage everything. Andy Pettitte also arrived in camp, and Reggie Jackson seemed to enjoy the increased media attention in the Yankees clubhouse.

What we wrote:

They said it: “Knowing the scrutiny that he’s had over the years, I can’t imagine how the guy could be an angel like this. He’s to be respected in every phase of his life, it seems.” – Joe Namath on Derek Jeter

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 MLB.tv.

Here are the lineups:

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

Detwiler LHP

YANKEES
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.

3/2 wrap: Pineda expects to win rotation spot

Michael PinedaWhat we learned: Michael Pineda is reclaiming his nasty stuff. He shattered Zoilo Almonte’s bat with a hard inside fastball in live batting practice, and Scott Sizemore estimated that Pineda was throwing in the low-to-mid 90’s. He’ll get to pitch in a game for the first time on Friday against the Tigers. The Yankees would love to start getting some returns from that trade, so if Pineda shows anything approaching the form he had with Seattle in 2011, David Phelps and Adam Warren might fall out of the lead for the No. 5 rotation spot.

“I want to be on the Yankees right away,” Pineda said. “I don’t want to go to Triple-A. But I don’t have control of the situation, you know? I want to be ready to go.”

What we wrote:

They said it: He looks great. He’s out there, he’s throwing the ball with authority, he’s competitive. He’s commanding the fastball to both sides of the plate. His fastball, his changeup and his slider look really good. I was really impressed. He looks really smooth, he looks really comfortable.” - Yankees catcher Peter O’Brien, on Michael Pineda.

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:

YANKEES (2-2)
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.

BLUE JAYS (3-1)
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.

Spring Game 5: Yankees vs. Phillies

Masahiro Tanaka makes his spring debut this afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field, entering in relief as the Yankees take on the Phillies in a 1:05 p.m. ET contest. CC Sabathia draws the starting nod, with Tanaka scheduled to pitch innings five and six. The game can be seen on YES, MLB Network and MLB.tv.

Here are the lineups:

PHILLIES (1-2)
Ben Revere CF
Jimmy Rollins SS
Domonic Brown LF
Marlon Byrd DH
Bobby Abreu RF
Darin Ruf 1B
Cody Asche 3B
Cameron Rupp C
Cesar Hernandez 2B

David Buchanan RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, Kevin Munson, Jeremy Horst, Shawn Camp, Ken Giles.

YANKEES (1-2)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Brian McCann DH
Brian Roberts 2B
Francisco Cervelli C
Kelly Johnson 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Corban Joseph 1B
Mason Williams CF

CC Sabathia LHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Hiroki Kuroda, Masahiro Tanaka, Jose Ramirez, Dellin Betances, Matt Daley.

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