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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.

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

Here are the lineups:

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.

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.

Notes & quotes: McCann hits first spring homer

Torii Hunter, Brian McCann, Andy FletcherWhat happened: Brian McCann hit his first homer in a Yankees uniform and New York also got deep drives from No. 1 prospect Gary Sanchez, Jose Pirela and Yangervis Solarte in a 7-4 win over the Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. Adam Warren threw two scoreless innings with help from his defense to pick up the win, and seven of eight New York pitchers fired scoreless ball overall. Brian Gordon was touched for four runs in the seventh inning. 

What we learned: McCann doesn’t usually hit home runs this early in the spring, so this may be a good sign — or maybe it’s just proof that he can hit a 2-0 fastball down the middle, even if it’s coming from Max Scherzer. Either way, the Yanks are looking forward to seeing plenty of thunder off of McCann’s bat this year. Torii Hunter tracked McCann’s drive to the warning track in right field and camped under it, but McCann wasn’t fooled. The ball landed about 20 feet beyond the wall, striking the blue batting cage out there.

What we learned II: Adam Warren showed off a pretty sweet pickoff move. Rajai Davis opened the bottom of the first inning with a double off Warren, and an out later, Davis wandered just a bit too far from the bag at second. Warren whirled and fired a strike to Dean Anna on the daylight play.

“It’s neat to pick somebody off, just to get the practice and game experience in,” Warren said. “I just wasn’t expecting it.”

What else: Gary Sanchez hit a line drive homer to left field off Jose Ortega in the third inning, his first Yankees spring homer ever … Miguel Cabrera tried to advance from first base to third base on a first-inning walk. Warren didn’t complain about the free out, which left the Tigers scratching their heads. … Zoilo Almonte threw out Hunter at the plate in the third inning … Yangervis Solarte hit a three-run homer in the seventh. Remember the name. The Yanks like Solarte’s switch-hitting pop, and he could see time in the big leagues this season … Eduardo Nunez returned to action after a bout with food poisoning. He went 0-for-3.

What went wrong: Carlos Beltran went 0-for-2 and is still looking for his first spring hit … The Yanks had a 7-0 lead in the seventh before Gordon entered. Detroit got four runs and six hits off Gordon, a non-roster invitee who pitched briefly for New York in 2011 … Joe Girardi brought the wrong uniform top from Tampa, which is why he was the only one in the dugout with an interlocking ‘NY’ on his jersey. The correct road tops read ‘NEW YORK’ across the chest.

What they said: “I always feel like I’m competing for something. The main thing for me though is just to make sure I’m ready for the season, no matter what role, where I end up. I just want to make sure I’m ready when the season starts. Working on all my pitches, making sure my mechanics feel good.” – Adam Warren

What’s next: Pitching will be the main attraction on Saturday as the Yankees entertain the Phillies in a 1:05 p.m. ET contest at George M. Steinbrenner Field. CC Sabathia gets the starting nod, but most of the attention will be on Masahiro Tanaka as he comes out of the bullpen to handle the pitching for the fifth inning. Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Tanaka are all scheduled to throw two innings or 35 pitches. Derek Jeter is also slated to play. The Phillies are starting right-hander David Buchanan, and you can watch on YES, MLB Network and

Who’s injured: Right-hander Jose Ramirez’s MRIs on his oblique and back came back clean, but he’s still sore. Ramirez will be off the mound indefinitely.

Spring Game 4: Yankees at Tigers

greetings-from-lakeland-floridaThe Yankees get the honors of being on the opposite end of Max Scherzer’s spring debut this afternoon, as the reigning Cy Young Award winner takes the mound for the Tigers here at Joker Marchant Stadium. Adam Warren gets the ball for the Yankees, with first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. ET.

There’s no Yankees TV or radio for this game. The Tigers have a radio broadcast.

Here are the lineups:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Zoilo Almonte LF
Russ Canzler 1B
Brendan Ryan SS
Dean Anna 2B
Gary Sanchez DH

Adam Warren RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Shawn Kelley, Preston Claiborne, Dan Burawa, Mark Montgomery, Brian Gordon, Fred Lewis.

TIGERS (2-0)
Rajai Davis LF
Torii Hunter RF
Miguel Cabrera DH
Victor Martinez 1B
Ian Kinsler 2B
Don Kelly 3B
Bryan Holaday C
Steve Lombardozzi SS
Ezequiel Carrera CF

Max Scherzer RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Jose Ortega, Phil Coke, Luis Marte.

Spring Game 3: Yankees vs. Pirates

Derek Jeter is scheduled to play in his first game of any kind since Sept. 7 today, as the Yankees open their home Grapefruit League schedule this afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Today’s game will be televised on YES and also can be heard on WFAN — and, of course, you can access those via First pitch from George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. is set for 1:05 p.m. ET.

Here are the lineups:

Jeff Decker LF
Gregor Polanco CF
Chris Dickerson RF
Andrew Lambo 1B
Tony Sanchez DH
Chris Stewart C
Josh Harrison 3B
Clint Barmes SS
Michael Martinez 2B

Charlie Morton RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Jeff Locke, Brandon Cumpton, Yao-Hsun Yang, Daniel Schlereth and Cody Eppley.

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Brian Roberts 2B
Francisco Cervelli C
Kelly Johnson 3B
Austin Romine DH
Russ Canzler 1B
Mason Williams CF

David Phelps RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Preston Claiborne, Jim Miller, Chris Leroux, Mark Montgomery, Cesar Cabral and Robert Coello.

This and that: Eduardo Nunez is feeling better after a bout with food poisoning. He expects to be on tomorrow’s trip to play the Tigers in Lakeland. In case you’re wondering, the salmon at the Nordstrom restaurant is suspect. … David Herndon threw live batting practice this morning. Brian Gordon, Bryan Mitchell, Shane Greene, Vidal Nuno and Matt Thornton all threw bullpens.

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