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Spring Game 18: Yankees vs. Phillies

Hello from Tampa, where it’s shaping up as an eventful evening at The Boss. Derek Jeter will return to his position at shortstop for the first time since his left ankle injury in the American League Championship Series, in what manager Joe Girardi calls “a big step” toward proving he’ll be ready for the Opening Day lineup.

Girardi said that he believes Jeter is set for this, and “not at all” holding his breath about what he will see tonight. The Yankees will also get their first look of the spring at Andy Pettitte in a game situation, while Mariano Rivera picks up his second Grapefruit League inning and Ben Francisco makes his Yanks debut after signing with New York on Monday.

So, as we said, eventful evening under the lights. Here are the lineups and game information:

1:05 p.m. – George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, Fla. –
TV: YES Network, Radio: WCBS 880 AM
LHP Andy Pettitte (spring debut) vs. LHP Cliff Lee (0-0, 5.19)

Ben Revere CF
Kevin Frandsen DH
Chase Utley 2B
John Mayberry 1B
Domonic Brown RF
Darin Ruf LF
Josh Fields 3B
Freddy Galvis SS
Humberto Quintero C

Cliff Lee LHP

Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Juan Rivera 1B
Ben Francisco RF
Matt Diaz DH
Chris Stewart C
Melky Mesa CF
Gil Velazquez 2B

Andy Pettitte LHP

Pettitte is scheduled to be followed by Cody Eppley, David Aardsma and Mariano Rivera.

Spring Game 8: Yankees vs. Phillies

New York Yankees (1-6) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (2-3-1)
1:05 p.m. ET – George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, Fla. – TV: YES, Radio: None
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (16-11, 3.32 ERA in ’12) vs. RHP Roy Halladay (11-8, 4.49 ERA in ’12)

Jimmy Rollins SS
Ben Revere CF
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Michael Young 3B
Domonic Brown LF
Darin Ruf DH
John Mayberry Jr. RF
Steven Lerud C

Roy Halladay RHP

Halladay is scheduled to be followed by Rodrigo Lopez, Jonathan Papelbon, Phillippe Aumont and Raul Valdes.

Eduardo Nunez SS
Francisco Cervelli C
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Juan Rivera DH
Melky Mesa LF
Thomas Neal RF
Kyle Roller 1B
Adonis Garcia CF

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

Kuroda is scheduled to be followed by David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, Cody Eppley, Vidal Nuno, Francisco Rondon, Jim Miller.

Grapefruit League Game 2: Yankees at Phillies

Feb. 27, 2011, 1:05 p.m. ET – Bright House Field – Clearwater, Fla.
TV: YES / Radio: None
Brett Gardner LF, Nick Swisher RF, Curtis Granderson CF, Jorge Posada DH, Eric Chavez 1B, Jesus Montero C, Eduardo Nunez 2B, Ronnie Belliard 3B, Ramiro Pena SS
Starting pitcher: Ivan Nova RHP (1-2, 4.50 ERA in 2010)
Also scheduled to pitch: Sergio Mitre, Boone Logan, Dellin Betances, Adam Warren
Jimmy Rollins SS, Shane Victorino CF, Raul Ibanez LF, Ryan Howard 1B, Placido Polanco 3B, Domonic Brown RF, Ben Francisco DH, Carlos Ruiz C, Wilson Valdez 2B
Starting pitcher: Joe Blanton RHP (9-6, 4.82 ERA in 2010)
Also scheduled to pitch: Justin De Fratus, Michael Schwimer, Ryan Madson, J.C. Romero, Brad Lidge
  • Joe Girardi said he plans to give Ivan Nova and Sergio Mitre, both contenders for rotation spots, two innings apiece this afternoon. As far as his bid for the slot goes, Girardi said, “The stuff is there.” They’d like to see Nova improve at getting out of trouble when he gets into it, but there’s probably not a whole lot they’ll be able to gather on that subject today. 
  • A.J. Burnett, Freddy Garcia and Romulo Sanchez threw over at George M. Steinbrenner Field this morning. Burnett and Garcia sat down to simulate throwing two innings. Girardi said all three looked good and used all of their pitches.
  • Mark Teixeira said his right big toe is bruised, a day after being hit by a pitch.
  • The Yankees were still buzzing about Jorge Vazquez’s tape-measure home run that cleared the center-field batters eye at Steinbrenner Field. Girardi said that it is possible that Vazquez could work his way into the mix that the Yankees are considering Eric Chavez for, a backup corner infielder. 
  • Chavez is playing first base today because, as Girardi said, he already knows Chavez can play third base. All those Gold Gloves aren’t just for show.
  • There are 32 days until Opening Day.

Cliff Lee will take his time


The drop-off between Cliff Lee and the rest of the free agent starting pitching market is sizable, and that allows the left-hander a certain amount of comfort as his representatives approach the task of securing a large contract this winter.
Lee’s agent, Darek Braunecker, told The Associated Press on Monday that his camp is only “gathering information” at this point, and that no deal is expected to be reached quickly.
“This one certainly is a little bit unique in that he’s clearly the best player on the free-agent market and not a lot of other things are going to impact our position on Cliff,” Braunecker said.
Braunecker may not even attend next week’s General Manager’s meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., not needing to drum up interest in Lee. There is also no need to take Lee on a tour of the cities where he could pitch next year. 
The Yankees and Rangers are thought to be among his most interested suitors, while the Phillies, Brewers, Cubs, Nationals and Angels could also jump in. Lee’s eventual contract may be a five or six year deal, worth upwards of the $23 million per season the Yankees are paying CC Sabathia. 
“We’re going to take it on of kind of a team-by-team, case-by-case basis. I don’t expect Cliff to be flying all over the country,” Braunecker said. “We’re really in just the infancy stages of it all. We don’t really ever handicap the timing of any of this stuff. We believe that when the right deal presents itself, we’ll be prepared to act. And when that might be, that’s anybody’s guess at this point.”

3/4 – Yankees at Phillies

It’s cool – the scoreboard says 49 degrees – and windy in Clearwater, but clear and sunny as the Yankees prepare to play the second game of their Grapefruit League schedule. Joe Girardi was laughing this morning about how some media outlets are treating this like a regular season game, but it’s still a neat draw to have CC Sabathia and Roy Halladay going head-to-head this early in the spring.

Don’t expect the show to go too long, though … in Sabathia’s case, expect two innings or 35 pitches, whichever comes first.

This is Philadelphia’s Grapefruit League opener – they beat Florida State University here yesterday, 13-6 – and the stands are packed, with guys playing ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ on trumpets to give this sort of a 1940s feel. That is, until the PA announcer starts making announcements about texting to some phone numbers to get today’s special deals. But I digress.

Here’s how it looked during Yanks BP today:

DSCF1638.JPGAnd now here are the lineups…

Bright House Field, Clearwater, Fla.

Gardner CF
Johnson DH Hoffmann DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Winn LF
Miranda 1B
Pena SS
Laird 3B

CC Sabathia LHP

Rollins SS
Polanco 3B
Francisco CF
Werth RF
Mayberry Jr. LF
Ransom 1B
Castro 2B
Bocock DH
Ruiz C

Roy Halladay RHP

1:05 p.m.
Nick Johnson was scratched with a stiff lower back. Jamie Hoffmann replaces him at DH. We’ll catch up with Nick when the clubhouse opens after CC’s start.

Update on Nick Johnson…

Johnson said that he felt his back stiffen after catching a spike in the tarpaulin around the batting cage at Bright House Field. He said that had it been the regular season, he would have played “for sure.”

“I felt a little something back there, and I could have played,” Johnson said.

He said that he is not concerned by the back stiffness, which he thought could have been avoided by wearing turf shoes instead of spikes during batting practice.

“It won’t be too long,” Johnson said. “I’m not really worried about that.”

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