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Spring Game 8: Yankees vs. Rays

The Yankees could be showcasing their Opening Day lineup this afternoon behind Michael Pineda, who will make his first spring start in a 1:05 p.m. contest at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Pineda is scheduled to be relieved by Nathan Eovaldi, who will be on the hill for the second time this spring. Nathan Karns gets the nod for Tampa Bay.

The game will be televised on the YES Network.

RAYS (1-2-1)
Nick Franklin ss
Desmond Jennings lf
James Loney 1b
Evan Longoria 3b
Steven Souza Jr. rf
Kevin Kiermaier dh
Alexi Casilla 2b
Bobby Wilson c
Mikie Mahtook cf

Nathan Karns rhp

In relief: Ernesto Frieri, Brandon Gomes, Kirby Yates, Jordan Norberto, C.J. Riefenhauser

YANKEES (4-2-1)
Jacoby Ellsbury cf
Brett Gardner lf
Carlos Beltran rf
Mark Teixeira 1b
Brian McCann c
Chase Headley 3b
Alex Rodriguez dh
Stephen Drew 2b
Didi Gregorius ss

Michael Pineda rhp

In relief: Nathan Eovaldi, David Carpenter, Justin Wilson

Spring Game 13: Yankees vs. Rays

We’re finally back here at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa following yesterday’s journey up Interstate 4 to Kissimmee — a trip that’s supposed to take about 80 minutes one-way, but wound up taking about twice that last night… a few wrecks, a concert in the area, pretty much everything short of a zombie apocalypse. But hey, you didn’t come here to talk about Florida traffic, did you?

The Rays come to town this afternoon for a 1:05 p.m. ET contest that you can watch on YES and will be broadcast on WFAN. David Phelps gets the starting call for the Yankees and Chris Archer is on the hill for Tampa Bay.

Here are the lineups:

RAYS (5-2)
Desmond Jennings CF
Matt Joyce LF
Wil Myers RF
James Loney 1B
Sean Rodriguez 3B
Cole Figueroa 2B
Ryan Hanigan C
Jose Molina DH
Jayson Nix SS

Chris Archer RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Jeff Beliveau, Josh Lueke, Adam Liberatore, Braulio Lara.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano LF
Kelly Johnson 1B
Brian Roberts 2B
Ichiro Suzuki DH
Yangervis Solarte 3B

David Phelps RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Dellin Betances, Bruce Billings.

Quick hits: “We really hurt our chances”

Here are the early notes as the Yankees (82-75) and Rays (88-69) play the second game of a three-game series here at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees still have a mathematical chance of securing a playoff spot, but the tragic number is at one. Realistically, this is going to be a dark October in the Bronx.

The Yankees’ clubhouse was filled with cardboard boxes and that ripping sound of packing tape this afternoon. That pretty much tells you everything that you need to know.

“You still have a shot, but it’s really remote obviously,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “You have to win every game and the other teams can’t win games. As I talked about yesterday, we had the tough loss on Sunday and we didn’t swing the bats yesterday, and it’s difficult because you work so long to have an opportunity to make the playoffs, and we really hurt our chances.”

David Price (8-8, 3.43 ERA) is getting the call for Tampa Bay, and this could be the final Yankee Stadium start for Phil Hughes, who will try to finish his terrible season (4-13, 5.07 ERA) on a strong note.

“He’s had some good times and some rough times,” Hughes said. “It’s a guy that had a couple big years as a starter, had a big year out of the bullpen. He’s struggled this year. This year has been a struggle for him, and from a personal standpoint, if you’re going to pick a year to struggle as a player, this is not the year to do it.

“For that, I feel bad for him. I know how bad he wants to do well and be successful for this club and this franchise; he loves it here. I feel bad for him. He was a big part of our success in 2009, what he did in that bullpen, he secured that bullpen and us getting to the playoffs the next couple years. He had some big years for us.”

Here are the quick hits:

  • The Yankees are holding a 6:50 p.m. ceremony on the field to honor Andy Pettitte. He’ll receive a gift from Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera on behalf of the organization.
  • Girardi said there is “probably a good chance” Rivera will pitch on Thursday against the Rays, which would be his final Yankee Stadium appearance.
  • Travis Hafner was activated from the disabled list this afternoon. Girardi said he might use Hafner as a pinch-hitter.

Soriano: “I love to do that. I love to steal bases.”

Evan Longoria, Alfonso Soriano, Rob ThomsonIN TWO PARAGRAPHS:  This was a win the Yankees needed badly. Alfonso Soriano made it happen, stroking an 11th inning double off Jamey Wright and taking advantage of the green light to steal third base, beating the throw in with a headfirst slide. Curtis Granderson lifted a fly ball to the outfield and Mariano Rivera locked down the save, preserving the Yanks’ 3-2 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Robinson Cano homered and drove in both of the Yankees’ runs off of Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb. Evan Longoria homered and had two RBIs against Ivan Nova, who held the Rays to a pair of runs on six hits despite tying a career high with six walks (one intentional). The Yanks averted a series sweep, settling for one game out of three in St. Petersburg. 

MANAGER’S TAKE:  “I mean, that’s a big play, being able to steal third there. It changes the complexion of that inning. And it’s a big double. The time before [in the eighth], he just missed hitting a homer foul, and maybe we don’t go quite as long if it stays fair. We got a lot of big performances out of a lot of people today.” – Joe Girardi


Soriano: “When the team needs one and the pitcher gives it to me, I like to steal. That’s my game. It’s very important to help the team to win. I love to do that. I love to steal bases.”

Robinson Cano: “We needed a win so bad. Nothing you want less than to get swept here. Like I said, we lose the first two, and then we just go out there and fight the whole game.”

Curtis Granderson: “It’s very big. I think coming into it you’d like to get both series. Obviously we didn’t get a chance to do that, but winning both series means you’ve got a chance to win hopefully four out of the six games here. We still have an opportunity to do that going to Toronto. It’s definitely not going to be easy but we’re still on track. We’ve got to go ahead, rebound and take advantage of this one, and go on to tomorrow and try to get another one against [R.A.] Dickey.”

Ivan Nova: “I was pushing for that W. It’s not only the personal things. I want to pitch good every time I go out there. Even though I walked six guys; I don’t think it was that bad. I battled until the end and we got the win.”


Girardi huddled with Preston Claiborne in the clubhouse after the game. He’ll be the roster move to create space for Derek Jeter tomorrow. It may seem like a tough break for Claiborne, but he has certainly shown enough that he’ll be back soon after rosters expand on Sept. 1st.

Longoria homered in all three games of this series; his shot off Nova was the first Nova has allowed since Nelson Cruz hit one on July 22. The Yankees improved to 11-4 in their last 15 games, and are 5-5 in extra innings this year. New York’s starting 7 through 9 hitters (Lyle Overbay, Mark Reynolds, Chris Stewart) combined to go 0-for-11 with seven strikeouts today.

Cano improved to 7-for-19 (.368) lifetime vs. Cobb. A-Rod’s pinch-hit single in the 10th was the first of his career (1-for-15). Mariano Rivera’s 37 saves at Tropicana Field are the most ever by a Rays opponent and 27 more than the next highest total (10, Jonathan Papelbon).


The Yankees will try to keep the momentum rolling Monday when they travel Nord des Lignes to meet the Blue Jays in Toronto, sending Phil Hughes (4-12, 4.88) to the mound against R.A. Dickey (9-12, 4.49). First pitch is set for 7:07 p.m. ET. The Yanks are 11-1 vs. Toronto this season and need one more win to match their most ever in a single season, accomplished in 1995, 2004, 2005 and 2009.

Quick hits: A-Rod gets a day off; Overbay returns to lineup

Here are the light early notes as the Yankees (68-61) and Rays (74-53) prepare to meet under the roof here at Tropicana Field, with Ivan Nova and Alex Cobb matching up for the 1:40 p.m. ET start:

Alex Rodriguez is not in the Yankees’ lineup, this being a day game after a night game. The Yankees are also playing six straight games on artificial turf with the series at Toronto coming up, so that also went into the thinking. Lyle Overbay is back in the lineup after battling the flu for a couple of days. Joe Girardi said that the hope is that the illness is behind Overbay.

The plan is still for Derek Jeter to rejoin the Yankees in Toronto tomorrow. It raised a little bit of a red flag for me that Jeter left last night’s game at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre without speaking to reporters – seems out of character for him – but all reports are that he was fine. Girardi plans to put Jeter in the lineup tomorrow. 

My Beat The Streak pick today: Brett Gardner. He’s 2-for-8 lifetime against Cobb. Streak is at zero after Alfonso Soriano went hitless last night.

The Yankees are looking to avoid the sweep. They’ve been swept five times this season, four coming on the road, most recently Aug. 5-7 at Chicago. They haven’t been swept by the Rays at the Trop since April 6-8, 2012.

“You had some momentum on your side,” Girardi said. “You want to keep that momentum.”


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