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Spring Game 23: Yankees at Braves

disney post card frontHello from Walt Disney World’s ‘Wide World of Sports’ complex, where the Yankees are visiting the Atlanta Braves this afternoon at 1:05 p.m. ET. There is no Yankees radio or TV coverage of today’s game; the Braves have a radio broadcast.

The Yankees are playing with a DH this afternoon; the Braves are not. Here are the lineups:

YANKEES (11-9-2)
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano RF
Brian Roberts 2B
Kelly Johnson 3B
Adonis Garcia LF
Jose Gil 1B

Ivan Nova RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Danny Burawa, Dellin Betances, Cesar Cabral and Shane Greene.

BRAVES (8-12-3)
Jason Heyward RF
B.J. Upton CF
Freddie Freeman 1B
Evan Gattis C
Justin Upton LF
Chris Johnson 3B
Dan Uggla 2B
Andrelton Simmons SS
David Hale RHP

News and notes from Joe Girardi’s morning interview session in Tampa:

– Girardi said that he has seen an improvement in maturity this spring from Ivan Nova, who makes his fifth start of the spring today.

“I’ve seen a guy that’s come into spring training that, it seems like he realizes how good he can be,” Girardi said. “And I think that’s important. I think for all young players, there’s that doubt always a little bit: can I do this on a consistent basis? Can I do it start after start, or game after game if you’re a position player? Do I need to look over my starter? Is there someone always doubting what I can do? I think he’s realized that, you know what, I can be pretty good. He came back last year and was really good, and I think that was kind of the eye-opener for him.”

– Girardi has been very encouraged by Mark Teixeira‘s health.

“What I’ve been most pleased is, you look at this whole spring training and there’s never been a point where he was scheduled to work that he had to say, ‘I could use a day,'” Girardi said. “That’s really encouraging to me. Everything that he’s been scheduled to do, he has done.”

He added that there is no longer any apprehension with Teixeira or Derek Jeter‘s health.

“I think they pretty much put it to rest,” Girardi said. “Obviously you worry about your guys when they’re playing out there every day, but I haven’t seen anything to lead me to believe that they’re not going to be healthy this season.”

- Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno aren’t likely to start again this spring, unless it comes in a Minor League game. They’re running out of innings to go around, and players like CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka need to take those starts. Nuno will relieve David Phelps tomorrow in Fort Myers, and Warren relieves Sabathia on Friday against the Pirates.

- There’s no decision yet on the fifth starter, but Girardi has been encouraged by the strong spring from this group.

“I have confidence in our guys. I believe in what they’re capable of doing,” Girardi said. “I’ve seen it. I’ve seen them do it on a pretty consistent basis. I believe that our rotation can be pretty good, I do. I think it can be really good. Obviously you have to avoid injuries. That always helps. With this competition for the fifth spot, these other guys have shown that, if we do have something to awry, that they can step in and do a pretty good job. I feel that we have a good rotation, we will have a good rotation, and we have depth.”

Girardi volunteered the names of Danny Burawa and Shane Greene, saying that they have “shown that they’re getting pretty close and they’re knocking on the door.”

- Girardi said they’ll “continue to discuss” using Alfonso Soriano as a backup first baseman, but they’re leaning more toward Kelly Johnson, who should get another start at first base this weekend.

“Kelly’s going to play a lot,” Girardi said. “I like what I’ve seen from him, and he’s going to play a lot.”

- Girardi said no decision has been made for a backup infielder at second and third bases. He carefully listed his candidates alphabetically so no one could read into it: Dean Anna, Eduardo Nunez, Scott Sizemore, Yangervis Solarte and Zelous Wheeler. Sizemore, by the way, has been out with a quad problem. Girardi said he could play by the end of the week. What you can read into that is that Nunez is, by no means, a lock to make this team.

- Brendan Ryan is still on track to play tomorrow against the Red Sox in Fort Myers. He has been out since the first week of March with a lower back/oblique issue.

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.

YANKEES (7-4)
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.

Spring Game 12: Yankees at Astros

greetings_floridaHello from Mickey’s doorstep in Kissimmee, Fla., where the Yankees and Astros will meet this afternoon for a 1:05 p.m. ET contest. Today’s game is being televised and will be shown on MLB Network. John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman are also here with the radio call, which can be heard in New York on WFAN (man, that’s going to take some getting used to).

Ivan Nova gets the start for New York, but the more interesting storyline will be the spring debut of left-hander Manny Banuelos, who is scheduled to pitch in relief. This is the first time Banuelos has faced hitters since his Tommy John surgery, and after Banuelos declared earlier in camp that 2014 will be his year to get to the big leagues, it’ll be a good opportunity to see what his stuff looks like.

Here are the lineups:

YANKEES (6-4)
Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Kelly Johnson DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Dean Anna SS
Scott Sizemore 3B
Zoilo Almonte LF
Mason Williams RF

Ivan Nova RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Manny Banuelos, Cesar Cabral, David Herndon, Fred Lewis.

ASTROS (3-4)
Dexter Fowler CF
Jose Altuve 2B
Jason Castro C
Chris Carter DH
Marc Krauss 1B
Jesus Guzman LF
L.J. Hoes RF
Jonathan Villar SS
Cesar Izturis 3B

Jarred Cosart RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Chad Qualls, Darin Downs, Jake Buchanan, Jorge De Leon, Paul Clemens.

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.

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