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Spring Game 18: Yankees vs. Phillies

Hello again from George M. Steinbrenner Field, where Esmil Rogers will try to make a good impression in the Yankees’ fifth-starter competition tonight against the Phillies at 7:05 p.m. ET.

The starting infield is on the diamond for New York. In injury updates, Jacoby Ellsbury met with reporters outside the clubhouse and said that he is “fully confident” that he will be ready to play on Opening Day. Ellsbury is expected to miss about a week of exhibition action with an oblique strain.

Tonight’s game will be televised on YES and ESPN, and can be heard on WFAN.

PHILLIES (8-7-1)
Ben Revere cf
Freddy Galvis ss
Chase Utley dh
Ryan Howard 1b
Carlos Ruiz c
Domonic Brown rf
Cody Asche 3b
Grady Sizemore lf
Cesar Hernandez 2b

Aaron Harang rhp

In relief: Joely Rodriguez, Jonathan Papelbon, Andy Oliver, Luis Garcia, Elvis Araujo, Nefi Ogando

YANKEES (10-6-1)
Didi Gregorius ss
Stephen Drew 2b
Carlos Beltran rf
Mark Teixeira 1b
Chase Headley 3b
Alex Rodriguez dh
Austin Romine c
Ramon Flores lf
Slade Heathcott cf

Esmil Rogers rhp

In relief: David Carpenter, Chasen Shreve, Wilking Rodriguez

Spring Game 11: Yankees vs. Braves

Hello from George M. Steinbrenner Field, where Masahiro Tanaka will make his spring debut this evening against the Atlanta Braves at 7:05 p.m. ET. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he expects Tanaka to throw 30 to 35 pitches over his two innings of work.

Shelby Miller is on the mound for Atlanta, and the Yankees are sending out their probable Opening Day lineup for the second time this spring. It has been a hot and humid day here in Tampa — CC Sabathia was drenched with sweat after his two-inning simulated game — but things are cooling off just in time for first pitch.

The game will be televised on YES.

BRAVES (3-5-1)
Andrelton Simmons ss
Alberto Callaspo dh
Freddie Freeman 1b
Jonny Gomes lf
Christian Bethancourt c
Chris Johnson 3b
Todd Cunningham cf
Joey Terdslavich rf
Pedro Ciriaco 2b

Shelby Miller rhp

In relief: Tyrell Jenkins, Michael Korn, Sugar Ray Marimon, Josh Outman

YANKEES (5-4-1)
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

Masahiro Tanaka rhp

In relief: Scott Baker, David Carpenter, Chris Martin

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 11: Yankees vs. Braves

It’s the first night game of the spring for the Yankees, who will be under the lights tonight at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Here are the lineups and game info:

7:05 p.m. – George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, Fla. – TV: YES, Radio: WCBS 880
RHP David Phelps (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. LHP Paul Maholm (0-1, 9.64 ERA)

BRAVES (5-6)
Jordan Schafer CF
Jason Heyward RF
Justin Upton LF
Freddie Freeman 1B
B.J. Upton DH
Dan Uggla 2B
Chris Johnson 3B
Tyler Pastornicky SS
Matt Pagonizzi C

Paul Maholm LHP

Maholm is scheduled to be followed by Cristhian Martinez, Cory Rasmus, J.R. Graham, Dusty Hughes and Yohan Flande.

Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Jayson Nix 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C
Dan Johnson 1B
Zoilo Almonte RF
Corban Joseph 3B

David Phelps RHP

Phelps is scheduled to be followed by David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, David Aardsma, Mark Montgomery and Shawn Kelley.

Spring Game 1: Yankees at Braves

Yankees at Braves, Feb. 23Here is the lineup for today’s Yankees Grapefruit League game against the Braves at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., the first of 35 games this spring for the Bombers. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET.; there is no TV or radio for this game.

Eduardo Nunez SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Juan Rivera DH
Matt Diaz LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Melky Mesa CF
Zoilo Almonte RF
Corban Joseph 3B

David Phelps RHP

BRAVES (0-1)
Andrelton Simmons SS
Reed Johnson LF
Freddie Freeman 1B
Dan Uggla 2B
Evan Gattis DH
Chris Johnson 1B
Todd Cunningham RF
Christian Bethancourt C
Jordan Schafer CF

Paul Maholm LHP

Additional Yankees pitchers making the trip: Juan Cedeno, Preston Claiborne, Brett Marshall, Mike O’Brien, Kelvin Perez, Branden Pinder, Ryan Pope, Josh Spence, Nik Turley, Chase Whitley.

Umpires: Home plate Greg Gibson, bases Lance Barksdale & Jeff Nelson.

One other note to pass along from today’s early session back in Tampa: right-hander Nick Goody walked into the clubhouse on crutches. He has a sprained right ankle.

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