Spring Training: 3/29/12 Lineup

Lineup vs. Orioles:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Andruw Jones RF
Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Francisco Cervelli C
David Phelps RHP

Start Time: 7:05pm
Field: GMS Field

T.V: YES Network

Pregame Notes

— Here is the order that the pitchers will pitch after Phelps: Mariano RiveraBoone LoganAdam WarrenD.J. Mitchell,Clay RapadaCesar Cabral and Mike O’Connor.

— Girardi mentioned that either David Phelps, D.J Mitchell or Adam Warren could make the team in a relief role in the pen.

Nick Swisher arrived at the minor league complex a little late today. No word on how Swisher did.

— Granderson is in the lineup. (Those who drafted Grandy Man in your fantasy league, rejoice).

— Girardi says that Andy Pettitte will throw another simulated game tomorrow. He would like to let Pettitte pitch in the final game of Spring Training vs. the Mets but again, it’s not set and stone.

Rafael Soriano pitched in a minor league game. Girardi wanted to hide Soriano from the Orioles since they are a division opponent.

— Yankees signed former Pirates 1B Steve Pearce today to a minor league contract which could give the Yankees a little wiggle room if they want to trade Jorge Vazquez.

— Just to keep tabs on the minor league, Corban Joseph has been shut down due to a shoulder injury. The team is waiting to hear news from the team doctor to see how long Joseph will be out.

Hiroki Kuroda will throw a side tomorrow.

Russell Martin isn’t playing in tonight’s game because he joined Ivan Nova to the minors to catch him. He batted in the lineup as well. No word on how he did.

— Ivan Nova’s official line just came in: 7IP, 7H, 3ER, 1BB, 5K, 1HR, 94 pitches, 63 strikes

Enjoy the game everyone!

About Delia E.

Delia Enriquez is the managing editor of Yankees Fans Unite. She enjoys analyzing the New York Yankees whether it be their pitching, roster or their manager. You can follow her on twitter @dfiregirl4 for more tweets, analysis and opinion on the Yankees.

Posted on March 29, 2012, in Game Threads and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Interesting how Mitchell was suppose to start this game and now is coming out of the pen.

  2. Nice line from Nova. Hoping that Mitchell has a good night tonight and catches Girardi’s eye.

  3. Ibanez crushed that ball!!!

  4. 2 runners on and Phelps strikes the next 3 out. Looked very sharp that inning.

    • Matt…
      I think he has looked good the whole game, there are many pitchers in the bigs that give up hits to Wheaters (Sp) and Reynolds. When he got the 3 SOs with runners on 2nd and 3rd now, that’s impressive.

      • yes it was Ken. I really feel that Phelps, Mitchell or Warren really have a shot on coming up north.

        • Matt, I’m thinking the Yanks might bring Mitchell north over the second lefty. He has a nice sinker and curve with good control. Phelps and Warren have looked good this spring also. The Yanks might want to keep them starting.

      • I didn’t see it but I understand it was Baltimore’s regular 3-4-5 hitters…..Markakis, Wieters & Reynolds right?

        I only saw the last 2 or 3 innings with Mitchell pitching and he’s real impressive.

        • fishjam, some pitching coaches like to have pitchers that throw out of different windows. I like the fact that the Yanks have this with CC a power lefty and slider, and change, Kuroda with 5 good pitches and splitter, Hughes, has power, cutter, curve slider, and change, Pineda, power, slider, and change, and Nova 4 good pitches with a slider. Rothchield has done a good job of giving his pitchers deception. The relievers also throw from different windows with different styles. Mo, with his cutter and 2 seamer, Robby with his deceptive motion fastball and curve, Wade with his change, Logan with his power stuff, and Freddy with mastery of his pitches and splitter. Mitchelll reminds me a little of Mendoza with his sinker. I would say that CC, followed by Kuroda gives the hitter the most deception while Hughes and Nova are the most similar. Looking at other great pitching staffs I see alot of different windows and styles from the Phillies, Tampa, and the Angels. The Yankees of the 90s had the perfect team in this respect with Clemens, Cone, Wells, Pettette, and El Duke, and the Braves with Maddux, Glavine, and Smotz. Hitting is about timing, and good pitching is about throwing a hitters timing off. If all your pitchers are similar than it is hard to throw their timing off in a series.

  5. This just in on Bobby Abreu:

    • ahhh UYF is going to be disappointed.

      • Not disappointed just surprised. Besides it looks like after the past couple 2 or 3 games Ibanez is starting to work out of his ST funk. And that can only be a good thing for both him and the Yankees.

        • I hope your right because a DH that will struggle will just be like last year.

          • The funny thing is, even with that struggling DH the Yankees had the best record in the AL. And although the team didn’t get past the ALDS, that struggling DH was the best hitter on the team in that series.

            I’m not really concerned about the production that the DH gives the team, because they have 8 other hitters in the lineup that can make-up for it. Just like the team showed in the regular season last year. It’s postseason performance that concerns me, but since you can’t really predict that there’s no reason for me to worry.

        • I think Ibanez could surprise people this year, he is a pro with a great attitude. He is the kind of player that pitchers will let up on in the Yankee line up, and then he pops one. He did hit 20 homers last year, and his swing is perfect for Yankee Staduim. Don’t think that Cashman and his scouts didn’t mirror the two stadiums to see how many balls he hit last year in Philly would be HRs in Yankee Stadium.

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