Yanks vs. Phils. Game on ComCast from Philly, and WCBS 880 AM
Today’s lineup and subs, starters, except for Posada. Alex DHs. Gardner lead off could or could not be a foreboding.
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
CC Sabathia LHP
• Off the bench: C Jesus Montero, 1B Jorge Vazquez, 2B Ronnie Belliard, SS Doug Bernier, 3B Brandon Laird, LF Kevin Russo, CF Melky Mesa, RF Justin Maxwell. No backup DH listed.
• Out of the bullpen: Rafael Soriano, Boone Logan, Dave Robertson, Romulo Sanchez, Steve Garrison, Eric Wordekemper, Ryan Pope, Josh Schmidt and Andy Sisco.
If you didn’t hear, Ichiro is donating $1.24 MM to help his native country of Japan.
5-3 in first 8 games of Sweet 16. I had Pitt in the Elite 8, but not in the Final 4. Didn’t trust them, and now you see why. One of the strangest endings to any basketball game I ever saw, with some of the DUMBEST fouls. For the record, I have Ohio St., Kansas, Texas and Fla. in my Final Four, with Ohio St. over Kansas for the title.
Buster Olney’s picks: Current picks (and still have time to change): AL divisions — Boston, CHW, Texas, with NYY as wildcard. NL–ATL,CIN,SF; PHI as wildcard. Wonder what those Phillies fans who predicted 100, 105, 110 wins after getting Lee think of that?
Phils using no DH today (wants pitchers to get their ABs) Yanks are. Makes sense in this S.T. game.
My profile on Bob Meusel is now up on BBD. Check it out.
A double by A-Rod (who has hit in all 13 S.T. games he’s played in ) followed by a SF by Swisher give the Yanks a 1-0 lead in the 2nd.
End 3. 1-0 Yanks. To the 4th. Make it 2-0. Teixeira hits one out. Um…. 3-0. Teix and A-Rod go back-to-back.
After 5, still 3-0 Yanks. CC looks good, just 3 hits given up and 2 of those were infield hits.
In the sixth, CC got the first two men out, then Rollins (3 for 3 off CC, 3 of their 6 hits) Hr’d. Howard doubled, Francisco singled but Swisher threw out Howard at the plate (by a large margin). Good outing for CC, probably tired a bit as the Yanks try to stretch him out. 6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 4 K. 3-1 Yanks after 6.
Yanks got two in 7th on doubles by Granderson and Chavez (having great spring; big surprise and will make the team). Gardner singled in PR Laird. 5-1.
CC got the first two outs in the 7th before coming out. 6 2/3, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 5 K. Robertson finished the inning with a K. In the 8th, Belliard doubled and Swisher singled him in. 6-1 Yanks after 7 1/2.
One batter only for D-Rob, the K. Soriano for the 8th. One runner reaches on an error by Belliard, but Soriano retires the other three. As for Belliard, I’d expect him to be released soon. He isn’t beating out Nunez/Pena for the utility infielder job (which I expect to go to Nunez).
Justin Maxwell doubled in two runs in the 9th. Earlier, Montero just missed a HR with a double. Boone Logan came in for the 9th and struck out the side.
Final: 8-1 Yankees.