The game may be in question for it is raining in FLA. We’ll see if it lets up by this afternoon. Rafael Belliard finally gets some action after his calf injury.
Brett Gardner LF
Russell Martin C
Jorge Posada 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Jesus Montero DH
Ronnie Belliard 3B
Ramiro Pena SS
CC Sabathia P
Colin Curtis got his diagnosis: Partially dislocated shoulder.
The Lower Hudson Journal reports today’s subs:
Available in the bullpen: Dave Robertson, Mark Prior, Brian Anderson, Eric Wordekemper, Ryan Pope, Romulo Sanchez, David Phelps, Robert Fish and Daniel Turpen.
• Off the bench: C Gustavo Molina, 1B Brandon Laird, 2B Kevin Russo, SS Doug Bernier, 3B Bradley Suttle, LF Jordan Parraz, CF Justin Maxwell, RF Daniel Brewer, DH Austin Romine
Ugh. MLBTR reports that one talent evaluator has Carl “The American Idle” Pavano as the best pitcher so far this spring. Meanwhile, Phils Mgr. Charlie Manuel got a 2-year extension through 2013.
Yanks take on the Phils this afternoon. CC vs. Halladay.
One tweet states that the Braves’ minor league coach struck by a ball this week could lose his left eye. Let’s hope not. He has multiple facial fractures.
Another tweet: All 3 officials from the RU-St. John’s game yest have voluntarily withdrawn from rest of Big East Tournament-not surprised. If you didn’t see/read/hear about it, that officiating in the last few seconds was completely inexcusable.
Last tweet for now: From Sweeny Murti of WFAN: Yogi Berra tripped in clubhouse, fell backward. He’s ok but taken to hospital as precaution. Another scare, thankfully ok. (You have to remember, Yogi turns 86 in May). :
Two innings down and just what you’d expect from CC/Halladay. Only one baserunner (Victorino single) and he was doubled up on a lineout.
Four down and scoreless. That’s probably it for CC. 4 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K. Yanks have 2 hits off Halladay. Halladay pitched a 1-2-3 fifth.
I didn’t think CC would go five (or Halladay, for that matter) but after four innings, both pitchers are putting on a clinic. I think after four innings, each had thrown just 15 or 16 pitches or so. CC has a 1-2-3 5th. 5 IP, 0 R, 3H, no walks and 2 K. Both he and Halladay have thrown just 20-25 pitches each.
Wow. Halladay is back out there for the 6th. Kind of early for him to go so deep, but after 5 2/3, he’s only thrown 22 pitches. Yanks get a couple hits in the sixth, but with 2 out, 2nd and 3rd, Posada strikes out. Halladay, 6 IP, 25 pitches. Still scoreless.
No sixth for CC. Robertson in.
Hopefully nothing is wrong with Robertson. He gave up a first-pitch triple, then was pulled for Rule 5 player, Robert Fish. Fish gives up a walk, SB. SF. 1-0 Phils.
…and Fish shows why he’s a Rule 5 player. After the SF, a double for a run, single. With 1st and 3rd, a pickoff for out #2, but then he gives up a 2-run HR. Gets out of it with a K. Fish’s spring ERA? 10.38. It is safe to presume the Yanks will be giving him back. 4-0 Phils.
Robertson 0 IP (one batter) 1R, 1 hit (triple), 0 walks or K.
Fish 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 1 K, gave up HR.
Dan Turpen, another Rule 5, for the 7th, replacing (Dead) Fish. Hey, given the way Fish pitched, it’s appropriate; he stunk.
Turpen pitched a scoreless inning. No hits, 1 walk, 1 K.
Mark Prior for the 8th, and Prior’s numbers aren’t helped by a two-out, two-base, let two runs in error by CF Justin Maxwell. Prior does get 2 K, but 2 walks, a double, a double steal and that E-8 let in 3 R, 1 ER. Phils 7-0. Wordekemper in to try and finish the inning. Wordekemper throws a WP, but gets the out.
Prior 2/3 IP, 3R, 1ER, 1H, 2 walks, 2 K.
Here is an example of why I’m not worried about Fish’s or Turpen’s performances: If the draftee does not stay on the selecting team’s 25-man (major league) roster all season, the player must be offered back to his original team at half-price.
Really, Fish and Turpen had no chance of making the club to start with, much less staying on the 25-man all season.
Yanks get just 4 hits in a 7-0 loss. Now 6-6-2 for spring training.
Good news to take out of it—CC was superb.