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Spring Training Liveblog: Rays @ Yankees

Welcome to my seventh annual spring training liveblog. This year we’re firing this thing up for the third game of the exhibition season. The Yankees enter today’s game against the Rays having beaten the Pirates on a three-run walkoff homer by Colin Curtis and lost to the Phillies on a walk-off infield hit by Wilson Valdez.

Here are today’s starting lineups:


R – Jason Bartlett (SS)
R – Sean Rodriguez (LF)
R – Evan Longoria (3B)
S – Ben Zobrist (2B)
R – B.J. Upton (CF)
S – Dioner Navarro (C)
S – Elliot Dan Johnson (DH)
R – Justin Ruggiano (RF)
L – Chris Richard (1B)

LHP – David Price


R – Derek Jeter (SS)
L – Curtis Granderson (CF)
R – Mark Teixeira (1B)
R – Alex Rodriguez (3B)
S – Jorge Posada (C)
R – Marcus Thames (LF)
R – Robinson Cano (2B)
S – Nick Swisher (RF)
R – Francisco Cervelli (C)

RHP – Phil Hughes

Joba Chamberlain will follow Hughes on the mound for the Yankees, and we’re supposed to get a look at Jesus Montero behind the plate today. Nick Johnson is out with what is supposedly very minor lower back stiffness. Granderson has hit second in both of his starts this spring, but has yet to appear in a starting lineup with Johnson.

Outfielder Desmond Jennings, the Rays’ top prospect, did not make the trip for this game, much to my disappointment. Elliot Johnson, who slammed into Francisco Cervelli and broke is arm in a spring training game two years ago, did and is starting.


Thanks to my mom for watching Amelia this afternoon so that I can bring you all this liveblog. She’s a big Yankee fan as well, but a bigger fan of her granddaughter (as am I).

Tino Martinez is making his YES debut with this game. He always sounds like he has a stuffy nose. The announcers are in shirtsleeves rather than the pull overs they wore on Wednesday. So it’s clearly a bit warmer in Tampa, but it’s still quite windy.

Top 1st:

Fastball high and in from Hughes to Bartlett gets things going. The next pitch is a belt-high fastball on the inside corner and Bartlett hits it just foul over the left-field wall. He then rips another fastball to short, but Jeter makes a nice back-handed play to get him out. Hard contact from Bartlett who hit .320/.389/.490 last year out of nowhere.

Hughes’s first curve is the 0-1 pitch to Sean Rodriguez, well outside and low. Rodriguez is a second baseman who came over in the Scott Kazmir deal. He can hit, but the Rays have Ben Zobrist at second and are trying to make Rodriguez a utility man (he’s in left field today).

Another curve to Rodriguez is also low and outside. Hughes’ fastball is topping out at 91 mph. Rodriguez reaches out for a fastball out and over the plate. The wind lifts it to the center field wall and it hits on top for a homer. 1-0 Rays. Granderson was struggling to track that ball due to the wind. That’s more hard contact off Hughes.

Top 1st cont.

Rodriguez’s homer was on a 3-2 count.

Evan Longoria hits a hanging curve to deep left, right where Thames is playing. Two outs.

Hughes gets a nice swing-and-a-miss from Zobrist on an 82 mph changeup to even the count 2-2, then missed with another outside. Zobrists grounds out to Teixeira (unassisted, as usual) to end the inning.

1-0 Rays

Bot 1st:

The Rays’ BP caps are dark blue with sky-blue piping in all the standard places.

Yankees are in their blue BP tops and pinstriped pants. Rays in blue BP tops that say “Rays” across the chest and grey pants with dark blue piping down the leg.

Jeter singles to right on the first pitch from David Price. Michael Kay breaks out “Jeterian.” I gag on my sandwich.

Price is throwing easy gas around 95-96 mph. Granderson works the lefty for a full count, but flies out to left on a 96 mph fastball.

Bot 1st cont.

Price hits 97 against Teixeira, then comes back with a 78 mph curve. Tex fouls both off. That’s impressive on both counts. Less impressive, Teixeira swings at a fastball around his ankles and hits a would-be double-play ball, but Zobrist bobbles the transfer. Fielder’s “choice.”

I can’t tell if Tino’s any good in the booth because my Sun chips are too loud, though they also drown out Michael Kay, so I might keep eating all game.

Price paints the outside corner with a 96 mph fastball to set Alex Rodriguez down looking.

1-0 Rays

Top 2nd:

Hughes starts the second with another curve low and outside.

B.J. Upton, who is still just 25, grounds to Mark “Unassisted” Teixeira.

Hughes just doesn’t look sharp today. His fastball is slow (now upper 80s) and he’s missing with his off-speed stuff. Save for that one changeup in the first, I haven’t seen much that has impressed me.

He walks Dioner Navarro on five pitches, the last an 89 mph fastball that floated high and wide.

Lineup correction, that’s Dan Johnson, not Elliot who is the starting DH. Dan is the former A’s first baseman who spent 2009 in Japan. That makes more sense.

Johnson pops out to shallow second, where Robinson Cano makes an impressive over-his-shoulder catch running away from the infield.

Justin Ruggiano flies out to center to end the inning.

Hughes only gave up one hit, a wind-blown homer by Sean Rodriguez, but his stuff wasn’t nearly as good as his results.

1-0 Rays

Bot 2nd:

Jorge Posada hits a 94 mph fastball just foul over the right field wall, then strikes out on an 86 mph changeup.

David Price then starts of Thames with a 77 mph curve ball for a strike. He is good at pitching.

YES shows footage of Marcus Thames’ home run off Randy Johnson in his first major league at-bat. We’ll see that eleventeen million more times if he makes the team.

Thames taps out to shortstop.

Robinson Cano singles directly at the center field camera causing Price to flinch and making the ball appear to levitate in mid-air before curving a bit toward right field.

Cano moves up on a passed ball down and in to Nick Swisher (it’s ruled a wild pitch, but the ball was nearly a strike . . . it’s spring training for the official scorer as well).

Swisher works a walk and Price leaves having reached his limit an out short of two full innings.

Bot 2nd cont.

Jeremy Hellickson is in the game. He’s the Rays’ second-best prospect and was ranked 12th on Kevin Goldstein’s list of the top 101 prospects in this year’s Baseball Prospectus annual.

He doesn’t get through an entire at-bat before Nick Swisher wanders too far off first base on a pitch to Francisco Cervelli, slips, and is thrown out by Navarro.

1-0 Rays

Top 3rd:

Swisher appears to have jammed his right wrist falling down, but he’s still in the game.

Also in the game is Joba Chamberlain who throws a strike on the upper, outer corner to Chris Richard. His next four pitches are balls, each missing by more than the last.

More hard contact from Jason Bartlett who triples into the left-field gap on a fastball downthe middle. Oy. Granderson’s throw to Jeter bounced in the outfield. Doubel oy.

Sean Rodriguez triples to the same spot, but deeper, just shy of the warning track. Triple oy.

3-0 Rays.

Top 3rd cont.

Still no outs, man on third, Evan Longoria up.

Sean Rodriguez has three homers and a triple already this spring. Perhaps the Rays should make him their right fielder (or put him at second and make Zobrist their right fielder, which is what I thought they might do over the winter).

Longoria grounds out, plating Rodriguez. 4-0 Rays.

Joba’s fastball is topping out at 91, just like Hughes’.

He walks Zobrist, bringing Dave Eiland out to the mound.

Top 3rd cont.

B.J. Upton pops out behind second.

Cervelli throws behind Zobrist at first, but short-hops Teixeira. The ball gets away, but Robinson Cano gathers it up and throws out Zobrist at second. Some good work from Cano in the field today.

Inning over, mercifully.

4-0 Rays

Bot. 3rd:

Jeremy Hellickson in Double- and Triple-A in 2009:  2.45 ERA, 10.4 K/9, 2.3 BB/9 in 20 starts. He’ll be 23 in April.

I love that Francisco Cervelli doesn’t wear batting gloves. Is there anyone else out there who goes bare-handed like Cervelli and Posada? Moises Alou was the last non-Yankee I remember who didn’t wear batting gloves.

Cervelli is battling Hellickson, fouling off a full-count offering then hitting what looks like a single into the left field gap and hustling it into a triple. Maybe Sean Rodriguez shouldn’t be the right fielder. Rodriguez cut off the ball, but rolled over it and came up throwing air. It was scored a triple, but should have been a double and an error. Even I am not impervious to Cervelli’s scrappy charms.

Hellickson then strikes out Derek Jeter on four pitches getting him swinging through a big curve just off the outside corner.

Granderson taps back to Hellickson. Cervelli is still at third with two outs.

Hellickson falls behind Teixeira 3-0 then gets two quick called strikes and strikes him on with a curve in the dirt. Hellickson is good at pitching, too.

4-0 Rays

Top 4th:

Joba back at it, and by “it” I mean walking Dioner Navarro on four pitches.

Meanwhile, my cable reception is freaking out on me. Weird. I lost the top of the 5th inning on Wednesday. Sigh.

Update: it’s not the cable, it’s YES only that isn’t working, HD or standard. Grrrr.

Update: aaaaaand we’re back!

Men on second and third, one out after Justin Ruggiano doubles down the right-field line. Joba’s out of the game.

Top 4th cont.

Swisher is giving up his body in spring training. He sailed by Ruggiano’s double and tumbled over the fence into the bullpen.

So I guess Hughes won today’s battle in the 5th starter war, but neither pitcher impressed. Does that mean Gaudin, Mitre, and Aceves are in the lead? (Answer: no.) The best thing Joba did today was wear his regular game cap instead of that stupid BP hat.

Kevin Whelan is on the hill throwing with his ex-catcher delivery. Think Keith Foulke, he pulls his arm back like he’s shooting a bow and arrow or throwing a punch. Whelan walked 5.5 men per nine innings between Double- and Triple-A last year and walks Richard to load the bases with one out here.

Big Hittin’ Jason Bartlett up with the bases jacked. Whelan’s 1-1 pitch barely makes it to the dirt, bouncing wild and moving the runners up, 5-0 Rays.

Bartlett hits a worm burner to Jeter’s left that hits off the Captain’s glove for a two RBI single. Not what I wanted to see from Jeter, looking bad on what should have been a gimme out to his left. 7-0 Rays with one out in the fourth. Ugh.

Top 4th cont.

Sean Rodriguez doubles over Granderson’s head in dead center. He’s doing the cycle in reverse. Granderson came close to the ball at the warning track, but it was over his head.

Second and third one out for Longoria. Seems every Yankee pitcher is topping out at 91 mph. I’d think the gun was broken if not for Price. Wehlan just hit 92. Okay.

Wehlan looks awful. He can’t find the plate. He walks Longoria and gets the hook. He should think about returning to catching.

Jeez, two mid-inning pitching changes in spring training. This is ugly. Bases loaded and one out. 7-0 Rays.

Top 4th eternally

Hey, it’s Kei Igawa. Now we know how bad things have to get for the Yankees to give him some work in a spring training game. I’m guessing they try to unload him this spring and release him if they can’t.

Maybe I’m projecting, but Igawa has the body language of a guy who knows he’s being humored. He gets Zobrist on a check swing on a 2-2 curve down and in. He then floats another curve head-high to Upton.

Joba threw 14 strikes in his 33 pitches and topped out at 91 mph. Awful.

The 1-2 to Upton looks like a strike, but Upton pops up the 2-2 to Jeter to end another ugly inning. Good work by Igawa to strand three runners. Clearly today is opposite day.

7-0 Rays

Bot 4th:

Carlos Hernandez is on the mound for the Rays. Hernandez started for the Astros in 2001, 2002, and 2004.

Reid Brignac is at shortstop for Bartlett.

Alex Rodriguez swings through an 89 mph fastball up around the armpits for strike three.

Posada hits the first pitch to the second base hold, but Zobrist makes a nice ranging play for the second out.

Thames works the count full, then grounds to short.

7-0 Rays

Top 5th:

Joe Girardi has braces this year, which effects his speech.

Igawa still in. Navarro grounds out to third.

Girardi points to Joba’s flu as a reason for his poor outing.He also says Nick Johnson won’t be on the road trip on Sunday (bad back + bus = worse back) and thus might not play until Monday.

Dan Johnson pops out to Alex Rodriguez behind the mound.

Igawa strikes out Justin Ruggiano for a 1-2-3 inning. Kei Igawa has been the Yankees’ MVP in this game thus far. Blerg.

7-0 Rays

Bot 5th:

Hernandez still on for the Rays.

Cano doubles down the left-field line for his second hit off a lefty in this game. He also has two excellent plays in the field.

Kay: “there’s also a real delicate tight walk rope with him . . .”

Swisher reaches on a throwing error by Evan Longoria. Cano to third.

Gritty gutty Francisco Cervelli singles to right to plate the Yankees’ first run.

Captain Jeter grounds into a double play.

Jack Curry has Joba looking tired and beaten. Joba says it’s easy to forget how out of whack you can get after being inactive for a couple of days.

Granderson puts a charge into one from the lefty Hernandez, but B.J. Upton coasts to it in center for the third out.

7-1 Rays

Top 6th:

Yankee subs:

RHP – David Robertson

1B – Juan Miranda
2B – Reegie Corona
SS – Eduardo Nuñez
3B – Kevin Russo
RF – Jon Weber
CF – Greg Golson
LF – Reid Gorecki

Jack Curry has a misshapen right pinky. So I guess he is an appropriate replacement for David Cone.

With Sean Rodriguez a single away from the cycle, Joe Maddon hits Fernando Perez for him. Robertson strikes him out for a 1-2-3 inning.

7-1 Rays

Bot 6th:

From Marc Carig on twitter: “Joba says he physically felt about 60-70 percent out there, stomach flu took off 8 pounds off since Tuesday.”

Jeff Bennett on the hill for the Rays. YES is in no hurry to identify the other subs. We already know Brignac is at short and Perez is in the game. The others:

1B – Ryan Shealy
2B – Joe Dillon
3B – Angel Chavez
C – John Jaso
RF – Elliot Johnson (there he is)
CF – Fernando Perez
LF – Baseball Hall of Names-er J.J. Furmaniak

Juan Miranda grounds out. Kevin Russo walks.

Mexican League slugger Jorge Vazquez hits for DH Posada. He grounds to third and moves Russo up, but Gorecki grounds out to end the inning.

7-1 Rays

Top 7th:

Hector Noesi in the game with Jesus Montero behind the plate.

Apparently Nick Johnson’s footwear had something to do with him hurting his back. Curry wasn’t clear on that.

Ah, per Curry Sean Rodriguez is in the running to be the second baseman and push Zobrist to right field. The alternate plan would be for Matt Joyce to be the right-fielder and Zobrist to remain at second.

Elliot Johnson doubles to start the inning.

Joe Maddon jumbled his batting order when he made those subs, so I may start losing the names of the Rays players here.

Juan Miranda makes a nice backhanded catch at the wall on a foul by Joe Dillon then fires to third to hold Johnson. Good play. Miranda then drops a low throw from Nunez, allowing Johnson, who was off with the crack of the bat, to score. Bad play.

Stretch, it’s 8-2 Rays.

Bot 7th:

Mike Ekstrom on the hill for the Rays. He made 12 relief appearances for the Padres last year.

Ekstron walks Reegie Corona. That’s good for Corona, his one distinctive skill as a futility infielder candidate is his willingness to take ball four.

Weber up, Montero on deck.

Weber singles. Men on first and second, none out for Jesus Montero. Cool.

Oh, please interview Francisco Cervelli during Montero’s at-bat . . . thanks, YES!

First pitch in the dirt, trickles to the wall, runners advance.

Frankie says it’s too early to evaluate Hughes or Chamberlain. He’s right.

Breaking ball called strike.

Fastball called strike. Both hittable pitches as best I could tell from the tiny window in whcih YES has put the game. Low 2-2.

Frankie says Joba was sick, so lay off him (sorta). He’s right.

Big swing at a changeup fouled back.

Okay, seriously, though, Montero stuck out his but and fouled off a pitch and it really did make that sound.

Another in the dirt, runners move up, 8-2 Rays. I knew Montero would get that run home (heh). Full count.

Ekstrom’s 3-2 pitch is at Montero’s head. Montero hits the dirt. Ball four. One swing in seven pitches. Runners at the corners, none out.

Bot 7th cont.

Eduardo Nuñez doubles down the right-field line, 8-3 Rays. Men on second and third none out.

Did Ekstrom have the flu, too?

Golson grounds to short, driving in another run, 8-4 Rays.

Bot 7th cont.

Another in the dirt trickles up the third-base line, Nuñez holds.

Miranda doubles over the center fielder, 8-5 Rays.

For the third straight game, the Yankees only score after the starters come out of the game.

Ekstrom is pulled having gotten just one out.

Bot 7th cont.

R.J. Swindle in the game.

Swindle throws a 70 mph something that seems to float like a feather. Kevin Russo waits, waits again, then laces it into the opposite field corner for an RBI double, 8-6 Rays. Great piece of hitting by Russo on a really wacky pitch from Swindle.

Jorge Vazquez pops up near the Yankee coaches and the ball drops safely behind them as Jaso and Shealy fight the traffic.

Swindle throws that pitch again and Vazquez fouls it off. I love that pitch. It’s an ephus without an arch.

Vazquez laces an 81 mph pitch over Furmaniak who was playing way too shallow in left for a right-handed power hitter. 8-7 Rays!

Bot 7th, now it’s personal

Furmaniak is positioned just right for Gorecki who flies right to him for the second out. Yes, just the second out.

Gene Monahan was a bat-boy in Ft. Lauderdale for the Yankees in 1962!

Former Yankee camper Angel Chavez makes a nice sliding scoop and spin on a hard grounder by Corona to end the inning. Yanks pull within one:

8-7 Rays

Top 8th:

Tall fireballer Grant Duff is in the game for the Yanks.

Michael Kay explains how George M. Steinbrenner Field is laid out identically to Yankee Stadium, failing to adjust for the fact that Yankee Stadium isn’t identical to Yankee Stadium any more.

Duff walks Shealy.

Amelia’s taking a nap, so mom has joined me. “These are their new caps? They look like ducks.”

Shealy to third on a pitch in the dirt that gets past Montero. Montero didn’t move his body at all on that pitch at his right ankle, just reached his glove, then went to go retrieve it. Hmmmm. The 2-2 is also in the dirt and Montero does a good job blocking that one.

Duff walks Furmaniak.

Reid Brignac kills a belt-high fastball, sending it into the right-field corner for a triple, 10-7 Rays.

Top 8th cont.

Duff throws a first-pitch strike down the middle to Perez. Mom: “Good, that’s what a pitch should look like.” Duff strikes out Perez on three pitches.

Elliot Johnson singles home Brignac, 11-7 Rays.

Two flies to center end the inning.

11-7 Rays

Bot 8th:

Kay and Flaherty (via text message) are teasing Tino for the fact that his first spring training game has lasted well over three hours already. Tino isn’t feeling it, he only talks when Kay asks him a question.

Weber strikes out on a full count. Does anyone care?

Hey, Montero again! Just when I was starting to zone out . . .

Ball one outside. Fouled back. Ball just outside, 71 mph. Fouled off. Swindle is staying away and throwing his side-arming junk. Low, full count. Sixty-nine-mile-per-hour floater called strike three.

Swindle seems to have pulled something in his right side while throwing left-handed junk. Pitching change.

Bot 8th cont.

Heath Rollins in. Kay: “‘Heath Rollins’ actually sounds like a character in The Great Gatsby.” Mom (a retired English teacher): “No it’s not. What an idiot.”

Nuñez lines out.

11-7 Rays

Top 9th:

Center Stage: Lynn Swann? I could swear he’s been on already.

Dustin Moseley pitching for the Yanks. Plate in dark shadow now.

Moseley walks Angel Chavez on five pitches. Alvin Colina up now for . . . someone (I didn’t think to keep score while doing this today, though I typically do). Colina appeared in two games for the Rockies in 2006.

Montero makes a nice block on the 0-2 pitch in the dirt and again on the 2-2 pitch. Chavez,who led off with a walk, steals on the pitch, but that was on the pitcher.

Corona makes a big ranging play in shallow left on a bouncer, but Colina beats the throw. Juan Miranda might have had a play, but got caught in between. Runners on the corners no out. This game will never end.

Mosely walks the bases loaded. Eiland to the mound.

Kay and Singleton bring up Rafael Palmeiro’s ill-gotten Gold Glove to Tino. That’ll happen a few hundred times this season as well, along with footage of his Grand Slam in the 1998 Series and homer off Kim in the 2001 Series.

Moseley strikes out Furmaniak.

Brignac singles “so hard only one run can score” says Kay. 12-7 Rays.

Moseley strikes out Perez, who jumps out of the way of a running fastball that comes back over the plate for called strike three.

Eiland takes out Moseley.

Top 9th cont.

Only 3,800 words thus far in this liveblog. Feels like more (I guess it is now).

My wife’s going to get home from work before this game is over. I thought it would be over around 3:30. Harhar.

Jeremy Bleich comes on and gets the third out on a first-pitch grounder to short.

Bot 9th:

Are the commercial breaks getting longer?

Oh boy, Tino reading copy. “Duh plays ub du gameb . . .”

Still Heath Rollins for the Rays, Yanks down by five. Golson, Miranda, Russo due up.

Grounder to short. Brignac has to make an athletic play to get the speedy Golson by a step.

Miranda takes a 2-2 fastball at the knee for strike three.

Russo grounds to short.

Rays win 12-7

Thanks to everyone who followed along throughout this three-hour, 50-minute liveblog. I’ll have my usual game recap later tonight.

Yay, baseball!

Categories:  Cliff Corcoran  Spring Training

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1 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 5, 2010 1:11 pm

The wind is a-blowing again ... well-hit, but wouldn't be gone most days ...

2 51cq24   ~  Mar 5, 2010 1:12 pm

that was a nice changeup

3 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 5, 2010 1:22 pm

LOL. "I gag on my sandwich." Cliff, you da MAN

4 RagingTartabull   ~  Mar 5, 2010 1:23 pm

Francesa busted out the "Jeterian" too

5 ms october   ~  Mar 5, 2010 1:24 pm

[3] yeah that one had me too.
as did his characterization of tino always sounding like he has a stuffy nose.

so giving up a hr to the 2nd batter - guess hughes isn't going to be the 5th starter :}

6 a.O   ~  Mar 5, 2010 1:27 pm

Oh, tell us more about the piping!!

7 RagingTartabull   ~  Mar 5, 2010 1:27 pm

[5] he DOES though, thats the thing. Tino, Tony Gwynn, and Grady Little should have a panel show together.

8 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 5, 2010 1:27 pm

Cliff ... how would you rate Granderson's arm in the OF? I know its not Ichiro, but its not Damon either, right?

9 RagingTartabull   ~  Mar 5, 2010 1:28 pm

"God's had his hand on me, man"

- Andy Pettitte

10 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 5, 2010 1:31 pm


Could we throw Fran Healy in there ... since he has the "I've smoked 3 packs of Marlboros yesterday" voice ...

11 ms october   ~  Mar 5, 2010 1:32 pm

[7] oh i know - that is exactly how he sounds.
haha great panel.
almost as good as riyank's story about lackey and the muppets.

[8] aO would hang himself or granderson if it were.

12 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 1:36 pm

a Posadian foul ball!

13 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 1:38 pm

a Thamesian 2-2 count...

14 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 5, 2010 1:41 pm

A Corcoranian Game Thread

15 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 1:41 pm

a Canoian rip up the middle!

can't wait to see something Cervellian

16 RagingTartabull   ~  Mar 5, 2010 1:46 pm

Francesa is interviewing Mo. Listening to Mo talk about anything makes me happy...calm and happy.

17 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 1:54 pm

that's it... Gaudin just won the batte for 5th starter. Joba and Hughes to be relegated to the pen in perpetuity.

18 a.O   ~  Mar 5, 2010 1:55 pm

[11] Nice. Somehow, I'm not worried.

19 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 1:56 pm

a centaurian throw to first.

20 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 5, 2010 1:56 pm


Ummm .... let's not base this on their first appearance of the spring, shall we?

21 ms october   ~  Mar 5, 2010 1:57 pm

[17] what the hell did joba do.

sounds like swish has graduated with honors from the jorge posada school of base running hard knocks

22 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 1:58 pm

[20] I should have made my sarcasm clearer.

[21] getting smacked around

23 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 5, 2010 1:59 pm


My sarcasm detector isn't in regular season form yet either :-)

24 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 5, 2010 2:01 pm

Sean Rodriguez apparently had some pop in the minors.

25 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 5, 2010 2:02 pm

Jon Lester gave up 4 runs in HIS 1st inning of the year ... has thrown 33 pitches, only 16 for strikes.

26 williamnyy23   ~  Mar 5, 2010 2:04 pm

Looks like Joba's fastball didn't report to Spring Training. It would be easy to dismiss his performance if it wasn't coming off a very poor second half, but until I see Joba throwing 93-95 with regularity it will be a concern.

27 ms october   ~  Mar 5, 2010 2:04 pm

[22] ah - figures :}

28 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 2:04 pm

[25] another 8th inning guy in the making. (sarcasm)

29 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 5, 2010 2:07 pm

A Cervellian gapper

30 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 2:07 pm

a Cervellian double? triple?

31 ny2ca2dc   ~  Mar 5, 2010 2:08 pm

Look at Frankie Brains run!

32 rbj   ~  Mar 5, 2010 2:09 pm

Gah, Joba has a terrible inning in his first ST game! Phil Hughes is going to have an innings limit! Yankees are going to have to rely on Sergio Mitre as their fifth starter! No way are they going to even make the playoffs!!!

Panic, 2, 3, 4. Panic 2, 3, 4. Panic, 2, 3, 4. Man I hate these spring training panic exercises.

Seriously, I'm not worried. Only the first time out.

33 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 2:09 pm

the old Grandersonian chop

34 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 5, 2010 2:11 pm


They called it a triple, but it was more a double and error, but Frankie was motoring all the way.

35 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 2:15 pm

[34] indeed, great hustle... but Hellickson had the top of the order hacking and wheezing.

36 ms october   ~  Mar 5, 2010 2:16 pm

me too cliff re: no batting gloves for po or cervelli - i never wore batting gloves myself

37 williamnyy23   ~  Mar 5, 2010 2:20 pm

If this really is a competition, Joba has taken a serious step back. That's a really dissapointing outing.

38 williamnyy23   ~  Mar 5, 2010 2:20 pm

[37] Disappointing too.

39 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 2:21 pm

[0] ooff. temporarily lost the picture here in Times Square, too.

whut up, Joba?

40 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 2:24 pm

crap... this is all Lindsey Vonn's fault.

41 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 2:26 pm

wow.. the Yankee pitching is Igawian today.

42 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 5, 2010 2:29 pm

Anyone give me odds on Swisher ending up on the mound today?

43 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 2:30 pm

Granderson a little shaky out there today...

44 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 2:34 pm

Igawian indeed

45 rbj   ~  Mar 5, 2010 2:35 pm

7-0 already? Perhaps this game should have some more cable "trouble."

46 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 2:39 pm

Kay says "Good job by Igawa" to end the inning. That nicely sums it up.

47 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 2:42 pm

[0] Clearly today is opposite day.

nice... and you're right, Jeter looked bad on that play to his left, but I think you were a little easy on the new centerfielder. He should've had that. I think Gardner or Melky would have.

48 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 2:51 pm

Cy Igawa!

49 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:10 pm

can Honus Cervelli and the Scratonians fight their way back into this?

rally time!

50 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:12 pm

Sliced, are you the only one left? 7-1 in the late innings of an early spring training game. You're a trooper.

51 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:14 pm

[50] I'm hanging. Thankfully slow afternoon at the office.
Enjoying your live blog, too. Thanks for the good work.

52 ms october   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:15 pm

cliff you are on a role today re: coney/curry and the misshapen pinky

53 rbj   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:15 pm

[50] I'm still here. Last hour of work for me for the week.

54 ms october   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:17 pm

[51] sliced are you watching the game?

55 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:18 pm

[53] same here. The boss is watering plants. That's how slow it is. But we earned it. Full tilt boogie the past 4 days. Today feels like the 6th day.

56 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:18 pm

[54] yup. TV in the cubicle.

57 ms october   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:20 pm

[56] ah got it.

been a long week here too. tgif for all of us indeed.

58 RagingTartabull   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:35 pm

yeah its the kind of Friday where I'm just blatantly reading magazines and listening to random ska in my cubicle

59 51cq24   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:39 pm

is yes joking with us right now? they obviously know that everyone wants to see this at bat, right?

60 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:40 pm

Hey, Team!
First I'm seeing of baseball 2010!
Christ, this guy's big.
He is too big for a catcher.
Hey, is that Tino I hear?

61 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:41 pm

Have we seen Mo pitch yet, btw? Either today or yesterday or yesterday yesterday?

62 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:42 pm

Montero gets a shave. Yikes! Take yer base, kid.

63 ms october   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:42 pm

[60] if he has a stuffy nose it is indeed tino

i'm still not happy with no coney this year

64 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:44 pm


You won't see Rivera for another 10 days .... not necessary ....

65 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:44 pm

[60] Mauer's big, so was Piazza.

yes, that's Tino... no, we haven't seen Mo. Mo tells the team when he's ready, and that's probably a week - 10 days away.

66 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:46 pm

"If I had a race with a pregnant woman, I'd finish third."
Hello, Michael.

67 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:47 pm

[63] these are the days we'll really miss Coney. Give him 22 minutes of meaningless baseball and he'd give you the world.

Tino's not as loquacious.

68 ms october   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:47 pm

[61] yeah mo doesn't pitch until the end of spring training.
i wanted to make sure i was right though so i looked at the box scores and i see an ab for m rivera and i wondered what in the hell was going on - then i finally clicked on the name - haha mike rivera

69 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:48 pm


That would be as close as Kay could ever get to a gal ...

70 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:48 pm

rally time!

71 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:48 pm

That really doesn't qualify as "a nice piece of hitting" in my book, but whatever.

72 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:49 pm

[69] The poor, hapless schlep.

73 ms october   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:50 pm

[67] yeah definitely - he would either be giving some great insight into what a pitcher needs to do during spring training to prepare for the season or veering into a crazy store about a different kind of spring training exploits. it is friday after all - and coney can always smell friday night coming.

74 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:53 pm

What the FUCK was THAT?

75 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:53 pm

I think Kay has called every hit a "nice piece of hitting."
He might just be pressing buttons at this point.

76 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:54 pm

[75] :)

But that one actually was a nice piece of hitting.

77 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:55 pm

[74] WE HAVE A WINNER! I'm pretty sure that's he first game thread F-bomb of the 2010 season.

78 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:55 pm


I wonder if he calls every woman a "nice piece of a**" .... nah, I must be thinking of Harold Reynolds ... :-P

79 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:56 pm

[77] heh heh ehheh.

80 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 3:58 pm

c'mon.. tie this up!

81 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 4:00 pm

horseshit call blue!


oh whatever.

82 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 4:02 pm

Grant Duff is a golfer's name

83 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 5, 2010 4:02 pm

Homer Simpson's favorite pitcher .... Grant Duff!

84 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 5, 2010 4:04 pm

Speaking of Homer Simpson, the pitcher's name anagrams to Daff (annoyed) Grunt

85 rbj   ~  Mar 5, 2010 4:04 pm

4 pm. Quittin' time for me. And as the stundents have spring break next week, I'm taking Monday & next Friday (which is also payday) off!

86 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 4:07 pm

Duff you!

87 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 4:08 pm

Duff with his head!

88 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Mar 5, 2010 4:10 pm

Jesus, eduff, already!

89 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 4:12 pm

eh, Duff the tragic dragon?

sorry. long week.

90 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Mar 5, 2010 4:14 pm


91 The Hawk   ~  Mar 5, 2010 4:14 pm

Cliff, I hope this doesn't sound like a backhanded compliment, but I think I like your live blogging writing style better than your "proper" writing style. I like both but the looseness suits you.

92 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 4:17 pm

c'mon Montero.. we need a bases empty grand slam.

93 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 5, 2010 4:20 pm

ackwards k for Jesus.

time to close up shop for the week.

later, all

Thanks again, Cliff

94 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Mar 5, 2010 4:22 pm

[91] Thanks, Hawk . . . I think. ;)

95 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Mar 5, 2010 4:23 pm

Kay is in rare form today.

96 ms october   ~  Mar 5, 2010 4:25 pm

[95] what now?

97 51cq24   ~  Mar 5, 2010 4:25 pm

montero's swing reminds me a little of chase utley's: very compact with a short follow through and bat parallel to the ground through the zone.

98 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Mar 5, 2010 4:27 pm

[96] You know, I don't even remember. It was like three minutes ago but I've completely blocked it out already.

99 ms october   ~  Mar 5, 2010 4:29 pm

[98] hahaha - very apropos

[94] this liveblog has really shown off your sense of humor cliff - very witty stuff

100 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Mar 5, 2010 4:29 pm

Mom's right, Cliff, they do look like ducks.

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101 ms october   ~  Mar 5, 2010 4:30 pm

[97] that's interesting - chutley has one of the most parallel swings i have ever seen

102 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Mar 5, 2010 4:30 pm

[99] Looking over the thread, I must agree.
Well done, Clifford the Big Red Dog!

103 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 5, 2010 4:34 pm

I hear "Furmaniak" and I think of "FlashDance"

104 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Mar 5, 2010 4:37 pm

[99] Thanks!

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