For those who do not have access to a TV, I'll be updating this blog post during the game with anything notable that I see.
FOCUS ON PHILLIES RIGHTIES (1:36 P.M.): Spring training is not a great predictor of regular season performance, especially for hitters, but it is worth noting that through three games and two innings of a fourth, the Phillies are hitting 9-for-58 with one extra base hit and two walks from the right side of the plate. John Mayberry Jr. and Darin Ruf are 0-for-14 with four strikeouts in Grapefruit League play. We wrote about the Phillies' issues on the right side of the plate in today's paper. Read it here.
KENDRICK DONE AFTER 2 (1:30 P.M.): Kyle Kendrick's first Grapefruit League outing is over. He allowed an RBI double that Mark Teixeira smoked, scoring Ichiro Suzuki, who reached base on a one-out single up the middle (he beat out Jimmy Rollins' throw from shallow center by a half step). The final line: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 1 K, 0 BB, 1 XBH, 4 GBs, 3 FBs.
ROLLINS RANGE (1:17 P.M.): This just in: Jimmy Rollins still has range. Every now and then over the past couple of years I've overheard someone say that Rollins is no longer an elite defensive short stop. And that always puzzles me, because, every year, he looks better than most of the National League short stops that I see in the National League. Anyway, Rollins made a couple of nice plays in the first inning, chasing balls up the middle and making quick, strong throws to first. Ichiro Suzuki beat out the first one by a step, but Rollins got the third out on a one-hopper by Travis Hafner that he fielded in shallow center field. No runs allowed in the first by Kyle Kendrick.
PRE-GAME: The rain has tapered off here at Bright House Field. The sky is still gray, but the tarp is off the field and the Phillies and Yankees are looking to get underway here at 1:05 p.m. The game will be televised on The Comcast Network.
Some things to watch. . .
1) The Yankees are starting righty Jose Ramirez, who was 7-6 with a 3.19 ERA in 2012 with Class A Tampa. He will be followed by two Yankees set-up men, righties David Robertson and Joba Chamberlain. After that, it will be a bunch of guys you've never heard of.
2) Kyle Kendrick is making his spring debut for the Phillies. He'll be followed by Aaron Cook, Chad Durbin, Zach Miner and Jeremy Horst. Durbin and Kendrick are locks for the roster. Horst would seem to have an edge on one of the final few bullpen spots, although there are a lot of lefties in camp who are looking to make it hard for him.
3) Domonic Brown is back in the lineup for the first time since Saturday. The Phillies were looking to get their numerous right-handed bats some looks in the previous couple of games. One wrinkle: Laynce Nix is playing right field, while Brown is playing left field. Nix started seven games in right last season but has played mostly left field in his career.
4) Prospect Cody Asche is starting at third base and batting eighth, so hopefully we will get to see him against either Robertson or Chamberlain.
5) The Phillies will travel to Fort Myers tomorrow to face the Twins. Scheduled to pitch are John Lannan, Adam Morgan, Antonio Bastardo, B.J. Rosenberg and Justin De Fratus.
Here are the lineups:
- Jimmy Rollins SS
- Ben Revere CF
- Chase Utley 2B
- Ryan Howard 1B
- Michael Young DH
- Domonic Brown LF
- Laynce Nix RF
- Cody Asche 3B
- Steven Lerud C
- Eduardo Nunez SS
- Ichiro Suzuki RF
- Robinson Cano 2B
- Mark Teixeira 1B
- Travis Hafner 1B
- Matt Diaz LF
- Melky Mesa CF
- Bobby Wilson C
- Addison Maruszak 3B