It’s great to finally be watching live Yankees baseball again on the YES Network.
On a beautiful Spring day in Tampa Bay, Florida, the New York Yankees are featuring a starting batting order that looks very much like how their mid-season lineup might look. My only concern is Robinson Cano batting 5th in the order. I really believe the Yankees will miss the bat of Bobby Abreu in the middle of the lineup, as their lineup would be much stronger with: (#3) Abreu; (#4) A-Rod; and (#5) Teixeira. With that said, the lineup is as follows:
1. Johnny Damon (LF)
2. Derek Jeter (SS)
3. Mark Teixeira (1B)
4. Alex Rodriguez (3B)
5. Robinson Cano (2B)
6. Xavier Nady (RF)
7. Jorge Posada (DH)
8. Jose Molina (C)
9. Melky Cabrera (CF)
Starting Pitcher: Phil Hughes (RHP)
The game is now entering the top of the 4th inning, with the Yankees leading, 1-0, after a long homerun by Jorge Posada down the rightfield line in the bottom of the 3rd, off Rays pitcher, Chad Orvella.
Before the game started, Bernie Williams threw out the first pitch. He looked in great shape wearing his #51 New York Yankees jersey. Bernie is in the Yankees spring camp getting ready to play in the World Baseball Classic, for Team Puerto Rico.
Phil Hughes faced nine batters in the two innings he pitched, walking one, and hitting two, while not allowing any hits or runs. Hughes was replaced by Phil Coke in the 3rd inning.
The Rays starter, Wade Davis, looked impressive in his two innings of work, retiring all six batters he faced, including three straight strikeouts against: Teixeira, Rodriguez, and Cano.
I will give another update around the 6th inning.
Until then, please feel free to offer any comments, thoughts, or opinions, on this game, or any other topics you may want to discuss.
Rays Starting Lineup …
1. Kennedy (2B)
3. Aybar (DH)
4. Morgan Ensberg (3B)
5. Zobrist (SS)
7. Richard (1B)
8. Riggans (C)
9. Ruggiano (RF)
Starting Pitcher: Wade Davis (RHP)
The Yankees increase their lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the 5th inning, on back-to-back “ground-rule” doubles, by Xavier Nady and Jorge Posada.
Posada has now driven in both Yankee runs in this game.
When was the last time that you have seen back-to-back ground-rule doubles? I can only think back to my softball days when hitting back to back doubles was very common by most softball lineups.
Anyway, the game is moving along very quickly, entering the top of the 7th inning with the Yankees still leading, 2-0.
Rays score a run in the top of the 7th on a RBI single by Jon Weber off Yankees pitcher, J.B. Cox.
Yankees 2, Rays 1, with the Yankees hitting in the bottom of the 7th inning.
YES announcers, Michael Kay and Ken Singleton were just talking about the Yankee players that will be leaving camp in a few days to play in the World Baseball Classic.
The Yankees will be losing three-quarters of their starting infield, and Cervelli, to the WBC …
* Derek Jeter (Team USA)
* Alex Rodriguez (Dominican Republic)
* Robinson Cano (Dominican Republic)
* Francisco Cervelli (Itay)
Personally, I would rather not see any Yankee players participate in the World Baseball Classic. What is your opinion? Any comments or thoughts on this issue?
Also, I feel if the WBC is going to be continued, it should be played in the month of November in future years. Any thoughts on this idea?
And, back to the game …
Shelley Duncan hit a long three-run homerun in the bottom of the 7th off Rays pitcher Calvin Medlock, increasing the Yanks lead to 5-1.
Both teams score no runs in the 8th inning, as the game heads into the top of the 9th.
Jonathan Albaladejo on the mound for the Yankees.
And, an easy 1-2-3 inning for Albaladejo, as the Yankees win, 5-1.
In a game that took 2 hours and 17 minutes to complete, the New York Yankees won a very nice, crisp, 5-1, victory, against the Tampa Bay Rays.
It is a very good thing to have baseball back again !!!
Throughout the history of the game of baseball, it has been said, viewers of each new baseball game will always see something rare, or something that they have never seen before on the field during the game.
A rare play, like the ball staying on top of the leftfield wall in a game at Yankee Stadium in 2008 comes to mind. Johnny Damon was the Yankees leftfielder that day, and was as puzzled as everybody else who watched that play, as he searched for the ball as it was sitting on top of the wall. A very rare play indeed; something special to always remember, and hope that maybe one day you will see a similar kind of rare event.
So, that Johnny Damon play is my inspiration to start a new series here on my mlblog, “Baseball, The Yankees, and Life”, called: “Rare Baseball Moments” !!!
Very simply, in each and every baseball game that I watch, I will be looking very carefully for that one special moment in the game when a very rare occurrence or play or some other rare baseball stat takes place, and that rare event will be awarded, the “Rare Baseball Moment of the Game” !!!
My goal is to see how many of these rare baseball events I experience this upcoming baseball season, and in future seasons. Also, I look forward to sharing these experiences in my posts and comments throughout the year. I also look forward to hearing and reading about similar sights of “rare baseball occurrences” on the baseball diamond from mlbloggers here at our great baseball community, mlblogs/mlb.com !!!
One of the most special rare moments I hope to see many times this year, or at least more times than in the past, is the “Complete Game” by starting pitchers. A “Perfect Game” or “No-Hitter” would also be great to see; but, to actually see more pitchers than in past years pitch complete games, or even better, a “complete game shutout” would be truly awesome.
To begin this new series, my first “Rare Baseball Moment Award” is given in honor of …
The rare back-to-back “ground-rule” doubles by Xavier Nady and Jorge Posada in the bottom of the 5th inning of today’s New York Yankees 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
I am sure the above hitting feat has occurred many times in the past; but, nevertheless, it is a rare event that does not happen very often.
I would love to hear about any rare plays or baseball events or stats from other baseball games around the Major Leagues or Minor Leagues; or, even College, High School, etc., and, will be happy to feature these rare events on my mlblog, and also consider them for a “Rare Baseball Moment Award” from around the world of baseball !!!
Ah, yes, baseball … The Perfect Game !!!
As always, thank you, all, for your visits, kind words, comments, and support !!!
— Jimmy Curran, “Baseball, The Yankees, and Life”