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Spring Training Gameday 2013: Phillies v. Yankees

http://straightofficial.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/nyy-pin-logo.gifNew York Yankees  vs Philadelphia Phillies

Time: 12:05 pm

Steinbrenner Field Tampa, FL

Weather: 66, Clear

TV: YES Network (Live), MLB Network (Delay)

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Raul Valdes will start at for the Phillies in a a bullpen game that Jim Salisbury of CSN says is to “look at other pitchers (relievers) in varsity game in Tampa“. Cole Hamels will throw in the 10:00 AM Minor League game to get some work in.

An interesting line-up today, as Jermaine Mitchell (.500/.583/1.000, 2 triples and 1 double in 12 PA, three-for-three in stolen base attempts) gets a look at DH and Yuniesky Betancourt will start at short.

Interesting tidbit: this game will start at noon to clear the area for a Kenny Chesney concert set to take place across the street later today.


1. Revere – CF

2. Young – 3B

3. Utley – 2B

4. Howard – 1B

5. Brown – LF

6. Nix – RF

7. Mitchell – DH

8. Betancourt – SS

9. Lerud – C

Go Phillies!



  1. Manny

    March 16, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Utley-Howard-Brown-Nix… 4 lefties in a row? Alright, Charlie.

    On a more serious note:
    I wonder who’s gonna bat 5th now that Ruf is pretty much out of the regular lineup. I think Chooch would be great batting 5th, but who’s gonna do that in the meantime… Kratz?? Brown (a lefty)??

    • Ian Riccaboni

      March 16, 2013 at 10:01 am

      I’d guess Young hits fifth with Jimmy, Revere, Utley, and Howard hitting behind him.

      • schmenkman

        March 16, 2013 at 10:34 am

        or ahead of him 😉

  2. Ken Bland

    March 16, 2013 at 11:50 am


    Jermaine Mitchell is lefty also I think.

    Five and counting.

    Know who appears to be having a nice spring? Raul. 9-23, 2 blasts.

    Put it this way if you’re thinking it’s only spring. You wouldn’t say that if he was 1-23.

    The old man keeps rolling.

  3. Ken Bland

    March 16, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    It’s funny checking through the Phils lifetime numbers against Kuroda.

    Three of the more outstanding, and there are none by the veteran players are

    John Bowker, 4 for 9

    Lannan 2 for 5

    and the Mart that’s known as Mini, 2 for 5, including aninfield triple. I assume it was an infield triple. I never knew Mini to hit another kind.

    The everpopular Delmon Young is 1-1 with a double.

    News you can use.

  4. Ken Bland

    March 16, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Memories of Downtown Ollie Brown come to life on a deep, deep rip by the namesake.

    3-0, Phils.

  5. Ken Bland

    March 16, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Cool Hamels wrapped his spring buildup today with an 84 pitch minor league game workout. He’ll get a wind down assignment mid week, and no doubt be as ready as he will be for his 1st Opening Day assignment.

    The 84 pitch peak probably means he won’t throw more than 100 pitches against the Braves, translating to 6-7 innings. So whoever makes the pen better be ready for their assignment that day.

    Opening Day is a thrill, and it’s always a privelege to add another one to the resume. But losing that day just drains the exhilaration. So the pen should loom large that day. Cannot wait!

  6. Ken Bland

    March 16, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Great moments in Empire history


  7. Ken Bland

    March 16, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    The thing about Dom this spring isn’t the numbers, or at least alone…they always are some sort of suggestive measure, it’s that he is playing so much more a brand of heads up baseball. Used to be that twice a game, or no more than every other game, you’d watch a play, and think what is the kid thinking? He just made a nice charging catch in left because he’s PAYING ATTENTION, dammit. Players make mental errors regularly, they ome and go as forgotten whenthere’s no damage done, but Dom’s alertness seems to be at the core of what is certainly leading up to the sort of overachivement (relative to the past) year the club could flatout use. Now wheteher it rolls over, we can’t be certain, but health in place, he really looks prepared to meet the challenge.

  8. Ken Bland

    March 16, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    The over just won on season totals for Ben Revere GIDPs. That’s at least 2. With that speed?

    Are ya kidding me?

    • George

      March 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      Two double plays for a fast runner like Revere probably means that he hit the ball sharply. That may not be such a bad thing.

      • Ken Bland

        March 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm

        no, he actually did, both times. He does get his money’ worth with his contact. He should be a real asset.

  9. Ken Bland

    March 16, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Nice shut ’em down inning for the Stutes Man. Terrific spring after a miserable first outing.. If he;s not on the Opening Day roster, he can walk away knowing he couldn’t hve done more to have shown his skill.

    We go to the 9th, and the chicken’s in a warmed oven.

  10. Ken Bland

    March 16, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Could go cycle this 9th as Lerud (deep shot), Galvis (usual double) and Orr (3 bagger) set a club record of most unexpected series of base hits in 1 inning since Lepcio, Malkmus and Bob Oldis crankeed it up back in the day.

    Heaven forbid somebody should actually look up if those 3 did it. I doubt any of ’em had an extra base hit in their careers.

    But it was a fun thought.

  11. Ken Bland

    March 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Just got an e mail from arc wanting to know if Frank will sing NY NY after the game, and if it will be live or memorex.

    Yes, Frank will sing, its Yankee home game.

    Not sure if it will be live or not.

    You never know.

  12. Ken Bland

    March 16, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    If Jake would just drop his arm slot a couple more inches, I’d feel like I was watching a southpaw rendition of Phil “Vulture” Regan. Those out of the ordinary deliveries, like Tekulve are always cool to watch.

  13. Ken Bland

    March 16, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Jakee walks a hitter.

    What a shock.

  14. Ken Bland

    March 16, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Jake walks another man. Tremors.

  15. Ken Bland

    March 16, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Maybe we should get rid of the ump here, and call balls and strikes by honor system. Can’t be any worse/

  16. Ken Bland

    March 16, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Should I ever meet Jake in a dark alley, and he tries to shoot me upside my head, I’m not worried. The guy on the 3rd floor maybe should be.

    Jake had ’em all the way.

    Yuni, 3 hits, nice defense.

    Mike Young continues making the plays he should.

    Good job by Valdez

    Dom blasts one to Georgia, and makes a nice catch.

    Jermaine Mitchell…surprise roster contender with 2 hits today?

    RyHo building stamina playing into the 8th.

    Doc tomorrow. Big ballgame V Buck’s O’s. Lookin forward to getting the Halladay pitching chart back on an upswing.

    • schmenkman

      March 17, 2013 at 1:31 am

      Even after today he has 14 Ks and 4 walks in 10 innings. If he can maintain that ratio at the major league level he’s going to be very good.

      • schmenkman

        March 17, 2013 at 1:34 am

        (Diekman, that is)

      • Ken Bland

        March 17, 2013 at 9:42 am

        I look at it differently. That ratio of walks is tolerable as quoted, but that’s surface stuff. Jake, not being anything close to a control specialist, even with a tolerable walk ratio is still subject to running hitters counts on a moment’s notice. That’s the sort of stuff that prevents a guy with his stuff from carrying through to having his ERA be a better number than where it’s been. Some walks are fine, they can get a better matchup, Master Maddux used them occasionally to set up next time at bats. But Jake has to keep striving to throw strikes and get ahead in counts at least as much as minimizing walks. Guy like him falls behind down, 2 and 0, I can just imagine the pressure he at least should feel to throw a strike. Sometimes, it’s aggrivating, yesterday was entertaining because of the grand slam plus lead. But with that talent, boy, can he test patience.

  17. Bob D

    March 17, 2013 at 2:43 am

    Jermain Mitchell may just be that surprise roster candidate. I hope they give him a better look. Still have 2 weeks to sort it out, so who is the OF’ers this year? Revere & Brown (givens), then any 3 of: Mayberry, Nix, Incarte, Mitchell, Ruf, Orr (as IF/OF), Young (in May).

    • Ken Bland

      March 17, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Maybe you should get a refund from Hallmark. If your calendar shows 2 weeks to decide. We are down to 8 days ’til the opener. Boom chukka boom.

      I really hadn’t thought that much about Mitchell making the club, have to brush up on his game, I thought there was at least some merit to planting the thought though. And there’sat least the possibility of another wild card in the mix. Late spring roster cuts might offer some talent at good prices to consider for bench outfield positions. The current mix offers decent, if not good choices, and they probably lean toward known talent, but we still may see a fresh face on the PD roster.

  18. Ken Bland

    March 17, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Since Ian seems to be the one writing the pre game stuff, and although maybe everyone would present it without opponent starting lineups, I don’t feel like I’m jumping the gun by posting the lineup Doc will face. The O’s have a split squad setup today, and are running more recognizable, and assumedly more talent elsewhere.

    1. Alexi Casilla (S) 2B

    2. Ryan Flaherty (L) SS

    3. Nolan Reimold (R) DH

    4. Wilson Betemit (S) 3B

    5. Taylor Teagarden (R) C

    6. Jason Pridie (L) LF

    7. Steve Pearce (R) RF

    8. Travis Ishikawa (L) 1B

    9. Trayvon Robinson (S) CF

    For the Phils, Galvis is at short, and no surprises elsewhere. You’d think Jimmy will be back starting next game as Charlie probably does some Top 9 this week to get some rhythm goin. I’m sure the full Phillie 9 will follow later, but a little sneak preview action seemed appropriate since some curiousity must be attached to Jimmy.

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