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Friday, February 29, 2008

Game Preview and Liveblog: Yankees vs. USF

Here are the lineups:

South Florida Bulls
Mike Consolmagno RF
Ryan Lockwood CF
Addison Maruszak SS
Brian Hobbs DH
Trey Manz C
Chris Rey LF
Charles Cleveland 3B
Joey Angelberger 1B
Jon Kocsco 2B
Shawn Sanford RHP

New York Yankees
Johnny Damon LF
Derek Jeter SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jason Giambi 1B
Jorge Posada C
Robinson Cano 2B
Shelley Duncan DH
Melky Cabrera CF
Joba Chamberlain RHP

Time: 1:15 p.m.
Radio: Audio of the game may or may not be found here.

Joba Chamberlain will pitch two innings, followed by Ian Kennedy also for two, Phil Hughes, Kei Igawa, Jeff Marquez, Alan Horne and Chase Wright.

The professional schedule begins tomorrow, as the Yankees take on the Philadelphia Phillies. Chien-Ming Wang will face Adam Eaton. Sunday's game, also against the Phillies, can be seen on YES at 1:15 p.m. Andy Pettitte will match up against Cole Hamels.


1:15 p.m.:
The game can indeed be heard on the above link in the "radio" section.

1:25 p.m.: I'm going to be around for the game, so I guess I'll liveblog until it gets boring. Goose Gossage threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The Yankees last played USF in March of 1982.

Top of the First

Chamberlain retires the Bulls in order. There was a fly out to right, ground out to second and a fly out to left.

Bottom of the First

Damon flies out. Jeter gets hit by a pitch on his left thigh. Look for Chamberlain to retaliate. Abreu hits a single with Jeter running. First and third for Rodriguez with one out. Sac fly for Rodriguez, 1-0 Yankees. Abreu remains at first. Giambi flies out to center on the first pitch to end the inning.

Top of the Second

Chamberlain strikes out Hobbs swinging on three pitches. Manz pops out to Rodriguez for the second out. Rey strikes out on a full count and is thrown out at first after Posada dropped it. Two strikeouts for Chamberlain, and he is likely done for the afternoon. Kennedy is expected to come in for two innings.

Bottom of the Second

Zach Pietrzyk is now pitching for USF. Posada leads off with a stand-up double. Cano grounds out, moving Posada over to third. Duncan draws a walk. First and third, one out for Cabrera. Cabrera hits another sac fly for the Yankees, 2-0 Yankees.

Damon draws a walk. Jeter hits a ground ball that finds it way to left field, scoring Duncan. 3-0 Yankees. First and third for Abreu with two outs. Abreu walks, loading the bases for Rodriguez. Rodriguez hits a two-run single, giving him three RBI on the day. He really loves beating up on bad pitching, doesn't he? 5-0 Yankees.

Giambi flies out to center for the second time to end the inning.

Former buddy Tyler Clippard started for the Nationals. His progress was tracked by Nationals Journal. He gave up a solo home run in two innings of work.

Top of the Third

As expected, Kennedy has taken the mound. Cleveland lines out to Giambi on the first pitch. Kennedy strikes out Angelberger on an appeal. According to the announcers, the 3-1 pitch was outside, and Angelberger eventually struck out on the payoff pitch. Kocsco grounds out to Rodriguez. Nine up, nine down for the Bulls.

Bottom of the Third

Matt Stull is in for USF. Posada flies out to center to start the inning. Cano singles to left. Duncan flies out to left, two outs. Cabrera reaches on an infield single, first and second, two out for Damon. Damon lines out to left to end the inning.

Top of the Fourth

Consolmagno singles to center to break up the perfect game. The Bulls avoid the double play, as Consolmagno was in motion. Lockwood is out a first on a ground ball. Rodriguez throws out Maruszak and Consolmagno stays at second. Two out. Kennedy strikes out Hobbs swinging to end the inning and end Kennedy's afternoon. Hughes should be in next for one inning.

Bottom of the Fourth

Jeter grounds out to his counterpart on the first pitch. Abreu walks, bringing up Rodriguez. Rodriguez walks as well. Giambi chops one for a fielder's choice. First and third with two out for Posada. Posada hits a two-run triple, and now has two extra-base hits on the day. He hit the ball off the wall and the ball rolled for a while, explaining how Posada reached third. 7-0 Yankees.

Cano reaches on a Maruszak error, scoring Posada. 8-0 Yankees. Stull balks, allowing Cano to advance to second. Duncan drives Cano home on a single. 9-0 Yankees. Cabrera singles, bringing up Damon. This is the second time that the Yankees have batted around. Damon reaches on an infield single to load the bases. Alberto Gonzalez is pinch hitting for Jeter. He grounds out to second to end the inning.

Top of the Fifth

Hughes is set to come in. After his inning of work, I will stop liveblogging. The Yankees are starting to empty the bench and it is a 9-0 game.

Cody Ransom is in at third, Nick Green is at second, Austin Jackson is in center, Colin Curtis is in right, Justin Christian is playing left and Morgan Ensberg is at first.

Hughes has struck out the first two Bulls he has faced. Curtis makes a sliding catch in right to end the inning. 9-0 Yankees and I am done for the afternoon.


Willis Shelton said...

Enjoyed reading. fun written. Expecting more like this from you guys.

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