Day 19: Yankees (ss) @ Pirates (ss); Pirates (ss) @ Rays

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

All sorts of Pirates baseball going on today, though obviously with two games in two locations at one time, I can only actually watch one of them. I’m staying back in Bradenton for the home game, though I’ll bring you as much information from the team’s game down in Port Charlotte (home of the Rays) as I can get.

Other items of interest…

  • Outfielder Brandon Jones, who the team cleaimed off waivers in January, will make his first appearance of the spring on Monday. He is starting as the team’s DH.
  • Split squad games always bring out the Minor Leaguers, as a handful of them hang with the Major League team for the day in case extra bodies are needed. Kris Watts, Josh Harrison, Jordy Mercer, Miles Durham, Milver Reyes and Chase d’Arnaud were suiting up today just in case.
  • Infielder Ramon Vazquez is back in the lineup just two days after his last start. That certainly seems to suggest that his right knee is doing just fine.
  • Tuesday’s pitching lineup is as follows: Charlie Morton (3 innings/50 pitches), Brian Burres (50 pitches), D.J. Carrasco (45 pitches), Donnie Veal (1-2 innings)
  • The Pirates enter Monday having homered in four straight games. Those five long balls belong to Andy LaRoche, Tony Sanchez, Ryan Church, Bobby Crosby and Garrett Jones.
  • The Pirates’ game against the Yankees today will be webcast on pirates.com.

Pirates lineup vs Yankees:

  1. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  2. Aki Iwamura (2B)
  3. Garrett Jones (RF)
  4. Ryan Doumit (C)
  5. Steve Pearce (1B)
  6. Brandon Moss (LF)
  7. Bobby Crosby (SS)
  8. Brandon Jones (DH)
  9. Neil Walker (3B)

Pitchers: Paul Maholm, Jeremy Powell, Steven Jackson, Javier Lopez

Yankees lineup:

  1. Derek Jeter (SS)
  2. Curtis Granderson (CF)
  3. Randy Winn (RF)
  4. Alex Rodriguez (3B)
  5. Juan Miranda (1B)
  6. Mike Rivera (C)
  7. Jamie Hoffmann (LF)
  8. P.J. Pilittere (DH)
  9. Reegie Corona (2B)

Pitchers: Alfredo Aceves

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Pirates lineup @ Rays:

  1. Ronny Cedeno (SS)
  2. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  3. Lastings Milledge (LF)
  4. Ryan Church (RF)
  5. Jeff Clement (1B)
  6. Jose Tabata (CF)
  7. Pedro Alvarez (DH)
  8. Erik Kratz (C)
  9. Ramon Vazquez (2B)

Pitchers: Brad Lincolkn, Brian Bass, Jeff Karstens, Jack Taschner, Jean Machi, Evan Meek

Rays lineup:

  1. Jason Bartlett (SS)
  2. Carl Crawford (LF)
  3. Evan Longoria (3B)
  4. Ben Zobrist (2B)
  5. Pat Burrell (DH)
  6. B.J. Upton (CF)
  7. Kelly Shoppach (C)
  8. Desmond Jennings (RF)
  9. Chris Richard (1B)

Pitchers: Matt Garza

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