Winter Blunderland

winter_350.jpgBy Jon Lane
It’s been said that March comes in like a lion. This beast is the king of the jungle. While the Yankees prep for another Spring Training game in sunny Florida, the New York metropolitan area is being belted with up to 14 inches of snow. Right now the temperature is 25 degrees and will top out at 26. In Tampa it’s 50 with an expected high of 59.

“Winter Wonderland” is a pop standard written in 1934 by Felix Bernard (composer) and Richard B. Smith (lyricist). That duo obviously had a bit too much to drink. Memo to Jack Frost: The harder you hit, the more we look forward to spring, summer and baseball that much more.

The Yankees travel to Kissimmee (Disney World) to play the Houston Astros at 2-3 on the Grapefruit season. Peter Abraham posted today’s lineups and reports that CC Sabathia will throw roughly 25 pitches in a simulated game.

Johnny Damon LF
Melky Cabrera CF
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Cody Ransom SS
Jose Molina C
Juan Miranda 1B
Angel Berroa 2B
Doug Bernier 3B

The main story is Chien-Ming Wang pitching in his first game since he tore a ligament and tendon in his right foot while running the bases against the Astros last June. Wang has been making fine progress and is lined up to be the Yankees’ No. 2 starter between Sabathia and A.J. Burnett. Not a bad choice. He won a combined 38 games in 2006 and ’07 (19 each).

Over the weekend, Joba Chamberlain experimented with a four-seam fastball on Saturday. Jorge Posada was a late scratch from that game as a precaution with tightness in that surgically-repaired right shoulder, but will play long toss before today’s game. Lastly, Alex Rodriguez met with officials from Major League Baseball’s Department of Investigations and Labor Relations Department to discuss his past steroid use. A statement released by MLB deemed A-Rod “cooperative” before he left to join the the Dominican Republic team of the World Baseball Classic. Robinson Cano and Damaso Marte joined A-Rod, Francisco Cervelli will play for Italy, and Derek Jeter for the United States.

I’ll be back later with random observations via the Astros radio broadcast.

1:51 p.m. Wang threw 28 pitches in two scoreless innings while the Yankees staked him to a 4-0 lead. The good news: Jorge Posada, playing as the DH, had an RBI single. The better news: Melky Cabrera is 2-for-2 with two RBIs on a triple and a two-out single. It’d be great to see Cabrera and Brett Gardner play well all spring and make Joe Girardi’s decision that much tougher.
2:07 p.m. Robinson who? Angel Berroa is 2-for-2 with a solo home run and two runs scored. Berroa’s blast upped the Yankees’ lead to 5-0 in the fourth.

2 Comments

Enjoy your snow – we have about the same here in the Boston Area! Do you get the feeling that opening days this year in the Northeast are going to be very cold ones?

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Global Warming, people! As a blizzard blows outside my window…Hope Wang does well, but I don’t know what pitches he’s trying, so who knows. Go Gardner, he’s smoking red hot, wow!

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