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Updates: Nationals at Yankees

I'll provide periodic updates. ...

10:01: (Sorry for the delay; there was screwiness in the posting of this last one.) The Yankees won, 3-1. Mariano Rivera closed it out in the ninth. The Nationals scored their lone run on an RBI single in the seventh by Alberto Gonzalez, who is now batting .370 this spring.

8:36: Livan Hernandez is done after five innings. He allowed one run on three hits and struck out Mark Teixeira twice. Against the best lineup in baseball, that might have been the most impressive peformance of the spring. In the sixth, Nick Johnson greeted Jason Bermann with a double.

The Nationals have only three hits and no runs against Javier Vazquez after six innings. The Yankees lead, 1-0.

8:20: In the fourth inning, the Livan Hernandez allowed the game's first run when Alex Rorgiuez smoked a triple off the right-center field wall. Nick Johnson, who had walked, scored. The Nationals couldn't respond in the fifth. Justin Maxwell can't buy a hit -- he ripped a line drive, but right at Robinson Cano, who caught the ball and fired to first to double off Josh Whitesell.

7:51: About Willy T: He was actually ejected. Livan Hernandez stranded Nick Swisher at second when Derek Jeter lined out to Mike Morse, Taveras's replacement in right. That's a bad job by Taveras. The Nationals played him in right presumably because they wanted to further look at him in the competition for right field.

7:47: After Willy Taveras singled, he was thrown trying to steal second. He argued emphatically with second base umpire Eric Cooper. Jim Riggleman came out to defend Taveras. Mike Morse replaced Taveras in the bottom of the the third, even though Taveras wasn't tossed. We'll find out later what's going on there; they're saying hamstring on the MASN broadcast. Also, Nick Swisher got the first Yankees hit, a two-out double in the third.

7:41: Livan Hernandez and Javier Vazquez dueled to a 0-0 tie after two innings, neither allowing a base runner. Vazquez struck out Willie Harris, Josh Whitesell and Justin Maxwell, whose spring batting average dipped into double figures. Facing what is basically a regular Yankees lineup, Hernandez has been impressive. With two outs in the third, Willy Taveras chopped the game's first hit to left field.

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 24, 2010; 7:31 PM ET
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Man, I love watching Livo pitch. He just struck Tex out again. I had to see him on TV to remember it.


Posted by: kevincostello | March 24, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Seriously- watching Livo early would be entertaining enough to get me through until Strasburg time, at least. He is on the verge of giving up 1 run in 5, and there is no reason not to let him go 6.


Posted by: kevincostello | March 24, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Seriously- watching Livo early would be entertaining enough to get me through until Strasburg time, at least. He is on the verge of giving up 1 run in 5, and there is no reason not to let him go 6.


Posted by: kevincostello | March 24, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

How brain dead do you have to be to get thrown out of a spring training game when you're competing for a job? And people say Dukes had bad baseball judgment. I'm getting a worse and worse feeling about this year. Course that probably means things will be fine.

Posted by: markfromark | March 24, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

During the game I was telling my husband how much I loved watching Livo, PHS. The man knows how to toss the mango. :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 24, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Also, he is awesomely cool, as one of our relievers might say.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 24, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

I had forgotten how difficult it is to listen to our TV broadcasters and having Ray instead of Dibble made it worse. They were incorrect on Taveras being injured and to hear Carpenter talk about how close the Pirates were to us as far as having the worst record this spring was ridiculous. Also, Adam, I am pretty sure Rivera did not close this game, they had another relief pitcher in for the 9th inning.

Posted by: sjm3091 | March 24, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

What's apparent after seeing the ST 2010 Nats for the 2nd time on TV (rather than just reading AK & Natosphere reports):

- Unfortunately, Maxwell, Morse, and Bernadina are now revealing none are up to the standards of being a starting MLB RF'r. Not now. Maybe not ever. They have literally been GIVEN the job and all three are choking! Whether we like it or not, Willie Harris is the Nat's 2010 starting RF'r, no questions asked.
But I still believe releasing Dukes was a smart move (if not, where are the teams clamoring to sign him? The clock has been ticking for quite some time now and I still haven't heard even a rumor of any team's interest.

- Why does the Nat's FO continue to have this Bergman addiction? He hangs on year after year, but the boy just can't pitch on the major league level. He'll be going north--but just a bit all the way to Syracuse. (Jason, time to call Coldwell Banker and line up a short term apt.)

- If Morse can't hit, he can't play. His fielding in RF is deplorable. And now he's not hitting. Sorry, Mike. I like you a lot, but...but maybe you should ask Bergman for his rental agent's name in Syracuse. And get a haircut. You ain't 2010's Joe Pepitone.

- It was good to see Burgess and Daniel get a Big League look. Unfortunately, both struck out. And double-unfortunately, Daniel physically looked like the National's Bat Boy had been given a plate appearance. (Daniel looked like he had put on his father's oversized batting helmet---and quickly whiffing didn't help the look)

- If any true Nats fan has anything detrimental to say about 80 year old Livo, they should be put on a "Banned From Nats Stadium" watch. This old man is amazing!
What's not to like about him with this year's limited starting rotation's possibilities?

- Desmond stroked a hot double off of legendary Rivera...after earlier hitting two smoking DEEP center field pops! How can the Nats not start him on April 5? (without totally alienating the entire Nats fan base?)

- The jury on Guzman remains "out".

- SURPRISE FINAL LINE-UP ADDITION: J. English goes north (after tonight's one pitch, one out appearance). And didn't Clippard--who again pitched great-- looked pissed to be removed? Gotta like that!

- Bruney looks great! The bullpen is much better than what we are reading about on the Natosphere. But Capps will struggle.

- Finally, my main negative: I'm NO fan of McCatty. Thankfully, Pudge will be the real pitching coach this season.

- And sadly, we all know Flores will probably not come off DL this season.

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach | March 24, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

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