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New York Yankees: Cutouts gone, fans return to the stands today

  • By: William Parlee
  • February 28, 2021

Win or lose, tomorrow will be a special day for the New York Yankees; fans will be in the stands when the Yankees take the field in tomorrow’s spring training opener at George M Steinbrenner Field in St.

Petersburg, Florida. 3,000 lucky Yankees fans will be allowed in the Stadium confines that the elder Steinbrenner built near Tampa Bay in Florida. It will be the first time that fans will be able to watch a Yankees game in person since March 12 of last year. The Yankee players are super excited to see fans again.

Last year the dread coronavirus shut down spring training, and from then on, during the entire 2020 Yankees season, fans, due to health concerns, were not allowed to watch games in person, relegated to seeing their team play on television. Major League Baseball is directing its teams to sell its tickets in “pods,” or small groups. These groups tend to be limited to two, three, or four per pod, and each pod is separated by six feet of space. In the case of the New York Yankees, Steinbrenner Field has a capacity of 11, 000 but only 3,000 fans will be allowed in the stands. That’s about 28% capacity, and all fans will be relegated to wearing face masks.

To start spring training exhibition games, the Yankees will have Gerrit Cole, Corey Kluber, Jameson Taillon, and Jordan Montgomery; other options include Deivi Garcia, Domingo German, Michael King, Nick Nelson, and non-roster invitees Jhoulys Chacin and Asher Wojciechowski. Clarke Schmidt will start the season on the IL with a right elbow injury. Tomorrow’s scheduled starting pitcher will be Michael King. Yankee fans will want to see newly acquired Corey Kluber and Jameson Taillon pitch, but that probably won’t happen in tomorrow’s game.

The game tomorrow will be at 1:05 pm at the training complex. It will be against the Toronto Blue Jays, and it will be broadcast on the YES Network for all those fans that will not be allowed in the Stadium. During this spring training, the Yankees will avoid travel by playing only teams with their stadiums on the West coast of Florida.  The Yankees will play 28 games, 14 of which will be at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. The other 14 will be on the road. It’s a shorter spring training with modified rules. Specifically, the Yanks will play only the Blue Jays, Orioles, Phillies, Pirates, and Tigers. East coast teams like the Boston Red Sox will play only east coast teams.

Yesterday On a beautiful Florida Saturday morning at the Yankees’ player-development complex, Aroldis Chapman threw live batting practice to teammates on Billy Martin Field (Field 1) as Zack Britton did the same on Derek Jeter Field (Field 2). Then Chad Green followed Chapman on Field 1 in preparation for today’s spring training season opener.

Fans will hope to watch a fast start for New York Yankee’s slugger Aaron Judge who hit 9 home runs in the first 18 games last year. They will surely zone in on catcher Gary Sanchez who had a horrible season last year but hit a 95 mph fastball yesterday almost to the east coast. Gleyber Torres, who had a sub-par season last year, will also be watched closely. Giancarlo Stanton, who hit 6 home runs in just 7 games in the postseason last year, will also be on the fans’ radar. Whatever the case, tomorrow marks the start of the 2021 baseball season.

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Burnes whiffs 10 in 6 innings, Brewers blank Padres 6-0

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Corbin Burnes struck out 10 in six spotless innings, extending his dominant start to the season, and the Milwaukee Brewers blanked the short-handed San Diego Padres 6-0 on Tuesday night.

Billy McKinney homered to spark a five-run third against Chris Paddack that included a two-run double by Travis Shaw and a two-run single from Omar Narváez. McKinney also made a diving catch in left field that probably saved two runs.

Jace Peterson went deep in the ninth against his original team.

Burnes (2-1), a native of Bakersfield in Southern California, lowered his ERA to a miniscule 0.37. He gave up four hits and no walks against a lineup missing Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr.

Three relievers finished the six-hitter. San Diego has dropped six of eight.

Milwaukee batted around against Paddack (1-2) in the third. He lasted five innings, giving up five runs (four unearned) and five hits while striking out seven.

McKinney led off the third with a home run to center field. With one out, Burnes reached safely on a fielding error by second baseman Jurickson Profar. Four batters later, with two outs and the bases loaded, Shaw ripped a fastball into the right-field corner to make it 3-0. Narváez followed with a sharp single to left to score two more.

With two outs in the fourth and Padres runners at the corners, McKinney made a diving catch on a full sprint of a curling line drive near the left-field corner hit by Wil Myers.

It was the second consecutive game the Padres offense has been flat. Machado and Tatis, both banged up, did not start. Tatis pinch-hit in the seventh and singled.


Brewers: SS Luis Urias was out of the lineup a night after leaving the game when he cramped up on his home run trot. Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said Urias has some discomfort in the back of his knee, where the hamstring connects, and is day to day. “It’s minor, but reason to be cautious,” Counsell said. … 2B Kolten Wong (left oblique) is going full bore in his workouts and is on track to be activated during a weekend series at the Chicago Cubs.

Padres: LHP Adrian Morejon needs reconstructive surgery on his elbow. No date has been set, but it will be performed by Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache, head physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers. … Machado got the night off because he was banged up during an intense weekend series against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. Tatis was on the bench to rest his left shoulder, which has given him trouble since spring training.


Brewers: RHP Adrian Houser (1-2, 3.14 ERA) is scheduled to start the series finale Wednesday.

Padres: RHP Dinelson Lamet makes his season debut. The team has been bringing him along slowly after he left his last regular-season start of 2020 with elbow discomfort and missed the playoffs.


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