March 10, 2010

Granderson, Damon go head to head

Today’s game against the Tigers might be the biggest of the spring so far. Of course, I’ll be traveling during the game.

The first matchup you’ll see are outfielders Curtis Granderson and Johnny Damon. In a recent poll, fans voted Granderson would have a better year than Damon in 2010. I didn’t agree.

Second, you’ll see Act II of Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes. In Act I, Chamberlain was awful and Hughes got touched for a homer. This time, Chamberlain doesn’t have an excuse, and it’s not expected to be so windy. Here’s the lineup:

Granderson CF
Johnson DH
Teixeira 1B
Cano 2B
Thames RF
Gardner LF
Rivera C
Vazquez 3B
Pena SS

A few other notes:

  • Go to Trenton Thunder beat reporter Mike Ashmore’s blog for a review of Jesus Montero’s recent career and his expectations for this year. Ashmore has seen this guy more than anyone.
  • Mark Newman, Yankees’ senior vice president of baseball operations, was charged with DUI last night in Tampa.
  • Nomar Garciaparra will retire with the Red Sox.

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