Spring Game 31 Thread: Yankees at Reds

MLB Florida and Arizona Spring Training - SB Nation

It's the second-to-last game at tired old Ed Smith Stadium.  Try to keep from getting too misty.

Today we'll see Micah Owings take on Joba Chamberlain.  Owings had 5 walks in his last start, but managed to only give up just one run in his 4 innings pitched.  The big issue for Owings right now might be that he has yet to finish 5 full innings this Spring, the only one of the remaining 6 starters not to have done so.  Barring anything catastrophic, he's probably made the team as the 5th starter and this is likely his last start of the Spring.

The Reds last faced Chamberlain back on March 10th, when they managed to get 3 hits off of him and score 1 run over 3 innings.  With the way the offense has been struggling this past week, don't be surprised if we see much of the same today.

The good news for the Reds is that Edwin Encarnacion is back in the lineup.  He was the DH in a minor league game yesterday where he went 3 for 6.  The fact that he's playing today means the Reds feel he is likely healthy enough to play on Opening Day, otherwise he'd be playing the minors to allow them to back date his eligibility if he goes on the DL.  They'll continue to play Alex Gonzalez in the minor league games for that very reason.

See the lineups after the jump.

Lineup

New York Yankees @ Cincinnati Reds

03/31/09 1:05 PM EDT

New York Yankees
Cincinnati Reds
Brett Gardner - CF
Willy Taveras - CF
Nick Swisher - LF
Chris Dickerson - LF
Mark Teixeira - 1B
Joey Votto - 1B
Jorge Posada - C
Brandon Phillips - 2B
Xavier Nady - DH
Jay Bruce - RF
Melky Cabrera - RF
Ramon Hernandez - C
Cody Ransom - 3B
Edwin Encarnacion - 3B
Angel Berroa - SS
Paul Janish - SS
Ramiro Pena - 2B
Micah Owings - P

Game time is 1:05pm.  The Reds are on the radio today, or you can check them out on Gameday.

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