3/18 – Yankees vs. Rays
Tonight is the Yankees’ 15th game and third night game of their now-32-game spring schedule, and the second of three meetings with the Rays this spring (the Yankees had a 12-7 loss to Tampa Bay on March 5). Here are tonight’s lineups:
Pitching: Carlos Hernandez LHP
Pitching: Javier Vazquez RHP
Also available – Boone Logan, Chan Ho Park, Dave Robertson, Dustin Moseley, Mark Melancon, Romulo Sanchez.
Not on tomorrow’s trip to Port Charlotte (Rays): Cervelli, Pilittere, Mi. Rivera, Cano, Jeter, Johnson, A-Rod, Russo, Teixeira, Vazquez, Golson, Hoffmann, Thames, Weber, Winfree.
- Nick Johnson leads the Yankees with 3 HRs and 6 RBIs … Robinson Cano leads the team with a
.455 BA (minimum 19 at-bats) … Amaury Sanit is tied for the
Grapefruit League lead with two wins … Alfredo Aceves leads the
Yankees with 10 IP … Sergio Mitre leads the club with 7 K’s. … Through seven games, the Yankees lead the Grapefruit League in attendance (71,994).
- Nick Swisher has a five-game hitting streak (6-for-15) … Jorge Posada is 8-for-11 with 4 RBIs and 5 R in his last four games … Robinson Cano has hit safely in six of eight games, with multiple hits in four of those games. … There are 52 players remaining in camp, 17 of whom are non-roster invitees.
- Notes from the clubhouse: LHP Damaso Marte looked better than expected, said he is “OK” and is slated to pitch Friday … RHP Mariano Rivera will also pitch Friday vs. the Astros … Joe Girardi said that it is “conceivable” that he could start eliminating contenders for the No. 5 rotation spot as soon as Friday, when Sergio Mitre, Chad Gaudin and Alfredo Aceves are all scheduled to pitch, but not necessary …