Spring Game 3: Yankees at Orioles

Good morning from sunny Florida, as the Yankees will hit the highway for the third game of the Grapefruit League campaign. Here’s the lineup and some early notes for today’s 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota:

YANKEES
Brett Gardner CF
Jayson Nix 2B
Matt Diaz DH
Juan Rivera RF
Francisco Cervelli C
Melky Mesa LF
Dan Johnson 1B
Gil Velazquez SS
Kyle Roller 1B

Vidal Nuno LHP

ORIOLES
Nolan Reimold LF
Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis DH
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis 1B
Conor Jackson RF
Manny Machado 3B

Brian Matusz LHP

  • Mariano Rivera and CC Sabathia were among those who threw live batting practice this morning in Tampa. Rivera threw 32 pitches and said that everything is on schedule. His next step could be a simulated game, and Rivera said that he does not need to pitch more than his usual eight innings of actual game action this spring.
  • Sabathia has advanced to throwing all of his pitches and said that while he’d like his slider to bite a little more, there have been no issues as he comes back from elbow surgery. Additionally on Monday, Ivan Nova threw a sim game.
  • Joe Girardi said that the Yankees are “not looking for a long term solution” to replace Curtis Granderson, who is expected to miss the first month of the season. Girardi seemed to lean toward veterans Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera, and noted that Melky Mesa is the best defensive option in camp to take over for Granderson, while switch-hitter Zoilo Almonte seems to figure into the Yanks’ future plans.
  • Many fans have asked about Ronnier Mustelier, a 28-year-old who has compiled some impressive numbers in the Minors. The Yankees seem to regard Mustelier as more of a mystery than their other choices, but there’s a sense that he’s a hitter without a true position, which wouldn’t figure to work in his favor. But Girardi said he will definitely get a look.
  • Girardi said it’s safe to assume that Tyler Austin and Slade Heathcott will not be considered to go north with the team to begin the season. Because some have asked, the same also goes for Mason Williams, who is not in Major League camp.

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