Spring Game 17: Yankees at Rays

Hello from Port Charlotte, where the skies have cleared up after a rainy morning in Florida and it looks like we’ll have baseball this afternoon. The Yankees have sent a bare-bones lineup on the long bus trip, but it’ll be worth the drive just to take another good look at Ivan Nova.

After last year’s lackluster finish to the season, Nova has made some key adjustments and manager Joe Girardi believes the right-hander has improved the downhill plane of his fastball and sharpened his command. David Phelps has had a very impressive spring, but Nova hasn’t allowed him to widen the competition gap very much.

Here are the lineups and game information:

NEW YORK YANKEES (5-11) at TAMPA BAY RAYS (11-6)
1:05 p.m. –¬†Charlotte Sports Park, Port Charlotte, Fla. -
TV: None, Radio: None
RHP Ivan Nova (0-0, 1.80) vs. RHP Alex Cobb (0-0, 2.00)

YANKEES
Eduardo Nunez SS
Jayson Nix 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Juan Rivera 1B
Francisco Cervelli C
Melky Mesa CF
Thomas Neal LF
Zoilo Almonte RF
Corban Joseph 2B

Ivan Nova RHP

Nova is scheduled to be followed by Brett Marshall, Matt Tracy and Josh Spence.

RAYS
Desmond Jennings CF
Mike Fontenot 2B
Kelly Johnson 1B
Leslie Anderson DH
Ryan Roberts 3B
Sean Rodriguez LF
Wil Myers RF
Chris Gimenez C
Hak-Ju Lee SS

Alex Cobb RHP

Cobb is scheduled to be followed by Brandon Gomes, J.D. Martin and Dane De La Rosa.

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Wow! Powerhouse line-up. Hafner, Rivera and Cervelli 3, 4, and 5 in the batting order.

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