Spring Game 27: Yankees at Twins
The Yankees are on the road this afternoon, rolling down for the long bus ride to Fort Myers as they wrap up a two-day home-and-home Grapefruit League series with the Minnesota Twins.
Here in Tampa, there’s also plenty of action, as Phil Hughes is scheduled to pitch in a 1 p.m. Minor League game. It is likely that Hughes will begin the year on the disabled list and miss the first turn through the rotation, but Joe Girardi isn’t ready to put that in stone just yet.
He did say, however, that he believes Clay Rapada will probably start the year on the disabled list. Rapada threw a 15-pitch bullpen today, all fastballs, but needs to be able to pitch three out of four days to help at the big league level. Rapada said he expects to be ready in April and that he is only about a week behind where he should be.
Derek Jeter is also expected to get on the field and take some ground balls this morning, and Travis Hafner is playing in a Minor League game to get some more at-bats. I’ll be staying back in Tampa to cover what happens here; Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) has the coverage from Fort Myers.
Here is the lineup and game information:
NEW YORK YANKEES (10-16) at MINNESOTA TWINS (12-12)
1:05 p.m. – Lee County Sports Complex, Fort Myers, Fla. -
TV: None, Radio: None
RHP Ivan Nova (1-0, 3.21) vs. RHP Vance Worley (0-1, 6.00)
Eduardo Nunez SS
Brennan Boesch RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Juan Rivera 1B
Ben Francisco LF
Chris Stewart C
Thomas Neal DH
Melky Mesa CF
Ronnier Mustelier 3B
Ivan Nova RHP
Nova is scheduled to be followed by LHP Matt Tracy, RHP Jim Miller and RHP Mark Montgomery.