Spring Game 29: Yankees at Blue Jays
Hello from Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Fla. Forgive me, people up north, but it’s cold here in Florida today — temperatures were in the 40s this morning and are only going to get up into the 60s today. I mean, I had to wear a windbreaker today! What is this? OK, I can feel your stares already.
Chris Leroux has the ball this afternoon for the Yanks, making his ninth appearance and first start of the spring. It’ll be a bullpen game again, but after today, the rotation begins to fall in line – the Yanks’ next three starters are CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Ivan Nova. Back at camp, the clubhouse is clearing out and there are boxes everywhere. The hallway is littered with luggage and players are turning in their cars for transport to New York. The end of camp is near, and there are six days until Opening Day.
Austin Romine has been optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, confirming that Francisco Cervelli will be the backup catcher to Brian McCann … at least, we think. A trade could always pop up between now and April 1, something that Cervelli knows all too well — it was a lock that he’d be the backup catcher to Russell Martin in 2012 until the last day of camp, when the Yankees traded for Chris Stewart and shipped Cervelli to Triple-A. Cervelli is happy with his spring, but he’s keeping his guard up until he sees his locker in Houston. Can’t blame him for that.
Here are the lineups — there’s no Yankees TV or radio coverage for this game, but you can watch the Blue Jays TV broadcast on MLB.com.
Brett Gardner cf
Chris Leroux rhp
|BLUE JAYS (12-13)
Melky Cabrera lf
R.A. Dickey rhp