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Game 14: Yankees vs. Cubs

It feels like it has been a while since we’ve been at the ballpark, with Monday’s off-day and Tuesday’s rainout. We’ll be making up for that this afternoon and evening, with a split admission day-night doubleheader scheduled between the Yankees and the Cubs.

Bundle up, because it’s cold here in New York — I mean, it’s February, let’s get to Tampa for Spring Training cold — but we’ll have baseball today in the Bronx, assuming they can get the ice off the playing field.

Here are the lineups for Game 1, with Masahiro Tanaka and Jason Hammel comprising your pitching matchup. Derek Jeter is scheduled to return to the Yankees lineup in Game 2.

CUBS (4-8)

Emilio Bonafacio 2B
Justin Ruggiano CF
Anthony Rizzo 1B
Nate Schierholtz RF
Starlin Castro SS
Junior Lake LF
Luis Valbuena 3B
Mike Olt DH
John Baker C

Jason Hammel RHP (2-0, 2.63)

YANKEES (7-6)

Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran RF
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Alfonso Soriano DH
Brian McCann C
Yangervis Solarte 2B
Kelly Johnson 1B
Dean Anna SS
Scott Sizemore 3B

Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 3.21)

Yankees summon Murphy, Sizemore from Triple-A

NEW YORK — The Yankees have summoned catcher John Ryan Murphy and infielder Scott Sizemore from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and both players will be with the club for Wednesday’s day-night, separate-admission doubleheader against the Cubs.

New York also placed catcher Francisco Cervelli on the 60-day disabled list with a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring. The Yankees had optioned right-hander Shane Greene to Triple-A after Sunday’s game.

Murphy, 22, was recalled from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he was batting .192 (5-for-26) with three doubles and three RBIs.

Murphy, who played in 16 games last September with New York, will serve as the backup to starting catcher Brian McCann. He replaces Cervelli, who was injured legging out a ground ball in Sunday’s 3-2 win over the Red Sox.

Sizemore, 29, was signed to a Major League contract and selected to the 25-man roster. The veteran is coming back from his second torn left anterior cruciate ligament. A second baseman and third baseman, Sizemore offers the Yankees some infield versatility with both Derek Jeter (right quadriceps) and Brian Roberts (lower back spasms) experiencing discomfort this past weekend.

In 10 games at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Sizemore was batting .344 (11-for-32) with three doubles, a triple and five RBIs. He has previously played in the Majors with the Tigers and Athletics, compiling a lifetime .238 batting average in 160 games from 2010-13.

Tonight’s Yankees-Cubs game postponed

Yankees UmbrellaIn honor of Ernie Banks, let’s play two tomorrow! Here’s the release from the Yankees:

The New York Yankees announced that tonight’s game between the Yankees and Chicago Cubs at Yankee Stadium has been postponed due to inclement weather.  The game has been rescheduled as the first game of a separate-admission, day-night doubleheader for tomorrow, Wednesday, April 16, at 1:05 p.m.  Gates for the 1:05 p.m. game will open at 11:30 a.m.

 Additionally, today’s press conference honoring the legacies of Nelson Mandela and Jackie Robinson will be rescheduled for tomorrow, April 16 at 4:30 p.m.  Pregame ceremonies originally scheduled for tonight will take place prior to tomorrow’s 7:05 p.m. game.

***TICKETS FOR THE ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED 7:05 P.M. GAME ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, WILL NOT BE VALID FOR THE 1:05 P.M. GAME.***

The game originally scheduled for April 16 remains scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start.

The YES Network will broadcast the 1:05 p.m. game and MY9 will broadcast the 7:05 p.m. game.

Fans holding paid tickets for tonight’s game (April 15) may use them for the rescheduled game or exchange their paid tickets for any regular season game at Yankee Stadium within 12 months of tonight’s postponed game (subject to availability).

Fans holding Complimentary tickets (COMP) for tonight’s game must use them for the rescheduled game. Complimentary tickets (COMP) or equivalent tickets bear no cash value and do not have any additional benefits that may be offered to ticket(s) with a dollar value.

For complete information about the Yankees’ rainout policy, please visit www.yankees.com/rainout.

With respect to tickets purchased through Yankees Ticket Exchange, please visit www.yankees.com/ticketexchange or call 1-800-355-2396 for complete information about its rainout policy.

Yankees/Orioles-themed “Charm City Cakes” event scheduled for July 13

Big league baseball and the crew from TV’s “Ace of Cakes” will collide this summer in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, as fans of both the Yankees and Orioles will come together to support their teams, flex their cake-decorating prowess and have a crack at some terrific prizes.

The event is being held to benefit the YAI Network, a not-for-profit group which helps people with developmental disabilities in New York and in many other cities.

I was able to help out last season with a David Cone charity event at Foley’s NY, and it was a great time for everyone involved. I hope you’ll be able to swing by and spread the word to help make this summer’s event just as great of a success! Here’s what you need to know:

Sunday, July 13 at 11:00 a.m. ET
(Prior to the Yankees-Orioles 8:05 p.m. ET game at Camden Yards)Charm City Cakes

Who: Mary Smith from TV’s “Ace of Cakes” (plus a surprise guest judge!)

What: A cake decorating course designed for diehard baseball fans

Where: Charm City Cakes (2936 Remington Ave., Baltimore, MD)

When: Sunday, July 13 at 11:00 a.m. (class lasts approx. 2 1/2 hours)

Why: To raise money for YAI Network, an award-winning, nationally acclaimed network of not-for-profit health and human services agencies dedicated to building brighter futures for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all ages and their families.

Check out www.YAI.org for more information.

**Our special guest judge will award a pair of tickets to the 8:05 p.m. game at Camden Yards (with field passes for batting practice) to the decorators of their favorite Orioles and Yankees-themed cakes**

For more info, e-mail: marysmith@charmcitycakes.com … There are only 40 spots on the roster, so sign up today!

YAI A portion of the proceeds to benefit YAI Network’s Manhattan Day Hab, a Yankees HOPE Week honoree

Cervelli to DL, McCann X-rays negative

A few updates to pass along this afternoon from the Yankees:

· Precautionary x-rays taken last night on C Brian McCann’s right hand were negative.

· An MRI given last night to C Francisco Cervelli revealed a Grade 2 right hamstring strain. He will be placed on the disabled list prior to Tuesday’s game with the Cubs (retroactive to today).

· Following Sunday’s game, RHP Shane Greene was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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