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Yankees announce plans for Old-Timers’ Day festivities

A Monument Park plaque dedication honoring Rich “Goose” Gossage will highlight the June 22 Old-Timers’ Day festivities at Yankee Stadium, and nearly 50 former Yankees are scheduled to be in attendance, the team announced on Tuesday.

Gossage’s plaque will recognize his Hall of Fame career and will be unveiled one day after the Yankees celebrate the career of slugging first baseman Tino Martinez, who will have a Monument Park plaque installed on June 21.

Gossage was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008 and played in parts of seven seasons with the Yankees (1978-83, ’89), winning a World Series with the team in 1978.

Martinez, who played in seven seasons with New York (1996-2001, ’05), and helped to lead the team to four World Series victories during that time (1996, ’98-2000), will also be in attendance for Old-Timers’ Day.

In addition to Gossage, the Old-Timers are headlined by Hall-of-Famers Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Rickey Henderson and Reggie Jackson, as well as Joe Torre, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in July.

Current YES Network broadcasters David Cone, John Flaherty and Paul O’Neill will also participate.

Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui, who won a World Series title with the Yankees in 2009, will make their Old-Timers’ Day debuts along with John “The Count” Montefusco, who helped the club produce three seasons of at least 90 wins from 1983-86.

Joining the Hall-of-Famers and former Yankees on the baselines will be the widows of six legendary Yankees -Maggie Coleman, widow of Jerry Coleman; Arlene Howard, widow of Elston Howard; Helen Hunter, widow of Jim “Catfish” Hunter; Jill Martin, widow of Billy Martin; Diana Munson, widow of Thurman Munson; and Kay Murcer, widow of Bobby Murcer.

Ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. with the traditional Old-Timers’ game to follow, both of which will be aired on the YES Network. The Yankees will then host the Orioles at 2:05 p.m., also airing on YES. Gates will open to ticket-holding guests at 10:00 a.m. and fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 11:15 a.m. for the festivities.

The plaques for Martinez and Gossage mark the first stage of this year’s announced Monument Park additions. O’Neill’s ceremony will take place on Aug. 9, and Torre will take his place in Monument Park on Aug. 23, with his uniform No. 6 set to be retired.

List of those Scheduled to Attend
(*Denotes First-Time Old-Timer)

Jesse Barfield, Yogi Berra, Brian Boehringer, Scott Bradley, Dr. Bobby Brown, Maggie Coleman (Widow), David Cone, Johnny Damon*, Bucky Dent, Al Downing, Brian Doyle, John Flaherty, Whitey Ford, Jake Gibbs, Joe Girardi, Rich “Goose” Gossage, Ron Guidry, Charlie Hayes, Rickey Henderson, Orlando Hernandez, Arlene Howard (Widow), Helen Hunter (Widow), Reggie Jackson, Scott Kamieniecki, Pat Kelly, Don Larsen, Graeme Lloyd, Hector Lopez, Jill Martin (Widow), Tino Martinez, Hideki Matsui*, Lee Mazzilli, Stump Merrill, Gene Michael, Gene Monahan (Trainer), John Montefusco*, Diana Munson (Widow), Kay Murcer (Widow), Jeff Nelson, Paul O’Neill, Joe Pepitone, Andy Phillips, Willie Randolph, Bobby Richardson, Mickey Rivers, Joe Torre, David Wells, Roy White

Rainy day at Yankees camp

Yankees UmbrellaIt’s raining here in Tampa, and the Yankees’ bus to Clearwater has been delayed until 11:15 a.m. Today’s game against the Phillies appears to be in jeopardy of a washout, which means we’ll have to scrap any plans of seeing Masahiro Tanaka’s first spring start, the spring debuts of Mark Teixeira and Alfonso Soriano, and another day of the Derek Jeter watch.

Update 12:15 p.m. ET: OK, so I’m in Clearwater. Just before pulling into the stadium complex, I got an emergency text message telling me there were tornado warnings in the area and that I should seek shelter immediately. There are lakes in the outfield. Other than that, “I’d keep playing. I don’t think the heavy stuff’s gonna come down for quite a while.

Here’s the view that the Yankees had of their dugout at Bright House Field, courtesy of traveling secretary Ben Tuliebitz:

In the meantime, let’s roll the clock back to yesterday’s Yankees coverage:

What we learned: Mark Teixeira didn’t feel like he got enough swings during David Herndon’s sim game yesterday at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Teixeira has had a tough time getting work in this week; there were no pitchers available Tuesday, he only got three swings yesterday and today Mother Nature isn’t cooperating. Lucky for Tex that it’s so early in camp. Then again, considering he injured his wrist by overuse, a light schedule isn’t the worst thing in the world.

What we wrote:

And since you’re already here, and I probably won’t get a chance to post this video again, let’s all do the El Duque.

They said it: “I thought I was going to get a lot more work the last few days, but I do what I am told.” – Mark Teixeira

3/3 wrap: Jeter, Broadway Joe compare notes

Joe Namath, Derek JeterWhat we learned: You just never know what to expect around the Yankees. I came to the ballpark expecting to write something about David Robertson’s first spring appearance, and while we did pay attention to the closer’s scoreless inning, the arrival of Joe Willie Namath seemed to upstage everything. Andy Pettitte also arrived in camp, and Reggie Jackson seemed to enjoy the increased media attention in the Yankees clubhouse.

What we wrote:

They said it: “Knowing the scrutiny that he’s had over the years, I can’t imagine how the guy could be an angel like this. He’s to be respected in every phase of his life, it seems.” – Joe Namath on Derek Jeter

3/2 wrap: Pineda expects to win rotation spot

Michael PinedaWhat we learned: Michael Pineda is reclaiming his nasty stuff. He shattered Zoilo Almonte’s bat with a hard inside fastball in live batting practice, and Scott Sizemore estimated that Pineda was throwing in the low-to-mid 90′s. He’ll get to pitch in a game for the first time on Friday against the Tigers. The Yankees would love to start getting some returns from that trade, so if Pineda shows anything approaching the form he had with Seattle in 2011, David Phelps and Adam Warren might fall out of the lead for the No. 5 rotation spot.

“I want to be on the Yankees right away,” Pineda said. “I don’t want to go to Triple-A. But I don’t have control of the situation, you know? I want to be ready to go.”

What we wrote:

They said it: He looks great. He’s out there, he’s throwing the ball with authority, he’s competitive. He’s commanding the fastball to both sides of the plate. His fastball, his changeup and his slider look really good. I was really impressed. He looks really smooth, he looks really comfortable.” - Yankees catcher Peter O’Brien, on Michael Pineda.

Notes & quotes: McCann hits first spring homer

Torii Hunter, Brian McCann, Andy FletcherWhat happened: Brian McCann hit his first homer in a Yankees uniform and New York also got deep drives from No. 1 prospect Gary Sanchez, Jose Pirela and Yangervis Solarte in a 7-4 win over the Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. Adam Warren threw two scoreless innings with help from his defense to pick up the win, and seven of eight New York pitchers fired scoreless ball overall. Brian Gordon was touched for four runs in the seventh inning. 

What we learned: McCann doesn’t usually hit home runs this early in the spring, so this may be a good sign — or maybe it’s just proof that he can hit a 2-0 fastball down the middle, even if it’s coming from Max Scherzer. Either way, the Yanks are looking forward to seeing plenty of thunder off of McCann’s bat this year. Torii Hunter tracked McCann’s drive to the warning track in right field and camped under it, but McCann wasn’t fooled. The ball landed about 20 feet beyond the wall, striking the blue batting cage out there.

What we learned II: Adam Warren showed off a pretty sweet pickoff move. Rajai Davis opened the bottom of the first inning with a double off Warren, and an out later, Davis wandered just a bit too far from the bag at second. Warren whirled and fired a strike to Dean Anna on the daylight play.

“It’s neat to pick somebody off, just to get the practice and game experience in,” Warren said. “I just wasn’t expecting it.”

What else: Gary Sanchez hit a line drive homer to left field off Jose Ortega in the third inning, his first Yankees spring homer ever … Miguel Cabrera tried to advance from first base to third base on a first-inning walk. Warren didn’t complain about the free out, which left the Tigers scratching their heads. … Zoilo Almonte threw out Hunter at the plate in the third inning … Yangervis Solarte hit a three-run homer in the seventh. Remember the name. The Yanks like Solarte’s switch-hitting pop, and he could see time in the big leagues this season … Eduardo Nunez returned to action after a bout with food poisoning. He went 0-for-3.

What went wrong: Carlos Beltran went 0-for-2 and is still looking for his first spring hit … The Yanks had a 7-0 lead in the seventh before Gordon entered. Detroit got four runs and six hits off Gordon, a non-roster invitee who pitched briefly for New York in 2011 … Joe Girardi brought the wrong uniform top from Tampa, which is why he was the only one in the dugout with an interlocking ‘NY’ on his jersey. The correct road tops read ‘NEW YORK’ across the chest.

What they said: “I always feel like I’m competing for something. The main thing for me though is just to make sure I’m ready for the season, no matter what role, where I end up. I just want to make sure I’m ready when the season starts. Working on all my pitches, making sure my mechanics feel good.” – Adam Warren

What’s next: Pitching will be the main attraction on Saturday as the Yankees entertain the Phillies in a 1:05 p.m. ET contest at George M. Steinbrenner Field. CC Sabathia gets the starting nod, but most of the attention will be on Masahiro Tanaka as he comes out of the bullpen to handle the pitching for the fifth inning. Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Tanaka are all scheduled to throw two innings or 35 pitches. Derek Jeter is also slated to play. The Phillies are starting right-hander David Buchanan, and you can watch on YES, MLB Network and MLB.tv.

Who’s injured: Right-hander Jose Ramirez’s MRIs on his oblique and back came back clean, but he’s still sore. Ramirez will be off the mound indefinitely.

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