Grapefruit League action gets underway this afternoon for the Yankees, as they’ll face the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET, and while there is no Yankees TV or radio for this contest, the Pirates’ KTKA radio feed is available via MLB.com.
Here are the lineups:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Eduardo Nunez SS Yangervis Solarte SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Ramon Flores LF
Zelous Wheeler 3B
Dean Anna 2B
Corban Joseph 1B
John Ryan Murphy DH
Ivan Nova RHP
Also scheduled to pitch: Bruce Billings, Dellin Betances, Jose Ramirez, Chase Whitley, Matt Daley
Starling Marte LF
Russell Martin C
Andrew McCutchen CF
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Neil Walker 2B
Gaby Sanchez 1B
Andrew Lambo DH
Jose Tabata RF
Jordy Mercer SS
Francisco Liriano LHP
Also scheduled to pitch: Edinson Volquez, Jeanmar Gomez, Vin Mazzaro, Bryan Morris, Jared Hughes, Duke Welker, Josh Kinney, Adam Wilk.
This and that: Eduardo Nunez was scratched with flu-like symptoms. … Alfonso Soriano is scheduled to play his first spring game on March 2 against the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla. … Mark Teixeira is about a week away from his first spring game, according to Joe Girardi.
Injury report: Francisco Rondon complained of a sore arm. Matt Daley has a sore calf. Nik Turley is on day five of a seven-day throwing shutdown. Tyler Austin will have his sore wrist examined today.
The Yankees open their spring exhibition slate this afternoon at 1:05 p.m., when they’ll take on the Florida State University squad here at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston will be with the Seminoles and could see action in today’s game. FSU head football coach Jimbo Fisher is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. There is no TV or radio coverage of today’s game.
Here are the lineups:
Josh Delph DH
Justin Gonzalez SS
DJ Stewart LF
Brett Knief RF
John Nogowski 1B
Jose Brizuela 3B
John Sansone 2B
Ben DeLuzio CF
Danny De La Calle C
Mike Compton RHP
Brett Gardner CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Kelly Johnson 3B
Russ Canzler 1B
Zoilo Almonte LF
Brendan Ryan SS
Adonis Garcia RF
Yangervis Solarte 2B
John Ryan Murphy DH
Vidal Nuno LHP
Nuno is scheduled to be followed by: RHP Brian Gordon, RHP Shane Greene, RHP Bryan Mitchell and LHP Francisco Rondon.
It’s understandable if you might have missed a story or two coming out of Yankees camp last week. There are only so many panels and headline slots on the main Yankees.com page, and the Bombers were providing more than enough to keep the store fully stocked. Here’s a look back at the content we sent out to the ‘net:
- Masahiro Tanaka is getting adjusted to life in Yankees camp. He seems to be the real deal, according to Brian McCann.
- Derek Jeter held a press conference and said that 2014 was the right time to retire. Hal Steinbrenner missed Jeter’s first call. Jeter explained why he used Facebook to make his announcement. The captain was the star of the team’s first workout.
- Mark Teixeira said that he expects to play 150-plus games. Brian Roberts didn’t go quite that far, but he expects to be on the field more than he was with Baltimore. The pinstripes are feeling right so far for Jacoby Ellsbury & Carlos Beltran.
- Entering an uncertain spring, Ichiro Suzuki still thinks he’ll be able to find a niche with this team. Brett Gardner does too. David Phelps would like to figure out a role.
- Hideki Matsui is in camp; so is Jorge Posada. Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera indirectly convinced Hiroki Kuroda to pitch another season.
- CC Sabathia checked out his mechanics over the winter in Birmingham, Ala. Andrew Bailey is coming to town on a Minor League contract.
- Yankees president Randy Levine joined MLB.com for a Q&A. He expects a special season ahead.
- MLB.com’s Barry Bloom dropped by to compare the Yanks’ Joes: Girardi vs. Torre. Anthony Castrovince wondered if we’ll ever get to know the real Jeter. Alfonso Soriano has the flu.
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If you’re just counting from the official date for pitchers and catchers, the first week of camp is in the books for the Yankees, and so here are the photos to prove it. Today’s main attraction took place early in the morning, as Masahiro Tanaka faced live hitters for the first time since he closed out the Japan Series for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles last Nov. 3rd.
There’s plenty of the big stars in today’s gallery of snapshots — and a few that wound up on the cutting room floor, too. Here’s the best ones I gathered. I think we’ve gone a little light on the pitchers so far this spring, photo-wise. Now that we’re getting in the swing of things, that’ll be something to look for in the near future.
As for our stories, I’m be handing the game ball over to MLB.com’s Adam Berry (@adamdberry) for the next few days. Stay tuned to his feed — and, of course to Yankees.com — more updates from camp. Enjoy the weekend!
All photos credit: Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
Spring Training is a great time to break out the old camera and play photographer for an hour or so. Here’s an assortment of shots I was able to snap this afternoon while the Yankees held their first full-squad workout of the spring. Today’s photos were only on the main diamond at George M. Steinbrenner Field, but we’ll aim to have more posts like this one periodically between now and Opening Day.
All photographs credit: Bryan Hoch / MLB.com