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Spring Game 12: Yankees at Astros

greetings_floridaHello from Mickey’s doorstep in Kissimmee, Fla., where the Yankees and Astros will meet this afternoon for a 1:05 p.m. ET contest. Today’s game is being televised and will be shown on MLB Network. John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman are also here with the radio call, which can be heard in New York on WFAN (man, that’s going to take some getting used to).

Ivan Nova gets the start for New York, but the more interesting storyline will be the spring debut of left-hander Manny Banuelos, who is scheduled to pitch in relief. This is the first time Banuelos has faced hitters since his Tommy John surgery, and after Banuelos declared earlier in camp that 2014 will be his year to get to the big leagues, it’ll be a good opportunity to see what his stuff looks like.

Here are the lineups:

YANKEES (6-4)
Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Kelly Johnson DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Dean Anna SS
Scott Sizemore 3B
Zoilo Almonte LF
Mason Williams RF

Ivan Nova RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Manny Banuelos, Cesar Cabral, David Herndon, Fred Lewis.

ASTROS (3-4)
Dexter Fowler CF
Jose Altuve 2B
Jason Castro C
Chris Carter DH
Marc Krauss 1B
Jesus Guzman LF
L.J. Hoes RF
Jonathan Villar SS
Cesar Izturis 3B

Jarred Cosart RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Chad Qualls, Darin Downs, Jake Buchanan, Jorge De Leon, Paul Clemens.

Exit Sandman: “I’m done, guys.”

Mariano Rivera has thrown his final pitch. The all-time saves leader said on Saturday that he will not take the mound during this series against the Astros, instead letting his Yankee Stadium finale serve as his final Major League appearance.

“I’m done, guys. I’m done. I gave everything that I have,” Rivera said. “I think Thursday was the game that I left everything on the field.”

Rivera said that he has been pitching with “tremendous soreness in my arm,” and that “I was giving everything. I left it there.” He said that giving the ball to Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter at the conclusion of Thursday’s appearance against the Rays gave him complete closure.

“I know it was the perfect moment. It was something I would have never expected,” Rivera said, adding, “I think I squeezed every ounce of fuel out of my tank. It is empty. I have nothing left.”

Mariano Rivera may have played his last game

HOUSTON — Mariano Rivera’s playing career may have ended with that tearful embrace on the mound this week at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he has given Rivera the option of pitching in any of the club’s final games against the Astros here at Minute Maid Park. Rivera told Girardi that he is unavailable again on Saturday, and though Rivera has the right to change his mind, Girardi seems to believe that Rivera will not pitch in Houston.

Rivera’s memorable exit in the Bronx, Girardi said, created a perfect way to go out.

“I think that’s a big part of it,” Girardi said. “That was a special night for him, the way it unfolded. I think he wants it to end that way. But you know, if he changes his mind, it’s OK. Whatever he wants to do.”

Girardi also said that he does not believe Rivera will play center field in Houston; again, his choice. Rivera has long pined for that chance, but seemed to have backed off of his desire earlier this week when Girardi said he was “absolutely” considering it.

“I don’t think we’re probably going to see that as well,” Girardi said. “At least I gave him the opportunity. It’s his decision.”

Rivera is expected to speak to reporters at the conclusion of batting practice.

Spring Games 6 & 7: Yankees vs. Blue Jays, Yankees at Astros

New York Yankees (1-4) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (2-4)
1:05 p.m. ET – George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, Fla. – TV: YES, Radio: None
RHP David Phelps (4-4, 3.34 ERA in ’12) vs. RHP Brandon Morrow (10-7, 2.96 ERA in ’12)

BLUE JAYS
Jose Reyes SS
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Colby Rasmus CF
Brett Lawrie 3B
J.P. Arencibia DH
Henry Blanco C
Maicer Izturis 2B

RHP Brandon Morrow

YANKEES
Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Travis Hafner DH
Juan Rivera LF
Chris Stewart C
Dan Johnson 3B
Jose Pirela 2B
Gil Velazquez SS

RHP David Phelps

Phelps is scheduled to be followed by David Aardsma, Clay Rapada, Branden Pinder, Juan Cedeno and Chase Whitley.

And just up the highway from here…

New York Yankees (1-4) at Houston Astros (3-2-1)
1:05 p.m. ET – Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee, Fla. – TV: None, Radio: None
RHP Brett Marshall (13-7, 3.52 ERA in ’12 w/ Trenton) vs. RHP Lucas Harrell (11-11, 3.76 ERA)

YANKEES
Eduardo Nunez SS
Jayson Nix 2B
Zoilo Almonte RF
Matt Diaz LF
Melky Mesa CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Corban Joseph 3B
Luke Murton 1B
J.R. Murphy DH

RHP Brett Marshall

Marshall is scheduled to be followed by Dellin Betances, Mike O’Brien, Shane Greene, Ryan Pope and Kelvin Perez.

ASTROS
2B Jose Altuve
CF Justin Maxwell
1B Carlos Pena
LF Chris Carter
C Jason Castro
RF J.D. Martinez
DH Rick Ankiel
3B Marwin Gonzalez
SS Jonathan Villar

RHP Lucas Harrell

Astros claim Lance Pendleton

The Houston Astros have claimed right-hander Lance Pendleton off waivers from the Yankees. Pendleton will join the team tomorrow.

Pendleton was designated for assignment this week when the Yankees wanted to free up a spot on their 40-man roster for right-hander George Kontos.

It’s a homecoming of sorts for the Houston product, and a second chance with the Astros; he was with them this spring as a Rule 5 pick before being returned to the Yankees.

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