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TORONTO — This should be interesting.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi chose Sunday as the day he’d shake up his lineup and give a few more guys a break from the field surface here at Rogers Centre. So, what we have is quite the afternoon delight — Eduardo Nunez fielding grounders at shortstop, Jorge Posada catching his throws at first base, and an all-turf field surrounding them.
Derek Jeter has the day off, Mark Teixeira is in as the designated hitter and Ramiro Pena gets his fifth start of the season at third base. But all our eyes will be on Phil Hughes, who makes his second start since returning from the disabled list.
Pregame, the Yankees switched outfielders, with lefty hitter Chris Dickerson returning and right-handed hitter Greg Golson being sent down to the Minor Leagues with the Yankees facing more righties in the coming days.
Still no Jose Bautista (ankle) for the Jays.
Here are your lineups …
Pitching: RH Hughes (0-2, 10.57 ERA)
Pitching: RH Carlos Villanueva (5-1, 2.99 ERA)
From the Game Notes …
* The Yankees are 34-18 (a .654 winning percentage) since May 17, marking the second-best record in the Majors over that stretch. Only the Red Sox (35-16) have a better mark since then.
* New York is a Major League-best 27-5 in day games this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only team to win at least 27 of their first 32 day games in a season was the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955.
* Nunez has driven in 16 runs this season, eight of which have tied the game or given the Yankees the lead.
And here are some links from yesterday …
* CC stifles Blue Jays for 14th win
* Yankees Notebook, with stuff on Soriano, defense, Jeter and (of course) signs
* Hughes out to build on modest return
* Yankees reportedly one of many teams interested in Ubaldo
* Alfonso Soriano to the Yankees?
Here is the lineup as the Yankees take their last bus trip of the spring, a 2 1/2 hour trek to Fort Myers, Fla., and they’ll see a familiar face on the other side of the diamond… remember, the Yankees actually had some interest in signing Carl Pavano (again!) as a free agent this winter…
March 27, 2011, 1:05 p.m. ET – Lee County Sports Complex – Fort Myers, Fla.
TV: None / Radio: None
Eduardo Nunez SS, Robinson Cano 2B, Mark Teixeira 1B, Alex Rodriguez DH, Eric Chavez 3B, Andruw Jones RF, Ramiro Pena LF, Jesus Montero C, Austin Krum CF
Pitching: Buddy Carlyle RHP (0-0, 18.00 ERA this spring)
Aaron Hicks CF, Matt Tolbert 2B, Michael Cuddyer RF, Justin Morneau 1B, Jim Thome DH, Delmon Young LF, Danny Valencia 3B, Drew Butera C, Alexi Casilla SS
Pitching: Carl Pavano RHP (1-1, 0.95 ERA this spring)
- Joe Girardi told reporters today in Fort Myers that it is unlikely Pedro Feliciano (left triceps soreness) will be able to avoid the disabled list. Feliciano was supposed to try throwing today but the session had to be cancelled, and Girardi said it is difficult to envision a situation where Feliciano is ready for Opening Day. Girardi named lefty Steve Garrison, 24, as a potential replacement to begin the season.
- Romulo Sanchez was listed on the travel roster for today’s game but did not make the trip. It’s possible that the Yankees could have a trade in the works. Sanchez is out of Minor League options.
- Right-handed pitcher Lance Pendleton has been tendered back to the Yankees by the Astros. Pendleton will be assigned to minor league camp.
- Chris Dickerson (cramping) and Curtis Granderson (oblique strain) are taking BP this afternoon in Tampa, though Girardi said it is too early to know anything about their conditions.
- Girardi on Eric Chavez’s spring: “You saw the bat speed. Right when he got to camp, you saw the bat speed in Chavez. If he’s healthy, he can help us. He’s not really going to forget how to hit. It’s just if you’re physically capable of hitting. And he looked great.”
But the newcomer pulled up with what the team is calling cramping and spasms in his left hamstring while running the bases, and now he’ll have at least a day in the training room to show for it.
Dickerson has already been scratched from Sunday’s trip to play the Twins in Fort Myers, and trainer Gene Monahan has sent word that he’ll be re-examining Dickerson in the morning. Yankees manager Joe Girardi indicated that Dickerson might have been feeling something earlier in the day but didn’t say anything, wanting to make a good first impression.
“We think it’s cramps, but obviously we’re not going to know until tomorrow,” Girardi said. “He was actually cramping up this morning a little bit and did not inform anyone.”
- Russell Martin will sit out tomorrow and catch on Monday. He’s feeling stiffness in his left hamstring, which is why Gustavo Molina pulled double duty and caught CC Sabathia’s Minor League game before appearing against the Pirates.
- Brian Cashman says he must add Eric Chavez to the roster by Monday if he requests to know his fate by Sunday. It’s just a formality at this point, really. As Cashman said today, it’d be difficult to do much better than Chavez has. He’s on the team, assuming he doesn’t get hurt within the next couple of days.
And suddenly the Yankees’ pitching mix looks a little clearer. Sergio Mitre has been deleted, leaving Ivan Nova, Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon to be selected for two rotation slots and a long relief role.