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Globetrotters hoop it up with the Yanks

Flight Time and Big Easy of the Harlem Globetrotters stopped by Yankee Stadium on Wednesday afternoon to hang out with the Yankees, and tried to show Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher a couple of their tricks.

Not bad, but still, I think the guys will be sticking to their day jobs.

Photos courtesy of Lori Berkowitz.

Game 89: Yankees vs. Blue Jays

TORONTO  — Welcome, one and all, to the fake grass of Rogers Centre, where the Yankees begin the season’s second half. I, Alden Gonzalez, will be with the club for this eight-game road trip while Bryan Hoch gets some time off.

Today, I was greeted with the signing of lefty reliever J.C. Romero, the call-up of outfielder Greg Golson, the decision to have setup man Rafael Soriano throw one more BP session before going on a rehab assignment, and the confusion of Derek Jeter over criticism for skipping the All-Star Game.

You can find that all on soon, if not now. But here are your lineups, with Nick Swisher making his return (remember, the Yankees play eight straight games on artificial turf, so it’ll be interesting to see how Joe Girardi juggles the off days) …

YANKEES (53-35)                                                                            
Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Swisher, RF
Russell Martin, C
Andruw Jones, DH
Eduardo Nunez, 3B
Brett Gardner, LF

Pitching: RH Bartolo Colon (6-4, 3.20 ERA)

BLUE JAYS (45-47)
Yunel Escobar, SS
Eric Thames, RF
Jose Bautista, 3B
Adam Lind, 1B
Aaron Hill, 2B
Edwin Encarnacion, DH
Travis Snider, LF
J.P. Arencibia, C
Rajai Davis, CF

Pitching: LH Jo-Jo Reyes (4-7, 4.57 ERA)


Photos: David Robertson’s ‘High Socks for Hope’ event

After Thursday’s victory over the Brewers, Yankees right-hander David Robertson and his wife, Erin, hosted a fundraiser at Yankee Stadium’s Hard Rock Cafe to benefit “High Socks for Hope.”

Proceeds from the event, including a generous donation from Hard Rock, went directly to the David and Erin Robertson Foundation, created to help those affected by devastating tornadoes that hit David’s hometown of Tuscaloosa, Ala. earlier in the year.

CC Sabathia and Nick Swisher were also on hand to lend support:

And Swisher even tried his chops behind the bar:

(Photo Credits: Hard Rock International/Lori Berkowitz)

Quick hits on the pitching front

Some quick-hit items and rumors from around the Yankees, on a day when Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven meet the media in New York as Hall of Famers:

  • Could Jeremy Bonderman be on the Yankees’ radar to add starting pitching depth? Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York thinks so. There have been reports of the Yankees’ interest in Bonderman, who was 8-10 with a 5.53 ERA in 30 games (29 starts) for the Tigers last year.
  • If Andy Pettitte doesn’t return, Jon Heyman of believes they will sign free agent Rafael Soriano as a setup man. Cashman had said earlier this winter that he wasn’t inclined to spend closer money on a setup man, but that was in Kerry Wood‘s case — before Cliff Lee came off the board — so perhaps that stance is flexible. 
  • Cashman told us this week that he’d prefer to sign a starter over a reliever, and the Yankees are also reported to have “a modicum” of interest in Freddy Garcia and Kevin Millwood, according to Heyman.
  • Brian Schlitter is the newest Yankee, claimed off waivers from the Cubs on Wednesday. He figures to get a look in Spring Training and might pop up in the Bronx at some point this season. Schlitter had a 12.38 ERA in seven big league outings last year, but had a 3.15 ERA and 13 saves at Triple-A. Here’s a Q&A with Schlitter.
  • Nick Swisher will play himself in two episodes of ABC’s ‘Better with You,’ joining his new wife, Joanna Garcia. They’ll be set to air in February. 

Yankees won’t have set lineup

Good stuff from Pete Caldera today in the Bergen Record, who caught up with Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long via telephone:

Long said the Yankees will not have a set lineup going into Spring Training, instead using the exhibition season to determine what their best fits might be. 
That means the Yankees should be open to thinking about Brett Gardner as the everyday leadoff hitter, moving Robinson Cano into the three slot, dropping Derek Jeter in the order and most of the other topics that have been thrown around during the Hot Stove season. 
“I think we need to [experiment]. It’s important we throw all the options out there,” Long said. “I wouldn’t say we have a set lineup going into camp. We’ll toy with it.”
Long is meeting with Nick Swisher this week and has also been setting up sessions to work with Jeter in Tampa. He has already worked with Alex Rodriguez and says that he seems to be “on a mission” like he was before his 2007 MVP season. Curtis Granderson could also brush up with Long this month. 
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