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The Yankees are on the road this afternoon, rolling down for the long bus ride to Fort Myers as they wrap up a two-day home-and-home Grapefruit League series with the Minnesota Twins.
Here in Tampa, there’s also plenty of action, as Phil Hughes is scheduled to pitch in a 1 p.m. Minor League game. It is likely that Hughes will begin the year on the disabled list and miss the first turn through the rotation, but Joe Girardi isn’t ready to put that in stone just yet.
He did say, however, that he believes Clay Rapada will probably start the year on the disabled list. Rapada threw a 15-pitch bullpen today, all fastballs, but needs to be able to pitch three out of four days to help at the big league level. Rapada said he expects to be ready in April and that he is only about a week behind where he should be.
Derek Jeter is also expected to get on the field and take some ground balls this morning, and Travis Hafner is playing in a Minor League game to get some more at-bats. I’ll be staying back in Tampa to cover what happens here; Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) has the coverage from Fort Myers.
Here is the lineup and game information:
NEW YORK YANKEES (10-16) at MINNESOTA TWINS (12-12)
1:05 p.m. - Lee County Sports Complex, Fort Myers, Fla. -
TV: None, Radio: None
RHP Ivan Nova (1-0, 3.21) vs. RHP Vance Worley (0-1, 6.00)
Eduardo Nunez SS
Brennan Boesch RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Juan Rivera 1B
Ben Francisco LF
Chris Stewart C
Thomas Neal DH
Melky Mesa CF
Ronnier Mustelier 3B
Ivan Nova RHP
Nova is scheduled to be followed by LHP Matt Tracy, RHP Jim Miller and RHP Mark Montgomery.
What a game, huh? After 12 innings, it was Alexi Casilla delivering the American League Central title for the Twins, defeating the Tigers in a 6-5 victory that will put Minnesota on a quick charter flight to the Bronx in preparation for Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Wednesday.
Reached late Tuesday after the thrilling walk-off, here’s what Joe Girardi had to say now that the Yankees finally know who their first round opponent will be:
…on playing the Twins in the ALDS:
The Twins offensively have left-handed power in Kubel and Mauer, and everything really focuses around Mauer. He’s so dangerous in their lineup. One thing that has happened to this club is Kubel has really matured into a dangerous hitter behind Mauer, and Cuddyer has really stepped up in the months of September and October. Delmon Young has turned his season around as well. They also play small ball and you have to be ready for that.
….on the Twins having to use Nathan tonight:
The only advantage it gives you is that they probably wouldn’t ask him to get more than three outs on Wednesday.
…on how the Yankees bullpen matches up against the Twins:
The Twins have more lefthanders. A second lefthander would possibly get more work against them. The one thing we talk about, is we want to make sure that when we use our bullpen, we’re covered if the game goes extra innings.
… on how much confidence it gives the Yankees to face the Twins after going 7-0 against them this season:
I think our club is confident right now because of the way we’ve played since May. As far as meeting the Twins, we’re not going to have to face questions like “can you beat them,” like we’ve had to answer during the course of the year. Once the playoffs start though, it’s a new series and we know the importance of each game. You can pretty much throw everything else out the window.
…on the Twins possibly already being in playoff mode after tonight’s win:
I don’t think that you can really answer that question until Wednesday and after Wednesday’s game. I’ve been on clubs that had to play extremely hard all the way through and we lost in the first round. I’ve also been on clubs that did not have to play hard all the way through, for instance the ’98 Yankees, and we ended up winning the World Series. It really comes down to how your perform. I think everyone’s mind is going to be in playoff mode.