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Hello from Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla., where Masahiro Tanaka is set to make his final tune-up before taking the Opening Day assignment on April 6. Tanaka opted for the 2-1/2 hour ride over pitching at the Minor League complex because he wanted the increased intensity of facing a big league lineup. Tanaka is set to throw 75 pitches, and this game is on FSNO-HD.
Back in Tampa, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran are playing in a Minor League game at the Himes Avenue complex. This marks Ellsbury’s first game action since March 15 due to his oblique injury, but the Yankees have been confident all along that Ellsbury will be ready for Opening Day. Adam Warren is starting in a Minor League game as well, being caught by John Ryan Murphy. There’s a lot you can read into that, even though Joe Girardi says he isn’t ready to name a fifth starter.
Didi Gregorius (left wrist strain) had “a little bit of swelling yesterday,” according to Girardi, who said that “we’ll try to work that out before we put him in.” The original plan was to play Gregorius on Wednesday, but it sounds like they won’t force it. Mark Teixeira (right knee bruise) will play Wednesday, Girardi said.
The decisions on the backup catcher and last two bullpen spots will probably “go down to the wire,” Girardi said. The catcher job is between Murphy and Austin Romine, who’s here today catching Tanaka. In the bullpen, the Yanks need to pick two from the group of Andrew Bailey, Chris Martin, Chasen Shreve and Chase Whitley.
Girardi seemed to tip his hand a bit today, saying that he would not carry Bailey unless he showed that he could pitch in back-to-back games, and that the Yankees aren’t going to rush him to do so. Martin has had a rough spring, so it’s possible those calls could go to Shreve (a third lefty, joining Andrew Miller and Justin Wilson) and Whitley as a second long man.
“I think it comes down to who we think is going to help us the most, is the bottom line,” Girardi said. “I don’t think you necessarily in your mind say I have to have a third lefty. Is it a luxury? Sure it is, but I think it’s who we think is going to help us the most.”
Here are the lineups:
Brett Gardner LF
Brendan Ryan 3B
Chris Young CF
Garrett Jones 1B
Austin Romine C
Rob Refsnyder 2B
Ramon Flores RF
Nick Noonan SS
Eric Jagielo DH
RHP Masahiro Tanaka
In relief: Chris Martin, Danny Burawa, Chasen Shreve.
Jordan Schafer CF
Eduardo Escobar SS
Chris Herrmann RF
Kennys Vargas 1B
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Adam Brett Walker DH
Shane Robinson LF
Eric Fryer C
Doug Bernier 2B
LHP Tommy Milone
In relief: Glen Perkins, Mike Pelfrey, Casey Fien, D.J. Johnson, Zack Jones.
We have a new leader in the clubhouse for ‘Most Creative Mariano Rivera Farewell Gift.’ In a pre-game ceremony tonight, the Minnesota Twins gave Rivera a rocking chair made out of broken bats. According to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, several of the bats were broken by Rivera himself over the years, including one of the Kirby Puckett models.
The Twins also made a $10,000 donation to the Mariano Rivera Foundation. The chair was Gardenhire’s idea, according to the Twins. (Photo credit: @Twins)
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.