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Spring Game 23: Yankees at Braves

disney post card frontHello from Walt Disney World’s ‘Wide World of Sports’ complex, where the Yankees are visiting the Atlanta Braves this afternoon at 1:05 p.m. ET. There is no Yankees radio or TV coverage of today’s game; the Braves have a radio broadcast.

The Yankees are playing with a DH this afternoon; the Braves are not. Here are the lineups:

YANKEES (11-9-2)
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano RF
Brian Roberts 2B
Kelly Johnson 3B
Adonis Garcia LF
Jose Gil 1B

Ivan Nova RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Danny Burawa, Dellin Betances, Cesar Cabral and Shane Greene.

BRAVES (8-12-3)
Jason Heyward RF
B.J. Upton CF
Freddie Freeman 1B
Evan Gattis C
Justin Upton LF
Chris Johnson 3B
Dan Uggla 2B
Andrelton Simmons SS
David Hale RHP

News and notes from Joe Girardi’s morning interview session in Tampa:

— Girardi said that he has seen an improvement in maturity this spring from Ivan Nova, who makes his fifth start of the spring today.

“I’ve seen a guy that’s come into spring training that, it seems like he realizes how good he can be,” Girardi said. “And I think that’s important. I think for all young players, there’s that doubt always a little bit: can I do this on a consistent basis? Can I do it start after start, or game after game if you’re a position player? Do I need to look over my starter? Is there someone always doubting what I can do? I think he’s realized that, you know what, I can be pretty good. He came back last year and was really good, and I think that was kind of the eye-opener for him.”

— Girardi has been very encouraged by Mark Teixeira‘s health.

“What I’ve been most pleased is, you look at this whole spring training and there’s never been a point where he was scheduled to work that he had to say, ‘I could use a day,'” Girardi said. “That’s really encouraging to me. Everything that he’s been scheduled to do, he has done.”

He added that there is no longer any apprehension with Teixeira or Derek Jeter‘s health.

“I think they pretty much put it to rest,” Girardi said. “Obviously you worry about your guys when they’re playing out there every day, but I haven’t seen anything to lead me to believe that they’re not going to be healthy this season.”

Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno aren’t likely to start again this spring, unless it comes in a Minor League game. They’re running out of innings to go around, and players like CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka need to take those starts. Nuno will relieve David Phelps tomorrow in Fort Myers, and Warren relieves Sabathia on Friday against the Pirates.

– There’s no decision yet on the fifth starter, but Girardi has been encouraged by the strong spring from this group.

“I have confidence in our guys. I believe in what they’re capable of doing,” Girardi said. “I’ve seen it. I’ve seen them do it on a pretty consistent basis. I believe that our rotation can be pretty good, I do. I think it can be really good. Obviously you have to avoid injuries. That always helps. With this competition for the fifth spot, these other guys have shown that, if we do have something to awry, that they can step in and do a pretty good job. I feel that we have a good rotation, we will have a good rotation, and we have depth.”

Girardi volunteered the names of Danny Burawa and Shane Greene, saying that they have “shown that they’re getting pretty close and they’re knocking on the door.”

– Girardi said they’ll “continue to discuss” using Alfonso Soriano as a backup first baseman, but they’re leaning more toward Kelly Johnson, who should get another start at first base this weekend.

“Kelly’s going to play a lot,” Girardi said. “I like what I’ve seen from him, and he’s going to play a lot.”

– Girardi said no decision has been made for a backup infielder at second and third bases. He carefully listed his candidates alphabetically so no one could read into it: Dean Anna, Eduardo Nunez, Scott Sizemore, Yangervis Solarte and Zelous Wheeler. Sizemore, by the way, has been out with a quad problem. Girardi said he could play by the end of the week. What you can read into that is that Nunez is, by no means, a lock to make this team.

Brendan Ryan is still on track to play tomorrow against the Red Sox in Fort Myers. He has been out since the first week of March with a lower back/oblique issue.

Yankees notes: Claiborne continuing impressive run

SEATTLE — Preston Claiborne has yet to issue a walk in his Major League career, a streak he kept alive in the eighth inning on Friday when he responded to a three-ball count by hitting the Mariners’ Kelly Shoppach with a pitch.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he was reminded of an old story about Stan Williams, a pitcher who admitted to hitting batters with three-ball counts because his contracts with the Dodgers in the late 1950s and early 1960s had walk-related incentives.

Claiborne, obviously, has no such clauses in his Yankees deal. The rookie laughed and said that there was no such trickery at play in keeping that 13-appearance, 18 1/3 inning string alive.

“A few people have asked me that,” Claiborne said, with a wide grin. “No, I was just trying to get a ground ball. I just threw a two-seamer and it sailed on me. I’m sticking to it.”

The hit batsman did little to dull the terrific start to Claiborne’s big league career. The 25-year-old is proving that he can handle the pressure situations of the late innings, compiling an 0.49 ERA with 14 strikeouts – and, of course, no walks – out of New York’s bullpen.

“As a bullpen guy, as a reliever, I’d always try to come out and blow it by guys,” Claiborne said. “Sometimes I’d get punished for it, leaving balls up or whatever. I realized, pitching at the knee – you always look at all the examples of guys over the years, Hall of Famers who actually pitch and don’t just try and blow gas. Those are the guys that have success.

“I think my coming along and pounding the strike zone as much as I have is just testament to my upbringing within the organization because guys who throw strikes, they get results and they move up. If you walk guys, you won’t have success.”

Since 1916, Claiborne is the only Yankees pitcher not to allow a walk over his first 13 career outings. Girardi said that he has been impressed by Claiborne’s consistency and courage in throwing 3-2 changeups and 3-2 sliders.

“I know people have talked about his walks, but he’s not worried about that little thing: ‘I haven’t walked anyone,'” Girardi said. “He’s trying to get hitters out. Back-to-back, he’s been good. He really hasn’t done anything wrong. He’s been really good.”

Girardi believes Wells will come out of slump

SEATTLE — The reality of Vernon Wells’ offensive production, as manager Joe Girardi sees it, is likely somewhere in the middle of his scorching April and his recent struggles at the plate.

Wells got off to a hot start with the Yankees but has gone ice-cold, owning just four hits in his last 53 at-bats (.075).

“I think his timing’s a little off,” Girardi said. “It seems when he does hit a ball hard, they catch it. He’s struggling right now. We believe he’s going to come out of it. There’s no doubt he’s going to come out of it, but I just think he’s out in front of balls a little bit and it’s causing some issues.”

Girardi said that he still considers Wells an everyday player in the Yankees’ lineup, though Lyle Overbay’s transition from first base to right field has given him more options with how to align his outfield.

“I still consider Vernon an everyday player,” Girardi said. “Might I spell him with a day off with Overbay? Yeah, but I still consider Vernon an everyday player.”

Bombers bits

– Yankees left-hander Vidal Nuno was removed from his start on Friday at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre witha groin injury, according to manager Joe Girardi, who said that Nuno is expected to be placed on the Minor League disabled list.

– Kevin Youkilis entered play on Saturday having reached base safely in all 20 games that he has started in his career at Safeco Field. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that matches David Ortiz of the Red Sox for the longest streak of reaching base in consecutive starts at Safeco Field.

– Earlier this week, All-Star selections were made in the Class-A Florida State League and Class-A South Atlantic League. Catcher Gary Sanchez and right-hander Shane Greene were selected from Class-A Tampa, while Class-A Charleston is represented by four players: right-hander Rafael DePaula, right-hander Gabe Encinas, left-hander Dietrich Enns and catcher Peter O’Brien.

– On this date in 1969, Mickey Mantle Day was celebrated at Yankee Stadium as Mantle’s No. 7 jersey was retired and a plaque was unveiled in his honor. The Yanks then swept a doubleheader from the White Sox by scores of 3-1 and 11-2.

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