Spring Game 28: Yankees vs. Phillies

Hello from under the lights at George M. Steinbrenner Field, where tonight’s big news is that the Yankees have set their rotation to open the season. Michael Pineda has won the fifth starter’s job, beating out David Phelps, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno, and Masahiro Tanaka’s big league debut is officially set for April 4 in Toronto.

In other updates from camp, Jacoby Ellsbury had six plate appearances (1-for-4 with two walks) over at the Minor League complex and is confident he will begin the year on the active roster. The same can’t be said for Brendan Ryan, who looks like a lock to start the season on the disabled list with a pinched nerve in his upper back. With Eduardo Nunez expected to be on the roster, Ryan’s injury should open a spot for either Dean Anna or Yangervis Solarte.

Here are the lineups as the Yanks plan a “Johnny Wholestaff” game, with all of their pitchers essentially working in relief. Tonight’s first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on the YES Network and MLB Network. You can also listen on WFAN.

PHILLIES (8-15-2)
Ben Revere CF
Jimmy Rollins SS
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Marlon Byrd RF
Domonic Brown LF
Carlos Ruiz C
Bobby Abreu DH
Cody Asche 3B

Jeff Manship RHP

YANKEES (15-10-2)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano RF
Kelly Johnson 3B
Brian Roberts 2B
Ichiro Suzuki CF

Adam Warren RHP



Pineda had the inside track all spring. Well deserved.


Solarte made a nice play in the 9th, would have been a double play if Romine was still able to block the plate. Put him on the 40.


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