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The Yankees reassigned the following players to minor-league camp after the game:

OF Todd Linden
1B-OF Shelley Duncan
OF John Rodriguez
INF Doug Bernier
INF Justin Leone
C P.J. Pilittere
C Chris Stewart
RHP Dave Robertson

That leaves the Yankees with 31 players in camp. That includes A-Rod, who will be placed on the 15-day DL. So five players remain to be cut.

In other news, Joe Girardi threw a change-up after the game, saying it was “possible” they could start the season without a long reliever. That means Jon Albaladejo could make the squad instead of Alfredo Aceves, Dan Giese or Brett Tomko.

That is what happened last season and don’t bet against it this time around.

UPDATE, 5:01 p.m.: Counting the game against Team USA, here is what Dave Robertson did this spring:

8 games, 8 innings, 2 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 12 strikeouts.

“He threw the ball OK,” Girardi said. “It’s important he go down and get some work. Robbie’s performed at this level pretty well at times and he performed for us at spring training pretty well at times. He’s a man who has, I think, a good future. He needs to continue a little to mature a little but as pitcher. I told him there’s a chance we’ll see him this year.”

Edwar Ramirez: 7 games, 7 innings, 5 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 10 strikeouts.

All things are not equal in this matter as Ramirez has far more experience in the majors than Robertson. But I think the Yankees overlook Robertson sometimes. We’ll see what happens during the season.