After yesterday’s New York Times report that Alex Rodriguez will meet with federal investigators on Friday, Rodriguez said he would answer “just baseball questions” this afternoon.
He wouldn’t say whether he’ll be in the lineup on Friday, but he did say, “I’m definitely playing tomorrow.”
• Pitchers available tonight: Javier Vazquez, Mariano Rivera, Mark Melancon, Zack Segovia, Boone Logan, Damaso Marte.
• Scheduled to play off the bench: C P.J. Pilittere, 1B Juan Miranda, 2B Kevin Russo, SS Ramiro Pena, 3B Francisco Cervelli, LF Jon Weber, CF Greg Golson, RF David Winfree
• Cervelli played some first base way back in 2003, but he’s never played third during a minor league game. He does routinely take ground balls there, and the Yankees like to have all of their catchers get some reps at the corners.
• INF Luis Nunez and C Ryan Baker are up from minor league camp as backups.
• SS Alberto Gonzalez, RHP Brian Bruney, RHP Tyler Clippard and C Wil Nieves are on the Nationals travel roster for tonight’s game.
Roger Bernadina LF
Christian Guzman SS
Willie Harris 3B
Josh Whitesell 1B
Justin Maxwell CF
Adam Kennedy 2B
Ian Desmond DH
Wil Nieves C
Willy Tavaras RF
RHP Livan Hernandez
Quick question. Which lineup is more difficult, this group of Nationals or the group of Yankees bench players and minor leaguers who batted during Monday’s intrasquad game?
UPDATE, 3:12 p.m.: Edwar Ramirez is on the move again. He’s been traded to Oakland for infielder Gregorio Petit, a good defensive infielder who hit just .244/.292/.336 in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League last season. I guess you could argue that the Yankees should have been the ones to get Petit for Ramirez, but the Yankees are well stocked in upper-level, utility infield types. Whatever cash considerations they got from Texas will probably be more useful.
UPDATE, 3:20 p.m.: Just for fun, here’s a proposed batting order of the players who hit in Monday’s intrasquad game. Is this lineup — granted, positions don’t work out — better than the Nationals lineup for tonight? Probably not, but it’s close. I’d definitely take the middle of this lineup.
1. Greg Golson
2. Jon Weber
3. Randy Winn
4. Marcus Thames
5. Juan Miranda
6. Jamie Hoffman
7. Reid Gorecki
8. Austin Romine
9. Mike Rivera