The Yankees are over in Lake Buena Vista this afternoon and much of my morning will be spent driving. There won’t be any notes or anything on the blog until closer to noon.
CC Sabathia has the start on the road against the Braves. Sergio Mitre is starting tonight’s 7:05 game at home against the Blue Jays. I’ll have lineups when I get to Braves camp.
Until then, Brett Gardner wasn’t the fastest man in the Yankees clubhouse yesterday. Four-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson came to George M. Steinbrenner Field to talk to the team about what it takes to repeat as champions. “They have to have a new goal,” Johnson said. “It’s not enough to just say, hey let’s be world champions. You’ve done that before.”
The bad news on Monday was that Alfredo Aceves is having more trouble with his back and will skip today’s scheduled relief appearance. The good news is that Mark Teixeira has only a bruise after being hit by a pitch in the elbow. The notebook also has items on a good day for home runs, pending decisions in the bullpen and in center field, and a unique one-day addition to the Yankees bullpen.