The Yankees play only one game today. It’s a night game down in Fort Myers against the Red Sox.
Before they hit the road, though, the Yankees are holding a workout at Steinbrenner Field. That’s going to start later this morning, a chance for the guys who aren’t making the trip to take a few swings and field a few ground balls. That’s where most of the Yankees regulars will do their work today.
The only everyday players making tonight’s road trip are the three outfielders. Otherwise, Sergio Mitre will make his second start, Jesus Montero will try to get his bat going, and Eduardo Nunez and Ramiro Pena will have another chance to make their cases for the bench (right now, Nunez is making his case more loudly than Pena).
So that’s what we have on tap here in Tampa: A workout and a game. Two very different events in two very different locations at two very different times. A split squad, indeed.
This is the second game between the Yankees and Red Sox this spring. It’s inevitable that the Red Sox become an occasional topic in Yankees camp, but that seems to happen only when Boston is brought up in an interview. Otherwise, the Yankees don’t seem to be especially focused on their division rivals.
“I think what gets our hitters going every year, and our pitchers and position players, is we know the goal that’s at stake, and our guys get after it every spring training,” Joe Girardi said. “I tell our guys, you have to worry about yourself, you can’t worry about what other clubs are doing. It’s just way too much wasted energy.”
Associated Press photo of Alex Rodriguez