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Exhibition game: Yankees at Nationals

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 29, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES
Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C

LHP Andy Pettitte (1-0, 4.82)

NATIONALS
Denard Span CF
Jayson Werth RF
Bryce Harper LF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Danny Espinosa 2B
Wilson Ramos C
Steve Lombardozzi DH

RHP Jordan Zimmerman (0-1, 5.49)

TIME/TV: 2:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Temperatures in the mid 50s. Minimal chance of rain.

UMPIRES: HP Vic Carapazza, 1B D.J. Reyburn, 2B Chris Conroy, 3B Adam Hamari

SLOWLY MOVING NORTH: The Yankees flew out of Tampa last night and they’re making their way north. First stop, Washington D.C. for today’s exhibition against the Nationals. It will be the Yankees final tune up against Major League competition. They play Army tomorrow afternoon at West Point, then they’ll take Sunday off before opening at home against the Red Sox on Monday.

LINE THEM UP: The Red Sox are scheduled to start lefty Jon Lester on Opening Day, so today’s lineup might not be indicative of the Yankees batting order on Monday. It might, however, be a good indication of the team’s regular lineup against right-handers. Manager Joe Girardi has indicated that he’s willing to bat three lefties in a row at the top of the order.

WHAT TO WATCH: The Yankees will make a final decision on Lyle Overbay after today’s game. He seems to have a roster spot locked up, but I guess you just never know until it’s a done deal. … This is Andy Pettitte’s final start before he pitches next week’s series finale against the Red Sox. … I haven’t seen a list of scheduled relievers, but two bullpen spots still seem fairly up for grabs. The Yankees might have favorites in mind, but from the outside, there seem to be six or seven guys in the mix. … It’s doubtful the Yankees regulars will get more than one or two at-bats against Army, so this should be the final extended playing time before the opener.

UPDATE, 2:19 p.m.: Bryce Harper just singled off Pettitte. Last time Harper faced Pettitte in D.C., Pettitte struck him out three times as part of a five-strikeout day for Harper.

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