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Spring Game 23: Yankees vs. Tigers

Esmil Rogers

YANKEES (12-9-1)
Brett Gardner CF
Chase Headley 3B
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Alex Rodriguez DH
Stephen Drew 2B
Chris Young LF
Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Esmil Rogers (2-0, 5.72 in 2014)

TIGERS (7-14-2)
Anthony Gose CF
Ian Kinsler 2B
Miguel Cabrera DH
J.D. Martinez RF
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Alex Avila C
Nick Castellanos 3B
Andrew Romine 1B
Jose Iglesias SS

RHP Anibal Sanchez (8-5, 2.57 in 2014)

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Temperatures in the low 80s and upper 70s. Been a nice day down here.

UMPIRES: HP Mark Carlson, 1B Bob Davidson, 2B Eric Cooper, 3B Mark Wegner

TODAY’S SECOND STRING: C John Ryan Murphy, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Ali Castillo, SS Nick Noonan, 3B Jonathan Galvez, LF Ramon Flores, CF Slade Heathcott, RF Aaron Judge, DH Kyle Higashioka

TODAY’S SCHEDULED RELIEVERS: Justin Wilson, Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances, Nick Rumbelow

LAST CHANCE FOR ROGERS: The Yankees are expected to make a fifth-starter decision by the end of the week, which means this should be Esmil Rogers’ last chance to make his case. Last time out, Rogers kind of scuffled while Adam Warren thrived. The Yankees, though, already know they like and trust Warren in the bullpen, which could help keep the door open for Rogers. Opinions seem mixed on whether Rogers or Warren is the favorite at the moment.

UPDATE, 7:12 p.m.: Rogers opens the game with a single, a stolen base, a pop up and another single. Runners at the corners with one out for J.D. Martinez.

UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.: Infield single drives in a run. Only an infield single because Gregorius managed to stop the ball from getting into left field (and he nearly got the out at first). Would have been a clean single through the hole last season. It’s 1-0 Tigers.

UPDATE, 7:23 p.m.: Single and a stolen base for Gardner in the bottom of the first.

UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: Well, now Gardner’s been thrown out trying to go second to third on a fly ball to center. Strong throw by Gose.

UPDATE, 7:27 p.m.: Back to back doubles by Beltran and Teixeira have tied the game at one.

UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: Rogers just tried to rush a play on a high chopper. Wound up dropping the ball. That came immediately after a walk to utility infielder Andrew Romine. Now there are two on with one out and the top of the order coming up.

UPDATE, 7:41 p.m.: Two-run single up the middle for Ian Kinsler. It’s now 3-1 Tigers. Rogers not looking great in his final two starts before the big fifth starter decision.

UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: Second walk in the inning for Rogers. Started this inning with a strikeout. Since then: Walk, error, deep fly ball, single, walk.

UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Now Rogers has bounced a fastball — it was ruled a passed ball, but it was definitely a wild pitch — and allowed a long, two-run double. It’s a 5-1 Tigers lead heading into the bottom of the second.

UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: There’s a strong inning for Rogers. He gets through the third inning in order.

UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: Walk and another stolen base for Gardner. Yankees turn that into a run with a Beltran sac fly and it’s now 5-2.

UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Betances gives up a run on a walk and a single in the fifth. Chase Headley helped him out with a really nice charging play on a ground ball that moved the lead runner from first to second. The YES gun had Betances around 93-94 mph.

UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: And the crowd goes wild as Teixeira slaps a ground ball single through the left side of the shifted infield.


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Pregame notes: Sabathia no longer lined up for Opening Day

Masahiro Tanaka

The Yankees have announced their rotation through Monday’s off day, and it seems to provide some clarity about the their plans for Opening Day.

Wednesday: Masahiro Tanaka
Thursday: Adam Warren
Friday: Michael Pineda
Saturday: CC Sabathia
Sunday: Nathan Eovaldi

By giving Sabathia an extra day of rest this week, the Yankees have effectively eliminated him from the conversation for Opening Day. To pitch the opener, Sabathia would have to make either his last spring start or his first regular-season start on short rest. Hard to imagine that happening. Instead, Sabathia’s now lined up to pitch Game 2 after one more turn on extra rest.

Meanwhile, Tanaka is lineup perfectly to stay on an every-six-days schedule and pitch Opening Day. Because of scheduled off days, Tanaka could make each of his first three starts on five days of rest even without the Yankees plugging in a sixth starter during that time.

“It is flexible because of these days off,” Girardi said. “It’s flexible what we can do. We’ve done that kind of on purpose. The big thing is that Eovaldi, his pitch counts are good, Pineda’s have been good. We still need to build Tanaka and CC up a little more. As long as we can get through their starts and have no issues, we should be able to iron it out the way we anticipate them.”

With Esmil Rogers starting tonight and Warren scheduled for Thursday, Girardi said he could have a fifth starter decided by the end of the week.

“I think it’s a pretty big start for (Rogers),” Girardi said. “… I would think we’ll probably even meet in the next couple days to try to make some decisions here.”

Alex Rodriguez• During fielding drills today, Alex Rodriguez spent a lot of time at first base working on cut offs and relays. Girardi said he still expects Rodriguez to get at least one turn at first base this spring. “You’re probably going to see him going through some drills at first,” Girardi said. “And my guess is you’re going to see him (at first base) in a spring training game before we leave.”

• Girardi said he’d basically just like to have Rodriguez capable of playing first base just in case someone gets hurt. Garrett Jones is the backup first baseman, but if either Jones or Teixeira were to get hurt, Girardi said he’d rather be able to play Rodriguez at first base instead of either Chase Headley or Brian McCann.

• The more important thing with Rodriguez has been his at-bats, and the Yankees seem happy with those. “I just think his at-bats are more consistent (than at the start of camp),” Girardi said. “His timing is more consistent.”

• Jose Pirela is back with the team, but he’s still going through concussions tests. Girardi said the medical staff plans to let Pirela start working out — very lightly — just to see how he reacts to that. Pirela had a concussion two years ago, but he said the symptoms are not as bad this time.

• Jacoby Ellsbury did some light swings with a broomstick yesterday and will gradually increase baseball activities. Girardi remains unconcerned. Said he expects Ellsbury to start playing again before the end of spring training and be ready for the Opener.

• Nathan Eovaldi went 4.2 innings at the minor league complex. Said he was wild with his offspeed pitch early in the game — he started with a walk to former Yankees prospect Melky Mesa, who’s a notorious free swinger — but Eovaldi was ultimately happy with the outing. “I was just rushing (early in the game),” Eovaldi said. “Slider behind, same with the curveball. Fastball was a little all over the place. Once I stayed back over the mound, it was there.”

• With Tanaka starting tomorrow, Chase Whitley is going to the minor league complex to stay stretched out. He’ll pitch four or five innings across the street.

Today’s bullpen sessions: Adam Warren, CC Sabathia, Vicente Campos, Ivan Nova, Scott Baker, Chris Martin, Danny Burawa

Today’s second string: C John Ryan Murphy, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Ali Castillo, SS Nick Noonan, 3B Jonathan Galvez, LF Ramon Flores, CF Slade Heathcott, RF Aaron Judge, DH Kyle Higashioka

Today’s scheduled relievers: Justin Wilson, Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances, Nick Rumbelow

Associated Press photos


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Headley hitting second as Ellsbury sits again

Brett Gardner CF

Chase Headley 3B

Carlos Beltran RF

Mark Teixeira 1B

Brian McCann C

Alex Rodriguez DH

Stephen Drew 2B

Chris Young LF

Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Esmil Rogers



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Eovaldi set for five minor league innings

Nathan Eovaldi is at the minor league complex today. He’s scheduled for five innings. Austin Romine is coming down to catch for him. Romine will also get some at-bats whenever the Yankees want him to take them. Here’s the AAA lineup he’s playing with.

Taylor Dugas DH

Ben Gamel CF

Tyler Austin RF

Kyle Roller 1B

Rob Segedin 3B

Dan Fiorito 2B

Danny Oh LF

Hoy Jun Park SS

Tyson Blaser C (when Romine is finished)


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Yankees minor league work groups

Yankees Spring Baseball

I’m planning to head over to the minor league complex for at least a little while this afternoon to catch some of Nathan Eovaldi’s start. The major league clubhouse opens soon after that game gets started, so I won’t be able to catch all of it, but I’ll try to get over there for at least a little while. With Eovaldi heading to the complex, this seems like a good time to post the current minor league work groups.

A quick reminder: These are not the individual rosters for each level. Some players are assigned exactly where the Yankees expect them to start the season (for example, it makes sense that Greg Bird, Aaron Judge and Jake Cave are currently assigned to Double-A) but many players are simply put where they’re needed. The Triple-A roster looks nothing like it will at the start of the season because most of the actual Triple-A guys are still in big league camp (Thairo Estrada, for example, I can’t imagine opening in Triple-A).

So, take these for what they are: The assignments for this stage of spring training. There are still a lot of decisions to come, many of which could send players — including a lot of upper level pitchers — up or down to fill spots.

Here are the current assignments in minor league camp:

A quick observation about this group: You could pretty easily make a case for at least 10 of the pitchers listed here actually opening the season in Triple-A. That’s without Danny Burawa, Jose Ramirez and Jose De Paula, each of whom has already been optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre without being officially listed in the work group. There are also nine or so guys still in big league camp who won’t have a spot on the big league roster and could/should end up in Triple-A. That’s 22 pitchers for probably 12 spots. Some cuts will be easy, but some are going to be tricky.

Also, Adonis Garcia is not listed in any work group, but I’m told he’s still in the organization, is not injured, and should be joining the workouts soon. What’s going on? “Jedi tricks,” I was told. Seriously.

Andrew Chin
Caleb Cotham
Joel De La Cruz
Brett Gerritse
Chaz Hebert
Brady Lail
Fred Lewis
Jaron Long
Jordan Montgomery
Mark Montgomery
Diego Moreno
Zach Nuding
James Pazos
Branden Pinder
Eric Ruth
Alex Smith
Caleb Smith
Matt Tracy
Cesar Vargas
Tyler Webb

Kevin Alexander
Tyson Blaser
Juan Graterol
Wes Wilson

Kevin Cornelius
Thairo Estrada
Dan Fiorito
Jose Javier
Hoy Jun Park
Kyle Roller
Rob Segedin
Junior Valera

Tyler Austin
Yeicok Calderon
Taylor Dugas
Ben Gamel
Robert Hernandez
Adam Kirsch
Danny Oh

A quick observation about this group: Gary Sanchez was optioned to Double-A, not Triple-A. And it apparently wasn’t just for show, because Sanchez is legitimately playing with the Trenton guys, including a turn at DH on Sunday when Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran were in minor league camp. I wasn’t expecting a Double-A assignment to Sanchez, and certainly the Yankees could still bump him up to Triple-A to start the season. But one thing that’s probably worth noticing: This winter, the Yankees added former big league catcher Michel Hernandez to the Trenton coaching staff. They also moved former catcher P.J. Pilittere up to be the Double-A hitting coach. That staff is certainly equipped to work with a young catcher, and maybe that’s what the Yankees have had in mind all along.

Johnny Barbato
Derek Callahan
Dan Camarena
Ethan Carnes
Jordan Cote
Taylor Garrison
Tim Giel
Nick Goody
Travis Hissong
Justin Kamplain
Stefan Lopez
Matt Marsh
Luis Niebla
Mike Noteware
Jose Pena
Evan Rutckyj
Luis Severino
Chris Smith
Miguel Sulbaran
Chad Taylor
Eric Wooten

Jesus Aparicio
Radley Haddad
Gary Sanchez
Isaias Tejeda

Dante Bichette
Greg Bird
Ali Castillo
Vicente Conde
Cito Culver
Eric Jagielo
John Murphy
Jose Rosario
Matt Snyder

Devyn Bolasky
Jake Cave
Claudio Custodio
Aaron Judge
Nathan Mikolas
Brady Steiger
Mason Williams
Zach Wilson

A quick observation about this group: There are some interesting cases in this group including young Leonardo Molina, undrafted Mike Ford and potentially make-or-break Angelo Gumbs. The name that jumps out to me, though, is Tyler Wade if only because that guy actually made an impression in big league camp simply by getting a few one-day call ups to fill in off the bench. Those at-bats say nothing about his ultimate potential — the smallest of small sample sizes — but if Wade makes it to the big leagues while Joe Girardi is still the manager, I’m willing to be Girardi will remember him from this spring. Might need to be reminded of it, but Girardi loves little moments like that, and Wade had a few nice moments in his limited opportunities. Nice player, just young with a long way to go.

Andury Acevedo
Ian Clarkin
Nestor Cortes
Rookie Davis
Simon De La Rosa
Andre Del Bosque
Gabe Encinas
Yoel Espinal
Caleb Frare
Giovanny Gallegos
Kyle Haynes
Conner Kendrick
Joey Maher
Dillion McNamara
Jose Mesa
Melvin Morla
Monolo Reyes
Angel Rincon
Philip Walby
Matt Wotherspoon

Alvaro Noriega
Trent Garrison
Collin Slaybaugh
Jackson Valera

Miguel Andujar
Bryan Cuevas
Matt Duran
Billy Fleming
Mike Ford
Angelo Gumbs
Ryan Lindermuth
Tyler Wade

Jordan Barnes
Dominic Jose
Ericson Leonora
Leonardo Molina
Michael O’Neill
Mark Payton

A quick observation about this group: These are the young guys, many of whom will open the season in extended spring training and most of whom will probably never sniff the big leagues (that’s just the reality of it, the road is long and extremely difficult). One thing to notice is that you don’t see names like Nelson Gomez, Wilkerman Garcia and Juan De Leon listed here. Those were three of the biggest names the Yankees acquired during last year’s international spending spree, but they’re so young, they’re not even at this level yet. Just something to keep in mind. Those teenagers added to the system last year are really, really far away.

Domingo Acevedo
Sam Agnew-Wieland
Rigoberto Arrebato
Rony Bautista
Matt Borens
Sean Carley
Lee Casas
Luis Cedeno
Cale Coshow
Austin Decarr
Jonny Drozd
Jordan Foley
Joe Harvey
Ty Hensley
Jonathan Holder
Deshorn Lake
Anthony Marzi
Jhon Morban
Conner Mullee
David Palladino

Eduardo DeOleo
Jake Hernandez
Kale Sumner

Abiatal Avelino
Drew Bridges
Gosuke Katoh
Renzo Martini
Jorge Mateo
Graham Ramos
Dalton Smith
Connor Spencer
Derek Toadvine
Allen Valero

Austin Aune
Chris Breen
Kendall Coleman
Dustin Fowler
Frank Frias
Griffin Gordon
Alexander Palma
Brandon Thomas

Associated Press photos (the individual players are Pinder and Bird)


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Monday afternoon notes: Ellsbury still confident he’ll be ready

Masahiro Tanaka, Jacoby Ellsbury

The Yankees have one starting pitcher with a torn elbow ligament, another with a surgically repaired knee, and another who’s dealt with shoulder issues for three years now. Yet it’s the veteran No. 5 starter who hurt himself earlier this spring.

In the lineup, they have a right fielder coming back from elbow surgery, a first baseman who couldn’t stay on the field last season, and a designated hitter who’s approaching 40 and hasn’t played in more than a year. Yet it’s the reliable center fielder who spent the past week in the trainers’ room.

“I guess all I can tell is just how I feel each and every day,” Jacoby Ellsbury said this morning. “But until I swing a bat, until I throw, until I do really explosive stuff, that will be the real test. But it does feel better each and every day.”

Ellsbury has a mildly strained oblique. The injury was supposed to keep him out of the lineup a couple of days, but he’s now gone a week without baseball activities. Ellsbury remains confident he’ll play on Opening Day, and for now it seems to be more bump in the road than significant concern. The Yankees have to hope it stays that way, because Ellsbury might be their most dependable position player.

“If not the most important, one of the most important guys on our team and definitely in our lineup,” Alex Rodriguez said. “He is certainly one of the guys that I’m super excited about coming back. He’s kind of a rock star and he has a lot of skills. He reminds me of a very skilled point guard in baseball. He can do a lot of things very well, and I hated to play against him because he was so dangerous.”

While Ellsbury has a history of injuries, his two most significant were the product of collisions and not some chronic health problem. Just last spring he missed the last two weeks of Grapefruit League games with a calf injury, but he still opened the season with a strong month of April.

“Coming into the season I felt pretty good,” he said. “I got some at-bats across the street and everything. I felt pretty good. I felt like I was seeing the ball, tracking pitches. And I felt pretty good a couple of days ago in the games with that (before getting hurt). Hopefully I should get some at-bats before we break.”

The Yankees know they have some health and age concerns in their lineup, but Ellsbury’s not supposed to be the one having problems.

“He’s such a unique talent,” Rodriguez said. “You don’t see talent like that come around very often. … There’s a lot of things that I admire about his game and I look forward to hopefully driving him in this year.”

Yankees Nationals Baseball• The Yankees lost 7-6 this afternoon, but it’s hard to blame Chris Young. The Yankees fourth outfielder had a pair of home runs in the loss. The Yankees gave him another turn in center field today, though it seems more likely he’ll play some sort of platoon role in the corners. “The entire goal is just to be ready for whatever,” Young told “Be prepared for whatever situation is going to get thrown my way.”

• Young starter Bryan Mitchell was charged with two runs through 3.1 innings. Both runs scored after he left the game, but Mitchell allowed his share of base runners with four hits and three walks. His stuff is impressive, and the Yankees keep saying he’s still in the fifth-starter mix, but Mitchell also has a 7.36 ERA and 2.18 WHIP this spring. It’s only 7.1 innings total — hardly defines Mitchell as a pitcher — but in the short term, it suggests he’ll likely be on the outside looking in. “This is a young man with good stuff,” Joe Girardi said after the game. “It’s learning how to pound the strike zone with that good stuff and learning how to put guys away that is going to be a factor for him. I think this kid’s got a pretty high ceiling, I do. There’s stuff there.”

• Speaking of the fifth starter: Esmil Rogers gets the start tomorrow, and it sounds like Adam Warren might pitch on Thursday. Girardi said today that he’d like to have the fifth starter spot ironed out by the end of the week.

• Four relievers got in today’s game. Chasen Shreve allowed an RBI hit to a pitcher, Jose Ramirez — who’s already been sent down — struck out three but also was charged with a run, and Kyle Davies took the loss after allowing three runs in the seventh. The one pitching standout for the day was young Jacob Lindgren, who’s been terrific all spring. He’s flown remarkably under the radar, but he’s still around and still has terrific numbers.

• Brian McCann hit his second home run of the spring. He also threw out Bryce Harper trying to steal second on a pitch out. … John Ryan Murphy had two hits but is still hitting just .185 this spring. It was also a two-hit day for Rob Refsnyder (including a double). … As planned, Brendan Ryan got another turn at shortstop. He also got some at-bats as a designated hitter yesterday. Despite missing time with that back injury, Ryan still seems fairly secure in his spot on the Opening Day roster.

Associated Press photos



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Betances, Miller unfazed by bullpen uncertainty

Dellin Betances, Austin Romine

Dellin Betances turned 27 years old today. His gift from the Yankees coaching staff?

Continued uncertainty about his role for this season!

Actually, Betances seems perfectly indifferent to the fact Joe Girardi might not name a closer by the end of spring training. Betances said it’s clarity enough to know he’ll be pitching often and pitching in the late innings. That’s far more than he knew at this time last year.

“I think it’s helpful to know what role you have,” Betances said. “Not necessarily closer, but if you know you’re one of the late-inning guys, you kind of prepare yourself toward the end. At times, you never know, even if you’re a late-inning guy. Even when I was the eighth-inning guy, sometimes I came in in the sixth inning. You just have to prepare whenever your name is called and try to be ready.”

For the most part, bullpen roles tend to be determined in the course of a season. That’s how Betances moved up the ranks last season, and it’s how Andrew Miller got into bigger and bigger situations through his career.

“I never got called into (Red Sox manager) John Farrell’s office (to be) told I was the seventh-inning lefty specialist or I was the setup guy or anything,” Miller said. “I think neither of us has been in a situation where we’ve been an anointed closer before, so it’s not like we can say that’s a comfort zone for us. When the phone rings, we’ll pitch, and until otherwise, I have no problem with it. And I can’t imagine anyone else does.

“I think it might be a little unique, but I think we’ve come to establish that closing, that three outs in the ninth inning doesn’t have to be that specific as it has been historically the last couple of decades or whatever. For me, it doesn’t matter. I feel like I’m starting to throw the ball better here in the spring and that’s what’s important. When they ask me to pitch, I’ll be ready.”

That’s the idea. Neither Miller nor Betances has been assigned a traditional ninth-inning role in the past. Each has a single career save, but Miller’s came in extra innings and Betances got his in a two-inning appearance.

“I don’t know what it feels like,” Betances said. “If that’s what I get handed, I’ll try to ask (for advice). You’ve got (Andrew) Bailey here that’s closed before. I’ll ask advice and talk to guys, see how they treat it. For me, I’ll try to treat it the same way. I don’t know what it feels like, and I haven’t done it, but we’ll see what happens.”

Associated Press photo


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Spring Game 22: Yankees at Nationals

Bryan MitchellYANKEES (12-8-1)
Brett Gardner LF
Chris Young CF
Brian McCann C
Garrett Jones 1B
John Ryan Murphy DH
Brendan Ryan SS
Aaron Judge RF
Rob Refsnyder 2B
Nick Noonan 3B

RHP Bryan Mitchell (0-1, 9.00 in spring training)

Yunel Escobar 2B
Ian Desmond SS
Bryce Harper RF
Ryan Zimmerman 1B
Wilson Ramos C
Clint Robinson LF
Michael Taylor CF
Drew Ward 3B
Doug Fister P

RHP Doug Fister (0-0, 3.24 in spring training)

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., MLB Network

WEATHER: Looks like the rain will hold off enough to give them a fighting chance.

UMPIRES: HP Paul Nauert, 1B Gary Cederstrom, 2B Hunter Wendelstedt, 3B Ed Hickox

TODAY’S SECOND STRING: C Austin Romine, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Dan Fiorito, SS Cole Figueroa, 3B Jonathan Galvez, LF Tyler Austin, CF Ramon Flores, RF Slade Heathcott, DH Eddy Rodriguez

TODAY’S SCHEDULED RELIEVERS: Kyle Davies, Jose Ramirez, Jacob Lindgren, Nick Rumbelow, Chasen Shreve

ADVANTAGE YANKEES: Looks like the Nationals are going to play without a DH, but still let the Yankees use one.

UPDATE, 2:34 p.m.: The Yankees have tied the game at 4 on a Chris Young home run in the fifth. Brian McCann also has a home run in this game, and Rob Refsnyder already has two hits including a double. Bryan Mitchell was charged with two runs in 3.1 innings, though both scored after he left the game (they came on a two-run single by Nats pitcher Doug Fister off Yankees reliever Chasen Shreve).

UPDATE, 3:24 p.m.: Chris Young has his second homer of the game and the Yankees are up 6-4.

UPDATE, 3:47 p.m.: Well, that didn’t last. Three runs off Kyle Davies in the bottom of the seventh and it’s now 7-6 Washington. Couple of big doubles that inning.


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Monday morning notes: Rain in Tampa forces change of plans

Alex Rodriguez

Today’s exhibition game is on the other side of the state, and most of the Yankees who are playing in it actually spent last night on the road. It’ll be a game light on big league regulars — Brett Gardner and Brian McCann are the most notable Yankees involved — and so the bigger story of the day seemed likely to happen here in Tampa.

But then it rained.

Instead of playing in another minor league game, Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran will simply take some indoor batting practice and call it a day. I assume this makes it more likely that they’ll play tomorrow, but I really don’t know. The plan was to give them a handful of at-bats, but the weather hasn’t cooperated. There was some thought of playing an intrasquad game, but that idea has fizzled.

Basically, it’s just a quiet, rainy day in Tampa. This was going to be the place to be today, now it’s just a place that’s a little too wet for anything to happen.

Jose Pirela• The Yankees announced that all tests on Jose Pirela came back clean. Neck and spine MRI findings were normal and he was discharged from the hospital last night. He’s obviously not scheduled to play today.

• By the way, MLB Network announced that it will be live broadcasting today’s game between the Yankees and Nationals, and it will be available in the New York market, so check that out if you have a random Monday off.

• Jacoby Ellsbury said he’s scheduled for more treatment today, but he still hasn’t hit or played catch since the oblique injury. He’s still confident he’ll be ready for Opening Day.

• Nathan Eovaldi sounds encouraged by his spring. Said he’s successfully improved his split and his slider, and he’s done a better job of working up in the zone with his big fastball. He’ll start in a minor league game tomorrow. That’s an effort to get him stretched out while Esmil Rogers auditions by pitching in the big league game at night.

Today’s second string: C Austin Romine, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Dan Fiorito, SS Cole Figueroa, 3B Jonathan Galvez, LF Tyler Austin, CF Ramon Flores, RF Slade Heathcott, DH Eddy Rodriguez

Today’s scheduled relievers: Kyle Davies, Jose Ramirez, Jacob Lindgren, Nick Rumbelow, Chasen Shreve

Associated Press photos



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Gardner and McCann highlight Yankees lineup at Space Coast Stadium

GardnerBrett Gardner LF
Chris Young CF
Brian McCann C
Garrett Jones 1B
John Ryan Murphy DH
Brendan Ryan SS
Aaron Judge RF
Rob Refsnyder 2B
Nick Noonan 3B

RHP Bryan Mitchell


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