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Spring Game 21: Yankees at Mets

CC Sabathia

YANKEES (12-7-1)
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B
Chase Headley 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Garrett Jones RF
John Ryan Murphy C
Brendan Ryan DH
Jose Pirela CF
Ramon Flores LF

LHP CC Sabathia (3-4, 5.28 in 2014)

METS (10-9)
Juan Lagares CF
Curtis Granderson RF
David Wright 3B
Lucas Duda 1B
Michael Cuddyer LF
Wilmer Flores SS
Travis d’Arnaud C
Anthony Recker DH
Matt Reynolds 2B

RHP Matt Harvey (did not pitch in 2014)

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network and WFAN

WEATHER: One of the hottest days of the spring.

UMPIRES: HP Sean Barber, 1B Ed Hickox, 2B Mike Estabrook, 3B Adam Hamari

TODAY’S SECOND STRING: C Austin Romine, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Rob Refsnyder, SS Nick Noonan, 3B Cole Figueroa, LF Jonathan Galvez, CF Slade Heathcott, RF Aaron Judge, DH Kyle Higashioka

TODAY’S SCHEDULED RELIEVERS: Scott Baker, Jose Ramirez, Chasen Shreve, Chris Martin

BACK IN TAMPA: Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran are each scheduled to get a bunch of at-bats at the minor league complex today and tomorrow.

UPDATE, 1:18 p.m.: Yankees did nothing against Harvey in the top of the first. Here’s CC.

UPDATE, 1:19 p.m.: Leadoff inside-the-park home run off Sabathia. Might have been caught with a usual center fielder, but Pirela couldn’t get there. That’s a problem, because Pirela ran into the wall hard and hasn’t gotten up. He’s down and being carted off the field.

UPDATE, 1:24 p.m.: In the golf cart, Pirela had his head down, arm wrapped around the guy driving. Looked completely dazed. He’s clearly hurt, but it looks — from a distance, with no one to ask for specifics — more like a concussion than an arm or leg injury. Not sure what exactly happened, that’s just what it looked like. He just looked completely out of it.

UPDATE, 1:29 p.m.: Lucas Duda with a two-out solo homer. It’s 2-0 Mets.

UPDATE, 1:31 p.m.: Sabathia gets Cuddyer swinging to end the inning. Two homers (one inside, one conventional) and two strikeouts (one looking, one swinging) in the first inning.

UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: Single and a stolen base for Teixeira. Mets paid no attention and made it easy for him. Yankees seem to be going all out this afternoon.

UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: Two-run homer by David Wright in the third inning. Sabathia struck him out the first inning. Also, just a few minutes ago Jose Pirela left the ballpark in an ambulance. A photographer got a shot of him being loaded into the ambulance on a gurney.

UPDATE, 2:02 p.m.: CC is finished with two outs in the third inning. He was limited to 45-50 pitches.

UPDATE, 3:21 p.m.: Don’t take Scott Baker out of the pitching staff discussion just yet. The veteran just delivered 4.1 scoreless innings this afternoon. He allowed just one hit.

 
 

Posted by:Chad Jenningson Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 at 1:00 pm. InMisc with Comments Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Pirela starting in center vs. Mets

No big news coming out of Port St. Lucie this morning, although Joe Girardi did say Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to resume baseball activities early next week.

Didi Gregorius SS

Stephen Drew 2B

Chase Headley 3B

Mark Teixeira 1B

Garrett Jones RF

John Ryan Murphy C

Brendan Ryan DH 

Jose Pirela CF

Ramon Flores LF

LHP CC Sabathia

 
 

Posted by:Chad Jenningson Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 at 11:12 am. InMisc with Comments Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Sabathia heading across the state for second spring start

CC Sabathia

My father likes to call me on days like this. Back when I was a senior in high school, already eyeing a career in sports writing, I hated getting up at 6 a.m. to work on the farm. I used to tell my Dad that eventually I’d be covering baseball or basketball, working at night and always sleeping in.

So Dad always laughs at me when I have early mornings like this one. At this point, I’ve already been driving for a while, getting across the state to Port St. Lucie for today’s game against the Mets. I thought about staying behind to watch Alex Rodriguez hit at the minor league complex — maybe tomorrow — but a CC Sabathia vs. Matt Harvey matchup seems worth watching.

Surely Sabathia’s excited to see the young Mets ace.

“Not really,” Sabathia said. “He’s not on my team. I’m curious to see how Tanaka looks. That’s my guy.”

Sabathia said he really hasn’t seen much of Harvey. He knows Harvey pitched in the All-Star Game a couple of years ago, but that’s about it. And playing the Mets in spring training? Not a big deal at all.

So why is Sabathia — a guy with more than enough veteran status to beg out of a trip like this — making the trip in the first place.

“We talked about just wanting the competition,” he said. “I haven’t pitched since May, so just thought this would be the best option. … Throwing the extra batting practice and two extra bullpens has gotten me to this point healthy, so I’m ready to take the next step and that’s getting actually ready for the season.”

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Posted by:Chad Jenningson Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 at 8:25 am. InMisc with Comments Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Jeter and Matsui team up again, this time for charity

Derek Jeter, Hideki Matsui, Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi

From Jim Armstrong of The Associated Press:

Derek JeterTOKYO (AP) — Hideki Matsui went to bat for children affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and hit a home run.

The 2009 World Series MVP teamed up with former New York Yankees teammate Derek Jeter on Saturday to raise funds for children from Japan’s disaster-stricken Tohoku region.

“Jeter played a big role in all of this,” Matsui said. “The kids had a magnificent day. Hopefully, when they go back to their everyday lives tomorrow, they’ll have new dreams to sustain them.”

Jeter and Matsui conducted a youth baseball clinic then managed middle school teams in a three-inning contest, won 2-0 by Matsui’s squad.

The day’s final event was a home run derby between the U.S. and Japanese students. Matsui thrilled the fans when he stepped up to the plate and hit a towering homer over the right-field wall at Tokyo Dome, where he spent 10 seasons with the Yomiuri Giants before heading to the U.S.

During his four-day visit to Japan, Jeter also took in a sumo tournament and visited Matsui’s hometown.

“It was a wonderful few days,” Jeter said. “Hideki showed me around, I got a chance to go see his hometown, I got a chance to see sumo wrestling and to top it off today was this great charity event. I’m grateful Hideki invited me and it’s all for a great cause.”

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Postgame notes: “I’m happy because today is good outing”

Michael Pineda

Any other year, Michael Pineda’s six strikeouts today would have been perhaps the biggest non-A-Rod story of spring training. He was hit hard early, adjust quickly and looked sharp the rest of the way. He got swings and misses with his changeup, threw strikes with his fastball and delivered yet another terrific start.

Any other year, it would have been a huge deal.

This spring, thought, the image of a smiling, dominant, healthy Pineda is beginning to feel commonplace.

“I’m happy because today is good outing,” Pineda said. “I’m feeling good. This is very important for me. I’m feeling great. And I stay in the game. … I feel very strong today. I’m happy with that because we won.”

After three years of struggling, rehabbing and working his way back, it seems Pineda has finally arrived, perhaps even better than the Yankees expected back in 2012. His changeup has become a legitimate weapon, and he still pounds the strike zone. It’s hard not to wonder what might have been had he been this way since that first spring when he first injured his shoulder.

“I’m more concerned about this year, what it could mean for us this year,” Joe Girardi said. “There’s not much we can do about the past. But I really believe if he stays healthy and gives us 30 (to) 32 starts, he could have a pretty good year.”

Given Masahiro Tanaka’s elbow, CC Sabathia’s knee and Nathan Eovaldi’s transition, I think you could make the case that Pineda is the most reliable weapon in the Yankees rotation, and right now he’s pitching like a guy who’s capable of bringing both reliability and dominance. What we saw today was nothing new, and that’s the good thing.

“I’m very, very happy in the spring, especially today,” Pineda said. “You know, I throw two innings, three innings and I feel very strong. I like it.”

Masahiro Tanaka• The Yankees might be lining up Masahiro Tanaka to start Opening Day. He’ll make his next start on Wednesday, getting a full week between starts. If he then pitches every six days, he would be perfectly lined up for the Opener on April 6. “I’m just going to leave it at that for now,” Girardi said.

• Asked why Tanaka is getting an extra day of rest leading into this upcoming start, Girardi said it was all about lining up the rotation, but he wouldn’t give specifics. “We’re trying to line people up, but I can’t give you an Opening Day starter because it kind of depends on where we feel they’re at,” Girardi said.

• Along those lines, Nathan Eovaldi is going to start a minor league game on Tuesday, the same day Esmil Rogers is starting a major league game. Again, Girardi said that’s all about getting guys lined up.

• Good second outing for Andrew Bailey who struck out two and hit a batter in his one inning. He said he recovered nicely after his previous outing and felt fully ready for this one. “That was the first time I’d pitched in a game in quite some time,” he said. “So I was eager to see how the next game was. It was fine, and the same thing the next day, and out there again today. I’m looking forward to more of the same.”

• Girardi said he’s still not sure when Bailey will try to go back-to-back.

• Last time out, Bailey was disappointed by his cutter. “I just stayed through it a little bit better (this time),” he said. “I worked on that on flat ground with Larry (Rothschild) and some of the other coaches. It’s me just driving the baseball to the plate instead of pulling off of it. It’s a little mechanical thing.”

• Andrew Miller and Justin Wilson also had two strikeouts in their outings today. Add a scoreless inning apiece for Nick Rumbelow and Jacob Lindgren, and it was a good day for the bullpen.

• Pineda seemed especially happy with his changeup today, and Girardi seemed to echo the same. Asked for a general analysis of today’s starting, Girardi started by saying Pineda was a little bit up in the zone early, then offered this: “Thought he threw some really good changeups today. Really, really good.”

Didi Gregorius• Two days in a row now Didi Gregorius has gotten a hit against a lefty. Today’s was a sharp single right down the first-base line. “He’s worked really hard with (hitting coach Jeff Pentland) about making some minor adjustments,” Girardi said. “I can’t tell you what exactly they are, but all these guys have worked really hard with Pent now, and with Alan (Cockrell), just little things. Things that they see. Didi’s really swung the bat (when) you look at the last week. Sometimes when you make adjustments, it might take you a little bit of time to get going because everything’s a little bit different, but it looks like it’s paying dividends.”

• After not scoring in the first eight innings, the Yankees rallied with three runs in the ninth to win 3-2. The winning run came on a sacrifice fly by Jake Cave. The big hit was a two-run double by Eddy Rodriguez.

• Aaron Judge had a hit in that game-winning ninth, but he most impressed with a running catch to end the seventh. “I was impressed with the jump he got on the ball,” Girardi said. “He made that catch easily. He made it look easy.”

• Mark Teixeira had two hits including a double. … Gregorius, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann also had hits and Brett Gardner drew a walk as some of the big league guys continue to look better at the plate. … That ninth-inning rally started with a Nick Noonan single.

• Final word goes to Gardner about his decision to climb the wall to retrieve Chris Young’s glove: “Is the fence eight feet? It feels taller than eight feet. I’m really short. We’d be in the eighth inning still if I didn’t get the glove. I wanted to throw the ball back in all the way to second base, but I didn’t have room between the batter’s eye hanging down and the fence, so I just tossed it back over. I actually didn’t even think about the ball, I was going to get the glove and the ball was laying right next to the glove. So then I wanted to throw the ball back to second base but I didn’t really have room to throw it between where the batter’s eye came down.”

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“Gardy thought he was in the movie Sandlot or something”

 

Brett Gardner

The most important things that happened in Yankees camp today: Michael Pineda looked awfully good again, Andrew Bailey looked better his second time out, and Andrew Miller had a two-strikeout inning. A little rally in the ninth inning gave the Yankees a 3-2 win, and it was ultimately a good Saturday.

But the most buzzworthy thing that happened in Yankees camp today? That had to be Brett Gardner climbing up and over the wall in center field to retrieve Chris Young’s glove after Young lost it trying to rob a home run in the first inning.

“Gardy thought he was in the movie Sandlot or something,” Joe Girardi said.

From the stands (or the press box), the whole thing was mostly hilarious; one of those random moments that would only happen in spring training. Young very nearly snagged a two-run homer but lost his glove in the process. He was kind of wandering aimlessly around center field when Gardner came running over from left.

“We’re working on pace of game in spring training,” Gardner explained. “And Chris Young was like, ‘You think I’m going to have to jump over there?’ I said, ‘If you’re not going to, I am.’ Otherwise, we’re going to be waiting 10 minutes for someone to go all the way around and get your glove. So I just said, all right, I’ll do it, whatever.”

Of course, the whole thing looked a little different from the Yankees bench, where Girardi has seen far too many injuries to fully enjoy the comedy of his starting left fielder scaling a wall for no logical reason. Girardi was prepared to send Tyler Austin’s glove onto the field as a replacement when he saw Gardner make the leap.

“I told him this isn’t, you know, Little League,” Girardi said, laughing but clearly preferring his outfielders keep their feet on the ground when possible.

Gardner said the whole thing was pretty easy. The wall was filthy, though, and he admitted it was easier getting over from the field than getting back over from behind. What if he couldn’t make it back?

“I would’ve probably walked around back to the player’s lot to my truck and left, maybe,” Gardner said. “If I stayed back there long enough, I guess they would have sent somebody else out to play left field. I would’ve had a quick exit. It worked out all right.”

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Posted by:Chad Jenningson Saturday, March 21st, 2015 at 4:35 pm. InMisc with Comments Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Spring Game 20: Yankees vs. Astros

Michael Pineda

YANKEES (11-7-1)
Brett Gardner LF
Chase Headley 3B
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Chris Young CF
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS
Austin Romine DH

RHP Michael Pineda (5-5, 1.89 in 2014)

ASTROS (7-6-3)
Robbie Grossman LF
George Springer RF
Chris Carter DH
Jason Castro C
Matt Dominguez 3B
Jon Singleton 1B
Carlos Correa SS
Marwin Gonzalez 2B
Jake Marisnick CF

LHP Dallas Keuchel (12-9, 2.93 in 2014)

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., not on TV or radio

WEATHER: Just another nice, sunny day.

UMPIRES: HP Mark Wegner, 1B Mark Carlson, 2B Marty Foster, 3B Dan Iossonga

TODAY’S SECOND STRING: C Eddy Rodriguez, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Rob Refsnyder, SS Cole Figueroa, 3B Nick Noonan, LF Tyler Austin, CF Jake Cave, RF Aaron Judge, DH John Ryan Murphy

TODAY’S SCHEDULED RELIEVERS: Justin Wilson, Andrew Bailey, Andrew Miller, Jacob Lindgren, Nick Rumbelow

BACK IN THE GAME: Andrew Bailey is making his second spring training appearance. He pitched an inning against the Braves earlier this week. … Michael Pineda has looked awfully sharp so far this spring. Seems like he could be an Opening Day alternative should either CC Sabathia or Masahiro Tanaka need an extra day or two before making their season debut. … Backup catcher candidates Austin Romine and John Ryan Murphy are each getting turns at DH today.

UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: So Michael Pineda’s day is off to a rough start. He allowed a one-out triple and a two-run homer in the first inning. The highlight of the whole thing is that Chris Young very nearly robbed the homer, but in the process, his glove fell off his hand and landed on the other side of the wall. Brett Gardner ran over from left field, climbed over the wall, threw the glove back over the wall — threw the ball, too — then climbed back over.

UPDATE, 2:01 p.m.: When he’s been hit, Pineda’s been hit hard. He’s allowed four hits, three for extra bases. But he’s also struck out six through 3.1 innings. He’s showing his usual command with no walks.

UPDATE, 2:03 p.m.: That’s all for Pineda. He gets Jon Singleton to fly to center and in comes Justin Wilson. Pineda went 3.2 innings with four hits, two runs, no walks and six strikeouts.

UPDATE, 2:11 p.m.: McCann just hit a rocket up the middle. It went off the pitcher’s glove toward the left side of the infield, where no one was covering because of the shift. That’s one way to beat it.

UPDATE, 2:28 p.m.: That’s 1.1 scoreless innings for Wilson. He got out of the fourth inning with a ground ball and he stranded two in the fifth inning, striking out two in the process.

UPDATE, 2:31 p.m.: Sharp single down the first-base line by Gregorius. It came against a lefty.

UPDATE, 3:00 p.m.: Couple of strikeouts in a scoreless seventh inning for Andrew Bailey. Andrew Miller also had two strikeouts in a scoreless sixth.

 
 

Posted by:Chad Jenningson Saturday, March 21st, 2015 at 1:00 pm. InMisc with Comments Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Saturday morning notes: Pirela still sees plenty of opportunity

Jose Pirela, Cameron Rupp

Barring a trade, injury or something unforeseen, the Yankees basically have their 13 position players in place. They’re trying to settle on one of two backup catchers, but Joe Girardi’s made it clear that there’s not a ton of open competition for bench roles or everyday lineup spots.

Surely that’s frustrating for a guy like Jose Pirela, who’s done everything right this spring. He’s made the road trips, played multiple positions, and hit .370/.433/.630. He’s put himself as close to a roster spot as he could possibly be without having one locked up.

Pirela“They give me a lot of opportunities, and I’ve been happy for the opportunity they give me to play,” Pirela said. “I feel happy for that.”

But surely Pirela sees a guy like Brendan Ryan ahead of him on the depth chart and feels ignored.

“No, no, no,” Pirela said. “I’ve just been around those guys and learn the most I can to be like the way they play. And I’m good for that.”

It seems worth remembering that Pirela signed as an amateur free agent way back in 2006. At the time he was a 16-year-old kid out of Venezuela. He was in his seventh full season of pro ball before he even got a taste of Triple-A, and he was in his eighth season before he was even remotely on the big league radar.

No opportunity this spring? That’s clearly not the way Pirela sees it. He knows what it’s like to have no chance, and this isn’t it.

“Every year I’m a more veteran player, and the more I play, the more I learn,” he said. “That’s helped me a lot. All around. … Everybody on the team has an opportunity to play in the majors. If I make the team or not, I keep working hard to be on the team whenever they need me.”

CC Sabathia• CC Sabathia is making the trip to Port St. Lucie tomorrow, which seems like an unusually long trip for a veteran like Sabathia. He said the idea is to let him get into a competitive situation since he missed so much time last season. Might have stayed back to pitch a simulated game most springs, but this year Sabathia’s happy to get the game action.

• Baseball America’s latest minor league transactions include a bunch of released Yankees minor leaguers: RHP Cristofer Cabrera, RHP Dayton Dawe, RHP Alex Polanco, RHP David Rodriguez, RHP Hayden Sharp, LHP Hector Martinez, LHP Abel Mora, 1B Mat Gamel, 1B R.J. Johnson, 1B Bubba Jones, 2B Jake Anderson, 2B Casey Stevenson, OF Anderson Feliz, OF Daniel Lopez

• On that list, the name that stands out to me is Anderson Feliz, who once seemed to have legitimate promise as a switch-hitting second baseman or utility man, but he couldn’t stay healthy enough to gain any traction.

• Other notables among the released: Gamel is the veteran who signed just a few days ago in an attempt to come back from multiple injuries. … Anderson and Jones are each former seventh-rounders who never hit much. … Stevenson got to Triple-A last year, but was basically serving as a kind of organizational utility man, filling holes wherever necessary. …Johnson is a former pitcher who the Yankees were trying out as a hitter last season. … None of the pitchers had ever advanced beyond the extremely low levels.

• New Joe Girardi nickname: Today the manager saw his starting catcher and asked: “How’s it going Mac Attack?” So, yeah.

• Nathan Eovaldi, Esmil Rogers, Bryan Mitchell and Kyle Davies are throwing bullpens today.

• Speaking of Mitchell, he’s making the trip to face the Nationals on Monday. The Yankees haven’t announced a starter for that day, but it seems a smart bet that Mitchell will get the ball that day. Davies is also on that trip, but Girardi has said he wants to give Mitchell another start, so I’m guessing that will happen on Monday.

• These next two days, the Yankees play back-to-back road games in Port St. Lucie (on Sunday) and Viera (on Monday). Those are pretty long trips to the east side of the state, so the Yankees are spending the night on the road. A handful of players will be there for each game. There will also be a large group going to Port St. Lucie on Sunday morning and returning on Sunday night, then another group will skip Port St. Lucie and will meet the team in Viera. Basically, most big league guys don’t have to spend the night on the road.

AustinMurphyToday’s second string: C Eddy Rodriguez, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Rob Refsnyder, SS Cole Figueroa, 3B Nick Noonan, LF Tyler Austin, CF Jake Cave, RF Aaron Judge, DH John Ryan Murphy

Today’s scheduled relievers: Justin Wilson, Andrew Bailey, Andrew Miller, Jacob Lindgren, Nick Rumbelow

• Travel squads for Sunday and Monday:

SUNDAY in Port St. Lucie
Pitchers: Scott Baker, Jacob Lindgren, Chris Martin, Jose Ramirez, Nick Rumbelow, CC Sabathia Chasen Shreve
Catchers: Francisco Arcia, Kyle Higashioka, John Ryan Murphy, Eddy Rodriguez, Austin Romine
Infielders: Stephen Drew, Cole Figueroa, Jonathan Galvez, Didi Gregorius, Chase Headley, Garrett Jones, Nick Noonan, Jose Pirela, Rob Refsnyder, Brendan Ryan, Mark Teixeira
Outfielders: Ramon Flores, Slade Heathcott
Up from minor league camp: RHP Nick Goody, LHP Tyler Webb, INF Dan Fiorito, OF Tyler Austin, OF Aaron Judge

Players returning that night: Baker, Martin, Sabathia, Drew, Gregorius, Headley, Teixeira, Goody, Webb

MONDAY in Viera
Pitchers: Danny Burawa, Kyle Davies, Bryan Mitchell, Jacob Lindgren, Jose ramirez, Nick Rumbelow, Chasen Shreve
Catchers: Brian McCann, Francisco Arcia, Kyle Higashioka, John Ryan Murphy, Eddy Rodriguez, Austin Romine
Infielders: Cole Figueroa, Jonathan Galvez, Garrett Jones, Nick Noonan, Jose Pirela, Rob Refsnyder, Brendan Ryan
Outfielders: Brett Gardner Chris Young, Ramon Flores, Slade Heathcott
Up from minor league camp: RHP Brandon Pinder, RHP Kyle Haynes, RHP Cesar Vargas, LHP Fred Lewis, OF Tyler Austin, OF Aaron Judge

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Romine gets a turn at DH

PinedaBrett Gardner LF
Chase Headley 3B
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Chris Young CF
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS
Austin Romine DH

RHP Michael Pineda

 

 
 

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Posted by:Chad Jenningson Saturday, March 21st, 2015 at 8:32 am. InMisc with Comments Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A-Rod’s cousin to plead guilty in steroids case

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Here’s the latest on Alex Rodriguez’s off-the-field drama. Sounds like he won’t have to testify against his cousin in open court, which is surely good news for him. “Guys, we have so many good things to talk about, but that’s not one of them,” Rodriguez said this afternoon. “We’ll keep it baseball. Have a good weekend.” Here’s the AP with the latest on Cousin Yuri:

MIAMI (AP) — A cousin of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to plead guilty to drug charges, the last defendant whose case is pending in the federal government’s Biogenesis of America investigation.

New court documents show that Yuri Sucart will change his plea at a hearing next Friday before U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga. Sucart is charged in a seven-count indictment with testosterone distribution and conspiracy to distribute the performance-enhancing substance.

Sucart was among those charged in connection with the now-closed Biogenesis clinic in Coral Gables operated by Anthony Bosch, who posed as a doctor. Baseball’s investigation esulted in the suspensions of 14 players, including Rodriguez for all of last season.

Bosch and the others have pleaded guilty. Bosch received the longest sentence at four years in prison.

If Sucart pleads guilty, Rodriguez would not have to testify in open court.

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