The Yankees play their second straight night game of the spring tonight when the host the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. CC Sabathia will be making the start for the Yankees, while Edison Vasquez gets the ball for Pittsburgh.
The Yankees have just eight Grapefruit League games left before they puck up their things and head to Houston for Opening Day, and even though it's hard to take away a lot from what we see in spring training games, but a lot of Yankees have been playing well, including Francisco Cervelli, who hit his fourth spring homerun last night against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers.
Sabathia is pitching in for the first time tonight since his outing in Panama on Sunday in which he tossed five hitless, scoreless innings against the Miami Marlins, retiring 15 of the 16 batters he faced.
Obviously Sabathia's velocity has been something worth watching this spring, and I don't doubt that people will be talking about it after tonight's game, too.
Tonight's lineup against Pittsburgh:
- Brett Gardner CF
- Derek Jeter SS
- Carlos Beltran RF
- Mark Teixeira 1B
- Brian McCann C
- Alfonso Soriano LF
- Kelly Johnson 3B
- Brian Roberts 2B
- Ichiro Suzuki DH
Put in Jacoby Ellsbury, and you pretty much have the Yankees' Opening Day lineup. Joe Girardi has everyone going out there tonight to back up their likely Opening Day starter. Speaking of Ellsbury, he took batting practice on the field today and didn't fall apart. The hope is that he'll get back into a game either Sunday or Tuesday.
Behind Sabathia, the Yankees have David Herndon, Matt Thornton, Shawn Kelley, and David Robertson listed - and in that order. So we could be looking at the 7th, 8th, and 9th inning job fillers for this season.
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