Update: Today's game against the Marlins has been canceled because of terrible weather. The Yankees got in Derek Jeter's pre-game ceremony in which he was given the key to the city in Tampa, and then seconds after it ended, the game was called.
And with that, Spring Training 2014 is over for the Yankees. Next stop -- once they finally settle the Nunez vs Solarte battle: Houston for Opening Day!
Original: There's something about the Miami Marlins that's had the Yankees' bats quiver. The Yanks were no-hit by the Marlins a couple weeks ago in Panama, and it wasn't until the 8th inning that the Yankees got their last night when Kelly Johnson doubled to open the innings.
Of course, none of that really matters because it's only spring training, but after today, we'll no longer be able to say that. Today's game against the Marlins -- weather pending -- will be the final fake baseball game the Yankees will be a part of until the All-Star Game in July. It's been a long spring, and it was great at the beginning to have baseball back, but I'm thankful that it's, finally, almost over.
Ivan Nova will be making his final spring tune-up today. This will be the right-handers 6th start of the spring. Though spring stats don't matter, he's got an ERA of 3.66 in 19.2 innings up to this point.
Nova will probably be listed to throw around 50 pitches today as he prepares for his first start of the season next Thursday against the Houston Astros.
Today's lineup vs Miami:
- Jacoby Ellsbury CF
- Derek Jeter SS
- Carlos Beltran DH
- Brian McCann C
- Mark Teixeira 1B
- Alfonso Soriano RF
- Brett Gardner LF
- Brian Roberts 2B
- Kelly Johnson 3B
Assuming the rain can stay away long enough -- and it's not looking good right now -- Jacoby Ellsbury will be playing in his first major league game since his calf problem originally came about. I believe that this is the first time this spring that Joe Girardi is using all of his likely Opening Day players.
** The Yankees almost completed their entire Opening Day roster last night by announcing that infielder Dean Anna will make the team. Before the game, Girardi announced that Vidal Nuno and Dellin Betances would be in the bullpen.
** The final spot on the roster will very likely go to either Eduardo Nunez or Yangervis Solarte, who has been one of the best hitters in camp this spring. Both players are scheduled to play off the bench today, and it's possible that we won't find out who makes the team until after the game.
** Jeter's farewell tour begins today, with a pre-game ceremony to be held at George M. Steinbrenner Field for Jeter's last game at the park in which he's played at many times in both spring training and Single-A when with the Tampa Yankees all those years ago.