ST Game Thread: The Final (Spring Training) Game


Alex is ready to go back to New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

At long last, the Yankees will play their final game of the Grapefruit League schedule today. Once this one is over, the team will pack up and fly back to New York and prepare for Thursday’s season opener against these same Tigers they’re playing today. The weather still isn’t great in Tampa, so chances are the regulars will just get an at-bat or two and hit the showers. No sense in risking injury at this point. Here’s the starting lineup, which will probably be what we see against Justin Verlander on Thursday…

Brett Gardner, CF
Derek Jeter, SS
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robbie Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Jorge Posada, DH
Andruw Jones, LF
Russell Martin, C

Available Pitchers: Freddy Garcia, Rafael Soriano, Bartolo Colon, Luis Ayala, Mark Prior, Wilkins Arias, Andy Sisco, Eric Wordekemper, and Pat Venditte.

Available Position Players: Austin Romine (C), Eric Chavez (1B), Eduardo Nunez (2B), Ramiro Pena (SS), Doug Bernier (3B), Ray Kruml (LF), Melky Mesa (CF), and Justin Maxwell (RF).

Depending on where you live, you can watch this game live on either YES or ESPN at 1:05pm. Remember, it doesn’t matter if they win or lose, just that no one gets hurt. Enjoy.

Note: Congrats to Manny Banuelos for winning the James P. Dawson Award as the top rookie in camp. Jon Weber, of all people, won the award last year, Gardner the year before.


  1. Jonathan says:

    Holy shit…we have 7 former gold glovers in the lineup today. I know that doesn’t mean shit but it’s still crazy. And none of those are Gardner/Granderson. That’s the insane part. If only Andruw/Jeter/Arod were what they used to be.

  2. dkidd says:

    aaron boone: looks like johnny knoxville, sounds like ross perot

  3. Jonathan says:

    It’s hard to believe a guy could get paid millions to manage a major league team and think range is one of the most overrated things in the game.

  4. cano is the bro says:

    why do i get the feeling that andruw jones is going to suck this year?

  5. j says:

    So I just found out I have a Civil Procedure makeup that will cost me watching opening day and that I have to attend. Should I buy MLB.TV so I can watch games in class?

  6. NC Saint says:

    Probably the last chance for me to see Venditte on live television. C’mon, Joe, throw me a bone here.

  7. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Lorenz and Flaherty need to announce all 162 games.

  8. mike_h says:

    come on ARod, mash this grand slam!!!!

  9. mike_h says:

    come on Swish!!!!!!

  10. Nigel Bangs says:

    Holy A-Rod mobility! Man, that guy looks primed to have a monster year.

  11. mike_h says:

    ugh I hope they have a real short lesh on Garcia. 3 starts then into the pen as the longman then bring in Millwood

  12. Nogomo says:

    Garrison looked good! Wasn’t even listed as available. Wonder what his chances are of making the roster, guessing slim.

    • mike_h says:

      both Ayala and Garrison got into the game, no surprise there. I think they take Garrison cause we need more lefties given the fact we play the Twins for 4 back to back games and you really want to shut down Mauer/Morneau

      • Nogomo says:

        I hope you’re right. He could help us. So, just an oversight that he wasn’t listed above as available I guess?

  13. A-ROD fan says:

    Jeter is a grounds ball machine

  14. Nogomo says:

    I can’t help it, I am feeling good about the team. Garcia at the bottom and he showed some fine moments today.

  15. Nogomo says:

    Getting my first look at Prior. Not bad.

  16. mbonzo says:

    So glad this isn’t a real game, this strike zone is a joke.

  17. mike_h says:

    at this point none of the guys on the 25 man should even be on the field. Just stay healthy!!!

  18. mbonzo says:

    Woah, just realized theres a new Yankees website and I like it.

  19. CS Yankee says:

    Good for you Austin!

  20. mike_h says:

    :( I guess no Pat Venditte today

  21. mike_h says:

    DAMN, why isnt Colon in the rotation????? Solid he was freakin solid all spring

  22. Fair Weather Freddy says:

    Hello Regular Season!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Justin says:

    Whatever happened to putting the Banuelos watch in the sidebar??

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