It may be March, it may be meaningless, but gosh darn it, the Yankees will play a baseball game today. After whooping the University of South Florida in yesterday’s tuneup, today the team officially opens their Grapefruit League schedule against
future Yankee Cole Hamels and the rest of the Phillies. Here’s your first lineup of the (exhibition) season…
LF Brett Gardner
CF Curtis Granderson
RF Nick Swisher
DH Raul Ibanez
1B Eric Chavez
C Russell Martin
SS Eduardo Nunez
2B Bill Hall
3B Jayson Nix
RHP Ivan Nova – scheduled for 35 pitches or two innings
Available Pitchers: RHP David Phelps, LHP Manny Banuelos, RHP Dellin Betances, LHP Cesar Cabral, and LHP Mike O’Connor are all scheduled to pitch today. LHP Juan Cedeno, RHP D.J. Mitchell, LHP Clay Rapada, and RHP Chase Whitley also made the trip and are available if needed.
Available Position Players: C Gary Sanchez, 1B Jorge Vazquez, 2B Corban Joseph, SS Ramiro Pena, 3B Brandon Laird, LF Chris Dickerson, CF Dewayne Wise, RF Cole Garner, and DH Justin Maxwell will replace the starters. C Jose Gil, C J.R. Murphy, IF David Adams, IF Doug Bernier, OF Zoilo Almonte, and OF Melky Mesa all made the trip and are available if needed.
First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET, and the game can seen on MLB Network and MLB.tv. The blackout has been lifted in the Tri-State Area. Hooray baseball!