Mar
30

Exhibition Game Thread: West Point

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The Yankees toured the academy and ate lunch with the cadets today. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

The Yankees toured the academy and ate lunch with the cadets today. (AP)

The Yankees are playing their final exhibition game and what we hope is their final meaningless game of 2013 this afternoon. They’re in West Point for a date with the Army Black Knights, their first visit to the academy since 1974. The Yankees played annual exhibition games against Army in the 1930s, but their appearances have waned over the years.

Army’s top prospect is right-hander Alex Robinett, who last started six days ago and I assume will some work this afternoon. He’s not draft-eligible until 2014. Army is 7-11 overall this season. The Yankees will counter with Vidal Nuno and not Adam Warren, who was originally scheduled to pitch. That’s a pretty good indication Warren will open the year as the long-man — pitching today would have made him unavailable for Opening Day on Monday. Here’s the starting lineup…

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. 3B Kevin Youkilis
  5. DH Travis Hafner Brennan Boesch
  6. LF Vernon Wells
  7. 1B Lyle Overbay
  8. SS Eduardo Nunez
  9. C Frankie Cervelli

No word on who will back-up Nuno out of the bullpen today, though most of Joe Girardi‘s regular relievers pitched against the Nationals yesterday. I doubt we’ll see any of the late-inning guys. The game is scheduled to begin a little after 2pm ET and can be seen on YES and MLB.tv (no local blackout). Enjoy.

  • George

    A game with the Army cadets is meaningless?

    • jjyank

      You’re reading too much into that statement. The game doesn’t count in the standings.

  • CS Yankee

    My guess is that the lineup is the same that they’ll use against the BoSox on Monday;

    Grit’
    Ichi’
    Cano
    Youk’
    Pronk
    Wells
    Over’age
    Nuney
    Gazoo

    • jjyank

      Possibly. Not sure I like having 3 lefties at the top of the order against a LHP though.

      • George W Bush

        Nuney up…ichiro down

    • trr

      not sure Hafner will start ahainst LHP.
      Also, he was unable to play today

  • Ethan

    Anyone else having lag issues on mlb.tv?

  • jon

    I dont even see the game on MLB.tv

    • Ethan

      In the top right of the mlb homepage hover your cursor over mlb.tv. Then click watch/listen and the game will be there.

      • jon

        thanks, its weird that its not listed under todays game in the mlb.tv page

        • Ethan

          It’s because it’s not against a MLB team. I remember it happening earlier this year too. It’s also the case with the Marlins game today as well.

          • RetroRob

            The Marlins are not a MLB team?

            Yeah, I guess you’re right. : -)

  • RetroRob

    Surprised the Yankee-Army game ended under GMS’s watch, so short after he took over the team, and considering how he much he supported the troops.

    • GWB

      Big Stein had eggplant on his mind

      • FIPster Doofus

        You could put that fancy mustard on a shoe and it would taste pretty good to him.

  • RetroRob

    They mentioned a catcher from the Black Knights was drafted in the 10th round last year, yet how can any player be drafted by a MLB team. Once past their first two years, cadets are committed to the Army.

    • Danny

      They serve their time and then join the organization, happens in several sports.

      In some cases, the Army may “release” them from their service and just allow them to play their sports, not sure how often that occurs.

  • Bob Buttons

    A bit late to mention it but today’s game is free, if you have MLB.com account.

  • Poinsettia

    Saddest part of watching today’s game is having to listen to Kay and Leiter. I wish we could just listen to the Army announcer instead of their self promoting and useless chatter.

    • Bob Buttons

      To each his own. If you have ever listened to the Jays team you’d want to kill yourself. One of them just repeats what you have just seen and the other one just rephrase it. It feels like they think you are either blind, stupid or turned on the TV but can only get blurry signals.

      • TomH

        Amen, brother. Over the years, I’ve learned from listening to other broadcasters to admire, almost without reservation, Kay, Singleton, et al. Leiter sometimes becomes tediously technical, and Cone’s forays into sabremetrics must drive off some number x of viewers; but compared to many of these other teams–some real rubes out there–the Yankee guys are first rate.

        • FIPster Doofus

          The only YES guy I don’t care for is Flaherty. Kay can be annoying, but he’s decent enough.

  • vicki

    chris stewart is the opposite of charisma.