On the day after Mark Teixeira got hurt for two months, let’s take a look at some news and notes from around Yankee camp.
Down To DR: The Yankees lost to some of their own players and bench coach yesterday as they fell to the Dominican Republic 8-2. Vidal Nuno pitched four shut out innings and Juan Cedeno added a scoreless inning himself. Robinson Cano had a hit and an RBI for the Dominican Republic. For the Yankees, Hiroki Kuroda pitched three scoreless innings. Zoilo Almonte hit a two-run home run for the Yankees.Replacing Tex: When news of Teixeira’s injury happened, the rumor mill swirled, Guys like Carlos Lee (who I mentioned yesterday), Scott Rolen and others have been bandied about. Here’s a guy to watch for though; Daric Barton. There’s a good chance he doesn’t make the A’s and is out of options. If they platoon at first, Brandon Moss would be their guy against righties. He could be had at a cheap price as well. Something to keep and eye on.
Biogenesis: Alex Rodriguez, Francisco Cervelli and all the players linked to biogenesis will be interviewed by the players association after the conclusion of the WBC. Members of the staff have already talked to A-Rod and Cervelli, but it’s possible MLBPA head Michael Weiner may want to on his own.
Here is today’s lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals:
Juan Rivera 1B
Matt Diaz LF
Jose Pirela 2b
No TV for the game today. If you have mlb at bat or mlb.tv you can hear the Cardinals radio call. Go watch Veneuzela and the Domincan Republic tonight in the WBC. It should be a really good matchup.