As we inch closer and closer to the weekend, let’s take a look at the news and notes from around Yankees camp.
Getting Better: The Yankees increased their record to 7-11 and have won their last four in a row, after beating the Philadelphia Phillies last night 6-2. Derek Jeter played his first game in the field of the season. Andy Pettitte pitched in his first game of the year. He walked three and gave up three hits, but also struck out three in three innings. Ben Francisco doubled and drove in a couple of runs in his first at-bat.
Rumor Mill: There were rumors of the Texas Rangers scouting Joba Chamberlain yesterday. It could be the Rangers are just checking up on players at all camps. The Yankees need a power hitting outfielder and a trade for let’s say Craig Gentry, wouldn’t exactly fit the bill. One guy to watch though is Brennan Bosch, who was just released by the Detroit Tigers. Expect the Yankees to check up on him. They will also look at David Cooper, who was just cut by the Detroit Tigers.
The Cisco Kid: It has basically been decided the Francisco Cervelli will be the starting catcher for the Yankees this season. It appears Bobby Wilson and Chris Stewart may fight it out until the end for the backup catcher position. Cervelli has excelled this spring defensively and has the best bat of the three.
Lineup: Here’s today’s lineup for the Yankees against the Toronto Blue Jays;
Ben Francisco LF
Jayson Nix 3B
Francisco Cervelli C
Thomas Neal RF
The game is at 1:05 with no tv or radio for it. Sorry guys.