Bomber Bites For April 1st Opening Day Edition

Mandatory Credit: Chad R. MacDonald.

Mandatory Credit: Chad R. MacDonald.

  1. Opening Day!: Opening Day for the Yankees is finally here after an Australian Opening Day, Sunday Night Baseball Opening Night and every other team in MLB opening yesterday, the Yankees will finally get to play a game.
  2. 40-Man Roster: The Yankees face a 3 PM deadline today to finalize the 40-man roster in correspondence with adding Yangervis Solarte to the 25-man roster. A trade of one of the catchers or Ichiro seems unlikely at this late date. The Yankees could designate for assignment a player such as Preston Claiborne. However, it seems most likely that the Yankees simply move minor league pitcher Nik Turley from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL.
  3. Opening Day Preview: CC Sabathia (14-13, 4.78 ERA in 2013) will make his sixth straight opening day start for the Bombers against the big signee of the Astros off-season Scott Feldman (12-12, 4.78 last year).   The Yankees will debut their new lineup with Brett Gardner hitting seventh and in stark contrast to 2013, begin the season at full strength with nearly no injuries.
  4. Numbers Game: Jersey numbers for the Yankees have been in shorter supply than most teams for quite a while. The Yankees have had so many great players over the years they will be only team with two numbers retired twice (8, Bill Dickey and Yogi Berra and 42 Jackie Robinson and Mariano Rivera).  The newest Yankees chose their 2014 jersey numbers. Dean Anna will use number 45 in honor of White Sox minor leaguer Michael Jordan, his first choice of 23 not being available. Vidal Nuno will switch to number 57 this year. The final member of the 25-man roster, Yangervis Solarte, will stick with his spring training number of 89.
  5. Follow Opening Day with YGY: Yanks Go Yard is your place for all of today’s Yankee Opening Day action.  Check out the pregame show from Ricky Keeler’s Yanks Go Yard Radio Show before the game.  Then follow the action with the YGY live thread.  Then check our recap from Day 1 of the Yankees quest for 28…And those are your Bomber Bites for Opening Day, 2014 on April 1st!

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