New York Yankees News & Notes 3/10: Recap, WBC, Injuries, Lineup
On the day after Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera make their spring debuts, let’s take a look and the no punches thrown version of news and notes for today.
March 9, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) at bat during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Two of the four: The Yankees fell to 3-11 on the spring with a 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves. But that’s not the point. Jeter came back for the first time since fracturing his ankle in the ALCS and went 1-2 as a DH. Rivera pitched for the first time since tearing his ACL last year and threw a scoreless inning with two punchouts. Jose Ramirez got the start and pitched four shutout innings, giving up one hit and striking out four.
WBC Update: Robinson Cano went 3-5 yesterday and helped lead the Dominican Republic to a 6-3 win over Spain and advanced to round two of the WBC. Gil Velazquez went 2-4 and Walter Ibarra went 0-1 as Mexico fell to Canada 10-3 and due to the United States victory over Italy, are eliminated from the WBC (but no one cares due to this).
Positive Injury News: I don’t think I’ve written that all spring, but here it goes. David Robertson, Phil Hughes and David Aardsma all threw bullpens yesterday and all are closer to returning to action.
Lineup: Here’s today’s lineup as the Yankees travel to Dunedin
Jayson Nix SS
Juan Rivera 1B
Matt Diaz DH
Melky Mesa CF
Thomas Neal RF
Jose Pirela 2b
The game is at 1:05 and if you have mlb.tv you can tune in to the Blue Jays broadcast.