Spring Game 33: Yankees vs. Pirates
I hope Spring Training doesn’t show on your real record because the Yankees were in the lowest 5 in the Spring.
The Yankees will wrap up the Florida portion of the spring this afternoon at 1:05 p.m., closing out the Grapefruit League slate at George M. Steinbrenner Field with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Joe Girardi is using the contest as an opportunity to take a look at Ichiro Suzuki in center field, and there’s really no reason to think that Ichiro can’t be a serviceable backup for Brett Gardner at that position. That probably doesn’t bode well for Melky Mesa’s chances of making the squad.
Most of the Yankees arrived at the ballpark dressed in suits and ties, and the clubhouse looked like the luggage section of a department store this morning. The team is flying north after the game, heading to Washington for tomorrow’s 2 p.m. exhibition with the Nationals. They’ll then travel to West Point to play the Army Black Knights in an exhibition on Saturday, which Girardi has had…
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