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Yanks vs. Rays: Park in the park!

Chan Ho Park will make his pinstriped debut tonight sometime after Javy Vazquez exits. (Sorry, I couldn't resist the headline.)

Southpaw Carlos Hernandez goes for Tampa.

First pitch is at 7:05. TV is YES and MLBN.

Carlos Pena finally got a spring training hit. After starting 0-21, he took Javy Vazquez deep over the right-centerfield wall. Vazquez was good again, aside from the homer, but that will be his Achilles Heel: he's going to strike out a lot of batters, but he's also going to give up the longball (he's the Reggie Jackson of pitchers).

Chan Ho made his spring debut with an impressive perfect inning. It looked like he threw five different types of pitches (4-seamer, 2-seamer, curve, changeup, cutter), all crisply and for strikes. D-Rob followed, also with a perfect inning (and two K's).

DJ had two hits and two RBI. Ramiro Pena also had two hits. Posada walked twice. Swisher walked and singled.

Colin Curtis became the hero after a three-run homer that gave the Yankees the lead. He has an outside chance to beat out Jamie Hoffmann and Marcus Thames as the fifth OFer. He's hitting .500 on the spring with two homers (after a scorching Arizona Fall League: .397/.472/.731) and plays competent defense at all three outfield spots. (Then again, if the Yanks think he's a legitimate prospect, do they only want him playing 1-2 times/week?)