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New York Yankees Make Roster Decisions

The Yankees have inched closer to the opening day roster being finalized, as Romulo Sanchez, Jesus Montero, Justin Maxwell, Austin Romine, Doug Bernier, Ramiro Pena, Mark Prior, and Ronnie Belliard have all been demoted, excluding Belliard, who was released, Sanchez, who has been sold to an unknown team in Japan, and Prior, who will play for the Hi-A Tampa Yankees.

- Austin Romine will start the season in Double-A, and top catching prospect Jesus Montero will start in Triple-A. Romine told reporters that he is "confident you guys will see me again," while Montero said he is "going to do my best in Triple-A and get the little things done to be ready to go to New York."

- Gustavo Molina will start the season with the New York Yankees. What a horrible sentence! I, for one, would like the Yankees to claim Max Ramirez off waivers if he is still available. Ramirez would be a definite upgrade over Molina.

- Doug Bernier will likely be the utility infielder for Scranton, so don't expect to see him in the majors unless the prospects in AAA all under-perform at the same time.

- Justin Maxwell being demoted to AAA does not necessarily guarantee that Chris Dickerson will start the season in the majors, as Nunez and Jones can both play the outfield.

- Ramiro Pena will start the season in AAA, meaning that Eduardo Nunez has won the competition and will be the utility infielder for New York. Glad to see the Yankees made this decision.

- Curtis Granderson will play in minor league games the next two days and is still a possibility to play on Opening Day.