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Spring Training Game Twenty-Nine: Yankees at Pirates

CC Sabathia makes his final Spring Training start against Stolmy Pimentel as Opening Day draws closer.

Earning his CAPS LOCK back one start at a time.
Earning his CAPS LOCK back one start at a time.
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In what will be his final start of Spring Training, CC Sabathia will make the start for the Yankees this afternoon against Stolmy Pimentel of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Joe Girardi has already announced that Sabathia will be the Opening Day starter against the Houston Astros this upcoming Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park. CC's past few starts have given Yankee fans a reason to be cautiously optimistic that he can make the adjustments he needs to make. Hopefully today will yield more positive signs from him, for the next time we see him pitch, it will count.


1. Ichiro Suzuki (L) CF 1. Starling Marte (R) LF
2. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B 2. Jordy Mercer (R) SS
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B 3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
4. Brian McCann (L) C 4. Gaby Sanchez (R) 1B
5. Zoilo Almonte (S) LF 5. Russell Martin (R) C
6. Yangervis Solarte (S) 2B 6. Jose Tabata (R) RF
7. Dean Anna (L) SS 7. Josh Harrison (R) 3B
8. Zelous Wheeler (R) DH 8. Neil Walker (S) 2B
9. Adonis Garcia (R) RF 9. Tony Sanchez (R) DH

As Andrew reported not too long ago, the Yankees have made some significant cuts before this game begins. Scott Sizemore and Russ Canzler have both been reassigned. Eduardo Nunez, Yangervis Solarte, Dean Anna, and Zelous Wheeler are all in the starting lineup this afternoon competing for the final backup spots. Since Nunez is pretty much all but guaranteed a spot on the roster, the other three are really going to have to impress Girardi these next few games.

On the mound, Dellin Betances, Vidal Nuno, Cesar Cabral, Shane Greene, and Matt Daley are in the final running for the Yankees bullpen. With the Lord Preston Claiborne being optioned to Triple-A, that seemingly reassures that Dellin Betances will make the pen. Thus far, he has had a fantastic Spring Training. Kudos to him. Either Nuno of Cabral could wind up being Girardi's coveted second LOOGY. Matt Daley has been superb this Spring as well. Greene has been great, but like Andrew said in his article, he is a longshot due to having never pitched about Double-A.

It's coming down to the wire, ladies and gentleman. The Regular Season is less than a week away.

Sadly, there is tarp on the field in Bradenton. We'll keep you update on whether or not the Yankees and Pirates get this game in.