Just about a week and a half to go until we get to games that actually count and are always televised. Today's game meets unfortunately none of those standards. If you want to follow today's game between the Yankees and Braves, you'll have to use Gameday Audio to pick up the Braves' WFOM radio feed or just rely on MLB Gameday. At least there are only two non-televised games remaining in spring training after today.
Ivan Nova gets the start against the Braves' David Hale, Baseball America's #7 Braves prospect, who is trying to win a rotation spot in wake of the injuries to Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy, and Mike Minor. The Yankees actually brought most of their regulars on the road trip to the Braves' spring training home in Lake Buena Vista, as the only regulars to skip the trip are Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira. While the Yankees originally reported that both Derek Jeter and Brian McCann would be catching for them, that is regrettably not the case. Damn.
|NEW YORK YANKEES||ATLANTA BRAVES|
|Brett Gardner - CF||Jason Heyward - RF|
|Derek Jeter - SS||B.J. Upton - CF|
|Carlos Beltran - DH||Freddie Freeman - 1B|
|Brian McCann - C||Justin Upton - LF|
|Alfonso Soriano - RF||Chris Johnson - 3B|
|Brian Roberts - 2B||Dan Uggla - 2B|
|Kelly Johnson - 3B||Andrelton Simmons - SS|
|Adonis Garcia - LF||Steven Lerud - C|
|Jose Gil - 1B||David Hale - P|
Once the regulars leave, the Yankees' lineup will be replaced by John Ryan Murphy (C), Casey Stevenson (1B), Dean Anna (2B), Yangervis Solarte (SS), Eduardo Nunez (3B), Zelous Wheeler (LF), Antoan Richardson (CF), Zoilo Almonte (RF), and Austin Romine (DH [lol]). Ali Castillo and someone named "Wilson" will also be available off the bench. It is unclear if "Wilson" is High-A Tampa infielder Zach Wilson, Low-A Charleston catcher Wes Wilson, or this well-rounded prospect. I know who I want to see.
Nova will be relieved by Danny Burawa, Dellin Betances, Cesar Cabral, and Shane Greene. Yoshinori Tateyama, Aaron Dott, Graham Stoneburner, and switch-pitcher Pat Venditte will also be available in the bullpen if needed.