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Spring Training Game Twenty-Eight: Yankees at Blue Jays

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Oh, Canada, why are we still in spring training

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As spring training winds down, the Yankees take on the Blue Jays on the road at Toronto's complex in Dunedin. A decent amount of regulars in the starting lineup actually made the trip, but the fact that this game is being started by reliever Chris Leroux, who would be a surprise on the Opening Day roster, tells you who's available on the pitching staff. A minor bit of news that is completely unsurprising is that Francisco Cervelli is all-but-officially the Yankees' backup catcher now that John Ryan Murphy and Austin Romine have both been assigned to Triple-A Scranton. (To his credit, he says he'll believe it when he sees his locker on Opening Day; as Jason noted, it's almost like he's been tricked before...) It will be interesting to see how they divvy up playing time between the two of them down there, but Cervelli seems like a fine choice given his abilities both on offense and defense, and his prior experience with the Yankees, capably backing up Jorge Posada, Jose Molina, and Russell Martin at various points from 2008-2011 before his brief-but-impressive injury-shortened stint as starter in 2013.

Knuckballing former Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey takes the mound for the Blue Jays. No word yet on who the second-stringers will be today. Video and audio for the game is available on MLB.tv


Lineup

NEW YORK YANKEES TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Brett Gardner - CF Melky Cabrera - LF
Derek Jeter - SS Jose Bautista - RF
Carlos Beltran - RF Edwin Encarnacion - 1B
Alfonso Soriano - DH Adam Lind - DH
Kelly Johnson - 1B Brett Lawrie - 3B
Francisco Cervelli - C Colby Rasmus - CF
Brian Roberts - 2B Maicer Izturis - 2B
Zoilo Almonte - LF Josh Thole - C
Dean Anna - 3B Ryan Goins - SS