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Spring training game 8: Yankees vs. Rays

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Big Mike is back. Aw yeah.

we never go out of style, we never go out of style
we never go out of style, we never go out of style
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Today will be a fun game because one of the Yankees' best starters is taking the mound for the first time this spring. Welcome back, Michael Pineda. We've missed you. On another note, this Yankees lineup is actually quite complete and could very well be the Opening Day lineup. Carlos Beltran sees his first action in right field while A-Rod DHs and everything is pretty much what we're hoping it will be on Opening Day.

Among other players of note, Nathan Eovaldi, David Carpenter, and Justin Wilson are all scheduled to pitch in relief of Pineda, and top prospects Greg Bird & Rob Refsnyder will take over for Mark Teixeira and Stephen Drew. (Hopefully that happens for real sometime in the future as well.)

You can catch the game on either the YES Network or MLB.tv. Go Big Mike go, you are the #1.


Lineup

NEW YORK YANKEES TAMPA BAY RAYS
Jacoby Ellsbury - CF Nick Franklin - SS
Brett Gardner - LF Desmond Jennings - LF
Carlos Beltran - RF James Loney - 1B
Mark Teixeira - 1B Evan Longoria - 3B
Brian McCann - C Steven Souza - RF
Chase Headley - 3B Kevin Kiermaier - DH
Alex Rodriguez - DH Alexi Casilla - 2B
Stephen Drew - 2B Bobby Wilson - C
Didi Gregorius - SS Mikie Mahtook - CF
Michael Pineda - SP Nate Karns - SP