The Yankees travel to Lakeland, Florida today for a 1:05 game with the Detroit Tigers. This is the second to last game in the Grapefruit League before the Yankees had to Arizona for a 2-game exhibition with the Diamondbacks. Minor leaguer Jeff Karsten will start for the Yankees against veteran Kenny Rogers.
Special advisor Mel Stottelmyre may have made a large contribution yesterday. Stottelmyre showed Chien-Ming Wang a new grip on his sinker for those times when blisters interfere with Wang's pitching. The Wanger said it felt good.
Octavio Dotel threw batting practice yesterday as he continues his recovery. Russ Johnson was impressed. "They put a good ligament in there."
Scott Proctor and third-string catcher Wil Nieves appear to be the sure bets for the final two roster spots when the Yankees head north. They'll be taking the place of Carl Pavano and Aaron Small, both of whom will start the season on the disabled list.