Sunday, February 24, 2013

Jeter Touches 'Em All

Derek Jeter took the next step in his rehab Saturday when he joined his teammates in running the bases. It was the first time the Yankees shortstop has been able to do so since breaking his ankle in the 2012 league championship series against the Detroit Tigers.

Jeter has worked hard to get to this point, but though he proclaimed he would be ready for opening day, there is no guarantee. He'll need to play in at least a week's worth of games to be ready. Today he'll watch his teammates take on the Toronto Blue Jays in the home spring training opener in Tampa. The game will be televised on the YES and MLB networks.

Today's Yankees starting lineup courtesy of LoHud's Chad Jennings:

Gardner CF
Ichiro RF
Cano 2B
Teixeira 1B
Granderson LF
Youkilis 3B
Hafner DH
Nunez SS
Stewart C
Warren P

Seeing Travis Hafner's name in a Yankees lineup is quite strange, but still not as strange as seeing Youkilis in there. The clean shaven third baseman is wearing David Cone's old #36.

Adam Warren is the Yankees starting pitcher today. He was highly touted at one point and was recalled to make one start in the Majors last season. It wasn't a pretty sight - 6 runs, 8 hits, and 2 walks in just 2.1 innings pitched.

Though he is expected to start the season in Triple-A, Austin Romine made a triumphant return to the ball park yesterday. Romine missed all but 31 minor league games due to a back injury that flared up in spring training last year. On Saturday he replaced started Francisco Cervelli and drove in two runs in the Yankees 8-3 win over the Braves.

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