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Killer B comeback?

3/8/2014

KISSIMEE, Fla. -- Next up, on the Yankees' young pitching redemption tour -- Manny Banuelos.

Banuelos, who turns 23 next week, will pitch in relief after Ivan Nova.

“We believe he has a high ceiling,” Joe Girardi said of Banuelos, who last pitched in May 2012 and has since undergone Tommy John surgery. “If he were to help us this year, I can’t say how that will be. We are going to look at everything that gives us the best 12-man pitching staff.”

Check back later today as I plan to have a longer post about the possible rejuvenation of the Yankees' young pitchers.

MORE PINEDA: Michael Pineda looked very impressive Friday, striking out Miguel Cabrera and throwing in the low-90s. What did pitching coach Larry Rothschild think?

"He had a good breaking ball," Rothschild said. "He had some power in his arm. That is a good combination. It is a good step in the right direction."

TEX TEST: Mark Teixeira will start his second exhibition game. ... Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to throw a simulated game Tuesday. He said he thinks it will be a good learning experience, because he has never pitched in one before. Tanaka will make his next exhibition start at Steinbrenner Field on Sunday, March 16.

NOTES: Girardi said there is no real concern with Brendan Ryan, who the manager said had a little ache in his side. An MRI was negative. ... Asked to highlight a couple of pitchers who have caught his eye, Girardi mentioned Dellin Betances and lefty Fred Lewis. Betances would be a one- or two-inning guy, if he were to make the team. The 6-foot-8 Betances, who turns 26 in two weeks, has options. By the way, he is as nice a guy as he is big.

LINEUP: The game, against the Astros, is on MLB Network. Here is the lineup:

Brett Gardner, CF

Eduardo Nunez, 2B

Teixeira, 1B

Kelly Johnson, DH

Francisco Cervelli, C

Dean Anna, SS

Scott Sizemore, 3B

Zoilo Almonte, LF

Mason Williams, RF

Nova, P