Pregame notes: Meet the Yankees

March, 28, 2014
Mar 28
TAMPA, Fla. -- At some time today, or maybe tonight, we will learn the Yankees' final Opening Day roster. As always, Joe Girardi will not reveal his choices to the media until he has informed all the players, and there were no clues in the Yankees' clubhouse when it closed a few minutes after 3 p.m.

All the backup infielder candidates were still at their lockers, chatting, laughing or staring into cellphones as a means to kill time. So were the bullpen candidates.

But since this is a business that doesn't wait for someone to tell us the news, here's what I think the final roster will be:


CC Sabathia
Hiroki Kuroda
Masahiro Tanaka
Ivan Nova
Michael Pineda
David Robertson
Shawn Kelley
Matt Thornton
David Phelps
Adam Warren
Dellin Betances
Shane Greene


Brian McCann
Francisco Cervelli


Mark Teixeira
Brian Roberts
Derek Jeter
Kelly Johnson
Eduardo Nunez
Dean Anna


Jacoby Ellsbury
Brett Gardner
Carlos Beltran
Alfonso Soriano
Ichiro Suzuki

After listening to Girardi speak yesterday, I have a gut feeling he's going to hold onto Greene in the bullpen and send Vidal Nuno to Triple-A to keep him stretched out in case the Yankees need an emergency starter. And the Anna-over-Yangervis-Solarte call is based strictly on the fact Anna is on the 40-man roster, Solarte is not, and whomever gets that spot is only likely to be with the club a week or two until Brendan Ryan comes back. No sense in making a roster move for that.

But we'll see when Girardi finally lets us know sometime tonight. Maybe there'll be a surprise or two.

Here's the lineup for tonight's penultimate -- that's the word of the day -- spring training game, against the Miami Marlins at 7:05 p.m.

Brett Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Beltran RF
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Soriano DH
Johnson 3B
Roberts 2B
Suzuki CF

Kuroda RHP

Kuroda will work the first two innings before giving way to Tanaka, who will go the next four at least. No TV or radio tonight but I will be providing live in-game updates via my Twitter feed, @ESPNNYYankees.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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Jacoby Ellsbury
.284 13 60 62
HRM. Teixeira 20
RBIJ. Ellsbury 60
RB. Gardner 77
OPSB. Gardner .781
WM. Tanaka 12
ERAH. Kuroda 3.94
SOM. Tanaka 135