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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Post-game notes: Hiro, Overbay, Logan and Aardsma

By Wallace Matthews

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees finished up their Grapefruit League season at 13-18-1, the same record as the Pittsburgh Pirates, who beat them in today's spring training finale, 2-1. The good news: Hiroki Kuroda pitched six brilliant innings, allowing just an infield single in the fourth, in his final tune-up for the regular season. The bad news: Another near-injury as Boone Logan got nailed with a line drive in the left hip.

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Lyle Overbay
Lyle Overbay appears to have won the starting first base job.
--Lyle Overbay has apparently won the starting first base job as the Yankees released Juan Rivera after he came out of the game in the seventh inning. Overbay had a double in two at-bats today, to go with a 2-for-5 game Wednesday night in Sarasota. Barring a last-minute acquisition, Overbay will take the place of Mark Teixeira on Opening Day and for the next six weeks or so.

-- Logan said he's OK, that the ball hit him "in the fat" above his hip. He is scheduled to pitch tomorrow against the Nationals in Washington D.C., the first of two barnstorming games the Yankees will play on their way home. Andy Pettitte will start the game, which begins at 2:05 p.m.

-- Ronnier Mustelier has a bone bruise on his right knee, the one he injured running into a railing a couple of weeks ago, and will be left behind in extended spring training. Joe Girardi said Musty had "an outside chance" of making the roster "but with the addition of some of the other guys, it changed.”" He is likely headed to AAA Scranton.

-- Girardi said no other roster decisions had been made and probably would not be made until the deadline, which is 3 p.m. Sunday. GM Brian Cashman called it "a good, educated guess" that both Brennan Boesch and Ben Francisco would probably make the team.

-- David Aardsma, who is most definitely on the bubble, did himself no favors today, facing four hitters and allowing a hit and a walk plus uncorking two wild pitches.

-- Jim Miller, who has an outside chance to stick as a right-handed middle reliever, pitched a scoreless ninth, although he did walk two hitters.