Streaking Yankees to host Nationals on Monday

Bombers looking for fourth straight Grapefruit win
03/03/2014 11:05 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro
The Yankees return home to Steinbrenner Field in Tampa this afternoon, and will look for their fourth straight Grapefruit League win when they face the Washington Nationals at 1:05 p.m.

Ivan Nova, who allowed two runs over 1 1/3 innings in his first spring start, will be on the mound today, looking to improve upon his tough performance in the Yankees' Grapefruit opener last Wednesday.

Behind Nova, David Robertson is slated to make his spring debut, with Shawn Kelley, Dan Burawa, Yoshinori Tateyama, Robert Coello, and Jim Miller also scheduled and Chase Whitley, Mark Montgomery, and Brian Gordon listed as the emergency availables.

As for the lineup, it's pretty much a look at a starting group that Joe Girardi could pencil in during the regular season, with Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran - who both played Sunday - off but five other starters and two likely reserves on the docket today.

The full lineup:

Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Brian McCann C
Brian Roberts 2B
Francisco Cervelli DH
Kelly Johnson 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Zoilo Almonte LF
Corban Joseph 1B

Today's reserves include another look at John Ryan Murphy behind the plate, Addison Maruszak behind Jeter at short, and a prospect-filled outfield of Ramon Flores, Mason Williams, and Adonis Garcia from left to right. No second DH is listed, but Pete O'Brien and Gary Sanchez are both listed as available, as is Yangervis Solarte - who went 2-for-2 Sunday to up his spring average to a robust .857.

Two other notes from Yankees camp:

-Mark Teixeira took live batting practice today, facing Manny Banuelos and Jose Campos and taking just three swings from each side. Teixeira said he wished he could do more, but was pleased with the step: "I really need to test out the wrist, I just want to make sure that I can let it go, and swing and miss. … We've been here over two weeks now and the wrist is getting stronger. That's the biggest thing. It needs to get stronger. The bat speed is pretty good. We'll keep building up and hopefully on April 1 it's feeling really good and the swing's feeling really good and I'm ready to roll."

-Andy Pettitte arrived as a guest instructor, and of course, the question of a second un-retirement came up, but Pettitte said that "there's nothing in the works, I promise you."

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