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Warren, Sabathia set to start in Panama

03/10/2014 10:14 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

CC Sabathia is scheduled for two starts this week as he readies for the season.(AP)
Joe Girardi has announced his pitching rotation for the next week, and with the Yankees playing nine games in six days, all eight of the candidates for the rotation will take a trip to the mound next week.

Sunday will be a big day for Yankees fans, as Masahiro Tanaka will be pitching the Yanks' home game against the Orioles in Tampa while CC Sabathia will be on the mound for the second Legend Series game against the Marlins in Panama.

Sabathia will be the only one to get two starts during the week, as he will go Tuesday against the Nationals in Viera; Tanaka will throw a simulated game to keep him on track that day, and the Japanese righty told the media this weekend that it will be a first for him, as NPB teams are more prone to play intra-squad games than have pitchers do their own simulation.

As for the rest of the week, Hiroki Kuroda will pitch Wednesday against the Tigers, Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova will throw on a split-squad Thursday - with Pineda going at home against the Orioles and Nova on the road at the Phillies - and David Phelps will pitch Friday's tilt with the Twins.

Saturday will see two of the fifth starter candidates get their turns, as Vidal Nuno will pitch the Yankees' game against the Orioles in Sarasota while Adam Warren will start the first Legend Series game in Panama, and Sunday is Sabathia/Tanaka.

Speaking of the Legend Series, the Yankees haven't officially announced their roster for Panama beyond starters Warren and Sabathia, but Chad Jennings of the Journal News has reported that Derek Jeter, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Brett Gardner, Alfonso Soriano, Dean Anna and David Robertson are among the players that have been asked to go, and Jennings also reported that Joe Girardi said the team will likely call up a handful of players from the minor-league camp on Saturday and Sunday to supplement that roster that stays behind in Tampa.

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