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Kuroda to start as Yankees take on Tigers

Right-hander will make his only start of the week as trip to Panama looms
03/12/2014 10:06 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro
It's a humid, overcast day in Tampa with a strong chance of rain this morning, but if all holds out, the Yankees will welcome the Detroit Tigers for a hump day matinee at Steinbrenner Field (1 pm on YES).

Hiroki Kuroda is on the mound today, making his only start in a busy week for the Yankees, and he'll look to remain unscored upon this spring. He'll be facing a Tigers lineup that includes Victor Martinez, Ian Kinsler, and likely top prospect Nick Castellanos among others, while the Yankees lineup set to face Anibal Sanchez includes Ichiro leading off and a six-pack of bona fide major-leaguers behind him.

The full lineup:

Ichiro Suzuki LF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Alfonso Soriano DH
Kelly Johnson 3B
Brian Roberts 2B
Francisco Cervelli C
Russ Canzler 1B
Mason Williams CF

Among the reserves, the Yankees will have Austin Romine behind the plate, Dean Anna penciled in as the backup shortstop, the hot-hitting Yangervis Solarte getting another look in left field, and John Ryan Murphy scheduled to take a hack or two in the DH role. Gary Sanchez, Ramon Flores, and Peter O'Brien are among the other listed availables as well.

Behind Kuroda, the Yankees have six listed relievers, the most notable being Shawn Kelley and Jose Campos, the latter of which is making his spring debut. Robert Coello, Danny Burawa, Yoshinori Tateyama, and Fred Lewis are also scheduled, with Chase Whitley, Shane Greene, Chris Leroux, and Bryan Mitchell also available.

Other news and noted from Yankees camp:

-Brendan Ryan, who has been out for the last week with what he called a lumbar issue, did some rotation drills with a broomstick yesterday but wasn't sure what work (if any) he'd be doing today. "I figure it will be a few more days (before playing)," he said. "We've been very careful, so why stop; I don't want to have wasted that week I just missed."

-The weather may wreak havoc on the planned batting practice and PFP schedules, but some work was already done. Dellin Betances threw a short simulated game around 9 a.m. and Tyler Austin did tee and toss work in the cage, taking 25 swings in each scenario; Austin said his wrist feels great, but had no indication if or when he'd be ready to play - or even where, as he has been taking ground balls at third base as well.

-When asked about the nifty play up the middle yesterday that he and Eduardo Nunez nearly turned into a double play, Scott Sizemore said that he felt no apprehension going to the ball and it was "almost all instinct" in making that play. Sizemore acknowledged it wasn't the first big test on a fielding play, but it was the hardest he's gone to his backhand side, so it was a good "first" for him.

-The players headed to Panama will be leaving Thursday night after a split-squad day, so the travel roster headed to Clearwater is mostly a mix of the major players staying in Florida and about a dozen players being brought up from minor-league camp for the day. Ivan Nova will start that road game with Mark Teixeira, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Ichiro the big names headed to Clearwater.

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