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Yankees playing on two different continents Saturday for pair of spring training games

Bombers in Florida and Panama, the home of Mariano Rivera
03/15/2014 10:38 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Joe Girardi waves during the Yankees visit to Panama.(AP)
There are two games on two continents for two different Yankees squads today, as one part of the team is in Panama City to begin the Legend Series at 9 p.m. tonight against the Marlins, while the stateside crew heads to Sarasota for a 1:05 p.m. date with the Orioles.

Vidal Nuno will be on the mound for the Sarasota-bound Yankees, with acting manager Rob Thomson saying the lefty is slated for about four innings and/or 60 pitches.

The lineup behind him is an interesting one, as the top half features player who will or could break camp with the major-league squad, with the bottom half providing a look at a handful of guys who won a ring last season with the Double-A Trenton Thunder.

The full lineup:

Ichiro Suzuki RF
Brian Roberts 2B
Kelly Johnson 3B
Austin Romine C
Ramon Flores LF
Mason Williams CF
Kyle Roller DH
Carmen Angelini SS
Francisco Arcia 1B

The remainder of the position players going to Sarasota, minus one, are all call-ups from minor-league camp. Peter O'Brien, the lone major-league camper, will be the backup catcher, with roughly the same set of reserves as yesterday elsewhere on the diamond.

Behind Nuno, the Yankees have Brian Gordon, Mark Montgomery, and Daniel Burawa scheduled, with Thomson saying that minor-league additions Diego Moreno and Joel de la Cruz will likely finish out the game. Shane Greene, Manny Barreda, Graham Stoneburner, Branden Pinder, and Charlie Short are also on the trip if needed.

The Yankees have not released a lineup for the Panama side as of yet, outside of the known fact that Adam Warren will start and Derek Jeter will definitely play somewhere.

Other news and notes from a quiet morning in Tampa:

-Outside of the usual workout and drills, only a handful of . Jacoby Ellsbury, Eduardo Nunez, Brian McCann and Mark Teixeira will be taking batting practice, and that's it.

-Speaking of Nunez, he told the media he felt fine after getting hit in the upper leg by a sliding Chris Colabello yesterday, and Brian Roberts - who fouled a ball off the inside of his left leg - also said he was "good to go" and boarded the bus to Sarasota as expected.

-Russ Canzler was scheduled to go as well, but was pulled after being scratched from yesterday's game with hip tightness. He will get treatment today and not do any on-field work, and Thomson says they'll look at him tomorrow.

-Thomson said that Ichiro will play today and tomorrow, and he has been impressed with the way Ichiro has handled this spring given his uncertain situation: "Normal. He's an amazing guy, because he's been around a long time, and he looks the same all the time, every year. He's so athletic, and everything's been great. He's approaching each day the same as he always has."

-The acting skipper also indicated that no decisions on who will be going to Bradenton on Monday will be made until likely Sunday night or Monday morning thanks to the Panama trip: "We'll find out how we're going to once Joe gets back, figure out what's happened in Panama and what's happened here and see who can and can't play."

Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said that Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled for five innings/75 pitches tomorrow, and seemed to hint that Tanaka will not start during the season-opening series in Houston with this quote: "I think we weigh the schedule a little bit, where he can get extra rest in the season to try to keep him strong through the year. … We've got the 13 games in a row to start. That's going to impact when we decide to pitch him."

Joe Girardi had said Tanaka would be on a five-day cycle but would get "a day here and there;" he's seemingly lined up for two more starts after tomorrow's, and by waiting to have him make his debut in Toronto in Game 4 or Game 5, he can take advantage of the Yankees' first off day on April 14 and make his third start on extra rest.

-One last fun story from Thomson, who has been very jocular with the media this weekend: after the loss yesterday, he joked "I wonder if my job's in jeopardy," and this morning, he recalled how he almost put his helmet on to go bring out the lineup card. He was then asked about communicating with Girardi yesterday (it was a missed call, a text, and then a later call), and when someone mentioned he could've used FaceTime to talk to the skipper while he was touring the Panama Canal, Thomson joked: "I'm not a FaceTime guy…I don't have the face for FaceTime."

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