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Yankees strengthen their case for Opening Day with Monday’s game against Twins including Anthony Volpe

March 2, 2023; Bradenton, Florida, USA; New York Yankees second baseman (77) hits a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning during spring training at Lecom Park. / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees The Minnesota Twins fell to 1-0 on Monday afternoon.

Here are some key takeaways…

, Anthony Volpe Started at second base for the Yanks, hitting second in order. The 21-year-old continued to make his case for a spot on the Opening Day roster, hitting a double in the third inning for the Yankees’ first extra base hit of the day.

Volpe came up with another big spot in the fifth with two on and two outs, but he fell short to end the threat.

Still, the Yanks’ top prospect now has nine hits this spring, including four for extra bases.

– The Yankees had three total hits on the afternoon, with Volpe’s double the only one going to extra bases. His spring OPS now stands at 1.103.

– The Yankees clearly want to see the most of their young infield prospects, as they went with an intriguing starting defensive alignment featuring Volpe at second, Oswald Peraza in short, and Osvaldo Cabrera on the third. Cabrera made his second error of the spring on a wild throw in the third inning.

– Leftist tanner tully Started on the mound in this one. 28 year old ex 26th The 2016 round pick by the Cleveland Guardians is a non-roster invitee and probably won’t factor into the Yankees’ immediate pitching plans, but he had a solid start with 2.2 shutout innings, allowing just two hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Got permission. ,

– right hand Devi Garcia Piggyback behind Tully, 3.1 strong innings, allowing only one run (a max kepler solo homer) on two hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Garcia lowered his spring ERA to 2.45.

what will happen next

The Yankees host the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m.



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