TAMPA, Fla. -- The boxes are all packed and all the players are wearing suits this morning, which can only mean one thing: At long last, it's getaway day. Final game of training camp today at 1:05, then the team heads north for the opener, making two stops along the way: In Washington for a game against the Nationals at 2:05 p.m. tomorrow, then up to West Point to tussle with the Army at 14:26. (Figure it out).
Here's what happened this morning:
-- Robinson Cano seemed fully recovered from whatever was ailing him yesterday and is back in the lineup today. He shared his thoughts on playing with a new shortstop and first baseman for the first time in five years, and I'll share them with you in a separate blog a little later.
-- Kevin Youkilis made it through his first spring training as a Yankee and said he expects a positive reaction Monday when he runs out on the field at Yankee Stadium to play against his old buddies from Boston. Well, actually he said he isn't thinking about it and that it doesn't really matter anyway. You can believe him if you like.
-- Mariano Rivera is making a rare appearance in a road game tomorrow in Washington. This morning, Mo invoked the name of a legendary former Yankee in explaining why he believes this team can overcome all the injuries this season. I'll share that with you later as well.
-- Ronnier Mustelier, the tough little man known simply as Musty, appeared briefly in the clubhouse but did not stop to speak to reporters about his knee, which acted up on him before last night's game against the Orioles, causing him to be scratched from the lineup. That probably means the great Musty experiment has come too an end.
-- Lyle Overbay is not in the starting lineup, which probably means the Yankees have made their decision on him without needing to see the third day of his audition. What that decision is, I have no idea. Overbay went 2-for-5 last night and could still see some late-game action today. Overbay has an out in his contract that kicks in tomorrow.
-- The feeling of a lot of the guys on the last day of camp was expressed by reliever Jim Miller, who muttered to me this morning: "Last day of camp. And I still don't know where I'm going." I know where I'm going. Home for the weekend and to the Bronx on Monday.