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Morning notes: Who are these people?

TAMPA, Fla. -- With most of the "name" Yankees off in Panama, lots of new faces in the clubhouse this morning. A dozen farmhands were shipped across the street from the minor-league complex to fill out the roster for the next four games, beginning with this afternoon's game against the Minnesota Twins at The Boss.

Here is the lineup interim manager Rob Thomson is sending out today:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Brian Roberts 2B

Mark Teixeira 1B

Brian McCann C

Eduardo Nunez SS

Russ Canzler 3B

Ramon Flores LF

Pete O'Brien DH

Mason Williams RF

David Phelps RHP

New Faces: Here are the guys whose names you might hear for the first time this weekend: C Wes Wilson; INF Rob Refsnyder; INF Carmen Angelini; INF Rob Segedin; INF Ali Castillo; OF Ben Gamel; OF Taylor Dugas; OF Jake Cave; LHP James Pazos; LHP Aaron Dott, and RHP Branden Pinder.

Tex goes back-to-back: Teixeira will play back-to-back games at first base for the first time this spring. Tex went hitless in two at-bats in yesterday's 6-2 loss to the Phillies in Clearwater, and has one hit, a double, in 10 at-bats while coming back off wrist surgery that limited him to just 15 games in 2013.

Trying harder: Phelps, who is probably running second to Michael Pineda in the competition for the No. 5 starter's job, is making his fourth start of the spring today. Phelps will probably go five innings or about 60 pitches.

Big chair to fill: I look forward to third-base coach Thomson's postgame interview session just to see how comfortable he looks sitting in Joe Girardi's chair. Thomson did get to manage the Yankees in three regular-season games in 2008 when Girardi was ill with a respiratory infection.