Pregame notes: Meet the Yankees

TAMPA, Fla. -- At some time today, or maybe tonight, we will learn the Yankees' final Opening Day roster. As always, Joe Girardi will not reveal his choices to the media until he has informed all the players, and there were no clues in the Yankees' clubhouse when it closed a few minutes after 3 p.m.

All the backup infielder candidates were still at their lockers, chatting, laughing or staring into cellphones as a means to kill time. So were the bullpen candidates.

But since this is a business that doesn't wait for someone to tell us the news, here's what I think the final roster will be:


CC Sabathia

Hiroki Kuroda

Masahiro Tanaka

Ivan Nova

Michael Pineda

David Robertson

Shawn Kelley

Matt Thornton

David Phelps

Adam Warren

Dellin Betances

Shane Greene


Brian McCann

Francisco Cervelli


Mark Teixeira

Brian Roberts

Derek Jeter

Kelly Johnson

Eduardo Nunez

Dean Anna


Jacoby Ellsbury

Brett Gardner

Carlos Beltran

Alfonso Soriano

Ichiro Suzuki

After listening to Girardi speak yesterday, I have a gut feeling he's going to hold onto Greene in the bullpen and send Vidal Nuno to Triple-A to keep him stretched out in case the Yankees need an emergency starter. And the Anna-over-Yangervis-Solarte call is based strictly on the fact Anna is on the 40-man roster, Solarte is not, and whomever gets that spot is only likely to be with the club a week or two until Brendan Ryan comes back. No sense in making a roster move for that.

But we'll see when Girardi finally lets us know sometime tonight. Maybe there'll be a surprise or two.

Here's the lineup for tonight's penultimate -- that's the word of the day -- spring training game, against the Miami Marlins at 7:05 p.m.

Brett Gardner LF

Jeter SS

Beltran RF

Teixeira 1B

McCann C

Soriano DH

Johnson 3B

Roberts 2B

Suzuki CF

Kuroda RHP

Kuroda will work the first two innings before giving way to Tanaka, who will go the next four at least. No TV or radio tonight but I will be providing live in-game updates via my Twitter feed, @ESPNNYYankees.