Strength, resilience of Va. Tech family impresses Yanks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The New York Yankees will play an exhibition game
at Virginia Tech on March 18.

"Since the tragedy of last April 16, the Virginia Tech family
has shown great strength and resilience and have committed
themselves to the healing process while looking ahead to their
future," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Monday. "We
bring the New York Yankees to Blacksburg this spring to celebrate
the start of a new year for the Virginia Tech family and ours."

The Yankees open their first spring training under new manager Joe Girardi on Feb. 29 against the University of South Florida at
Legends Field in Tampa, Fla. They close on March 28-29 with two
games at the Florida Marlins -- the team that fired Girardi at the
end of the 2006 season.