3/13/2008 04:11:00 PM

"A" Lineup Traveling To VT

Posted by Mark McCray |

Bryan Hoch/Yankees.com

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Thursday that the team plans to bring its entire starting lineup for a scheduled exhibition at Virginia Tech. New York agreed to schedule the game last season in the wake of the April 16 shootings on the campus, where 32 were killed and many more were wounded. ribbon

"I think it's a wonderful opportunity for our players to see that you don't take life for granted," Girardi said.

Immediately following the tragedy, Yankees principal owner George M. Steinbrenner pledged $1 million to the Virginia Tech "Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund." In addition, the Yankees wore special caps bearing the VT logo for a game at Yankee Stadium.

"Mr. Steinbrenner cares about people," Girardi said. "He's always had a big heart, and he's always reached out to communities. I think it's a great thing for our club. We never know what's in store for tomorrow, so I think it's important that you give your greatest effort every day."

The roster for the trip has not been finalized, but Girardi confirmed that right-hander Jeff Karstens will make the start against Virginia Tech.  He also said the Yankees will bring their "A" lineup, including team captain Derek Jeter, third baseman Alex Rodriguez, catcher Jorge Posada and the rest.

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