3/16/2008 07:45:00 PM

Yanks-Sox: Spring Training Showdown

Posted by Mark McCray |

Bryan Hoch/Yankees.Com

The Yankees and the Red Sox will meet on Monday at Legends Field in Tampa, more than 1,150 miles south of the Bronx and a world away in terms of the intensity level. Yet it is still Boston and New York head-to-head, and that always deserves attention.

The Yankees plan on fielding their "A" lineup for the 1:15 p.m. ET affair, with Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Bobby Abreu all having rested during Sunday's exhibition tilt with the Indians.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox -- just days away from a transcontinental trek to play in Japan -- are also bringing most of their stars for the two-hour-plus bus ride from Red Sox Nation's southern headquarters in Fort Myers, Fla. Manny Ramirez is the most notable player not making the trip, but captain Jason Varitek, slugger David Ortiz and reigning American League Rookie of the Year Dustin Pedroia are expected to be present and accounted for.

Left-hander Andy Pettitte will get the call for his third start of the spring, scheduled to throw 60 pitches after missing his last appearance due to a mild left forearm strain, and the Yankees will get their first look at Bartolo Colon since the burly right-hander found a new uniform.


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