New York Yankees' Roster Taking Shape

Double G Sports@DoubleGSportsCorrespondent IMarch 22, 2010

NEW YORK - AUGUST 10:  Ramiro Pena #19 of the New York Yankees throws to first base during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 12, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx Borough of New York City. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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The regular season is just a few weeks away and the Yankees roster is beginning to take shape. A few of the position battles are starting to clear up as players are released and sent to the minors.

The Yankees lost to the Phillies today as Phil Hughes gave up a game-ending home run in the bottom of the ninth. The home run was one of three given up by Hughes today. Despite the long balls, Hughes pitched very well, as he made batters swing and miss using his changeup.

Hughes appears to be the front-runner for the 5th starter role in the Yankees rotation, although it's not decided just yet. Joba Chamberlain and Sergio Mitre still have a chance to grab the job, as I expect Alfredo Aceves to join Chad Gaudin in the Yankees bullpen unless Gaudin is released or traded. I still believe it's Hughes that will win the starter spot.

Read how other roster moves are clearing up Yankees position battles at Double G Sports.