Yanks taking good look at ‘minors’

The Elias Sports Bureau reports that the Yankees’ Yangervis Solarte and Dean Anna are the only players who made an Opening Day roster this year that had played at least 500 games in the minor leagues without ever having previously played in the majors. Solarte, who played in 672 minor-league games, and Anna, who played in 554, were both in the starting lineup Friday night at Toronto.

Solarte, who made his first big-league start Thursday night at third base and went 3-for-3 with a walk, two runs and a run batted in, was at second base Friday night spelling Brian Roberts. Anna started at shortstop as Derek Jeter was given a blow after the Yankees arrived in Canada just before dawn.

Also according to Elias, Solarte became the first Yankees player with a three-hit game within his first two career games since Mike Lowell went 3-for-5 in his second career game Sept. 20, 1998 at Baltimore. Solarte was also the first Yankee with a three-hit game in his first career start since Oscar Azocar went 3-for-4 July 18, 1990 at Yankee Stadium against the Royals.

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