Yankees vs. Army at West Point, March 30

The Yankees are coming to Orange County for an exhibition game following spring training.

On Wednesday, the Bombers announced they’ll take on the Black Knights at 2 p.m. March 30 at Doubleday Field at West Point.

Tickets will be available at www.goarmysports.com in late February. Additional details were not released.

West Point has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the Yankees in both baseball and football.

It will be the 22nd exhibition game between the Yankees and the Black Knights and the first since 1976.

“It’s a tremendous honor for our organization to play at West Point, which is one of our country’s most historically significant institutions,” said New York Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner in the team’s release. “The Yankees have always held the nation’s servicemen and servicewomen in the highest regard. Playing in this game is our way of showing appreciation for their valor and the sacrifices made by all members of the United States armed forces.”

The teams met for the first time on May 26, 1927 at Doubleday Field. The game, which featured Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, was suspended by rain after an inning and one half.

The Yankees are 22-0 in the series. Army came closest in 1966, losing 1-0 in seven innings. Mickey Mantle drove in the run on a force out play in the first inning.

Army’s football team played at least one game at Yankee Stadium in each season from 1925 through 1951. The team returned to the Bronx for games from 1959 through 1962, as well as in 1964 and 1969.

The Black Knights played football in the new Yankee Stadium for the first time in 2010, losing to Notre Dame, 27-3.

Prior to the trip to West Point, the Yankees will play an exhibition game against the Washington Nationals on March 29 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Last year, Army’s baseball team went 41-15 and won the Patriot League’s regular season and postseason titles. The Black Knights were eliminated by Oklahoma in extra innings In the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Major League Baseball has left its mark in Orange County in other ways as well. The Brooklyn Dodgers, believe it or not, held spring training at Bear Mountain during the World War II years.

Kevin Youkilis, seen here with the Red Sox in 2006, will have a more pronounced crouch in his distinctive batting stance this season. (Image via Wikipedia Commons)

In other Yankees news, the Wednesday surgery on the torn labrum in Alex Rodriguez’s left hip was deemed successful. The recovery is expected to take six months, so A-Rod should be good to go sometime around the All-Star break in mid-July. All of that, of course, depends on his rehab.

Rodriguez’s replacement for the first half of the season, Kevin Youkilis, spoke recently with Yankees reporter Jack Curry. Youkilis will supposedly have a new-look batting stance in 2013, with a more pronounced crouch. For more details, check out Curry’s Twitter feed here: @JackCurryYES.

Also in the news today, Joe Nathan, who grew up in Circleville and went to Pine Bush, has announced that he does not plan to play in the World Baseball Classic.

The WBC rosters will be announced on Thursday at 10 a.m. Former Yankees skipper Joe Torre will manage the team.

The WBC will run from March 2 through the 19th and overlap with major league spring training. There will be games played in Miami, Phoenix and San Francisco.

One semi-local guy to watch is former Hudson Valley Renegades shortstop Leonardo Reginatto, who plays for team Brazil. Brazil upset Panama in the qualifying round to advance to the main tournament.

In late-breaking Yankees news, Phil Hughes has agreed to a one-year deal for 2013, as reported by Chad Jennings of the Journal News. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan and David Robertson are the club’s remaining arbitration-eligible players.

Update: The AP reports that it will be a $7.15-million deal for Hughes. Hughes was 16-13 with a 4.32 ERA in 32 starts last season. He pitched a career-high 191 1/3 innings, striking out 165 and walking 46. Hughes’ one bugaboo was that he allowed 35 home runs, a home run every 5.5 innings. His walks-per-nine innings (2.2) was the best of his career, but he has to cut down on the home runs allowed in 2013 if he expects to be resigned after the season.

Any thoughts on how the Yankees will fare without A-Rod? Could he be a big boost in July, almost like a trade in which the Yankees won’t have to give anything away? Let me know on Twitter: @THR_Montgomery.

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