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FSU baseball takes on New York Yankees in Tampa exhibition game

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New York Yankees infielders Derek Jeter and Brian Roberts (14) talk on the field during practice on Monday in Tampa. (Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)

 


 


(Tallahassee.com) -- Lineups won't be posted until this morning, but Florida State sophomore pitcher Mike Compton knows there's a good chance he'll be facing some perennial all-stars in the Seminoles' exhibition game against the New York Yankees in Tampa.

Most notably, of course, will be future Hall-of-Famer Derek Jeter, who is beginning his 20th and final season in the big leagues.

"It's pretty crazy," said Compton, who is getting the start on Tuesday afternoon because Sunday's series finale against Georgia was rained out. "They have some big-time players you grew up watching on TV. It will be unbelievable to be pitching against them."

Florida State head coach Mike Martin said Compton will be on a strict pitch count and isn't likely to throw more than two innings. But that will still give the FSU sophomore a chance to pitch against some of the biggest names in the sport; Jeter, Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Ichiro Suzuki could all be in the batter's box today against the righthander.

"Until you're on the mound and you're pitching, it's kind of hard to put into words what the feeling is going to be like," Compton said. "It's going to be something special for sure, though."

These games always are. Recently, the Seminoles have been squaring off against the Philadelphia Phillies in Spring Training. But this year it just so happens they'll be going against the most famous baseball team in the world.

Against one of the best shortstops to ever play the game.

"It's exciting," Martin said. "It will be exciting the fact that it will be Derek Jeter's first game the year that he retires. It will be a memory. ... It will be something that our guys will have a different emotion for. The emotion this time will be for the fact that they're playing one of the most storied baseball franchises in history.

"You'll look over there and see the pinstripes and you'll think of your youth."

Martin joked that for him that meant thinking of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

The veteran head coach also said the outcome of today's game is totally inconsequential. It's about the experience. And little else.

"We will play everybody," Martin said. "It's not something (where) we concern ourselves with batting orders. The first five or six innings we'll do things traditionally. I'm libel to have a senior pitcher get an at-bat for an outfielder. It's just an exhibition."

Fisher to throw out first pitch

Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher will throw out the first pitch of today's game, which is scheduled to start at 1:05 at George Steinbrenner Field. His star quarterback, Jameis Winston, is expected to pitch later on in the afternoon as well.

Movin' on up

The Seminoles are a perfect 6-0 on the season and are now ranked No. 2 in the country in the latest Baseball America poll. They were ranked fourth a week ago.

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