Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

The New York Yankees 25-man roster is almost complete after the team released former Dodgers utility man Juan Rivera on Thursday.

 

Rivera, who hit .305/.328/.390 in 59 at-bats this spring, was hoping to make the club as their first baseman with Mark Teixeira expected out of action for the first two months of the season. That honor will now go to former Blue Jays first baseman Lyle Overbay, who was released from his Red Sox contract Wednesday only to sign a minor-league deal with the Yankees hours later.

The Yankees bench will now consist of outfielder Ben Francisco, catcher Francisco Cervelli, infielder Dan Johnson and outfielder Brennan Boesch barring any last minute changes before the opener Monday.