Triple-A Scranton Yankees will wander without home

RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer Published:

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Down at spring training, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees are preparing to play all 144 games of their International League season on the road, forced out of PNC Field because of a stadium renovation.

They'll play 37 "home" games in Rochester, N.Y., with the rest scattered about in Batavia, Buffalo and Syracuse, N.Y., along with Allentown, Pa., and Pawtucket, R.I. They're even adopting the temporary name, the Empire State Yankees.

Scranton's opening-day roster is likely to include highly regarded pitchers Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, David Phelps and Adam Warren. Right now, they don't even know how they'll get their mail.

Says Kevin Russo, a 27-year-old infielder Kevin Russo starting his fourth season with the club: "Friends, family, girlfriend, they all don't really understand. Even I don't understand it."