Pitching for the Twins: Scott Baker, Brian Duesing, Kevin Mulvey, Ben Julianel, Bob Keppel, Jason Jones.
Pitching today: Ian Kennedy followed by Eric Hacker, Andrew Brackman, Wilikin De La Rosa, Anthony Claggett and Michael Dunn.
Notes: We have a 2.5 hour drive to Fort Myers, so don’t expect any updates for a while. … The beat writers and Joe Girardi had a nice dinner last night in Tampa. Media Relations Director Jason Zillo organized the event. We took Joe out last year and he was nice enough to return the favor. Lots of good baseball talk, albeit all off the record.
In the interest of giving you something to do, here are two free downloads for you music fans:
Both cuts are on Bernie’s new jazz guitar record “Moving Forward.” It drops on April 14. Thanks to Bernie’s label, Reform Records, for making these available.
For more information, go to Bernie Williams.com.
WATCH BP TODAY: The News-Press in Fort Myers will show a live video stream of batting practice today starting at 10:15 a.m. You can find it on their home page.
I’m supposed to stop by and offer some commentary when the Yankees are on the field. That should be around 11 a.m. or so.
UPDATE, 11:32 a.m.: Here we are in Fort Myers. The video stream of BP is working, so clink the link above to watch.
UPDATE, 12:43 p.m.: The game is a few minutes off. Chamber of Commerce conditions here in Fort Myers and a big crowd on hand. I’ll update the blog every half inning or so.
UPDATE, 12:54 p.m.: Rod Carew threw out the first pitch to Paul Molitor. Two great players there.
UPDATE, 1:21 p.m.: 2-0 Yankees. Here’s how it went:
Gritty, gutty Brett Gardner singled up the middle and stole second. RBI single after a good AB by Cody Ransom. Single by Nick Swisher. After Posada flew out, Nady grounded to short. Minnesota got the out at second but Casilia threw the ball into the crowd trying to complete the double play and Ransom scored.
UPDATE, 1:26 p.m.: Good inning for IPK. Swinging, F-9, walk and 6-3.
UPDATE, 1:31 p.m.: Angel Berroa singled to start the second inning. Then forgetting he was 50, he tried to take second and was thrown out by six feet. Bad idea as Justin Leone then homered deep to left. 3-0 Yankees.
It is believed Leone rode the team bus to the game.
UPDATE, 1:34 p.m.: Brett Gardner, who clearly is the man, doubled to center. Melky Cabrera is going to have to hitchhike home at this point.
UPDATE, 1:43 p.m.: The Yankees scored only once as Gardner was stranded.
UPDATE, 1:48 p.m.: Ian Kennedy left a runner stranded at third to end the second inning. His line:
2 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 1 walk, 3 K.
UPDATE, 2:06 p.m.: Still 3-0. Yankees put runners on second and third with one out as Swisher and Posada singled before Nady grounded out. But Melky popped to short. After Berroa walked, Leone grounded into a force.
Eric Hacker now pitching.
UPDATE, 2:16 p.m.: Hacker walked two but got Crede to ground into a double play to end the inning. Still 3-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 2:33 p.m.: Eric Hacker is getting knocked in the fourth inning. He has allowed three straight hits and a run and now Anthony Claggett is in. It’s 3-1 Yankees now.
UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: Nice job by Claggett, who left both runners stranded. He’s one of the guys they obtained for Gary Sheffield and could well be the best of the bunch. 3-1 Yankees.
UPDATE, 2:43 p.m.: Jorge Posada just singled and came out for a pinch runner. Jorge was 2 for 3 and is 4 for 5 in two games.
UPDATE FROM THE CLUBHOUSE, 3:49 p.m.: It’s 3-3 in the 8th.
Now they’re down 5-3. All of the starters are halfway home by now. Long spring games are the worst.