A. Rodriguez 3B
J. Rodriguez LF
Pitching today: Alfredo Aceves followed by Damaso Marte, Brian Bruney, Jon Albaladejo, Christian Garcia, Mark Melancon and J.B. Cox.
Pitching for the Reds: Aaron Harang followed by Francisco Cordero, Dave Weathers, Arthur Rhodes, Jordan Smith, Ben Jukich and James Avery. Arthur Rhodes? That means some Yankee is going deep. They hammer him.
Notes: There’s rain in the forecast this morning but it should clear up in time for the game. At least that is what Weather.com said. … Jeter, Cano, Marte and A-Rod leave for the WBC after the game. … The game is not on TV.
UPDATE, 10:24 a.m.: Greetings from Sarasota and ancient Ed Smith Stadium.
There has been a date set for A-Rods meeting with MLB investigators. Joe Girardi said that information would have to come from either Alex or MLB, not the Yankees. We’ll let you know as soon as we find out.
· CC Sabathia’s simulated game was scratched because of poor weather. It’ll be tomorrow.
· Jorge Posada’s shoulder felt better today and he could DH tomorrow. Tuesday seems more likely.
· Edwar Ramirez has not started throwing yet.
· Jason Johnson has been cleared to start throwing outside and will throw a 35-pitch bullpen tomorrow. Good news for him as comes back from eye cancer.
· Kanekoa Texeira has the flu.
Meanwhile it’s drizzling and very windy here and the tarp is on the field. But the Yankees have arrived.
UPDATE, 11:04 a.m.: I do believe we are going to play some baseball here. The sun is coming out and the wind is dying down. There will be no BP on the field, but the Yankees are going to hit in the cages.
UPDATE, 12:53 p.m.: Yes, we’re playing baseball. The tarp is off and the teams are warming up.
UPDATE, 1:11 p.m.: Big hand for Derek Jeter as he steps to the plate. Even the opposing crowds give it up for the Captain.
UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: A-Rod gets more boos than cheers as he comes to the plate. Then he lines an RBI double over the head of the left fielder. 1-0 Yankees. I’m telling you, huge year. Huge.
Four straight hits produced two runs then Nady went GIDP. 2-0 Yankees middle of the first.
UPDATE, 1:32 p.m.: Shaky inning by Aceves. After striking out McDonald with a breaking pitch, he walked Rosales. Phillips looked at a pretty good 2-2 pitch with two outs then rifled an RBI double into left. 2-1 Yankees.
UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: Chris Dickerson buried a 2-2 pitch over the wall in right. 3-2 Reds. Inning over.
Might the long reliever be Brett Tomko? Yikes.
UPDATE, 1:44 p.m.: Yankees went in order. Albaladejo pitching now.
UPDATE, 2:27 p.m.: Kevin Cash singled and was out trying to steal second to end the fourth inning Yankees lead 5-4. Cox comes back out for the fourth inning.
UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: That was interesting. Brett Gardner did two bad things and one good thing in a span of 12 seconds or so.
First he hits the ball in the air. Bad thing.
But he keeps running and takes second when the pop-up falls in. Good thing.
Then he tries to keep going, thinking third base was uncovered. But he stopped when the Reds reacted and got tagged out by the shortstop. Really bad thing.
Then Jeter (single), Tex (single) and A-Rod (double down the LF line) crush Arthur Rhodes. You just knew that would happen. Yankees lead 6-5.
UPDATE, 2:44 p.m.: Cano two-run double. 8-5. If Arthur Rhodes pitched against the Yankees every day, they would score 1,200 runs.
UPDATE, 2:54 p.m.: A-Rod, Jeter, Cano and Nady are all out. Meanwhile, Damaso Marte has allowed two solo homers to dead center Yankees lead 8-7. Votto and Dickerson took him out.
UPDATE, 3:05 p.m.: It’s 10-7 now as the subs pour it on. I’ve got to head down to the clubhouse. Back with more later.
UPDATE, 3:37 p.m.: A-Rod has left the building. He would not answer questions about his meeting with MLB. But two things to note:
· He left with Cano and Teixeira, which likely means he was headed back to Tampa.
· He said he would be in Jupiter tonight.
So the meeting could be in Tampa later today or in Jupiter tomorrow.
A-Rod also talked about the WBC, the Yankees and how he’s playing so far. Have a listen yourself to all the fun:
Meanwhile, the Yankees are trailing 12-11, having allowed seven runs in the last three innings.
UPDATE, 3:59 p.m.: It’s 13-11 Cincy. Jesus Montero just allowed a run on a passed ball and hurt his leg somehow. He came out of the game. Doesn’t seem to be serious.