Pitching: Phil Hughes followed by Coke, Dunn, Veras, Hacker, Robertson, Texeira
Pitching: Roy Oswalt followed by Jon Broxton, Matt Lindstrom, Brad Ziegler, Matt Thornton and LaTroy Hawkins.
Notes: The game will be on YES. First pitch is set for 1:15 p.m. … Team USA has been in flux. Joe Nathan, Brian Fuentes and B.J. Ryan bailed out and were replaced by the likes of LaTroy Hawkins, Joel Hanrahan and Heath Bell. … Derek Jeter figures to get a big cheer from the crowd when he is introduced as Team USA’s shortstop. This is his second WBC with them.
Back with more later.
UPDATE, 9:33 a.m.: You know who’s not too happy? Brian Bruney. He very much wants to be on Team USA and had his agent, Gregg Clifton, make a call on his behalf. But when Davey Johnson and Bob Watson went looking for replacement relievers, they went with Heath Bell, John Grabow, Joel Hanrahan and LaTroy Hawkins instead.
Just more wood for the motivational fire. Bruney is already ticked that so many people think the Yankees need Joba Chamberlain in the bullpen.
UPDATE, 10:02 p.m.: Here is the Team USA pitching staff:
Starters: Roy Oswalt, Ted Lilly, Jeremy Guthrie, Jake Peavy
Relievers: Heath Bell, Jon Broxton, Brian Fuentes, John Grabow, Brad Ziegler, Scot Shields, J.J. Putz, Matt Thornton, Matt Lindstrom, J.P. Howell, LaTroy Hawkins, Joel Hanrahan.
The Yankees have a better rotation than that. But it’s a good bullpen. At any rate, I’m headed down to the field.
UPDATE, 11:07 a.m.: In case you’re wondering, Joba has not thrown anything at Youkilis. Not yet anyway.
UPDATE, 12:12 p.m.: Jeter and several of his Team USA teammates will do the Top 10 on the Letterman show on Thursday. Could there be some A-Rod jokes?
It’s sunny and 57 in Tampa, by the way. Not great but we’ve heard about all the snow in the Northeast.
UPDATE, 12:31 p.m.: I did not get a chance to see it as I was over with Team USA. But A.J. Burnett threw his simulated game today. He threw about 30 pitches, Dave Eiland said. “He was happy, so we were happy,” he said. “He was good, everything was fine.”
Burnett is scheduled to pitch on Sunday against Detroit in Lakeland.
Meanwhile, CMW felt “really good” after his two innings yesterday. The foot is officially no longer an issue.
UPDATE, 1:09 p.m.: This game is not sold out. Lots of empty seats down the lines. These games were added after the original schedule was announced. … Meanwhile, in case you were wondering, the games against Team USA and Team Canada will not count in the spring standings or in the stats. Not that it really matters.
UPDATE, 1:11 p.m.: Just a hunch, but I bet Phil Hughes pitches really well today.
UPDATE, 1:18 p.m.: Hughes gave up a bleeder single by Pedroia. Then he got the shortstop to ground into a double play. That guy stinks.
UPDATE, 1:26 p.m.: That gritty, gutty Brett Gardner singled, went to third on a single by Tex and scored on a single by Posada. Then Nady went 1-6-3 to end the inning. 1-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 1:34 p.m.: Hey, look, it’s Phil Hughes. Fanned Wright looking with a cutter. Fanned Dunn looking at a filthy curve. Got Youkilis to fly to right.
25 pitches, 16 strikes. He could go back out there if they want. He’s got 10-15 more in him.
UPDATE, 1:39 p.m.: Great play by Pedroia ranging deep behind second and making a strong throw to get Cash. If Cano had half as much giddy-up, he’d be an All-Star. … Meanwhile, Hughes is back out there.
UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: For the third time in three games, Hughes had hit a batter with an 0-1 pitch. He has been told to bust every hitter inside when he gets to that count. He barely brushed Granderson’s jesey.
It costs him as Jeter gets up and delivers a two-run single. 2-1 USA.
UPDATE, 1:54 p.m.: Hughes’ line: 2.2 3 2 2 0 2. 41 pitches / 25 strikes.
UPDATE, 1:59 p.m.: Gardner, another single and another SB. He’s 7 for 12 this spring with three SBs.
UPDATE, 2:08 p.m.: Coke just fanned Dunn and Braun swinging. Youkilis grounded out. Nice work by the Yankee pitchers today so far.
UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: That rotten Youkilis didn’t scoop that throw from Jeter on purpose. … Meanwhile, what happened to the lumberjack beard?
UPDATE, 2:27 p.m.: Nice work by Phil Coke. 2.1 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks 2 strikeouts.
UPDATE, 2:29 p.m.: Could Brett Gardner be added to Team USA by the end of the afternoon? He just doubled, making him 3 for 3.
Gardner’s final 15 games last season were pretty good as he adjusted to the pitching. He seems to be picking up where he left off. At some point, it’s not a fluke.
Meanwhile, the idea that Melky is a better defensive player is simply incorrect. Melky has a better arm. Gardner takes better routes to the ball and is much faster. You take the better outfielder over the better arm every day. The odds are much higher that a CF will track down a few balls in the gap then to throw somebody out.
UPDATE, 2:42 p.m.: Eric Hacker is getting the game get loose, aided by an Angel Berroa error at shortstop. It’s 4-1 Team USA as Jeter singles and scores.
UPDATE, 2:44 p.m.: Make that 6-1 as Youkilis delivers a two-run single to right. Hard to ask a AA kid to face this lineup.