Pitching today: Chien-Ming Wang followed by Tomko, Coke, Dunn, De La Rosa.
Pitching today: Jair Jurrjens followed by Buddy Carlyle, Kris Medlen, Luis Valdez and Blaine Boyer
Notes: The game is on YES and WCBS. It’s a mystery to me why YES and WCBS do four of the same games in Florida. Why not spread it out so people in New York have access to more games? In the words of former Newsday beat writer Jim Baumbach, “What about the fans?” … Anyway, Wang will throw 35-40 pitches today as this will be his second start. … A.J. Burnett makes his spring debut tomorrow in Lakeland against the Tigers.
Back with more later on. There may not be too much A-Rod news today as all involved seem to be ruminating on what to do. My belief is that he will end up getting the surgery. The signs seem to be pointing that way.
UPDATE, 11:06 a.m.: Nick Swisher had two diamond earrings put in. “First time, I just decided to do it,” he said. He’s a little worried what his father will do once he sees them. Steve Swisher played in the big leagues from 1974-82. “He’s old school, he’s not going to like it.”
Meanwhile, CC Sabathia continues to be a presence in the clubhouse. He pulled up a chair next to A.. Burnett this morning and soon had Brian Bruney and Phil Hughes in the conversation. I heard from people in Cleveland and Milwaukee how seriously Sabathia took being a good teammate and there has been ample evidence of that this spring.
Hideki Matsui is the DH today and is scheduled to make the trip to Lakeland tomorrow. That would be his first back-to-back.
I spoke to Jesus Montero for a while this morning. He’s a very impressive young man. He kept calling me “sir” until I made him stop. He had a double in last night’s game and as Kevin Long said, the ball sounds differently off his bat.
His “groin strain” the other day proved to be nothing at all and he feels fine. He and Austin Romine are good friends. There’s no rivalry, Montero said, just competition.
UPDATE, 1:44 p.m.: Wang has thrown 21 of 25 pitches for strikes in the first two innings. He could go out for another batter or two. Outside of the home run, he has pitched well.
UPDATE, 1:52 p.m.: Mark Teixeira ended the top of the third with a terrific play at first base, backhanded a ball off the bat of Casey Kotchman and flipping it to CMW.
Wang’s final line: 3 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts. 33 pitches, 27 strikes.