Pitching today: Andy Pettitte followed by Ian Kennedy, Dan Giese, Dave Robertson, Jose Veras and Jon Albaladejo.
Pitching today: Brad Mills followed by Rick Bauer, Brian Burress, Casey Janssen, Brad Mills.
Notes: This will be the first spring start for Pettitte. … A-Rod is having his surgery this morning. … Back with more later.
UPDATE, 9:12 a.m.: The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry was pretty real in the 1970s when guys like Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk really disliked each other. Now, it’s mostly a creation of the media and fans. The players don’t see it as Athens against Sparta.
Up in Canada, some of you will be displeased to learn that Derek Jeter and Dustin Pedroia are becoming boys. Their friendship started at the All-Star Game last season.
“Tremendous guy and obviously a tremendous player,” Pedroia said last week when he was at Steinbrenner Field. “It has been great getting to know him.”
It’s easy to understand why Jeter would get along Pedroia. Like him, Pedroia is a guy who always plays hard and plays to win.
Meanwhile, here in Tampa, Mariano Rivera has returned from Puerto Rico and will throw a bullpen later this morning. The team is now in the middle of a meeting. There are always meetings in spring training. I think today is a presentation from the MLB Alumni group.
YANKEES MAKE SOME MOVES, 9:39 a.m.: Andrew Brackman was optioned to Single-A Charleston. RHPs J.B. Cox, George Kontos and Kanekoa Texeira were reassigned to the minor-league camp.
UPDATE, 10:33 a.m.: Mariano Rivera just threw 30 pitches in the bullpen. He had a lot more pop than he did the other day.
“Tremendous,” he said as he walked away.
UPDATE, 11:24 a.m.: Jorge Posada made a dozen throws to second base this morning. “Felt great,” he said.
* * * UPDATE, 12:50 p.m.: Dr. Marc Philippon just did a brief Q&A with the media. A-Rod came through the surgery fine. Get this, before the end of the day the rehab protocol calls for him to ride an exercise bike. He’ll do range of motion exercises through the weekend before they get to muscle-memory exercises. Dr.Philippon said there was “no doubt” they made the right choice.
He even guaranteed A-Rod would hit in the playoffs and be accepted as a true Yankee.
OK, that’s not true. But the good doctor seemed convinced that A-Rod will be fine and that the rehab will proceed quickly. So that’s good news for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Andy Pettitte gave up a one-out double to Aaron Hill then fanned Lind and Overbay.
UPDATE, 1:43 p.m.: Pettitte came out after seven batters, having reached his limit. His line: 1.2 1 0 0 1 2.
UPDATE, 2:04 p.m.: 1-0 Jays on a solo shot by Russ Adams off Dan Giese in the third. Yanks have one hit.
UPDATE, 2:08 p.m.: Gritty, gutty Brett Gardner has done it again. He just lined a two-run homer over the wall in right. It was his third shot of spring training.
UPDATE, 2:46 p.m.: Brett Gardner, the Maury Wills of his day, just reached on a bunt single. He went to third on Melky Cabrera’s single. But when Cabrera got hung up between first and second with two outs, Gardner did the right thing and broke for the plate. Alas, he was tagged out.
IPK pitching. He allowed a run in his first inning. It’s 2-2 after five innings.
UPDATE, 3:28 p.m.: We just talked to Andy Pettitte. He felt fine and threw 31 pitches. He was only supposed to throw one inning but bargained for three more hitters.
“I felt great today and my shoulder has been feeling great,” he said.
Yankees down 6-2 after seven. Rough day for Ian Kennedy.