Pitching today: Some big lefty, CC something. Then Aceves, Bruney, Veras, Melancon, Jackson.
Pitching today: Justin Verlander followed by Juan Rincon, Scott Williamson and Fernando Rodney.
Notes: The Yankees are in Lakeland for the second time in four days. … The team is off tomorrow and nothing is planned baseball-wise at Steinbrenner Field. … With the Dominican Republic’s shocking loss to the Netherlands in the WBC last night, Robbie Cano and Damaso Marte will soon be back in camp. You can expect them on Friday. … Back later with more. We’re in the clubhouse at 8:25 a.m. and then it’s off to Joker Marchant Stadium.
UPDATE, 9:41 a.m.: Still in Tampa as I wanted to watch Mo throw BP. He’s facing John Rodriguez and Jesus Montero.
Mo looks OK to me. One ball has been put in play.
UPDATE, 10:00 a.m.: Ever the good teammate, Mo stayed to watch Edwar Ramirez throw his BP.
UPDATE, 11:16 a.m.: We spoke to Mo for a few minutes after his session. He felt fine and will throw BP again on Saturday. Then he should be ready for a game. “Everything is good,” he said.
UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: Yankees are off to a good start, leading 2-0. Teixeira had an RBI single and Swisher a sacrifice fly. Now Carsten Charles takes the hill.
UPDATE, 1:40 p.m.: Yanks wearing out Verlander as they lead 3-0 and have the bases loaded with two outs in the second.
UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: CC’s second inning: single, single, single, strikeout, double, groundout, two-run bomb to left by Sheff, single. It’s 5-4 Tigers.
CC was lifted with two outs in the second.
UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: 6-4 Tigers middle of the fourth. The Yankees left the bases loaded in the fourth when Swisher left to left.
UPDATE, 3:03 p.m.: We just spoke to CC. He feels fine, he just had trouble locating balls to both sides of the plate and couldn’t locate his cutter with two strikes. That’s usually an out pitch for him.