J. Rodriguez DH
Pitching tonight: Chien-Ming Wang followed by Brett Tomko, Mike Dunn and Anthony Claggett.
Pitching tonight: Tim Wakefield followed by Jonathan Papelbon, Takashi Saito, Daniel Bard and Junichi Tazawa.
Notes: The game is down in Fort Myers, two hours and change away. So check back later for updates from City of Palms Park. … Robbie Cano and Damaso Marte are back but won’t play until tomorrow.
UPDATE, 1:41 p.m.: Damaso Marte returned from the WBC with a sore left pectoral muscle and will see a doctor tomorrow. Robinson Cano has a sore right shoulder and also will get checked out.
Girardi as you might guess is not thrilled.
UPDATE, 2:22 p.m.: MLB Network contacted me. The game will be blacked out in the New York area. YES would not grant permission to lift the blackout. I’m going to contact YES to try and find out why.
Meanwhile, Damaso Marte said he injured himself lifting weights before he pitched in the final game of the WBC on Tuesday. Direct quote: “It doesn’t hurt when I pitch, only when I move.”
Well, that’s good. Marte thinks it’ll be 3-4 days before he pitches.
As for Cano, he said his shoulder was tight before he left for the WBC. Then he played every inning of three games. He said he thinks it’s just tight and he’s not hurt.
Both will see the doctor tomorrow.
UPDATE, 2:47 p.m.: According to MLB, YES also will not lift the blackouts of the games on March 22 and March 28. Still waiting for a YES response.
UPDATE, 5:05 p.m.: Here’s the latest on tonight’s TV mess. YES claims they never received a request from MLB Network to waive the blackout.
Bottom line: The game will not be on MLB Network in the New York area tonight. I’m not sure who is to blame, if anybody. But it seems pretty silly that fans are denied access to the game.
Meanwhile you still can enjoy the Yankees at the Red Sox on YES — from Oct. 2, 1978. Pay attention to Bucky Dent.
UPDATE, 5:25 p.m.: YES says they were never asked to give permission for the game to be shown. I was just told that the ultimate decision belongs to the team, the Yankees in this case. So apparently they did not grant permission.
As for baseball updates …
· Francisco Cervelli returned to Tampa today.
· Jason Johnson is scheduled to pitch in his first game tomorrow down in Bradenton. Joe Girardi said he still has time to make the roster.
· Jorge Posada will DH tomorrow and catch on Sunday.
· Edwar Ramirez will pitch tomorrow.
· Mo Rivera will throw BP tomorrow and pitch in a game on Tuesday.
· Remember Humberto Sanchez? He had the dreaded forearm tightness at the start of camp. He threw a bullpen today. He needs another bullpen and a BP session or two before getting in a game.
UPDATE, 7:07 p.m.: We’re underway here at City of Palms Park. It’s 76 degrees, huge crowd on hand and the Yankees are playing the Red Sox. Life is good.
UPDATE, 7:09 p.m.: GGBG worked a seven-pitch walk against Tim Wakefield to get the Yankees started. One would assume he steals second on the flutter-baller.
UPDATE, 7:12 p.m.: And Gardner steals second.
UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: After Juan Miranda walked, Nady grounded into a double play to end the inning. Meanwhile the Wanger has induced two grounders to start the bottom of the first.
UPDATE, 7:21 p.m.: Big Papi (or “Big Daddy as Joe Torre used to inexplicably call him) grounded out as well. … Julio Lugo left the game with a sore knee. Ochoa is in for him at shortstop.
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: 1-0 Yankees. John Rodriguez reached on a dribbler out in front of the plate, went to second on a passed ball and then scored on a single by Angel Berroa.
Yanks have runners on first and second with one out. Shelley Duncan worked a walk in there as well.
UPDATE, 7:33 p.m.: Wakefield struck out Gardner looking with runners on second and third and two outs, Gardner barked at umpire Jeff Kellogg a bit.
UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: You want the good news or the bad news first? It seems a torn hip labrum is something you can get over. That’s the good news. The bad news is we know that because Mike Lowell just crushed a 1-1 Wang pitch over the wall in left.
UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: Rough inning for Wang:
Home run by Lowell
Bay strikes out
Wilkerson grounds to first, Miranda throws the ball into center
Chavez RBI single
Ellsbury grounds to first Miranda boots a double-play ball and gets only one out as another run scores.
Two-run single to center by Ochoa.
UPDATE, 7:53 p.m.: Ortiz, two-run homer into the seats in right field. 7-1 Boston and that is it for Wang. Yikes.
UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: Cody Ransom starts the bottom of the second with a triple off the top of the wall in right center.
UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: There’s no quit in those Yankees. After Miranda was hit by a pitch, Nady smacked a two-run double down the line in left then took third on an error. 7-3 Boston.
I’m not sure I agree with the scorer. But they’re saying six of the runs Wang allowed were unearned. Not that it really matters, he allowed six hits in 1.2 innings.
UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: Jose Molina drops in a little single and it’s 7-4. That’s it for Wakefield.
These teams play long games no matter what, don’t they?
UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: The Yankees left the bases loaded as Brett Gardner struck out swinging. Boston leads 7-4.
UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: The Sox are serious about this one. They’re bringing Papelbon in for an 18-out save.
UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: I asked the Yankees if there was going to be a press release regarding the sale of single-game tickets. I was told they were working on something up in the Bronx.
Meanwhile, Yankees.com had this link to a “2009 Ticket Opportunity.” E-mails also went out this evening to fans registered on MLB.com
From what I can tell, there will be a lottery for the right to purchase single-game tickets from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on March 23.
The registration period started at noon on Friday and ends at 10 p.m. on Tuesday. A “random drawing” will be held on Wednesday to decide who gets to participate in the on-line sale.
It’s unclear whether there will be any other single-ticket sales. Could they sell out the entire season before it starts? That would seem unlikely, but you never know.
UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: Brett Tomko has thrown 3.1 scoreless at Boston. Still 7-4.
UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: Kei Igawa just pitched another scoreless inning. Meanwhile, Junichi Tazawa is on to pitch for Boston. He’s the Japanese amateur player who asked NPL teams not to draft him then signed with the Red Sox, causing some waves in Japan.
Be interesting to see how he does.
The line on Tomko: 3.1 2 0 0 0 5. Impressive. He could be the long man.
Subs all around for both teams. This is Scranton vs. Pawtucket now.
UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: Tomko has allowed two runs over 10.1 innings and stuck out 10 with one walk.
UPDATE, 9:47 p.m.: Half the crowd has gone. The dugouts are half empty, it’s the bottom of the eighth inning and there are like four drunks chanting “Yankees suck.”
Really? Your life has gotten to that point? It’s spring training, there are Hooters Girls walking around giving out free beer coupons. Just relax.
UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: 8-4 Boston. Billy Traber (remember him?) in to pitch for the Red Sox.