Pitching today: Chien-Ming Wang followed by Brett Tomko, Jose Veras, Phil Coke and Jon Albaladejo.
Pitching today: Mike Hampton.
Notes: The Yankees have won five straight, Counting the games against Team Canada and Team USA, they are 10-10-1. … There is no DH today, so Wang will stand in the box and not swing. … The Astros are dreadful. They are 1-14-3 this spring and look worse than that.
WBC update: Derek Jeter and Team USA play a meaningless game against Venezuela tonight. The semifinals start on Saturday. Jeter is 5 for 19 in six games.
Joba question deadline: Joba Chamberlain has agreed to answer questions from readers of the LoHud Yankees Blog.
You have until today at 6 p.m. to submit one question via e-mail. I will pick the 10 best questions and ask them to Joba later this week. Only questions submitted via e-mail will be accepted. One per person.
The answers — and audio — will appear on the blog later this week, probably on Saturday morning.
Back with more later once we get to Kissimmee.
UPDATE, 9:37 a.m.: A few updates from the clubhouse . . .
Both Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada said their shoulders felt fine after playing last night. … Ramiro Pena has a slight groin injury. … CC’s next start, on Sunday, will be at the minor-league complex. Alfredo Aceves will face the Rays.
UPDATE, 11:02 a.m.: We have arrived at Kissimmee, where the sign out front said there was standing-room only available.
The Yankees added three minor leaguers to the roster for today: Justin Snyder, Addison Maruszak and Eric Duncan.
UPDATE, 11:32 a.m.: The Astros agreed to use a DH. So now Cano is playing and hitting second. Wang is off the hook.
UPDATE, 12:56 p.m.: So Cano had to drive here from Tampa. You watch, he’ll get a couple of of big hits. That’s how it always works.
UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: 1-0 Astros. Jason Smith tripled and scored on a two-out single by Carlos Lee. Wang nearly made a play on the ball, which went up the middle.
UPDATE, 1:40 p.m.: Hampton has held the Yankees to one hit over three innings, a bloop single by Tex. 1-0 middle of the third.
UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: Wang has retired the last seven batters he has faced, two by strikeout. 1-0 Houston after three innings.
UPDATE, 1:59 p.m.: I think Wang could be done. His line: 4 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts.
Of the 12 outs he recorded, seven were on the ground. His location was crisp.
UPDATE, 2:12 p.m.: Nope, CMW still out there. Still 1-0 Astros. Yanks have four hits and have left three men on base.
UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: Wang got three grounders. Hampton is done for Houston as Valverde comes in. It’s 1-0 and the first five innings took a little more than an hour.
UPDATE, 2:27 p.m.: Phil Coke replaces Wang. CMW’s line was a strong 5 3 1 1 0 2. It’s still 1-0.
UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: The Yankees have come all the way back to take a 2-1 lead. Here’s how it happened:
Molina singled, Ransom to third
Pinch runner Austin Jackson steals second
Cabrera ground to second, run scores, Jackson to third
Berroa singles to right. 2-1 Yankees.
UPDATE, 2:53 p.m.: Brett Tomko on for the Yankees. 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh.
UPDATE, 3:02 p.m.: Cano singles, making him 2 for 4. Well worth the unexpected trip.
UPDATE, 3:10 p.m.: Coke and Tomko each pitched an inning. Now Veras is in and has walked the first guy.