Pitching today: Alfredo Aceves followed by Kei Igawa, Damaso Marte and Steven Jackson.
Notes: The Yankees have won nine straight and 11 of their last 12. … Swisher is back after missing two days with a bruised left calf, the result of a foul ball.
CC Sabathia will pitch in a minor-league game at 1 p.m. against players from the Pittsburgh organization. I’m going to stay in Tampa and watch that instead of driving down to Port Charlotte. Check back later for reports on how CC looks.
That’s it for now. It’s a quiet Sunday morning in Tampa.
UPDATE, 8:42 a.m.: Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui have the day off and do not need to report. … Phil Coke will pitch tomorrow. … Damaso Marte will pitch an inning today and then get two days off … Joba is set up for an intrasquad game back back in Tampa on the morning of April 5 so he can stay in his routine.
UPDATE, 9:15 a.m.: In news from under the big top, a former call-girl madam claims she dated A-Rod and provided him with hookers. The Daily News has all the gory details.
Whether this latest tale is true or not isn’t really the point. All of this nonsense is just background noise anyway as everybody knows what a clown Alex is. Whether he’s kissing himself, talking steroids, lying to Katie Couric, apologizing to Katie Couric, getting hookers or whatever else, A-Rod is signed for nine more years (atta boy, Hank) and all the Yankees can do is deal with it. What other choice do they have?
UPDATE, 9:25 a.m.: The Rays are pitching David Price, Grant Balfour, Brian Shouse and Jason Isringhausen.
UPDATE, 12:58 p.m.: Here we are at the minor-league complex. CC will face a linuep that includes Lance Broadway and Ruben Gotay.
UPDATE, 1:12 p.m.: CC had a 1-2-3 first. 18 pitches. Former first-round pick Neil Walker fouled off four 3-2 pitches before going down swinging.
UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: CC allowed a double by Jonel Pacheco. But when Broadway flied to center, Pacheco left early when he tagged up and was called out on appeal. 28 pitches after two innings.
UPDATE, 1:37 p.m.: CC allowed a two-out single in the third. No damage done. 39 pitches after three, 27 of them strikes. His wife and three kids are here. CC III is decked out in Yankees gear.
UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: CC left the bases loaded in the fourth. He’s at 67 pitches so that could be it.
His line: 4 5 0 0 1 2.
UPDATE, 2:07 p.m.: CC going back out there.
UPDATE, 3:06 p.m.: Sorry for the delay but had to conduct some interviews. CC allowed a run in the fifth inning on a double and a bad-hop single.
His final line: 5 innings, 7 hits, 1 one, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts. 81 pitches / 51 strikes.
The bigger news: Four runners tried to steal second on Jorge Posada and he threw out three of them. He said his shoulder feels 100 percent now and that those throws have given him great confidence.
Posada said he needed to slow down his throwing mechanics after starting the game with a poor throw. This is obviously excellent news for the Yankees.
Posada also praised how Sabathia holds runners by using a slide step delivery and being quick to the plate. CC said he will be conscious of doing all be can to help his catcher.
UPDATE, 4:16 p.m.: Here are the interviews we did with Jorge Posada:
And CC Sabathia:
I think you’ll find it interesting to hear Jorge talk about the mechanics of throwing and how the pitcher helps that process. Good inside baseball sort of stuff.