Pitching today: Brett Tomko followed by Dave Robertson, Jon Albaladejo, Dan Giese and Brian Bruney.
J.A. Happ RHP
Pitching today: Happ followed by Clay Condrey, Scott Eyre and Brad Lidge.
Notes: Chien-Ming Wang will hang back in Tampa and pitch in a minor-league game as the Yankees do not want him to swing a bat. Based on the minor-league schedule, it looks like Wang will pitch for Single-A Tampa against Toronto prospects. … After not playing at Clearwater all spring, the Yankees are there today and again on Thursday.
Back with more later.
UPDATE, 10:00 a.m.: Girardi said this morning that if the season started tomorrow, Xavier Nady would be his right fielder based on what he did last season.
UPDATE, 11:46 p.m.: The minor-league game in Tampa was rained out. Wang and Posada are headed to Dunedin to play in the AAA game.
UPDATE, 12:19 p.m.: The tarp is on the field here. No word yet on whether they will play.
UPDATE, 12:42 p.m.: OK, now we’re hearing that CMW got rained out in Dunedin and is headed here with Jorge Posada. So stay tuned for a lineup change.
UPDATE, 1:05 p.m.: CMW and Posada have arrived and the lineup has been changed. They’re also preparing to pull the tarp.
So … Wanger and Posada started the day in Tampa. Then then they went to Dunedin. Now they’re in Clearwater. They’re 0 for 2 in terms of rainouts.
UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: This is hilarious. Wang is standing in the back far corner of the batters box not swinging the bat under orders. J.A. Happ fell behind 3-1 before striking Wang out as Joe Girardi watched nervously.
No score going into the bottom of the second.
UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: Wang up again. 2-0 count. J.A. Happ should be ashamed of himself.
UPDATE, 2:41 p.m.: Wang fans looking. He has seen 11 pitches in two at-bats despite not being allowed to swing. He’s just so terrifying at the plate.
It’s 1-1 in the middle of the fourth.
UPDATE, 2:51 p.m.: Wang is pitching well despite his journeys today. He has allowed one run on three hits over four innings. Still 1-1. Plus he has seen more pitches than Melky and Robbie do in a week.
UPDATE, 3:03 p.m.: Xavier Nady’s RBI single gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Then Wang had a 1-2-3 fifth inning. CMW has 65 pitches through five innings. He might stay out there for another inning.
UPDATE, 3:09 p.m.: Clay Condrey saw the scouting report as he struck Wang out on three pitches. CMW looked like Manny facing Mariano last summer.
UPDATE, 3:17 p.m.: Wang allowed a double and a single to start the inning and was pulled. Melky might have had a chance to throw the runner out at the plate but he overran the ball in center.
UPDATE, 3:21 p.m.: It’s raining pretty hard here. Not sure why they are still playing.
UPDATE, 3:29 p.m.: Rough inning for Brian Bruney as Matt Stairs homers to center. 5-2 Phillies.
UPDATE, 3:35 p.m.: The Yankees just announced that Kei Igawa has been reassigned to the minor-league camp.
UPDATE, 3:47 p.m.: Miguel Cairo homers and it’s 8-2.