Pitching tonight: A.J. Burnett followed by Mariano Rivera, Damaso Marte, Edwar Ramirez and Dave Robertson.
Pitching tonight: Tim Wakefield, Manny Delcarmen, Ramon Ramirez.
Notes: The game will be on YES and WCBS. … Derek Jeter will rejoin the Yankees for the first time since March 1. He was with Team USA playing in the World Baseball Classic. … Back with much more later on.
UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: That looks like the Opening Day lineup to me.
UPDATE, 3:21 p.m.: Here is Derek Jeter’s interview in the clubhouse this afternoon:
UPDATE, 3:50 p.m.: The Red Sox lineup has been posted. That’s Chris Carter in left, Nick Green (one-time Yankee) at second and Angel Chavez at third. Nick is likely to make the team as a utility man with Julio Lugo out.
UPDATE, 6:38 p.m.: Both Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi had praise for Ramiro Pena and said he was definitely in the mix for the utility job. Cashman said his glove was “absolutely” major-league caliber. … Phil Coke got another day off with that leg bruise and is now scheduled for Thursday. … The Yankees have to have center field figured out by Sunday or Monday so they can play their regular lineup down the stretch.
UPDATE, 7:02 p.m: Here’s some cool photos courtesy of the Yankees. Angel Nunez (left) and Jeff Gennarelli (right) apply the finishing touches on theinterlocking NY logo as it is painted on the field behind home plate today for the first time at the new Yankee Stadium.
UPDATE, 7:12 p.m.: We’re underway here in Tampa. Big crowd on hand. … Joe Girardi talked some more about Nick Swisher today and said he was watching yesterday to see how he reacted to the news that Nady would be the right fielder. “He was the same guy,” Girardi said. Girardi compared the situation to when he played and the Yankees had guys like Tino Martinez and Cecil Fielder sharing spots. “Sometimes you need to make sacrifices for the good of the team,” he said.
UPDATE, 7:21 p.m.: 1-2-3 for AJB in the first inning. He fanned Ortiz with a change-up on a 1-2 pitch.
UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: Burnett is scheduled to throw 75 pitches tonight. … Huge cheer for Jeter as he stands in.
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Chris Carter roped a double off Burnett to lead off. The guys who cover the Red Sox say that he can really hit but doesn’t have a position.
UPDATE, 7:33 p.m.: Burnett worked out of trouble, getting Baldelli (6-3), Kottaras (F-9) and Wilkerson (P-6) to end the inning.
UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Huuuuuuuuge moment for Jorge Posada there as he throws out Jacoby Ellsbury. Looks like the catcher is OK.
UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Burnett is dominating the Red Sox. His line so far: 5 1 0 0 1 3. He has gotten nine outs in the ground. Wakefield, in an entirely different fashion, is doing much the same to the Yankees. He has a two-hit shutout.
UPDATE, 8:27 p.m.: Burnett seemed to get a little tired in the sixth inning. Two singles and two walks have led to a run. He leaves with the bases loaded and two outs. Jon Albaladejo in to pitch.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: He’s gritty.
Brett Gardner triples to lead off the bottom of the sixth. The ball flicked off the glove of the diving Ellsbury in center and Gardner raced to third base, diving in ahead of the throw. The Little G then scored on a grounder to first.
Does that sequence get him the job? No other Yankee scores that run.
UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Counting the Team USA game, Gardner is 21 of 47 this spring with eight extra-base hits. How does he not get the job?
Mo just threw another perfect inning. He has faced 13 hitters and retired 12 this spring. He’s thrown 30 of his 43 pitches for strikes.
UPDATE, 9:42 p.m.: Sorry for the recent lack of updates. Had to do my newspaper work.
The Yankees lead 3-1. Melky walked in the eighth before Ramiro Pena bunted for a single. An error on the play moved Melky to third. Angel Berroa’s double scored Melky. With the bases loaded, a catcher’s interference call while Matsui was batting forced in another run.
Back later with a wrap-up.
UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: I stuck around the press box to watch Austin Jackson hit. Good call as he drilled a grand slam on a 3-2 pitch. The ball was scorched to left and just inside the foul pole. Three dingers for AJax this spring.
7-1 Yankees now. Great moment for Austin. Cashman said today that he is one of the young players that scouts are buzzing about this spring along with Eduardo Nunez and Ramiro Pena.