Pitching today: Joba Chamberlain, Phil Coke, Brian Bruney, Jose Veras, Edwar Ramirez and Jon Albaladejo.
Pitching today: Carlos Carrasco.
Notes: The Yankees are 15-12-1 with nine exhibition games left to play. Doesn’t 37 games seem like an awful lot? That’s nearly 23 percent of the season. … Anyway, the game today will be on YES. … Cano is 8 of 25 (.320) since he got back from the WBC. … Brett Gardner has an eight game hitting streak and is 8 for 18 during the stretch.
Back later on from Clearwater.
UPDATE, 9:31 a.m.: Girardi just named CC the starter for Opening Day and the home opener.
Joba will start the sixth game.
They’re also toying with Jeter hitting leadoff with Damon second.
UPDATE, 10:15 p.m.: So here is how the pitching sets up now:
April 6 at Baltimore: Sabathia
April 8 at Baltimore: Wang
April 9 at Baltimore: Burnett
April 10: at Kansas City: Pettitte
April 11 at Kansas City: Sabathia
April 12 at Kansas City: Chamberlain
April 13 at Tampa Bay: Wang
April 14 at Tampa Bay: Burnett
April 15 at Tampa Bay: Pettitte
April 16 vs. Cleveland: Sabathia
April 17 vs. Cleveland: Chamberlain
April 18 vs. Cleveland: Wang
April 19 vs. Cleveland: Burnett
April 20: vs. Oakland: Pettitte
April 21: vs. Oakland: Sabathia
April 22: vs. Oakland: Chamberlain
April 24 at Boston: Wang
April 25 at Boston: Burnett
April 26 at Boston: Pettitte
They could, in theory, skip Pettitte and pitch Sabathia against Boston. But there’s no reason to do that. There’s also no reason to get ahead of ourselves.
As for the leadoff situation, it came about when Posada was hitting first when he caught to get some at-bats. They coaches liked what Damon was doing in the second spot advancing runners. He us very adept at pulling the ball in the hole, which could lead to a single and a first-and-third situation.
I’ve never been one to get caught up with lineups as long as the best players get the most at-bats. I’m not sure using Damon or Jeter first or second would make that much of a change.
What I wonder is whether this is a sign that Brett Gardner is the CF. Using Jeter first means you can break up the lefties.
So the order would be:
UPDATE, 10:30 a.m.: Here’s CC Sabathia talking about the Opening Day and first game at the Stadium assignment:
UPDATE, 12:51 p.m.: Gotta love spring training. Two first pitches were thrown out today. One was by famed boxing trainer Angelo Dundee. The other was by Marie the Hooters Girl. The original Hooters is in Clearwater and they take their Hooters seriously around here.
Now there’s a sentence I never thought I would write.
Anyway, it’s a nice sunny day here and a big crowd on hands.
UPDATE, 1:10 p.m.: Jeter had a nine-pitch at-bat and reached on a bad-hop single. Joe Girardi is a genius.
The Yankees would never say this, of course. But Jeter hitting leadoff should cutdown on his GIDPs. He has 45 over the last two seasons.
UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Godzilla goes deep to right field. 2-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 1:27 p.m.: Joba just allowed back-to-back jacks by Utley (right field) and Howard (left field). 2-2.
UPDATE, 2:03 p.m.: Cody Ransom goes deep. 3-2 Yankees.
What will John Sterling do with him? “That ball was held for Ransom!”
“Pay the Ransom!”
UPDATE, 2:31 p.m.: Joba is done after 4.1 innings. Phil Coke is the new pitcher. Yankees lead 4-2.
Joba: 4.1 3 2 2 3 3.
Meanwhile, Newsday reports that Bob Sheppard will not be able to work on Opening Day.
Mr. Sheppard is 97. Isn’t it time to name him “announcer emeritus” and hire somebody else to do the job? He could come back whenever he wanted. Having the faux-Sheppard fill-in last season didn’t work so well.
UPDATE, 3:17 p.m.: Swisher solo shot, 6-2 Yankees. He’ll show them.