Pitching today: CC Sabathia, Mariano Rivera, Damaso Marte and Jon Albaladejo.
Pitching tonight: Aaron Harang, Daniel Ray Herrera, Mike Lincoln, Josh Roenicke, Pedro Viola.
Notes: The game is at 7:15 p.m. and will be on WCBS. … Mariano has faced 13 hitters this spring and retired 12 of them. He has six strikeouts and has thrown 30 of his 43 pitches for strikes. That’s 3.3 pitches per batter. … CC will be looking to get around 90-100 pitches. Then he’ll dial it back during his final start on Wednesday. … Back later with more.
Meanwhile, I’m in a home run pool with some friends. Here’s my team: Ryan Braun, David Wright, Grady Sizemore, Jason Giambi, Vladimir Guerrero and Hideki Matsui. I won it all last year.
Back later with more.
UPDATE, 3:03 p.m.: David Robertson is hoping to get into the game tonight. He hasn’t pitched since March 20. That would seem to indicate that Robertson is probably not making the 25-man roster.
UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: Baseball players are a cold bunch. A few of the writers were standing around Brett Gardner conducting an interview this afternoon when Brian Bruney walked by. “What happened? You get sent down?” he asked.
Gardner just laughed and went on answering the question. “We like giving each other a hard time,” he said.
UPDATE, 4:11 p.m.: The Yankees don’t screw around. Richard Gere is throwing out the first pitch and James Delisco (Judas in the national tourning company of Jesus Christ Superstar) will sing the national anthem. The show’s company will perform Take Me Out To The Ballgame in the seventh inning.
UPDATE, 6:24 p.m.: Joe Girardi said in his pre-game interview that the Yankees would have their roster picked by Sunday or Monday. The plan remains going north with 12 pitchers, which would leave room for both Gardner and Cabrera.
Girardi said he knows who he wants in CF but wants to talk it over with Brian Cashman and the coaches first.
The Yankees also plan to bring more than 25 players to New York for the Cubs series. The final cuts will come then.
UPDATE, 6:52 p.m.: Here’s a shot of Mark Teixeira, who was in Ybor City this afternoon playing stickball to help promote Yahoo! Sports fantasy baseball. The game featured players from the Florida Stickball League.
UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: That CC Sabathia is a nice guy. To make Joba feel better about himself, he just threw 23 pitches in the first inning. But all he allowed was a single.
UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: It’s 1-1. Jeter doubled and scored on a single by Tex in the first. The Reds had three singles in the top of the second.
UPDATE, 8:27 p.m.: The Yankees have gone up 3-1 in the fourth. Nady had a double. But it was an error and a passed ball that scored the runs. GGBG walked and was part of a double steal with Ransom.
UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: CC has retired 10 straight. He really has his sinker working. The Yankees lead 4-1 in the middle of the fifth inning.
UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: CC has retired 16 in a row. Just amazing. They need to get Mo and Dave Robertson an inning each, so that could be it for him.
UPDATE, 9:15 a.m.: Wow, CC back out for the eighth inning. So much for Dave Robertson.
Shelley Duncan (1B), Doug Bernier (2B), Angel Berroa (SS), Ramiro Pena (3B), Nick Swisher (LF), Melky Cabrera (CF), Todd Linden (RF) and Jose Molina ( C) all in now.