Pitching today: Andy Pettitte followed by Damaso Marte, Brian Bruney, Jose Veras and Edwar Ramirez.
Pitching today: David Purcey followed by B.J. Ryan, Scott Downs and Jason Frasor.
Notes: The Yankees return to bucolic Dunedin for a 1:05 p.m. start. There’s no television or radio back to New York. … The Yankees have won five straight and 14 of their last 16. … Pettitte pitched in a minor-league game in his last start and wanted to face Toronto instead of going back to the complex. “I need to see big-league hitters,” he said.
Back with more later.
UPDATE, 10:32 a.m.: The Yankees several minor leaguers to the roster today. They are:
RHP Kevin Whelan
Catcher Mitch Abeita
Catcher Kyle Anson
Infielder Eric Duncan
Infielder Luis Nunez
Infielder Justin Snyder
Outfielder James Cooper
Outfielder Jack Rye
UPDATE, 10:55 a.m.: During our pre-game chat with Joe Girardi, he said no decisions on the other roster spots have been made yet. Those could carry into the Cubs series.
To be honest, the last man on the bench and the last man in the bullpen is not really a big deal. Both of those positions will be flux all year anyway.
UPDATE, 11:15 a.m.: Mariano Rivera will throw an inning in the minor leagues tomorrow and then come back against the Phillies on Wednesday. That would be his first back to back. Then he’ll pitch one of the Cubs game. That would give him nine innings for the spring, which is what he wanted.
So why doesn’t Mariano go to Sarasota to face the Reds? Because Mariano Rivera doesn’t do spring training road games, that’s why. When you’re the Greatest Closer Of All-Time you can pick your spots.
Back with more at game time.
UPDATE, 1:12 p.m: We’re underway and just like that, it’s 1-0 Yankees. Jeter doubles, Damon walked and Tex singled.
UPDATE, 1:33 p.m.: Middle of the second. 1-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: The Yankees flashed some serious leather in the second inning. Scott Rolen tried to go first to third on a single to center. Brett Gardner charged and made a high throw to third. Cody Ransom climbed the ladder, caught the ball and as he came down, he put a back-handed tag on the bag that caught Rolen.
Then Travis Snider grounded hard to the right side, a ball that Tex stopped on a dive. He got up and tagged the bag. Just like The Big G used to.
Still 1-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 1:58 p.m.: Still 1-0 Yankees, now in the middle of the fourth. Ransom walked with two outs in the top of the inning then got picked off.
Pettitte so far: 3 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, three strikeouts.
UPDATE, 2:24 p.m.: Jeter and Damon drew two-out walks in the fifth. But Tex lined a ball off the pitcher’s foot and was thrown out. For Jeter, it was an 11-pitch at-bat.
1-0, bottom of the fifth.
UPDATE, 2:31 p.m.: Pettitte has retired 10 straight. 5 3 0 0 0 6. Terrific start for him so far.
UPDATE, 2:41 p.m.: Barrett singled, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a double by Scutaro. 1-1. Is it me or does Scutaro kill the Yankees? Seems like he does.
UPDATE, 2:58 p.m.: Yankees lead 2-1.
Gardner fielder’ choice
Pena struck out
Tex doubles off the 1B’s glove
Matsui flew out to end the inning.
Pettitte back out for the seventh.
UPDATE, 3:03 p.m.: Pettitte is finished after 6.2 innings, having reached his pitch limit. His line: 6.2 innings, 5 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 0 walks, 7 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch.
He’ll relieve A.J. Burnett on Saturday at the Stadium as a final tune-up.
Damaso Marte in to pitch.
UPDATE, 3:10 p.m.: Counting two minor-league games, Pettitte has thrown 22 innings this spring and allowed three earned runs while striking out 20. He has allowed 18 hits. Looks like he is ready to go.
UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.: Yankees lead 3-1 going into the ninth inning. Headed down to the clubhouse.