Pitching today: CC Sabathia.
Pitching today: Kyle Drabeck.
Notes: The game starts at 1:15 p.m. and there is no television or radio back to New York. … CC will throw 60-70 pitches then rest up for the Orioles when it starts to count on Monday. … The team flies back to New York and will work out at the new Stadium tomorrow. … The Yankees have won seven straight and 16 of their last 18. … A-Rod left his Maybach in the parking lot and the rest of the players plan to paint it orange before they leave. April Fools!
GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE CHAMPS: The Yankees are 21-10-1 The Braves are 18-11-0 and the Cardinals are 18-11-2. Does that mean the Yankees win the Grapefruit League with a win today? I have no clue. Atlanta plays one more game in Florida tomorrow as do the Cardinals. If this concerns you, you have too much time on your hands.
Back with more later. But not a whole lot more as I have a flight to catch.
UPDATE, 10:53 a.m.: Nady just got scratched. Just a precaution after he got hit on the left elbow yesterday.
UPDATE, 11:31 a.m.: The following players were added to the roster for the Cubs series:
In other news … Mariano Rivera went home early. He’s scheduled to pitch in Friday’s game. … Matsui (stiff neck yesterday) is apparently fine.
UPDATE, 11:55 p.m.: Derek Jeter and David Wright are teaming up for a good cause. This press release from Delta:
New York Mets’ All-Star third baseman David Wright and New York Yankees’ All-Star shortstop Derek Jeter will join Delta Air Lines to announce “Delta’s Jeter/Wright Batting Challenge” on Friday.
As the official airline and proud sponsor of New York’s two beloved baseball teams, Delta is launching the season-long batting challenge to support the players’ foundations. At the conclusion of the regular season, Delta will make a $100,000 donation to the foundation of the player with the highest batting average. Delta will also donate $50,000 to the foundation of the runner up.
Wright will step to the plate for the David Wright Foundation, which provides aid and assistance toward the health, emotional development, and education for children in need in the New York, Tri-State, and Norfolk, VA metro areas. Jeter will bat for his foundation, the Turn 2 Foundation, which creates and supports signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and “Turn 2″ healthy lifestyles.
UPDATE, 12:22 p.m.: Not that there was much of a question about it, but Joe Girardi said this morning that Derek Jeter would hit first and Johnny Damon second when the regular season started.
UPDATE, 1:03 p.m.: In an emotional on-field ceremony, Mark Feinsand of The Daily News just presented Brett Gardner with the James P. Dawson Award, which is given yearly to the best rookie in camp as voted by the beat writers.
Unfortunately there were no speeches.
UPDATE, 1:17 p.m.: We’re underway in sunny Tampa. CC got an out before Bruntlett singled and went to third on a double by Rollins.
UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: Joba Chamberlain plead guilty to DUI today in Nebraska. He received nine months probation, a $400 fine and lost his driver’s license for 60 days.
UPDATE, 1:29 p.m.: CC got a strikeout and a pop-up to end the inning. Yankees now lead 1-0. Damon’s fly to deep center was dropped by Victorino and he ended up on second. Then Tex singled.
UPDATE, 1:47 p.m.: 1-1 as the Phillies score in the second on a RBI single by Ellison. CC has given up some rockets in this game. But his lone mission today is to remain healthy and air it out a bit.
UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: CC allowed a jack by Werth. Then Tex came back with a two-run shot. Yankees lead 3-2.
UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: Sac fly by Swisher, RBI single by Ransom. Yankees beat 5-2. Gardner just hit a bimb to center that Victorino tracked down. CC back out for the fourth inning.
BREAKING NEWS — UPDATE, 2:24 p.m.: The New York Times is reporting that Bob Sheppard has decided to retire. The long-time announcer, who is believed to be 98, announced yesterday that he was not well enough to be at Opening Day.
The Yankees have hired Paul Olden to announced the Cubs games this weekend. No permanent replacement has been named.
UPDATE, 2:33 p.m.: CC is finished in the fourth inning. Yankees lead 5-2.
UPDATE, 2:43 p.m.: Two-run show by Matsui. Yankees lead 7-2. That’ll be it for updates unless something major happens. I need to get my newspaper stories done and catch a plane once the game ends.
UPDATE, 3:10 p.m.: The Yankees are now saying that the Sheppard retirement story is news to them. It’s safe to say the odds are slim that he returns to work regularly. But there has been no official retirement.