RHP Chad Gaudin (2-0, 3.43 with NY in 2009)
LHP Paul Maholm (8-9, 4.44 in 2009)
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Cloudy and windy. Not especially cold, but also not especially warm. Temperatures in the 50s.
UMPIRES: HP Chad Fairchild, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Marty Foster, 3B Dan Iassogna
ON THE LINE: No one seems to consider them anything but extreme long shots in the fifth-starter competition, but Gaudin, Sergio Mitre and Alfredo Aceves are will be making their spring training debuts, trying to make a strong first impression.
OPENING LATE: This is the Yankees latest spring opener since 2005. They played their first spring training game on February 25 last season.
HE NEVER SHAKES OFF A SIGN: It’s CC Sabathia mini bobblehead day here at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
UPDATE, 9:19 a.m.: Joba Chamberlain is here and he’s healthy. He’ll throw a bullpen this morning, which means he should be good to go on Friday. “When I went home (yesterday) I slept until 5,” he said. “Then I went back to bed around 10.”
UPDATE, 9:22 a.m.: Next to the starting lineup, the Yankees have listed the nine players expected to play off the bench this afternoon: C Mike Rivera, 1B Nick Johnson, 2B Reegie Corona, SS Eduardo Nunez, 3B Brandon Laird, LF Colin Curtis, CF Greg Golson, RF David Winfree, DH Jon Weber.
UPDATE, 9:53 a.m.: Familiar names on the Pirates’ traveling roster: RHP Steven Jackson, INF Doug Bernier and OF Jose Tabata.
UPDATE, 10:03 a.m.: Just got this year’s Yankees media guide. Very cool cover.
UPDATE, 10:51 a.m.: Great to talk to Ross Ohlendorf and Steven Jackson before the Pirates started to stretch. Jackson got to New York but didn’t pitch in a game last year. He got at least a partial playoff share but hasn’t heard whether he’ll get a ring.
UPDATE, 11:57 a.m.: Just talked to Bernie Williams who is here for the day as a guest. He said he still goes back and forth on whether he’d like to return as a player, but he’s enjoying this new musical stage of his life.
UPDATE, 12:07 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez: “Nothing new. Nothing to report.”
UPDATE, 1:02 p.m.: They’re introducing all of the former Yankees who are here. The last three names were Reggie Jackson, Bernie Williams and Yogi Berra.
UPDATE, 1:12 p.m.: So much for a 1:05 start. World Championship flag just raised in center field.
UPDATE, 1:19 p.m.: First pitch, called strike. It’s 55 degrees. Cloudy, but the sun is shining. Today’s a good day.
UPDATE, 1:29 p.m.: Solid first inning for Gaudin. He had to grind through some at-bats, but stranded a runner at second. Andrew McCutchen had reached on an infield single, slow roller up the middle.
UPDATE, 1:43 p.m.: Two scoreless innings from Gaudin. Ohlendorf in to pitch for Pittsburgh.
UPDATE, 1:49 p.m.: In comes Sergio Mitre. Through two innings, one ball has been hit out of the infield. Gotta love spring training. Gaudin threw 34 pitches, 23 for strikes.
UPDATE, 1:55 p.m.: No. 5 starter Sergio Mitre just pitched a perfect inning. Competition over.
UPDATE, 2:04 p.m.: Apparently Francisco Cervelli spent too much time hanging out with Brett Gardner at the arcade yesterday. He developed some goofy ideas of what he should do on the bases.
UPDATE, 2:18 p.m.: Pretty nice play by Rule 5 pick Jamie Hoffmann. The wind seemed to affect the flight of that ball to right, but Hoffmann made a nice grab while crashing into the wall.
UPDATE, 2:19 p.m.: Not to be outdone, Brett Gardner stayed with his own wind-blown fly ball.
UDATE, 2:23 p.m.: Hey, check it out, it’s Jose Tabata playing right field at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
UPDATE, 2:35 p.m.: The Yankees starters — except Ramiro Pena who leads off next inning — are out of the game. Curtis is in left, Golson in center, Winfree in right, Laird at third, Nunez at short, Johnson at first and Rivera is catching.
UPDATE, 2:39 p.m.: Clubhouse is open so I’m heading down. Enjoy the game.