LHP CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.37 in 2009)
RHP Roy Halladay (17-10, 2.79 in 2009)
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m.
WEATHER: Pretty much the same as yesterday, but probably a little more sunny and not quite as windy. Temperatures are supposed to be in the upper 50s.
UMPIRES: HP Dan Iassogna, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Phil Cuzzi, 3B Chad Fairchild
ON THE LINE: No Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez or Mark Teixeira on this trip, so it could be an opportunity for some younger infielders to make an impression.
HIM AGAIN: Roy Halladay is finally out of the Yankees division, but they’ll face him again here in the second game of the spring. Better to face him now than in a crucial game in the middle of September.
TWO FOR THE BIG MAN: CC Sabathia is scheduled for 35 pitches or two innings. This will be his first start of the spring. Obviously.
OLD FRIENDS: The Phillies new third baseman is Placido Polanco, who was a long-time teammate of new Yankees outfielders Curtis Granderson and Marcus Thames in Detroit.
LOST FRIENDS: Of course, Granderson and Thames aren’t on this trip.
UPDATE, 9:51 a.m.: A few morning notes before I get on the road to Clearwater.
• Zach McAllister and Austin Romine have been named the Kevin Lawn Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year for 2009. Romine found out about it when a reporter told him congratulations.
• Kevin Russo said he feels “better,” but the Yankees are giving him another day off.
• Royce Ring is away from the team because his wife has gone into labor.
• Joe Girardi kind of laughed off the idea of today’s Sabathia-Halladay matchup. “It’s getting a lot of coverage like it’s a regular-season game,” he said.
• Today’s late-inning replacements: C Austin Romine, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Eduardo Nunez, SS Reegie Corona, 3B Jorge Vazquez, LF Colin Curtis, CF Reid Gorecki, RF David Winfree, DH Jesus Montero. To be perfectly honest, I don’t think I knew Vazquez could play third until I saw him taking ground balls there the other day.
UPDATE, 12:34 p.m.: Just got back from batting practice, and I’ll admit to destroying some strawberry shortcake in the lunch room. It’s pretty windy here, might actually be as windy as yesterday, but the wind is blowing almost perfectly across the field — from left field to first base — instead of carrying out over the fence. Balls hit to left are going to die in the air.
UPDATE, 12:38 p.m.: As always, there are a lot of Yankees fans in the house. The picture is of Jorge Posada signing from the dugout.
UPDATE, 1:03 p.m.: Not sure why, but Jamie Hoffmann was just introduced as the Yankees No. 2 hitter. No sign of Nick Johnson.
UPDATE, 1:13 p.m.: Johnson has been scratched from the lineup. Hoffmann is in at DH. Still not sure why.
UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Stiff lower back for Nick Johnson.
UPDATE, 1:44 p.m.: That should be it for Sabathia: Two scoreless innings, with two walks and two singles.
UPDATE, 1:52 p.m.: Zack Segovia in to pitch. He was supposed to pitch yesterday but didn’t get in the game.
UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: Just got back from the clubhouse. Johnson felt something in his back during batting practice. He wore his spikes on the turf in the cage — he usually wears turf shoes — and a spike got caught during one of his swings. He said it’s not a big deal and he would have played if this were the regular season.
UPDATE, 2:28 p.m.: With a runner at first, Gardner just dropped a bunt directly in front of the plate. It actually had backspin on it and stopped immediately before rolling back to the catcher just in front of the plate. The Phillies got a force out at second and Gardner was safe at first.
UPDATE, 2:31 p.m.: Rule 5 pick Jamie Hoffmann just did a nice job going the other way with a single to right. Gardner went first to third easily and the Yankees might be in business.
UPDATE, 2:33 p.m.: Spoke too soon. Hoffmann was thrown out trying to steal second, then Jorge Posada struck out, stranding Gardner at third.
UPDATE, 2:53 p.m.: Yankees have changed their entire lineup. All backups in there now: C Austin Romine, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Eduardo Nunez, SS Reegie Corona, 3B Jorge Vazquez, LF Colin Curtis, CF Reid Gorecki, RF David Winfree, DH Jesus Montero.
Romulo Sanchez is now pitching. We’ve already seen scoreless innings from McAllister, Nova, Melancon and Segovia.
UPDATE, 3:02 p.m.: Double to right off Sanchez scores a run and gives the Phillies a 1-0 lead. The Yankees clubhouse is opening again, so I’m heading down there.