Brett Gardner CF
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Jorge Posada C
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Marcus Thames LF
Kevin Russo 3B
Ramiro Pena SS
Pitching: Javier Vazquez (15-10, 2.87 ERA in 2009)
Jimmy Rollins SS
Placido Polanco 3B
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Jayson Werth DH
Ben Francisco CF
John Mayberry Jr. RF
Carlos Ruiz C
Pitching: Kyle Kendrick (3-1, 3.42 in 2009)
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES
WEATHER: Lovely day here at The Boss. A few wispy clouds in an otherwise blue sky, and the temperatures are approaching 70 degrees.
UMPIRES: HP Paul Emmel, 1B Marty Foster, 2B Dan Iassogna, 3B Damien Beal
BREAK ‘EM UP: A-Rod, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Randy Winn are among the players in Bradenton today for a split-squad game against the Pirates. I’ll have updates from there as they’re passed along in the press box. Alfred Aceves is the starter in that game.
IN THE PEN: Following Javier Vazquez today will be Mark Melancon, Royce Ring and David Robertson, among others. Jeremy Bleich, Zach McAllister, Grant Duff and Ivan Nova are slated to throw in Bradenton.
HIT PARADE?: It’s spring training so take it with a (very big) grain of salt, but the Yankees have scored eight runs in the past three games (they were shutout yesterday) and have been outscored by a combined 32-8.
RANDOM FACT OF THE DAY: Catcher Kyle Higashioka is the youngest player in camp at age 19 … or 21 years younger than the oldest player in camp, Mariano Rivera, who is 40.
Stay tuned all afternoon for much more.
UPDATE, 12:49 p.m.: Spoke to Chan Ho Park a little bit ago and he was sufficiently surprised that any of us were interested in talking to him. “Is this big news?” he said. He says he’ll face live hitters tomorrow.
UPDATE, 1:07 p.m.: Well, OK. First pitch? At 1:07. First ball over the right-field fence off the bat of Jimmy Rollins? Also 1:07 p.m. That ball got out in a hurry.
UPDATE, 1:10 p.m.: Loud start for Vazquez but then he settles in and gets the next three hitters, including a roller from Ryan Howard.
UPDATE, 1:17 p.m.: No flying body parts or anything when Nick Johnson comes up. Just a pop to center. His back seems fine.
UPDATE, 1:24 p.m.: Word out of Bradenton is that A-Rod has lined a two-run single off Paul Maholm to give the Yankees an early lead. Aceves had a 1-2-3 first.
UPDATE, 1:33 p.m.: Nice piece of hitting from Cano with a double down the third-base line but he’s stranded. Vazquez is done for the day, having thrown 26 pitches, 16 strikes. Jonathan Albaladejo – he of the 189.00 ERA this spring – is on from the bullpen.
UPDATE, 1:39 p.m.: Other than the first pitch to Rollins, Vazquez looked pretty good. He struck out the side in the second inning and showed very sharp breaking pitches. As first outings go, it was more than fine.
UPDATE, 1:42 p.m.: Well that was weird. Utley ripped a RBI single to right except the second base umpire Dan Iassogna ruled the ball hit Placido Polanco running from first, ending the inning. No one seemed to know what was going on for a moment and then the Yankees just ran off the field. Strange.
UPDATE, 1:48 p.m.: Nice job by Albaladejo as he moves his ERA back into double-digits. He’s out now and Dave Robertson has come on. Official line on Vazquez: 2 innings, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 K.
UPDATE, 2 p.m.: Dave Robertson not having a good day. Francisco and Mayberry with back-to-back ropes and it’s 3-0.
UPDATE, 2:07 p.m.: Robertson out, Amaury Sanit in. Still 3-0.
UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: Update from Bradenton: It’s 3-0 Yankees after a Juan Miranda RBI single. Aceves pitched four scoreless innings, three strikeouts. He faced the minimum.
UPDATE, 2:27 p.m.: Two-out, two-run double from Swisher makes it 3-2. Vazquez is available so we’re headed downstairs.
UPDATE, 3:12 p.m.: Nick Johnson reported no issues with his back. “Things feel fine,” he said. “No grabbing. No nothing. I loosened up before. Felt nothing.”
UPDATE, 3:35 p.m.: Update from Bradenton: It’s a final, 6-0, for the Yankees over the Pirates. Aceves, Nova, McAllister and Hirsh combined to throw a one-hitter.
UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: Good news for Francisco Cervelli: All tests came back clean after a visit with a neurologist and he’s been cleared to resume physical activities beginning tomorrow.