Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Jorge Posada C
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Randy Winn LF
Juan Miranda 1B
Kevin Russo 2B
Pitching: CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.37 ERA in 2009)
Andrew McCutchen CF
Ronnie Cedeno SS
Lastings Milledge LF
Garrett Jones RF
Andy LaRoche 3B
Jeff Clement 1B
Bobby Crosby DH
Delwyn Young 2B
Jason Jaramillo C
Pitching: Charlie Morton (5-9, 4.55 in 2009)
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES
WEATHER: Cloudy and a little bit of a chill in the air (for Florida). Temps are in the 60s with light wind.
UMPIRES: HP Damien Beal, 1B Eric Cooper, 3B Andy Fletcher (three-man crew today)
IN THE PEN: Following Sabathia to the mound today will be (among others who are available) Boone Logan, Dustin Moseley, Hector Noesi, Royce Ring and Romulo Sanchez. Tomorrow will see Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain in action.
BOWLING FOR DOLLARS: The Yankees announced this morning that the college bowl game at the Stadium this winter will be called the Pinstripe Bowl. I think Big Apple Bowl would have been better, but so it goes. The game will be between teams from the Big East and Big 12, and will be played on Dec. 30.
FAMILIAR FOES: This is the third the time the Yankees will play the Pirates this spring. They’ve won both previous games, including a 6-0 one-hitter yesterday in Bradenton.
CONGRATS: Yankees VP and assistant GM Jean Afterman has been honored by Women in Sports and Events as one of its Women of the Year. Kudos to Jean, who does a great job.
Back with more throughout the afternoon.
UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: Whoa. Went downstairs to get a post-workout interview with Francisco Cervelli – he’s feeling better, hoping to play Friday – and when I come back up it’s 4-0. Not exactly the start CC was looking for, I’d imagine. Garrett Jones absolutely crushed one over the right-field fence.
UPDATE, 1:17 p.m.: Another hard-hit ball, but this one is a comebacker that CC spears and, after stepping calmly out of the way of a flying bat shard, throws to first.
UPDATE, 1:25 p.m.: Guess Nick Johnson is finding a routine he likes. That was a rocket over the right-center field fence for his first homer of the spring. 4-1 Pirates.
UPDATE, 1:33 p.m.: Another rocket, another RBI for Nick Swisher. That’s a team-high four RBI in five games for Swisher this spring.
UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: For all you Edwar Ramirez fans out there: The Yankees just announced they’ve traded him to the Rangers for the immortal “cash considerations.” Ramirez was designated when Chan Ho Park was put on the roster.
UPDATE, 1:42 p.m.: That was better for CC. He’s slated to go three innings. Still 4-2 Pirates.
UPDATE, 1:55 p.m.: Garrett Jones, apparently, likes facing CC. Double for him, single for LaRoche and it’s 5-2.
UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: A walk to Jeff Clement and that’s it for Sabathia. He’s out and Dustin Moseley is coming on with two on, one out in the third. Sabathia threw 55 pitches, 34 strikes.
UPDATE, 2:06 p.m.: Yup, he’s found a good routine. Whatever you’re doing today, Nick Johnson, write it down. Two homers today and it’s 5-3 Pirates.
UPDATE, 2:14 p.m.: Final line on Sabathia: 2.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 W, 2 K, 1 HR. Clearly this means he’s washed up. I’ll be sure to ask if he’s planning to give some of that $161 million back.
UPDATE, 2:31 p.m.: Getting interesting here: Kevin Russo works a walk and now the bases are loaded for the Captain. Yanks down three but one swing here could be big.
UPDATE, 2:35 p.m.: Well, I think we all predicted that, didn’t we? Jeter bounces to third (did score one run) and Jon Weber – yes, Jon Weber – delivers the big blow, slicing a double down the left-field line to score two and tie the game at 6.
UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: Single up the middle for Posada and it’s 7-6 Yankees.
UPDATE, 3:08 p.m.: Just got back up from talking to CC Sabathia. As much as he knows these games don’t matter, he wasn’t too pleased. “Everything was up – belt-high and above. It’s pretty easy to hit when it’s like that,” he said. Of course, CC got knocked around in Lakeland last year too and, obviously, that didn’t exactly ruin his season.