Brett Gardner CF
Nick Johnson DH
Jorge Posada C
Robinson Cano 2B
Curtis Granderson LF
Randy Winn RF
Juan Miranda 1B
Brandon Laird 3B
Ramiro Pena SS
RHP Javy Vazquez (15-10, 2.87 ERA in 2009)
Adam Jones CF
Cesar Izturis SS
Nick Markakis RF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Matt Wieters C
Garrett Atkins 1B
Ty Winninton 2B
Lou Montanez LF
Michael Aubrey DH
RHP Jeremy Guthrie (10-17, 5.04 ERA in 2009)
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m./MY9
WEATHER: Perfect. The anti-yesterday. Sun shining. Breeze blowing. Temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s.
UMPIRES: HP Marty Foster, 1B Jeff Kellogg, 2B Mark Carlson, 3B Sam Holbrook
ON THE LINE: This is the first start in left field for Curtis Granderson, who could be asked to open the season there if the Yankees decide they prefer Brett Gardner in center… Also another chance for Alfredo Aceves to continue his strong start this spring.
UPDATE, 12:55 p.m.: When I went home this week, I found four issues of Sports Illustrated had arrived since I left. One of them had Orioles catcher Matt Wieters on the cover, and the story is worth reading for Yankees fans. Not only is Wieters one of those names you simply have to know in baseball right now, but the story also deals with catching prospects in general — Jesus Montero’s name is mentioned — and the difficulty of finding one who can handle both sides of the position. There’s a reason the Yankees keep adding catchers to their already catching deep farm system.
UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: The Yankees just announced that this game will go a full nine innings. No matter the score, there will be a bottom of the ninth. The Orioles must have a pitcher who needs to get in the game late.
UPDATE, 1:21 p.m.: Brett Gardner led off the bottom of the first with a walk, then scored without a play on Nick Johnson’s double to left. Yankees up 1-0 before making an out.
UPDATE, 1:23 p.m.: Make that 2-0 before making an out. Back-to-back singles by Jorge Posada and Robinson Cano have scored Johnson put runners at first and second for Curtis Granderson… And now Granderson has singled to load the bases for Randy Winn.
UPDATE, 1:27 p.m.: Good news out of Lakeland. Francisco Cervelli singled in his first at-bat. Meanwhile, in Tampa, it’s now 3-0 after a sacrifice fly by Juan Miranda (Winn popped out).
UPDATE, 1:41 p.m.: Make that 3-2 Yankees. Ty Wigginton just took Vazquez deep for a two-run home run, his second home run of the spring.
UPDATE, 1:46 p.m.: Mark Feinsand was the only beat writer to go with the on-the-road half of the Yankees. He’s updating his Twitter with some game details.
UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: The top of the Yankees lineup came to play. Three straight hits from Gardner, Johnson and Posada have led to another run and a 4-2 lead. The hits stopped when Ty Wigginton made a nifty play — backhand, flip with the glove — to start a 4-6-3 double play on Cano’s grounder up the middle.
UPDATE, 2:01 p.m.: First challenging ball hit to left field. Granderson made a nice running catch in foul territory. Second sort-of challenging ball hit to left, Granderson had to go back on the ball and made a fairly routine catch near the track.
UPDATE, 2:12 p.m.: So much for the perfect spring. Alfredo Aceves just allowed a lead-off home run to Garrett Atkins. Aceves hadn’t allowed a hit or a walk in his first six innings this spring. It’s now 4-3 Yankees.
UPDATE, 2:16 p.m.: Ramiro Pena. That dude can play some defense.
UPDATE, 2:38 p.m.: Just talked to Vazquez, who really didn’t have much to say. He made some good pitches. Missed with some changeups. Wigginton homered on a fastball after a couple of sliders. “My arm strength is good, my body feels good,” Vazquez said.
UPDATE, 2:53 p.m.: Over in Lakeland, Johnny Damon has homered off Sergio Mitre, who has allowed three runs through two innings. Damon’s homer was a solo shot.
UPDATE, 3:11 p.m.: The changes have been made for the Yankees. Ring is pitching, Pilittere is at first, Montero is catching, Corona is at second, Golson is in center, Curtis is in left and Weber is in right.
UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: I’ll say it again, Ramiro Pena can play some defense.