Brett Gardner CF
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Marcus Thames LF
Randy Winn RF
Francisco Cervelli C
Ramiro Pena SS
Kevin Russo 2B
LHP Andy Pettitte
Jimmy Rollins SS
Shane Victorino CF
Jayson Werth RF
Ryan Howard 1B
Ben Francisco LF
Cody Ransom 3B
Juan Castro 2B
Carlos Ruiz C
Joe Blanton P
RHP Joe Blanton
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., not carried by any of the usual New York stations, but Bryan Hoch tells me that it is available through mlb.tv.
WEATHER: The sky looked bad when we got here, but the dark clouds have gone. No longer looks like rain will be an issue. Breeze blowing right to left.
UMPIRES: HP Marty Foster, 1B Jerry Crawford, 2B Mark Carlson, 3B Andy Fletcher
ON THE LINE: Phil Hughes looked good last night, now it’s Joba Chamberlain’s turn. Joe Girardi said that a bad outing wouldn’t eliminate Chamberlain from the fifth-starter competition, but it certainly seems that he needs a good one to remain a viable candidate… Andy Pettitte and Damaso Marte are each pitching in a game for the first time this spring… Marcus Thames, Randy Winn and Brett Gardner are in the lineup. Jamie Hoffmann is scheduled to play off the bench. I’m sure the Yankees would like to see one of those four get his average above .200.
UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Gardner led off with a clean single to right, then got his first stolen base of the spring.
UPDATE, 1:49 p.m.: Andy Pettitte is giving up some hits and some runs — four hits and two runs in the first two innings — but he doesn’t seem especially wild or especially bad for his first time facing hitters. Nothing hit too hard off him. It’s 2-0 Phillies heading into the bottom of the third.
UPDATE, 2:02 p.m.: Two-out single by Randy Winn, followed by an RBI double from Francisco Cervelli. Winn can still move a little bit. Nice job scoring from first on that base hit. It’s now 2-1 Phillies with Pena at the plate.
UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: Two-hit day for Gardner, who just tripled to center field. Shane Victorino tried to make a diving catch but missed, and Gardner jogged into third. For a while there, it looked like he had a shot at an inside-the-park home run, but he was given the stop sign. He scored on a sac fly by Nick Johnson. We’re tied, 2-2.
UPDATE, 2:22 p.m.: Pettitte’s line: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K. He threw 55 pitches, 36 for strikes. I think you’ll take that for a first time facing batters. He was solid, and that’s pretty much what you expect a veteran pitcher to be with two and a half weeks to go in spring training. Damaso Marte now pitching.
UPDATE, 2:25 p.m.: Marte’s spring debut, not as good as Pettitte’s. Three-run home run by Werth and Marte still hasn’t gotten an out.
UPDATE, 2:27 p.m.: Now it’s worse. Marte was just drilled in the back by a Ryan Howard line drive. He’s coming out of the game. Amaury Sanit now pitching.
UPDATE, 2:55 p.m.: With two outs, a flare double into no-mans land and an RBI single have led to a run off Chamberlain. Cervelli threw out a runner stealing second to end the inning. Neither hit was hard hit, but the double got just past Russo, who tried to make a diving play going back into right field. The RBI was a routine single to right. It’s now 6-2.
UPDATE, 2:57 p.m.: Bronson Sardinha’s brother Dane is now catching for the Phillies. Bronson was once a big prospect in the Yankees system, and played briefly in the big leagues a few years ago.
UPDATE, 3:05 p.m.: The Yankees have made all of their defensive changes except at catcher. Cervelli is still in there catching Chamberlain.