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Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF
Mike Rivera C
LHP Andy Pettitte
Brian Roberts 2B
Nolan Reimold RF
Adam ones CF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Garrett Atkins 1B
Matt Wieters C
Ty Wigginton DH
Felix Pie LF
Cesar Izturis SS
RHP Alfredo Simon
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m./YES Network
WEATHER: Andy Pettitte is starting, yet there’s hardly a cloud in the sky. He’ll get to pitch in this one.
UMPIRES: The only umpires listed are HP Andy Fletcher and 1B Mark Wegner. There will be a full set of four, but those are the only names I have.
ON THE LINE: There’s actually more on the line at the minor league complex where Alfredo Aceves is pitching an inning to prove that his back is healthy enough to open the season in the Yankees bullpen.
JAMES P. DAWSON AWARD: Jon Weber has been given the James P. Dawson Award as the best rookie in camp. I’m not positive it was a unanimous decision, but Weber certainly got my vote.
UPDATE, 1:13 p.m.: Brian Cashman said he’s not worried about Marte, Cervelli or Posada. “The only huge question we have is Ace right now,” Cashman said. “He’ll throw his inning today and hopefully he’ll do well and then feel well tomorrow.”
By Ace, he means Alfredo Aceves. Everyone probably knows that, but I don’t want anyone thinking CC Sabathia is questionable.
UPDATE, 1:24 p.m.: This last week is getting brutal for the Yankees. Nick Johnson just fouled a ball off his right knee and he’s been taken out of the game, replaced by Randy Winn.
UPDATE, 1:34 p.m.: An 0-2 pitch to Nick Swisher, he hammered it for a two-run home run to right. It’s already 4-0 Yankees after one inning. Alex Rodriguez had an RBI single and Robinson Cano drove in a run with a fielder’s choice grounder to second.
UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: Nick Johnson has a bruised right knee. The Yankees have labeled him, day-to-day. No diagnostic tests were performed.
UPDATE, 2:38 p.m.: Andy Pettitte pitched pretty well against actual hitters. He’s out of the game with runners on the corners and one out here in the fifth. The last batter he faced might have grounded into an inning-ending double play, but Cano was on his way to cover second base and the grounder found a hole. Josh Schmidt — great numbers in Double-A last year, not overwhelming stuff — is in from the bullpen.
UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: Nice job by Schmidt, getting Adam Jones and Miguel Tejeda to strand the runners. Still a 4-0 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 2:59 p.m.: Alfredo Aceves pitched a scoreless inning and felt no pain at the minor league complex. He said he will “absolutely” be ready for Opening Day.
UPDATE, 3:13 p.m.: Mariano Rivera has a little bit of a cold. He said that’s why Girardi went to the mound after he hit Felix Pie, just making sure he still felt OK. Rivera said he’s fine. No worries about Sunday.
UPDATE, 4:10 p.m.: Nick Johnson gave a simple “yes” when asked about his chances of playing Sunday. He’s expecting to be in the lineup.