RHP Bartolo Colon (Did not pitch in 2010)
LHP Cole Hamels (12-11, 3.06 in 2010)
TIME/TV/RADIO: 1:05 p.m., YES Network, WCBS
WEATHER: Another beautiful day in Florida. Medium breeze, a few clouds and temperatures in the mid-to-high 70s.
UMPIRES: HP Mark Carlson, 1B Mark Wegner, 2B Paul Emmel, 3B Toby Basner
ON THE LINE: Big picture? Not a whole lot. But this is the opening day of The Rotation Derby, with Bartolo Colon getting first crack at impressing.
ALSO PITCHING TODAY: Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson, David Phelps, Hector Noesi and Eric Wordekemper
RUSSELL WAITS: The only regular not in the lineup is Russell Martin, who is expected to get in a game at DH early next week before likely making his catching debut on Wednesday or Thursday.
SECOND GROUP: Each regular is likely to get a couple of at-bats before being replaced. The backups listed, by position, are: Romine (C), Vazquez (1B), Russo (2B), Nunez (SS), Laird (3B), Curtis (LF), Golson (CF), Maxwell (RF), Jones (DH).
A LONG ROAD: This is the first of 32 spring training games for the Yankees and they’ll play them in 32 days … but with two off days. There are split-squad games scheduled on March 7 and March 11.
REMEMBERING THE BOSS: The Yankees will honor George Steinbrenner with a pregame ceremony today. The ceremony will be carried on YES.
UPDATE, 1:02 p.m.: Long, loud ovation for Yogi Berra at the end of the alumni introductions.
UPDATE, 1:07 p.m.: Tino Martinez, Goose Gossage, Ron Guidry, Joe Girardi and Derek Jeter took turns reading the inscription on the plaque below the Steinbrenner statue, followed by a video tribute to the Boss.
UPDATE, 1:18 p.m.: Nice job by Haley Swindal on the anthem and a relatively well-timed flyover finished off the pregame festivities. We’re ready for baseball.
UPDATE, 1:23 p.m.: Let the record show the Yankees opened their spring season at 1:23 under a warm, clear, 73 degree day. Happy Baseball everybody.
UPDATE, 1:36 p.m.: And a great catch by Brett Gardner up against the left field fence ends the first for Bartolo Colon, who looks slimmer – the pinstripes, natch – out on the mound. No runs, one hit.
UPDATE, 1:40 p.m.: Teixeira reaches on a HBP – Hamels spiked one off Tex’s left foot – but the Yankees get nothing as A-Rod flies to deep center to end the inning. Just FYI, Romine is the back-up catcher today; I adjusted the post above.
UPDATE, 1:48 p.m.: Two innings, one run for Colon, who figures to be done for the day. Not dominant, not awful – so-so start to The Rotation Derby.
UPDATE, 2:03 p.m.: The Phillies have been cut! The Phillies have been cut! Nice piece of hitting from Cervelli to serve – if you’ll pardon the blatant play on words – a ball down the left-field line after Cano reached on an error. It’s 1-1 and Joba is on.
UPDATE, 2:14 p.m.: Maxwell in right, Curtis in left, Golson in center and Robertson in after Joba has a clean inning. Still 1-1.
UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: Most regulars out now and young prospect David Phelps on the mound for the Yankees. It’s still 1-1 in the fifth.