RHP Ivan Nova (1-2, 4.50 in 2010)
RHP Joe Blanton (9-6, 4.82 in 2010)
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Lovely yet again. Temps up around 80 and clear skies.
UMPIRES: HP David Rackley, 1B Phil Cuzzi, 2B Mark Carlson, 3B Vic Carapazza
ON THE LINE: Today is Ivan Nova’s first shot at making an impact on The Rotation Derby and Sergio Mitre will get his chance as well, pitching after Nova.
ALSO PITCHING TODAY: Sergio Mitre, Boone Logan, Dellin Betances and Adam Warren, among others.
LINEUP CHANGE: Savvy folks may have noticed that Brandon Laird has replaced Ronnie Belliard in the lineup. That’s because Belliard has a calf injury.
TOMORROW’S TRAVELERS TODAY: Anyone planning to go to Lakeland tomorrow can expect to see Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Russell Martin (as the DH), Jesus Montero, Austin Romine and Andruw Jones. CC Sabathia will start with Mark Prior and Manny Banuelos among those pitching after him.
MITRE’S PITCH: Joe Girardi said he has seen development in Sergio Mitre’s secondary pitches recently, which makes the manager think Mitre is “more suited now” to be a starter than he was in the past.
UPDATE, 1:10 p.m.: And we’re underway here in Clearwater, where Brett Gardner has walked and Nick Swisher just hit into a 1-6-3 double play. This is a terrific park – great sightlines, good food. If you’re in the area, I definitely suggest checking it out.
UPDATE, 1:18 p.m.: Three easy grounders induced by Nova who breezes through the first. Forget fifth starter – he’s a Cy Young candidate! (ah, spring)
UPDATE, 1:25 p.m.: Three up, three down again for the Yankees though Montero hit a rocket to third that Polanco caught as a manner of self-preservation.
UPDATE, 1:36 p.m.: Nova is done for the day afte two impressive innings. Four grounders and two strikeouts including catching Howard. Say what you want, but the kid has talent. Mitre on now.
UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: Well, that was something sort of Grandish. First pitch swinging for Granderson, who goes over the left-field wall to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: Mitre was expected to pitch two innings but it seems likely that Girardi wanted to get Logan in to face the tough lefties. If he’d waited till the next time through the Phillies lineup, Ibanez and Howard probably wouldn’t be in the game.
UPDATE, 2:13 p.m.: Killer B alert! Dellin Betances on to pitch the fifth now. Not that this is breaking news or anything but: He’s a big dude.
UPDATE, 3:15 p.m.: Back with much more later but just wanted to put a note up for those who hadn’t seen it elsewhere: Hall of Famer Duke Snider has passed away at age 84.