Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Andruw Jones RF
Russell Martin DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Justin Maxwell LF
Melky Mesa CF
LHP CC Sabathia (21-7, 3.18 in 2010)
Sabathia vs. Tigers
Austin Jackson CF
Ryan Raburn LF
Magglio Ordonez RF
Miguel Cabrera DH
Victor Martinez 1B
Jhonny Peralta SS
Brandon Inge 3B
Scott Sizemore 2B
Alex Avila C
RHP Justin Verlander (18-9, 3.37)
Verlander vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., not televised as far as I know
WEATHER: A few clouds in the sky, but very nice out. Wind blowing pretty hard to center field.
UMPIRES: HP Greg Gibson, 1B Jerry Layne, 2B Mark Wegner, 3B Ed Hickox
ON THE LINE: Not much on the line for CC Sabathia, but Russell Martin will finally test his knee a little bit at game speed, and Mark Prior will make his first appearance as a complete wild card in Yankees camp.
OLD FRIENDS: A steady line of Yankees said hello to Phil Coke just outside the Tigers clubhouse during batting practice. Austin Jackson is also here, though I haven’t seen him. Despite the fact he was a huge prospect, Jackson was still one of the most popular and likable players in the Scranton clubhouse during my last year covering Triple-A.
ALSO PITCHING TODAY: Prior, Pedro Feliciano and Manny Banuelos are the biggest names available in the bullpen. Rule 5 picks Daniel Turpen and Robert Fish also made the trip.
ALSO PITCHING FOR DETROIT: Rick Porcello, Ryan Perry, Daniel Schlereth and Charlie Furbush. Schlereth was part of the Yankees trade for Curtis Granderson, going from Arizona to Detroit in the deal.
TOMORROW’S TRAVELERS TODAY: The Yankees are playing in Bradenton tomorrow. They’re bringing the regular outfielders, while the regular infielders will stay home. Players who will be making the trip: Curtis Granderson, Brett Gardner, Nick Swisher, Jorge Posada, Eduardo Nunez, Ramiro Pena, Doug Bernier, Eric Chavez, Brandon Laird, Kevin Russo, Brad Suttle, Jorge Vazquez, Dan Brewer, Greg Golson, Austin Krum, Justin Maxwell, Melky Mesa, Jordan Parraz, Jose Gil, Kyle Higashioka, Gustavo Molina, Jesus Montero, and Austin Romine.
Pitchers scheduled to make tomorrow’s trip: Brian Anderson, Buddy Carlyle, Steve Garrison, Phil Hughes, Boone Logan, Hector Noesi, David Phelps, Ryan Pope, Dave Robertson, Andy Sisco and Eric Wordekemper. Hughes has the start.
UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Scoreless top of the first for the Yankees. Cano drew a walk and Teixeira slapped a clean single to right, but Cano was picked off at second base and Rodriguez flied to center. Here’s Sabathia for his debut.
UPDATE, 1:23 p.m.: Solid first inning for Sabathia. He struck out Jackson looking and got Raburn to pop up along the first-base line. Ordonez singled up the middle before Cabrera grounded to third, where Rodriguez made a little backhanded stop before the throw to first. The stadium radar gun isn’t one — it’s not being displayed anyway — so I’m not sure how hard Sabathia was throwing. I doubt it really matters much at this point.
UPDATE, 1:29 p.m.: Martin’s first plate appearance in a Yankees uniform is a one-out walk in the second inning.
UPDATE, 1:38 p.m.: Martin’s walk and a Cervelli single put two on with one out, but Maxwell went down looking at a nasty breaking ball before Mesa flied to right to end the inning. Still scoreless heading into the bottom of the second.
UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: That should be it for Sabathia. He allowed a hard-hit, one-out double by Jhonny Peralta before getting a ground out and strikeout to end the inning and strand the runner.
UPDATE, 1:46 p.m.: Here’s Rick Porcello for the Tigers. He’s entering a scoreless game in the top of the third.
UPDATE, 1:55 p.m.: Pedro Feliciano is in for Sabathia. He’ll open against the lefty Alex Avila, then face two right-handers.
UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: Scoreless inning for Feliciano. He got his one lefty to ground out, and after back-to-back singles, he got Ordonez and Cabrera to end the inning. Still scoreless after three.
UPDATE, 2:09 p.m.: Rodriguez doubles to left-center. He’s trying to fight off Jorge Vazquez for that starting third base job.
UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: Bases loaded with one out, Maxwell went down looking at a fastball on the outer half, then Mesa flied to left to end it. Still scoreless after three and a half. Here’s Manny Banuelos coming in for the Yankees. Starters are still in the field.
UPDATE, 2:28 p.m.: Good inning for Banuelos, who faced nothing but big leaguers in a 1-2-3 fourth. Looked like a changeup that Victor Martinez rolled to short, Jhonny Peralta swung through a fastball and Brandon Inge looked at a big curveball. Impressive. *By the way, based on Twitter, most seem to think the Peralta strikeout pitch was offspeed. I was typing, looked up at the end of the pitch, thought fastball and was told fastball. I was probably wrong, though. If you’re scoring at home, call it an offspeed pitch.
UPDATE, 2:36 p.m.: Jeter grounded a single through the left side. After a deep fly out by Cano, Teixeira’s doubled to score Jeter and give the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth.
UPDATE, 2:39 p.m.: Sharp single up the middle by Andruw Jones has given the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Teixeira scored just ahead of a close play at the plate.
UPDATE, 2:44 p.m.: Prior is in the game, and the clubhouse is opening now. Be back with some notes later.
UPDATE, 2:52 p.m.: Sabathia said the knee felt great today. He was never worried. “After the first bullpen I knew it would be fine,” he said.