Brett Gardner LF
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Jorge Posada DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Jesus Montero C
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Jorge Vazquez 1B
Ramiro Pena SS
LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 0.00)
Sabathia vs. Nationals
Jerry Hairston Jr. CF
Ian Desmond SS
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Michael Morse RF
Ivan Rodriguez C
Derek Norris DH
Chris Marrero 1B
Jeff Frazier LF
Brian Bixler 2B
RHP Chad Gaudin (0-0, 6.00)
Gaudin vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Pretty cloudy day here in Tampa, but it’s still in the upper 70s with a chance of getting into the low 80s. Very light breeze blowing from right to left.
UMPIRES: HP Manny Gonzalez, 1B Mark Carlson, 2B Dan Iassogna, 3B Tyler Funneman
ON THE LINE: Jesus Montero and Austin Romine are both scheduled to play today, and obviously their at-bats have taken more importance now that Francisco Cervelli is officially out of the mix. Also, Eduardo Nunez and Ramiro Pena continue to start together, battling for the utility infield job.
SIGN OF THINGS TO COME: Pretty good indication that the first series of Yankees cuts could be coming in the next few days: The Nationals made their first cuts yesterday, assigning three pitchers to minor league camp. Yankees minor league camp opens Monday.
OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE YANKEES: Joba Chamberlain, Dave Robertson, Romulo Sanchez and Ryan Pope seem to be first out of the pen for the Yankees.
BULLPEN FOR THE NATIONALS: Craig Stammen, JD Martin, Sean Burnett and Tim Wood. Burnett is the only lefty.
UPDATE, 1:09 p.m.: Double and an RBI single kicks off the first inning against Sabathia. The Nationals took an early 1-0 lead before Sabathia got a shallow fly ball and a double play to end the inning.
UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: The Yankees are being shutdown by their old mopup man Gaudin, who’s faced the minimum through two innings.
UPDATE, 1:32 p.m.: Sabathia’s not having nearly the same success. He just gave up a solo home run to Jeff Frazier, giving the Nationals a 2-0 lead in the top of the third.
UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: After a two-out walk in the third inning, Sabathia’s day is done a little sooner than expected. He was actually knocked around a little bit, allowing six hits and five runs through 2.2 innings. Even his last out — immediately before the walk — was a pretty hard-hit ball to right field. I can’t imagine the Yankees are worried about Sabathia, but there’s always some intrigue when a big name struggles like this in a spring outing. Probably meaningless, but it makes you raise an eyebrow a little bit.
UPDATE, 1:47 p.m.: Joba Chamberlain is in. He came to the mound to Indian Outlaw.
UPDATE, 2:27 p.m.: Sabathia said he’s not going to lose any sleep after being knocked around this afternoon. “As long as I’m feeling good (physically), I feel fine,” he said. Sabathia said he simply couldn’t get anything working today.
“It kind of felt like I was just pushing the ball up there instead of throwing the ball downhill,” he said.
UPDATE, 2:38 p.m.: The Yankees offense finally decided to show up. The Yankees have already scored eight runs in the fourth inning, and there’s still only one out. Brett Gardner just put the Yankees in the lead with an RBI triple, making this an 8-7 game. It had been 7-0 when the inning started. Gardner led off the inning with a double.
UPDATE, 3:15 p.m.: Here comes Bryce Harper. Of all the people for him to face, it’s Rule 5 pick Daniel Turpen.
UPDATE, 3:17 p.m.: And Turpen makes the team! He got Harper to ground harmlessly to the right side.
UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: It’s been all downhill since Harper. Turpen has now allowed three straight hits since getting the uber-prospect to ground out. The Nationals just tied the game at 8 on an RBI double by Matt Stairs.
UPDATE, 3:31 p.m.: Could be wrong, but it looks like Golson is wearing the Gazoo helmet that Cervelli had to wear last year.