Two games going on at the same time today.
Tony Pena is staying in Tampa to manage the home game. Joe Girardi is going on the road to manage against the Blue Jays and watch Ivan Nova pitch.
I’m following Girardi, so I’ll be hitting the road shortly. First, a few quick notes.
• Mariano Rivera will make his spring debut on Sunday. He has a side session today and will probably make his second spring appearance either Wednesday or Thursday. “Mo is one of the few guys you allow him to tell us when he’s ready,” Girardi said.
• Yogi Berra is with the Yankees again today. As Girardi said, he’s been sitting in his usual chair, same as always.
• The Yankees seem encouraged by the way Derek Jeter is swinging the bat. Girardi said he believes Jeter is growing more comfortable with his mechanics. “I think you see it in how hard he hits the ball,” Girardi said.
• Rivera, Bartolo Colon, Sergio Mitre, Manny Banuelos and Brian Anderson are scheduled to throw sides today.
Off the bench: C Gustavo Molina, 1B Addison Maruszak, 2B Corban Joseph, SS Carmen Angelini, 3B Bradley Suttle, LF Ray Kruml, CF none, RF none, DH Brett Gardner
In the bullpen: Rafael Soriano, Steve Garrison, Joba Chamberlain, Pedro Feliciano, Eric Wordekemper, Andrew Brackman, Hector Noesi and Luis Ayala. My guess is that everyone listed after Feliciano is a backup today.
From minor league camp: C Jhorge Liccien, INF Justin Snyder and OF Abe Almonte are up from minor league camp as backups. Actually, that very well could be Zoilo Almonte. The only thing listed was an outfielder named Almonte.
Off the bench: C Jose Gil, 1B Luke Murton, 2B Kevin Russo, SS Doug Bernier, 3B Luis Nunez, LF none, CF Melky Mesa, RF Dan Brewer, DH Kyle Higashioka
In the bullpen: David Phelps, Romulo Sanchez, Andy Sisco, Ryan Pope, Adam Warren, Daniel Turpen, D.J. Mitchell
From minor league camp: C Mitch Abeita, INF Walter Ibarra and OF Ramon Flores are up from minor league camp to be backups on the bench.