Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
RHP Freddy Garcia (1-0, 0.00)
Garcia vs. Twins
Denard Span CF
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 2B
Jason Kubel DH
Jeff Bailey 1B
Luke Hughes 3B
Brian Dinkelman LF
Jason Repko RF
Rene Rivera C
Alexi Casilla SS
RHP Scott Baker (0-2, 3.86)
Baker vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Not a single cloud overhead. Wind is blowing from right to left. It’s sunny and nice and feels way too early after last night’s time change.
UMPIRES: HP Mark Carlson, 1B Mark Wegner 2B Vic Carapazza, 3B Toby Basner
ON THE LINE: Another start for Freddy Garcia, another chance to keep himself among the rotation favorites… The Yankees are starting most of their regulars, so no real position battles there, though Eric Chavez and Eduardo Nunez are both scheduled to play off the bench.
OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE YANKEES: RHP Mariano Rivera, RHP Rafael Soriano, RHP Dave Robertson, RHP Joba Chamberlain and RHP Andrew Brackman. That should be plenty to get the Yankees through nine innings.
BULLPEN FOR THE TWINS: RHP Matt Capps, LHP Glen Perkins, RHP Pat Neshek, RHP Kyle Waldrop and RHP David Bromberg. I always enjoy watching Neshek pitch for some reason.
SPLIT SQUAD: The Twins also have a home game this afternoon. Francisco Liriano is starting that game.
CUT, NOT RELEASED: The Yankees announced that all of today’s cuts were reassigned to minor league camp, none were released. Because he’s on the 40-man, Hector Noesi was technically optioned rather than reassigned. He was optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
TWO ON TUESDAY: CC Sabathia will have company when he pitches a sim game on Tuesday’s off day. Bartolo Colon will also pitch a sim game that day.
UPDATE, 1:23 p.m.: After Freddy Garcia allowed a run in the top of the first inning — while throwing a ton of offspeed pitches — Derek Jeter opened the bottom of the inning with a first-pitch fly ball out to center field.
UPDATE, 1:40 p.m.: Solo home run for Rodriguez has tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the second. That’s his second homer of the spring.
UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: Garcia didn’t look good from the very beginning today. He lasted just 2.2 innings, allowing four runs on six hits, two walks and a hit batter. He threw 68 pitches, 44 for strikes and Eric Wordekemper had to bail him out of the third inning by stranding runners at second and third.
UPDATE, 2:16 p.m.: Hard to expect this. Derek Jeter just dropped a pop fly that should have been the third out of the fourth inning. Instead, a run scored on the play and a Brian Dinkelman followed with a three-run homer. It’s 8-1 Twins.
UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: The Royals have claimed Rule 5 pick Robert Fish off waivers.
UPDATE, 2:42 p.m.: That’s Rivera for you. First appearance of the spring, strikes out the first three hitters he sees.