Eduardo Nunez SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Andruw Jones RF
Ramiro Pena LF
Jesus Montero C
Austin Krum CF
RHP Buddy Carlyle (0-0, 18.00)
Aaron Hicks CF
Matt Tolbert 2B
Michael Cuddyer RF
Justin Morneau 1B
Jim Thome DH
Delmon Young LF
Danny Valencia 3B
Drew Butera C
Alexi Casilla SS
RHP Carl Pavano (1-1, 0.95)
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., not on television
WEATHER: A lot of people have been talking about this being the nicest spring they can remember. That’s because of days like this. Absolutely perfect. Wind blowing out to right-center.
UMPIRES: HP Sam Holbrook, 1B Brian O’Nora, 2B Tim Timmons, 3B Manny Gonzalez
ON THE LINE: There are really only four choices left to make: Utility infielder, backup catcher, Pedro Feliciano’s replacement and possibly a short-term replacement for Curtis Granderson. Most of those decisions seem to be more or less made at this point.
OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE YANKEES: The Yankees brought a ton of minor league relievers. Not sure which ones might actually get in the game, but these are on the trip: Steve Garrison, Ryan Pope, Eric Wordekemper, Josh Schmidt, Francisco Gil, Pat Venditte, Andy Sisco, Kevin Whelan, Amaury Sanit, Wilkin Arias and Tim Norton.
OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE TWINS: Unless I’m missing it in the notes, the Twins don’t have their relievers listed.
OFF THE BENCH: I don’t have access to the backups on these long road trips without an open clubhouse. These are the other position players on the trip: C Gustavo Molina, C Austin Romine, C J.R. Murphy, INF Ronnie Belliard, INF Doug Bernier, INF Luke Murton, INF Luis Nunez, INF Yadil Mujica, OF Justin Maxwell, OF Abe Almonte and OF Ray Kruml.
NO NEWS: Girardi said pregame that he has no update on Curtis Granderson or Chris Dickerson. Maybe we’ll learn something postgame.
UPDATE, 1:31 p.m.: Through an inning and a half, the Yankees and Twins are tied at 1. The Yankees have four hits, but only one run on Robinson Cano’s first-inning home run off Pavano. The Twins evened the score with Michael Cuddyer’s solo shot off Carlyle.
UPDATE, 1:41 p.m.: Lance Pendleton has been returned from Houston. He’s been assigned to Scranton.
UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: The Twins scored four runs in an ugly second inning — Austin Krum made two errors on one play and couldn’t make a diving catch, letting a triple roll to the wall — but the at-bat of the inning that probably mattered the most was the last one. Steve Garrison faced Justin Morneau and got a weak pop to shallow center. Morneau took an ugly swing at some sort of offspeed pitch.
UPDATE, 3:29 p.m.: The writers spent a lot of this game down in the clubhouse talking to Alex Rodriguez. Got back up to the press box in time to see Austin Romine hit a home run, and now in time to see Pat Venditte come out in the bottom of the eighth.