Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Raul Ibanez DH
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner LF
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Gustavo Molina C
RHP Adam Warren
Alex Mendez LF
Chad Taylor CF
James Ramsay RF
Todd Brazeal DH
Daniel Rockhold 3B
Buddy Putnam 1B
Andrew Longley C
Kyle Teaf SS
Luis Llerena 2B
LHP Matt Reed
TIME: 1:05 p.m.
WEATHER: Ever been to Tampa in early March? If you have, you know exactly what the weather is like today. A few clouds in the sky. Temperates in the high 70s, low 80s. It’s a beautiful day here.
UMPIRES: HP Jose Rodriguez, 1B Dave Stone, 3B Hank Himmanen
A NUMBERS GAME: There are 69 players in Yankees camp. That’s the most since 2008 when there were also 68. Mariano Rivera is the oldest (42 years, 82 days on the day camp opened) and Gary Sanchez is the youngest (19 years, 71 days).
I DON’T FIT IN: The Yankees have eight players listed at 6-foot-5 or taller. Dellin Betances is the tallest at 6-8, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia are both listed at 6-7, Brad Meyers is 6-6 and Phil Hughes, Boone Logan, Clay Rapada and Justin Maxwell are each 6-5. I was just telling someone yesterday that Logan is a lot taller than people realize. He’s a big dude.
THE OLD COLLEGE TRY: South Florida is coached by Lelo Prada, the brother-in-law of Tino Martinez. This will be the Bulls third spring game against the Yankees.
UPDATE, 1:05 p.m.: And we’re off. First-pitch ball, high and outside, to leadoff man Alex Mendez. Curtis Granderson playing so shallow he could probably cover second base if necessary.
UPDATE, 1:07 p.m.: Warren with the strikeout to start the game.
UPDATE, 1:09 p.m.: Strikeout. Groundout. Flyout. That’s a 1-2-3 inning for Warren.
UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Granderson with an RBI single and the Yankees are up 1-0.
UPDATE, 1:21 p.m.: After a one-run first, Granderson is out and Melky Mesa is in to play center field. All of the other starters are still out there, including Warren.
UPDATE, 1:32 p.m.: Eduardo Nunez told me just a couple of days ago that he feels faster than he was last year. He just tripled to left-center and looked pretty fast doing it.
UPDATE, 1:34 p.m.: Brett Marshall in to pitch the third inning. Colin Curtis and Zoilo Almonte in to play the outfield corners, with Curtis in right. Big league infield is still out there.
UPDATE, 1:44 p.m.: A 1-2-3 bottom of the third leads to more defensive changes. Bernier is in at short, Adams is in at second and Laird is in at third. Rodriguez stays at third so that he can leadoff the next inning.
UPDATE, 1:54 p.m.: Rodriguez singles to start the bottom of the fourth. Ramiro Pena comes in to run for Rodiguez and Jorge Vazquez steps up to hit for Raul Ibanez. The starters are officially out (except Molina, I guess).
UPDATE, 1:59 p.m.: RBI single for Colin Curtis. So far, this spring is much better than last spring for him.
UPDATE, 2:03 p.m.: Add an RBI single for Almonte and it’s 3-0 Yankees heading into the fifth. Here’s Burawa to pitch. Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman have each mentioned Burawa by name in the past two days. Jose Gil now catching, by the way.
UPDATE, 2:17 p.m.: Major League Baseball has officially announced the expanded playoff format. That was perfectly expected at this point. Meanwhile, the Yankees have pushed their lead to 4-0.
UPDATE, 2:18 p.m.: Ramiro Pena with the hardest-hit ball of the day, a triple to center field for a 5-0 lead.
UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: Here’s Graham Stoneburner to try to keep the shutout going in the seventh. I kind of feel bad for Stoneburner. Had the best name in the system until the Yankees traded for Exicardo Cayones.