Brett Gardner LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez DH
Eric Chavez 1B
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez SS
Bill Hall 2B
Jayson Nix 3B
RHP Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.70 last season)
Nova vs. Phillies
Jimmy Rollins SS
Shane Victorino CF
Hunter Pence RF
Jim Thome DH
Ty Wigginton 3B
John Mayberry Jr. 1B
Domonic Brown LF
Erik Kratz C
Michael Martinez 2B
LHP Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.79 last season)
Hamels vs. Yankees
TIME: 1:05 p.m.
WEATHER: A few clouds in the sky, but otherwise perfect spring training weather. And this is easily my favorite Grapefruit League park.
UMPIRES: HP Phil Cuzzi, 1B Tom Hallion, 2B Eric Cooper, 3B Paul Emmel
FAMILIAR FOE: Jonathan Papelbon is scheduled to pitch out of the bullpen for the Phillies. The rest of their available pitchers: RHP Dave Bush, LHP Dontrelle Willis, LHP Raul Valdes, RHP Chad Qualls and RHP Michael Stutes. You might remember Valdes from a few Yankees appearances last year.
PHACING THE PHILLIES: The Yankees open the Grapefruit League schedule with three straight games against the Phillies. Last season, the Yankees were 3-2 against Philadelphia in spring training. That included a 5-4 loss in last year’s spring opener in Tampa. The Yankees don’t face the Phillies in interleague this year.
WINNING ONE NUMBERS GAME: The Yankees have 69 players in camp. For comparison, the Phillies have 57.
UPDATE, 1:09 p.m.: Granderson doubles off Cole Hamels. Yes, Hamels is a lefty.
UPDATE, 1:12 p.m.: Nice ovation for Raul Ibanez, who blooped a double for a 1-0 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Not an especially easy play with Victorino running, but that’s still an error on Nunez.
UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: Two-run homer by Pence. Remember, Girardi said today’s game has no impact on his rotation decision.
UPDATE, 1:49 p.m.: Solo homer by Granderson. Might have gotten a little help from the wind, but still, pretty good start to his spring. David Phelps in to pitch the bottom of the third.
UPDATE, 2:09 p.m.: Phelps has thrown two scoreless, and now Papelbon is pitching for the Phillies. Quite a few boos mixed into the cheers when his name was announced.
UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: Banuelos in the game for the Yankees. All of the backups are in except Nunez and Martin.
UPDATE, 2:33 p.m.: Jorge Vazquez has his first RBI of the spring, and didn’t need a homer to do it. His RBI single has the Yankees up, 3-2.