Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher 1B
Raul Ibanez DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Andruw Jones RF
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (13-16, 3.07 last season)
Kuroda vs. Rays
Reid Brignac SS
B.J. Upton CF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Matt Joyce RF
Jeff Keppinger 1B
Stephen Vogt Dh
Jose Molina C
Jesus Feliciano LF
Elliot Johnson 3B
RHP James Shields (16-12, 2.82 last season)
Shields vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Temperatures getting into the 80s. Wind blowing in from center field.
UMPIRES: HP Vic Carapazza, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Mark Wegner, 3B Marty Foster
RAYS IN RELIEF: After James Shields, the Rays are scheduled to pitch RHP Burke Badenhop, RHP Dane De La Rosa, RHP Alex Colome, RHP Josh Lueke and former Yankees RHP Romulo Sanchez
ROUGH START: The Rays have lost their first four Grapefruit League games for the first time in franchise history. Clearly their season is shot.
FOR THOSE OF YOU NOT IN NEW YORK: The Rays note that MLB Network is picking up today’s Yankees telecast. The Rays have 11 spring training games on television this spring, and apparently that’s the most they’ve ever had.
FAMILIAR FOE: The Yankees know plenty about James Shields, who gets the start today for the Rays. Amazingly enough, the Rays have used a starting pitcher under the age of 30 in 764 consecutive games, which is a Major League record. The streak will end when Shields make his first regular season start. He turned 30 in December. The last Rays starter 30 or older was Jae Seo, who started on his 30th birthday on May 24, 2007.
UPDATE, 1:07 p.m.: Kuroda’s time in pinstripes gets started with a strikeout of Brignac.
UPDATE, 1:09 p.m.: Nine-pitch inning for Kuroda. Strikeout, weak lineout and a routine grounder to first.
UPDATE, 1:26 p.m.: Three up, three down in the first inning. Three up, three on in the second. Kuroda has allowed two singles and a two-run triple this inning and the Rays are up 2-0.
UPDATE, 1:29 p.m.: Kuroda goes through three straight to end the inning.
UPDATE, 1:33 p.m.: Yankees are practically handing the Rays the American League East! Six up, six down for New York. Rays lead 2-0 after two, and Joe Girardi is already going to late-inning reliever Rafael Soriano.
UPDATE, 1:46 p.m.: Robinson Cano brought his glove to the stadium today. Nice play to his left and into the outfield grass. Gets the out at first to get Soriano out of the inning. It’s a 3-0 Rays lead. Soriano allowed a single, walk and two stolen bases (but not runs) in the third inning. He had two strikeouts.
UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Russell Martin breaks the Yankees out of their hitless start with a one-out single in the third inning.
UPDATE, 2:13 p.m.: Can’t make this up: It’s been announced that, for this season, the Yankees Triple-A team will be officially called the Empire State Yankees. Because of stadium renovations in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre — in Moosic, to be precise — the team has to play all of its games on the road. Not a good situation.
UPDATE, 2:29 p.m.: Kuroda on the attention he got after his first spring outing: “In the future I’d like to say a lot of good things about my outings. Unfortunately it didn’t turn out to be that way this time. I’d like to get more people so that I can pitch better and give you guys good news.”