Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher DH
Eric Chavez 1B
Francisco Cervelli C
Dewayne Wise LF
Cole Garner RF
Brandon Laird 3B
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (0-1, 13.50)
Kuroda vs. Astros
Jordan Schafer CF
Angel Sanchez 2B
Brian Bogusevic RF
Jack Cust DH
Fernandez Martinez LF
Jimmy Paredes 3B
Jason Castro C
Brett Wallace 1B
Marwin Gonzalez SS
RHP Kyle Weiland (1-0, 0.00)
Weiland vs. Yankees
TIME: 7:05 p.m.
WEATHER: Temperatures in the 70s with a slight chance of rain.
UMPIRES: HP Adam Hamari, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Mark Wegner, 3B Mike Estabrook
ASTROS PEN: After Weiland, the Astros are scheduled to pitch RHP Brett Myers, RHP Brandon Lyon, RHP Lucas Harell, RHP Fernando Rodriguez, LHP Xavier Cedeno, RHP Henry Villar and RHP Jorge De Leon. Surely not all of those guys will actually get in the game.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Larry Rothschild turns 58 today.
HERO’S WELCOME: Army Sergeant Joel Tavera — originally from Queens — is being honored before today’s game. He was serving in Iraq when his Humvee was hit with five rockets, killing three other men in the vehicle. Joel lost his sight in both eyes, lost his right leg, lost four finger on his left hand and suffered burns over 60 percent of his body. He won the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star, and today his father — a member of the Marine Corps — will throw out the first pitch with Joel in attendance.
NIGHT MOVES: Tonight’s game is the first of the Yankees nine night games this spring. Six of them are being played here in Tampa.
UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: This might sound ridiculous, and you might not care at all, but it actually takes a little bit to get used to covering these night games. The newspaper deadline isn’t exactly looming, but it’s much different from covering a game during the day. Anyway, taking a short break from my stories for tomorrow’s paper, Kuroda just worked through his second hitless inning. He’s getting some balls on the ground and looking both efficient and effective. It’s a scoreless game heading into the bottom of the second.
UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: With the bases loaded, Kuroda strikes out No. 3 hitter Bogusevic to get out of the third inning scoreless. That should be all for Kuroda tonight. Not a bad second outing.
UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: Jason Castro fights off a pitch from Rafael Soriano to bloop a single into shallow left field. A run scores on the play and the Astros are up 1-0 in the fourth.
UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: Talked to Kuroda a few minutes ago and he was pretty down on his outing, but he was obviously effective. I thought he looked alright, but he’s focusing on such specific things. He didn’t throw many splits — probably his best pitch — and said he was down on his two-seamer and cutter. Meanwhile, Juan Cedeno just stranded a leadoff single in the fifth and it’s still 1-0 Astros. Dewayne Wise just got the first Yankees hit.
UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: With a stolen base, wild pitch and an RBI groundout, the Yankees turned the Wise single into a run for a 1-1 tie.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: With Melky Mesa pinch runing at first base, Nick Swisher triples to center field. Mesa showed off his speed to score and tie the game at 2 int he bottom of the sixth. I don’t really remember watching Mesa run in a situation like that, but he can move pretty good.
UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: J.R. Murphy makes the play at third to get out of the top of the seventh scoreless. Not a particularly hard play, but not exactly routine for a guy who hasn’t spent much time at the position.
UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: Little bit of an adventure — he misplayed it initially — but last year’s first-round pick George Springer eventually tracked down and caught a pretty deep drive by Jorge Vazquez. The guy was in college last year. Now he’s playing center field in big league camp. Things are so much different with the Astros!
UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: Still no radar here, but Betances looked pretty sharp in his two innings. He allowed one single, but also struck out two and got three groundball outs.