Brett Gardner LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Raul Ibanez DH
Andruw Jones RF
Eric Chavez 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Francisco Cervelli C
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (0-0, 0.00)
Kuroda vs. Astros
Jason Bourgeois CF
Matt Downs 2B
J.D. Martinez LF
Jack Cust DH
Chris Johnson 3B
Brad Snyder RF
Chris Snyder C
Brett Wallace 1B
Marwin Gonzalez SS
RHP Bud Norris (1-0, 0.00)
Norris vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Temperatures reaching into the mid-80s today. Been a clear blue sky pretty much all day.
UMPIRES: HP Mark Carlson, 1B Phil Cuzzi, 2B Mike Estabrook, 3B Chris Segal
ASTROS PEN: Houston brought RHP Brett Myers, RHP Fernando Rodriguez, LHP Fernando Abad, RHP Aneury Rodriguez, LHP Xavier Cedeno, RHP Lucas Harrell, RHP Enerio Del Rosario and RHP Rhiner Cruz on the trip.
COUNTING DOWN: Today marks exactly 20 days before Opening Day. Nothing particularly significant about that. It’s just a nice, round number.
I’M NOT WEARING GREEN: I actually brought a green shirt down to Tampa with me, but I wore it yesterday. The Yankees are 7-6 on St. Patrick’s Day since 2000 with two split-squads (2001 and 2002) and a rainout (2005).
THE GUY’S PRETTY GOOD: According to the Yankees game notes, Mariano Rivera hasn’t allowed an earned run in his past 23 spring innings dating back to March 15, 2008.
UPDATE, 1:13 p.m.: Nice, quick first inning for Kuroda. A strikeout and a couple of groundouts.
UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Gardner walks and scores easily on a sharp double by Granderson. I don’t have his stats in front of me, but it certainly feels like Granderson is driving the ball consistently this spring. Seems like I’ve seen that exact same double to right-center at least three times.
UPDATE, 1:26 p.m.: Add a two-out single from Andruw Jones and it’s 2-0 Yankees, still in the first inning.
UPDATE, 1:41 p.m.: Nunez takes his first hack and pops to first. That’s after Kuroda stranded a runner at third in the top of the second.
UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Robinson Cano just went deep to right field, driving in Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson for a three-run homer and a 5-0 Yankees lead int he second inning.
UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: Kuroda sharp through three innings. He just sent the side down in order in the third inning with two more outs on the ground. He’s gotten one flyball out this game.
UPDATE, 2:07 p.m.: Nunez gets an infield single in his second at-bat.
UPDATE, 2:21 p.m.: Kuroda allowed a run on two doubles in the fourth, but Gardner ended the inning with a nice sliding catch in shallow left field. That guy really should have at least one Gold Glove at this point.
UPDATE, 2:31 p.m.: Could be a bad sign, or it could be simply easing him back into the game, but Nunez has been pulled heading into the top of the fifth. Speaking of changes, here’s Mariano Rivera on the mound.
UPDATE, 2:36 p.m.: Kuroda threw 59 pitches, 49 for strikes. Three hits and two strikeouts through four innings. We’ll find out how he felt about it, but that had to be his best start of the spring.
UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: Rivera gets a double play to end a scoreless fifth inning.