Brett Gardner LF
Nick Swisher DH
Eric Chavez 1B
Andruw Jones RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Francisco Cervelli C
Dewayne Wise CF
Bill Hall 2B
Doug Bernier 3B
RHP Ivan Nova (2-1, 2.91)
Nova vs. Mets
Andres Torres CF
Daniel Murphy 2B
David Wright 3B
Ike Davis 1B
Jason Bay LF
Lucas Duda RF
Scott Hairston DH
Josh Thole C
Ruben Tejada 2B
RHP Mike Pelfrey (1-2, 8.59)
Pelfrey vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 2:05 p.m., Yes Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Hottest day of the spring. Apparently it’s going to get close to 90 degrees today.
UMPIRES: HP Mark Lollo, 1B D.J. Reyburn, 2B Jonathan Saphire, 3B Sean Barber
A GOOD SIGN: Last night Kentucky won the NCAA basketball championship. The past six times the Wildcats have won a title, the Yankees have also won a World Series (1949, ’51, ’58, ’78, ’96 and ’98). “Now we have to do the work,” said Kentucky fan Brian Cashman.
SPLIT START: Mike Pelfrey has the start for the Mets today, but he’ll essentially split the game with No. 3 starter Jonathan Niese, who will pitch out of the bullpen in preparation for a start Sunday against the Braves.
ONE TO GO: This is the next-to-last game of the spring for the Yankees. They play one more game at home against the Mets tomorrow, then they have a short workout on Thursday’s off day. Opening Day is Friday against the Rays; CC Sabathia vs. James Shields.
UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: The Associated Press is reporting from Tampa that Andy Pettitte says he will pitch an inning in tomorrow’s big league game. “I bounced back pretty good after that last one, so we feel like an inning would be good tomorrow,” Pettitte said. “I realized I feel good enough to pitch.”
UPDATE, 2:35 p.m.: The Yankees have released 1B Jorge Vazquez. A source says the team prefered free agent addition Steve Pearce at first base in Triple-A, and they weren’t sure Vazquez would have been happy with another season in the minors. It seems the Yankees were never as high on Vazquez as many fans were.
UPDATE, 3:00 p.m.: While Ivan Nova struggles through today’s start, Jack Curry has tweeted that no team has claimed either Jayson Nix or Dewayne Wise. That means neither player can use the out in his contract, which means both will be assigned to Triple-A. Way too many hitters for that Scranton roster. Something has to give at some point.
UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: Nick Swisher just went deep. Looks like his timing wasn’t affected by that lengthy layoff. He’s hit the bal pretty well since coming back from the second groin injury.
UPDATE, 4:00 p.m.: Just got back from talking to Nova. He said the curveball was the only pitch working for him today. He stressed that he physically feels 100 percent, but he just couldn’t get himself going today. “Not good,” he said. “Today was one of the worst days of my life. I wasn’t pitching right.”