Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher DH
Raul Ibanez RF
Brett Gardner LF
Chris Stewart C
RHP Phil Hughes (5-5, 5.79 in 2011
Hughes vs. Rays
Desmond Jennings CF
Carlos Pena 1B
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce LF
Ben Zobrist RF
Luke Scott DH
Jeff Keppinger 2B
Jose Molina C
Sean Rodriguez SS
RHP Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.95 in 2011)
Hellickson vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:40 p.m., YES Network and TBS
WEATHER: One more game under the roof.
UMPIRES: HP Andy Fletcher, 1B Rob Drake, 2B Joe West, 3B Sam Holbrook
NOT SUCH A BAD START: The last time the Yankees opened a season 0-2 was 2009. Last time they started 0-3 was 1998. Each year they finished with the Majors’ best record and a World Series championship.
BETTER START THAN LAST YEAR: Nick Swisher homered in his scond game of the season for the third time in his career. Last year he started the season with a career-high 21 homerless games.
GOOD START ON THIS DATE: On this date in 2003, Hideki Matsui made his Yankee Stadium debut and hit a grand slam.
STARTING OFF WITH A BANG IN DOUBLE-A: Trenton is already showing considerably more power than it showed last season. On Saturday the Yankees Double-A team hit a franchise record seven home runs. Cody Johnson and Rob Lyerly each hit two; Zoilo Almonte, Melky Mesa and Jose Gil had one apiece.
UPDATE, 2:01 p.m.: Not sure Ibanez should have caught that, but at the very least he should have played it on a hop to hold Joyce to a single. Maybe the run scores anyway, but there’s was nothing pretty about that play.
UPDATE, 2:22 p.m.: Back-to-back Hughes strikeouts to end the second, still a 1-0 game.
UPDATE, 2:35 p.m.: That was a 3-2 fastball up in the zone to Carlos Pena. Looked a lot like the grand slam pitch from Sabathia. This time it’s a solo homer off Hughes. It’s 2-0 Rays in the third.
UPDATE, 2:38 pm.: The Astros announced that they’ve claimed Justin Maxwell off waivers.
UPDATE, 2:56 p.m.: Teixeira’s double puts runners at second and third with one out, but Swisher popup and Ibanez’s fly out to deep center end the top of the fourth with no runs on the board. It’s still 2-0 Rays.
UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: No question about that one. Fan clearly reached over the wall, and the umpires have ruled a double for Pena. With two outs, Hughes needs to get Longoria to get through the fifth without another run.
UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: Hughes walked Longoria, and he’s finished for the day. Here comes Boone Logan to face Joyce with two outs and two on. Hughes didn’t pitch poorly, but his pitch count was too high to get through five innings. He’ll settle for 4.2, leaving with a 2-0 deficit.
UPDATE, 3:28 p.m.: Hughes threw 99 pitches, 66 strikes. Logan got out of the jam for him and it’s still 2-0 heading into the sixth.
UPDATE, 3:32 p.m.: Yankees just confirmed that Pettitte will, in fact, pitch for the Tampa Yankees tomorrow. It will be a Florida State League start, not an extended spring training start.
UPDATE, 3:37 p.m.: One weakness of the shift, Alex Rodriguez was just able to jog into third base with a non-contested stolen base. The Rays clearly decided they would rather play Teixeira to pull than hold Rodriguez to second base. Teixeira drew the walk and now Swisher has a chance to put the Yankees on the board with two outs and runners at the corners in the sixth.
UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: Swisher strikes out and the runners are stranded. Logan’s back on the mound to start the bottom of the sixth.
UPDATE, 3:48 p.m.: Keppinger solo homer off Logan has pushed the lead to 3-0. Cory Wade was loose in the bullpen, but Logan seemed to be pitching well and Girardi stuck with him.
UPDATE, 4:22 p.m.: Here’s David Phelps to make his big league debut with one out and runners at first and second in the eighth.
UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: Phelps struck out his first big league hitters, then got a 4-3 to end the inning. I have to imagine that felt pretty good, and now the Yankees have one last inning to try to keep this from being a season opening sweep.