Brian Heyman here again tonight for Chad. Mark Teixeira has been scratched due to flu-like symptoms.
Here’s the revised lineup:
1. Derek Jeter DH
2. Nick Swisher 1B
3. Robinson Cano 2B
4. Alex Rodriguez 3B
5. Andruw Jones RF
6. Curtis Granderson CF
7. Eduardo Nunez SS
8. Brett Gardner LF
9. Chris Stewart C
On the subject of starting pitchers, Andy Pettitte is down for about 65 pitches Friday when he starts again for Single-A Tampa, this time at Daytona.
And Michael Pineda is down for another bullpen session within the next few days, according to Joe Girardi. The Yankees hope he can start pitching in games after that. …
The Yankees have just two quality starts out of 10 so far, none from tonight’s starter against the Twins, CC Sabathia.
“To me, command has probably been the biggest issue,” Girardi said, speaking about the five starters in general. “Not to where we’ve walked a lot of people, but where we’ve gotten too much of the plate.”
Sabathia allowed nine earned runs over 12 innings in his first two starts, both no-decisions. The lefty is usually better when the weather is warmer.
“CC is a guy who has a really good changeup,” Girardi said. “A changeup is a feeling pitch. Obviously the warmer it is, the better feeling you’re going to have in your fingers. Some guys just enjoy the weather more. CC is one of those guys that you look at him, he doesn’t mind if it’s 95 degrees and really, really hot. I always dislike those days, but it doesn’t seem to bother him.” …
Hiroki Kuroda, who will start tomorrow night, has one of the two quality starts, his last one in the home opener against the Angels when he tossed eight-plus shutout innings. He had faced the Angels with the Dodgers, but the Rays got him for six runs and eight hits over 5 2/3 in his first outing. Kuroda is still adjusting to life in the AL.
“The biggest challenge is to get to know the hitters,” Kuroda said through interpreter Kenji Nimura.
Russell Martin is familiar with him from their Dodger days.
“Russell really helps me out,” Kuroda said.
The AL has taken the bat out of Kuroda’s hands so far.
“I don’t miss it at all,” he said. …
This is the 61st anniversary of Bob Sheppard’s first major-league game here as the PA announcer. April 17, 1951, marked Mickey Mantle’s first game as well. Mantle went 1 for 4. Two years later on this date, Mantle sent up his 565-foot homer at Griffith Stadium in Washington.