Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Matt Diaz LF
Jayson Nix SS
Chris Stewart C
RHP Ivan Nova (12-8, 5.02 ERA in 2012)
Nova vs. Tigers
Omar Infante 2B
Torii Hunter RF
Andy Dirks CF
Don Kelly 1B
Kevin Russo 3B
Brayan Pena C
Nick Castellanos LF
Danny Worth SS
Ramon Cabrera DH
RHP Shawn Hill (11-2, 4.00 ERA in the minors in 2012)
Halladay vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Temperatures in the 50s. Wind blowing from left to right.
UMPIRES: HP Eric Cooper, 1B Marty Foster, 2B Vic Carapazza, 3B David Soucy
TIGERS SPLIT: The Tigers are a split squad today. Most of their regulars are playing at home against the Pirates.
FAMILIAR FACES: Austin Jackson is staying in Lakeland today, but short-term Yankees utility man Kevin Russo has made the trip to Tampa.
WORTH WATCHING: This is your last glimpse at Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira before they leave for the World Baseball Classic. … Leadoff man Brett Gardner has a hit in five straight games this spring. … Matt Diaz gets a turn in left field. He’s still trying to get his bat going in an effort to win a job (maybe even a regular job in April). … Corban Joseph has gotten all of his time a third base this spring. Today he’ll go to his more natural second base position. Dan Johnson, meanwhile, gets another turn at third.
UPDATE, 1:12 p.m.: Pretty quick and easy first inning for Nova. An infield single, but otherwise no base runners.
UPDATE, 1:13 p.m.: Another hit for Gardner. He’s looked great down here so far.
UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Gardner got to third with one out, but Cano’s sharp ground ball was kept in the infield — with the infield in — and Teixeira’s line drive was caught by the first baseman.
UPDATE, 1:36 p.m.: Nova has thrown his two innings. Here’s Aardsma. It’s still a scoreless game in the top of the third.
UPDATE, 1:53 p.m.: Another base hit and another stolen base for Gardner. Is he the leadoff hitter on Opening Day?