Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Jayson Nix 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C
Dan Johnson 1B
Zoilo Almonte RF
Corban Joseph 3B
RHP David Phelps (1-0, 0.00)
Phelps vs. Braves
Jordan Schafer CF
Jason Heyward RF
Justin Upton LF
Freddie Freeman 1B
B.J. Upton DH
Dan Uggla 2B
Chris Johnson 3B
Tyler Pastornicky SS
Matt Pagnozzi C
LHP Paul Maholm
Maholm vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: First night game of the year. Temperatures in the mid 60s. Bit of wind blowing out to center.
UMPIRES: HP David Rackley, 1B Jeff Gosney, 2B Dan Iassogna, 3B Manny Gonzalez
OUTFIELD ALIGNMENT: Girardi said before today’s game that he’s going to shuffle his outfield alignment from game to game as he prepares for different possible scenarios without Curtis Granderson. Zoilo Almonte has spent most of his minor league time in right field, so if he makes the big league team, the Yankees will likely go with today’s outfield on a regular basis.
THIRD TIME’S CHARM: This will be the third spring start for David Phelps, and the second time he’s faced the Braves. He pitched against Atlanta in the spring opener.
WHAT TO WATCH: Obvoiusly Almonte is in the mix for a big league job, so he’s worth watching. He’s had a nice spring so far. … Sounds like Mark Teixeira’s injury isn’t too serious, but even so, Dan Johnson is one of the guys who could replace him if necessary. … Francisco Cervelli seems to have the lead in the catching competition. Chris Stewart gets another chance to make up ground today. … Both Joba Chamberlain and Dave Robertson are scheduled to pitch today. Apparently David Aardsma might pitch as well.
UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: Sorry, I’ve been writing for the paper and haven’t updated at all, but David Phelps just made a smooth little barehanded play on the mound. I know it’s a horrible thing for a pitcher to do, and clearly he should have let the ball go through, but still… it looked cool. It’s 1-0 Braves in the top of the second. The Yankees stranded the bases loaded in their half of the first.
UPDATE, 7:53 p.m.: That’s another brutally bad throw by Stewart. He threw one into the outfield earlier this spring, and now he’s thrown one high and to the first base side of second.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Braves starter Paul Maholm threw 81 pitches today. Meanwhile, here’s Joba Chamberlain to pitch the fifth inning. It’s 1-0 Braves in the top of the fifth.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: Remember the Adonis Garcia wrist injury that didn’t seem to be a big deal? Well, it’s a bit of a big deal. Garcia has a broken wrist — the hook of hamate — and will have surgery on Thursday.
UPDATE, 9:21 p.m.: Rough outing for Montgomery who gave up a leadoff single, walked two guys, balked in a run, then hit a guy. His only out was a pretty hard hit fly ball to right. It’s now 2-0 Braves in the top of the seventh.