Eduardo Nunez SS
Jayson Nix 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Juan Rivera RF
Francisco Cervelli C
Matt Diaz LF
Melky Mesa CF
Luke Murton 1B
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (0-1, 5.40)
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (1-0)
Jose Reyes DH
Erick Aybar SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Hanley Ramirez 3B
Nelson Cruz RF
Carlos Santana C
Ricardo Nanita LF
Alejandro De Aza CF
LHP Vidal Nuno (0-1, 1.80)
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Temperatures in the low 60s. Pretty significant wind blowing out.
UMPIRES: HP Mark Wegner, 1B Will Little, 2B Chad Whitson, 3B Marcus Pattilo
PLAYING FOR THE OTHER SIDE: Robinson Cano is Team Dominican Republic’s starting second baseman, and Juan Cedeno is in their bullpen. WBC roster have unusual pitching staffs, so a few Yankees will likely pitch for the DR today. That includes Vidal Nuno, who will be starting for the Dominican.
PRIORITIES: Melky Mesa was picked to play for the Dominican Republic, but he chose to stay in Yankees camp instead. He gets another start in center field today.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Today is Francisco Cervelli’s 27th birthday. He gets the start today and is 5-for-6 throwing out base runners this spring.
WHAT TO WATCH: It’s not so much about watching, but it’s worth paying attention in hopes for a Mark Teixeira update at some point today. That situation is far more important than today’s game. … Mesa, Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera each get a turn in the outfield today. All three are fighting for a job on the big league roster, but non has a spot locked up. … Jayson Nix is quietly having a pretty good spring. He’s batting .294 so far.
UPDATE, 1;11 p.m.: Kuroda gets Cano to fly to left to end the top of the first. Kuroda’s first two at-bats were strikeouts, so he’s off to a fine start against an awfully good D.R. lineup.
UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: Nunez is clearly getting used to that shorter arm motion. He has the arm strength to get the ball to first, but his throws have been low lately. He just skipped a throw that barely beat Hanley Ramirez for the first out in the top of the second.
UPDATE, 1:27 p.m.: Kuroda pitches around a leadoff double by Encarnacion. He got Hanley Ramirez, Nelson Cruz and Carlos Santana in order to strand the runner, capping the inning with a strikeout that left Francisco Cervelli clapping as he walked to the dugout. It’s still 0-0.
UPDATE, 1:41 p.m.: It was a long way from graceful, but still a pretty nice tumbling catch by Matt Diaz in left field.
UPDATE, 1:43 p.m.: Every time you wonder why the Yankees keep using Eduardo Nunez at shorstop, remember that he’s able to get to a ball like that one. Up the middle, clearly heading for center field, Nunez was alble to cut it off and might have had a play against a slow runner. Inconsistency is an obvious problem, but the defensive tools are there.
UPDATE, 2:14 p.m.: Vidal Nuno looks terrific again. Of course, this time that means the Yankees offense looks pretty bad.
UPDATE, 2:24 p.m.: Cano with an RBI single to push the DR lead to 2-0. Of course, for many many reason, I don’t think Eppley is going to be facing Cano many times this season.
UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: Jim Miller gets out of the fifth with a double play ball. Nunez and Nix each made nice plays to turn it. Now pitching for the Dominican, Jose Veras.