Brett Gardner LF
Jayson Nix SS
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Juan Rivera 1B
Francisco Cervelli C
Matt Diaz DH
Melky Mesa CF
Thomas Neal RF
Jose Pirela 2B
RHP David Phelps (1-1, 1.00)
BLUE JAYS (7-7)
Rajai Davis LF
Emilio Bonifacio 2B
Colby Rasmus DH
Jose Bautista RF
Melky Cabrera CF
Adam Lind 1B
Mark DeRosa 3B
Josh Thole C
Mike McCoy SS
LHP J.A. Happ (1-0, 3.00)
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Bright and sunny here in Dunedin. Wind blowing left to right.
UMPIRES: HP Marcus Pattillo, 1B Phil Cuzzi, 2B Mark Carlson, 3B Travis Carlson
AGAIN? This will be the third time the Yankees have seen J.A. Happ this spring. First time they faced him he broke Curtis Granderson’s forearm.
YOUNG PEN: None of the projected big league relievers made the trip, but it’s another chance for Mark Montgomery, Preston Claiborne and Branden Pinder. Also should be an inning or two for Dellin Betances, who threw a sim game alongside CC Sabathia five days ago but is scheduled to get in a real game today.
WHAT TO WATCH: Today certainly feels like a let down after yesterday. Not a single player announced retirement plans today. Boring. … As the Yankees continue to search for a new corner infielder, they’ll get another look at Juan Rivera at first base and Ronnier Mustelier at third. Either right-handed hitter could make the team at this point, and there could be room for both on the roster. … What is this, the 12th spring start for David Phelps? Should be up around 150 pitches by now. … Jayson Nix hasn’t gotten a ton of time at shortstop this spring, but the Yankees seem confident in his ability to play any infield position. He’s the most reliable, but maybe the least exciting, of the infield alternatives.
UPDATE, 1:19 p.m.: A 1-2-3 inning for Phelps after the Yankees left runners at the corners in the top of the first.
UPDATE, 1:40 p.m.: Current back-and-forth in the crowd during Youkilis’ third-inning at-bat.
Fan 1 (presumably a Blue Jays fan): Youkilis! Go back to Boston!
Fan 2 (presumably a Red Sox fan): We don’t want him!
Must be nice to be beloved.
UPDATE, 1:48 p.m.: Through three innings, Phelps has allowed two base runners — both singles — while striking out one. Kind of a typical Phelps outing: Doesn’t look all that overwhelming, but it’s very effective. I’m not sure he has a real chance to beat Ivan Nova for a spot in the rotation, but he’s pitching too well to think he’ll have to go back to Triple-A.
UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: With one out in the fourth inning, the Yankees have runners at second and third and J.A. Happ just left the game. He didn’t break any Yankees arms today.
UPDATE, 2:14 p.m.: Phelps fields a sharp comebacker for the last out of the fourth inning. He’s allowed three hits but the game is still scoreless.
UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: Three-run double by Juan Rivera — with Youkilis scoring from first on a close play at the plate — then Matt Diaz smokes a line drive that gets snatched by the second baseman. Tough luck for Diaz. Three-hit day for Rivera who’s hitting .360 this spring.
UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Phelps walked one in the fifth, but he also struck out two and got through the inning without allowing a run. It’s still a 3-0 Yankees lead.