Eduardo Nunez SS
Brennan Boesch RF
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Juan Rivera 1B
Jayson Nix 2B
Chris Stewart C
Thomas Neal LF
Dan Johnson DH
Melky Mesa CF
RHP Ivan Nova (0-0, 1.00)
Starling Marte LF
Russell Martin C
Andrew McCutchen CF
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Garrett Jones 1B
Gaby Sanchez Dh
Travis Snider RF
Josh Harrison 2B
Clint Barmes SS
RHP Phil Irwin (0-0, 2.25)
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., not on television
WEATHER: Cloudy, but little chance of rain. Little bit of rain blowing from right to left.
UMPIRES: HP Tom Hallion, 1B Bill Welke, 2B Chad Fairchild, 3B Travis Carlson
FAMILIAR FACE: Russell Martin is behind the plate for the Pirates. The former Yankees catcher signed with Pittsburgh this offseason and has admitted being a little surprised that he didn’t end up back in New York.
THE DAY BEFORE THE OFF DAY: The Yankees have their second off day of the spring tomorrow. Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Phil Hughes will each throw, but for the most part, the big leaguers are getting a break after today’s game.
WHAT TO WATCH: Ivan Nova seems to have a leg up in the fifth starter competition, but David Phelps has also had a strong spring. … Another start for newcomer Brennan Boesch. Again, he seems to have a leg up in the competition for an outfield spot, but the Yankees say his spot on the roster is not a lock. … Thomas Neal may be emerging as a dark horse candidate as a right-handed outfielder. He and Melky Mesa each seem to be still in the mix for a roster spot, especially now that Matt Diaz has been officially sent away.
UPDATE, 1:17 p.m.: Nunez with a leadoff single. Steals second. Steals third. Scores on a Russell Martin throwing error on the second steal. Meanwhile, Brennan Boesch — who had reached on an infield single after Nunez stole second — stole second when Nunez stole third, then went to third on the Martin error. Base running! It’s 1-0.
UPDATE, 1:19 p.m.: Towering two-run homer by Youkilis. Home runs! It’s 3-0.
UPDATE, 2:06 p.m.: Shut out in 18 innings yesterday, the Yankees are now up 8-0 in the third inning after a grand slam to center field by Melky Mesa. By my unofficial count, the Pirates have walked 40 guys already.
UPDATE, 2:38 p.m.: Ivan Nova has allowed his first run of the game on a one-out RBI double by Pedro Alvarez. Nova then plunked Garrett Jones and the Pirates have two on with one out and Gaby Sanchez at the plate.