Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Juan Rivera 1B
Ben Francisco LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Jayson Nix 2B
RHP Adam Warren (0-2, 9.64)
Desmond Jennings CF
Kelly Johnson 2B
Ben Zobrist DH
Matt Joyce RF
Shelley Duncan 1B
Yunel Escobar SS
Ryan Roberts 3B
Jose Molina C
Sean Rodriguez LF
RHP Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 4.97)
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Cloudy and looks like rain. Not a great day for a ball game.
UMPIRES: HP Manny Gonzalez, 1B Mark Wegner, 2B Kolin Kline, 3B Marcus Pattillo
YOUNG AND OLD: Jose Pirela is the youngest player still in camp with the Yankees. He was born on November 21, 1989. The oldest player in camp, Mariano Rivera, was born almost exactly 20 years earlier on November 29, 1969.
OPENING DAY: Ladies and gentlemen, your Opening Day shortstop… Eduardo Nunez!
WHAT TO WATCH: Ben Francisco and Ichiro Suzuki switched positions — Francisco was in right yesterday — so the Yankees appear to be determining which way they prefer those two. If I had to guess right now, I’d say Francisco will be the right-handed outfielder on this team, which will likely put him in the lineup (in either left or right) on Opening Day. … Another turn at first base for Juan Rivera. Will he stick around or will the Yankees find a better alternative in the end-of-spring scraps. … David Aardsma and Boone Logan are each scheduled to pitch today.
UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Warren gives up a run in the top of the first, but Kevin Youkilis makes up for it with a two-run homer in the bottom half. It’s 2-1 Yankees now heading into the bottom of the second.
UPDATE, 1:56 p.m.: Opening Day shortstop Eduardo Nunez has an RBI triple. He’s definitely moving better than Jeter at this point.
UPDATE, 2:12 p.m.: Gardner wasn’t exactly deep in center field, but he made a good enough throw to keep the runner at third. Then Youkilis botched the transfer on what should have been the final out of the inning. It’s now 3-2 because of the unearned run.
UPDATE, 2:19 p.m.: Warren couldn’t get out of the fourth, so here’s Nuno to try to get the last out. He’s facing Kelly Johnson. This is clearly an audition for a relief role in the Yankees pen.
UPDATE, 2:27 p.m.: The Rays have pulled ahead 5-3, and the Yankees are only out of the inning because Francisco Cervelli threw out another runner trying to steal second.
UPDATE, 3:17 p.m.: Solo homer by Travis Hafner has pulled the Yankees within 5-4 heading into the seventh.