Ichiro Suzuki CF
Vernon Wells LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Juan Rivera 1B
Ben Francisco DH
Brennan Boesch RF
Jayson Nix SS
Francisco Cervelli C
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (1-2, 2.31)
Starling Marte LF
Garrett Jones RF
Andrew McCutchen CF
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Gaby Sanchez 1B
Neil Walker 2B
Russell Martin C
Clint Barmes SS
Jeff Locke P
LHP Jeff Locke (2-1, 3.38)
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., not on television
WEATHER: Temperatures in the mid to high 60s. No real chance of rain. It’s actually a beautiful day to wrap up seven weeks in Tampa.
UMPIRES: HP Kolin Kline, 1B Mark Wagner, 2B Marcus Pattillo (only three umpires today)
PACKED UP: The Yankees clubhouse is full of boxes and suitcases for players ready to catch a flight soon after this game is over. Most everyone still in big league camp is making the trip north, and the team will leave shortly after today’s game.
READ INTO IT: Nothing official, but it does seem meaningful that Chris Stewart caught CC Sabathia’s last spring start and Francisco Cervelli is catching Hiroki Kuroda’s. That could be an indication that Stewart will catch Opening Day and Cervelli will catch the second game.
NUNO WINS DAWSON AWARD: Vidal Nuno won the Dawson Award as the top rookie in Yankees camp.
WHAT TO WATCH: I tend to assume that Lyle Overbay will come off the bench to play first base in the late innings. It makes sense that Juan Rivera is getting the start against a left-handed Pirates starter. It’s looking like there could be a first base platoon to start the season with Rivera playing against lefties and Overbay playing against righties. … Robinson Cano skipped last night’s game because of a stomach bug, but he’s back in there today. Brennan Boesch is also playing a second game in a row after missing a few days with soreness in his rib cage. … Ichiro Suzuki in center field could be an indication that he’s going to be the backup in center. Vernon Wells has also played a lot of center in his career.
UPDATE, 1:40 p.m: Brennan Boesch with a double. Just like last night’s home run, this hit came off a left-hander.
UPDATE, 2:08 p.m.: Kuroda is through five scoreless having allowed just one hit. Of course, this late in the spring, guys are swinging early and often. The Yankees have just three hits today and it’s a 0-0 game.
UPDATE, 2:34 p.m.: Boone Logan was just smoked by a line drive and is coming out of the game. He was clearly in some pain. Should know later whether it’s a significant issue. Could be nothing more than a painful bruise. There’s zero chance it felt good.