Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Zoilo Almonte LF
Russ Canzler 1B
Brendan Ryan SS
Dean Anna 2B
Gary Sanchez DH
RHP Adam Warren (3-2, 3.39 in 2013)
Rajai Davis LF
Torii Hunter RF
Miguel Cabrera DH
Victor Martinez 1B
Ian Kinsler 2B
Don Kelly 3B
Bryan Holaday C
Steve Lombardozzi SS
Ezequiel Carrera CF
Max Scherzer (21-3, 2.90)
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, not on TV or radio
WEATHER: Little bit chilly by Florida standards, but a nice blue sky overhead.
UMPIRES: HP Andy Fletcher, 1B Jerry Lane, 2B Mark Wegner, 3B Angel Campos
WHAT TO WATCH: There’s a solid chance Eduardo Nunez is going to make this team and get regular playing time at third base, so it’s worth watching his spring debut. The Yankees were encouraged by the way he played down the stretch last season, and that performance 00 coupled with the lack of standout internal alternatives — has given Nunez one more chance to play a role. And, of course, it’s the second appearance of Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann. Adam Warren also looking to make a strong first impression.
OFF THE BENCH: C Austin Romine, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Yangervis Solarte, SS Addison Maruszak, 3B Zelous Wheeler, LF Jose Pirela, CF Ramon Flores, RF Antoan Richardson
OUT OF THE BULLPEN: Shawn Kelley, Preston Claiborne, Dan Burawa, Mark Montgomery, Brian Gordon and Fred Lewis
UPDATE, 1:06 p.m.: We are underway with an Ellsbury fly ball to center field. First time he’s failed to reach base this spring (reached three times on Wednesday).
UPDATE, 1:08 p.m.: Tough call for Nunez. Thought he had an infield single, instead ruled an error on the shortstop (tried to make a charging play on a short-hop up the middle). Pretty tough play, but Nunez is on board with an 0-for-1 so far today. My good friend Pete Caldrera is outraged.
UPDATE, 1:11 p.m.: Carlos Beltran hits into a double play to end the top of the first. Here comes Adam Warren for his spring debut. Third hitter he’ll face is Miguel Cabrera.
UPDATE, 1:18 p.m.: Adam Warren with a pickoff at second base. Leading the competition!
UPDATE, 1:24 p.m.: OK, I’m honestly not entirely sure what just happened. Warren walked Cabrera, then walked Martinez. But the Martinez walk came on a 3-2 pitch, so Cabrera was running on the pitch, and for some reason he just kept going. He rounded second as if trying to catch the Yankees off guard and take third base. Warren threw to third and got the out. I had looked down to mark my scorecard, and when I looked up Cabrera was running for no apparent reason.
UPDATE, 1:26 p.m.: There’s Brian McCann’s first spring homer. Crushed it, too. Hit a building beyond the right field fence. It’s 1-0 Yankees in the second.
UPDATE, 1:44 p.m.: I just said “Whoa!” out loud in the press box. Gary Sanchez crushed a home run here in the third inning (off Jose Ortega, not off Scherzer). I wasn’t stunned so much by how far he hit it, but it was hit on such a line. He just hit the ball awfully hard. It’s a 2-0 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: Almonte just threw Hunter out at the plate. Nice tag by McCann.