RHP David Phelps (0-0, 4.50)
David Lough CF
Jemile Weeks 2B
Delmon Young DH
Steve Clevenger C
Steve Pearce 1B
Ryan Flaherty SS
Francisco Peguero RF
Quintin Berry LF
Cord Phelps 3B
LHP Wei-Yin Chen (0-0, 0.00)
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: First night game of the year. Temperatures will dip into the 60s. Brrrrr!
UMPIRES: HP Seth Buckminster, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Mark Carlson, 3B Anthony Johnson
WHAT TO WATCH: There’s actually a reason to stick around for this one. Scott Sizemore will make his Yankees debut in the late innings (he’s a legitimate big league roster candidate) and Matt Thornton should make his debut in the fourth inning (he’s basically locked in as the team’s top left-handed reliever). Brian McCann will also get a late at-bat or two. There’s also Eduardo Nunez trying to show he can play defense at third base. If you’re into spring training curiosities, early spring standout Yangervis Solarte — mostly a utility infielder — is getting a start in left field. He’s been terrific so far.
RIVERA HONORED TOMORROW: On Wednesday, Mariano Rivera will receive a national Jefferson Award for “Outstanding Community Service by a Professional Athlete” at the Pierre Hotel in New York. Other athletes to have received the award in the past include Peyton Manning, Hank Aaron and Pat LaFontaine.
OFF THE BENCH: C Gary Sanchez, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Scott Sizemore, SS Dean Anna, 3B Zelous Wheeler, LF Ramon Flores, CF Mason Williams, RF Antoan Richardson, DH Brian McCann
OUT OF THE BULLPEN: Matt Thornton, Brian Gordon, Cesar Cabral, Chris Leroux, Chase Whitley and Preston Claiborne
UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: Ground balls are nice. David Phelps allowed back-to-back singles, but he’s out of the first inning unscathed because of a 4-6-3 double play and a relatively routine grounder to shortstop. Ryan was shading toward second base and had to charge the ball, but it made it look simple.
UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: Phelps pitches out of trouble again in the second inning, and now Roberts has started the bottom of the second with an infield single. That’s the Yankees first hit.
UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: That’s Cervelli! The best bet to be the Yankees backup catcher just wen yard, a solo homer for a 1-0 Yankees lead (Nunez hit into a double play immediately before). Ryan has followed with a single.
UPDATE, 7:46 p.m.: Three straight singles have given the Yankees another run herein the second inning. Ryan, then Russ Canzler, then — who else? — Yangervis Solarte.
UPDATE, 7:59 p.m.: Matt Thornton thrown right into the fire. He comes in with a runner at first base here in the third inning. Phelps allowed a leadoff triple this inning. That runner scored on a ground out to short. Phelps is finished after a strikeout and walk. He went 2.2 innings, one run on five hits.
UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: Thornton came in to get one hitter. He finished off the third inning, now Gordon is in to pitch the fourth.
UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: Brian Gordon and Chris Leroux have done their part to keep this game moving. Each pitched a 1-2-3 inning. We’re into the fifth inning, Yankees still leading 2-1.