RHP Adam Warren (1-0, 0.00)
Ben Zobrist 2B
Desmond Jennings CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce DH
Ryan Hanigan C
Vince Belnome 1B
Jayson Nix SS
Brandon Guyer LF
Mikie Mahtook RF
LHP Cesar Ramos (0-0, 0.00)
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, not on radio or TV
WEATHER: Few clouds, but really one of the nicest days we’ve had down here. Wind blowing in from right field.
UMPIRES: HP Will Little, 1B Tim Welke, 2B Fieldin Culbreth, 3B Clint Fagan
WHAT TO WATCH: Eduardo Nunez and Russ Canzler should get at least one at-bat apiece against the lefty Ramos. Same for early standout Yangervis Solarte, who likely needs to hit left-handers to prove he can play some sort of big league role for the Yankees. He’s a switch hitter, but the true infield opening is as a right-handed platoon player at third base (and occasional fill-in at second). … Adam Warren will face a legitimate top of the order against the Rays. Zobrist, Jennings, Longoria and Joyce is a pretty solid challenge in start No. 2. … Dellin Betances is looking to continue a strong spring that could put him in the big league bullpen.
FOR THE RAYS: According to the Rays media notes, the Yankees are going to see Grant Balfour, Joel Peralta, Erik Bedard and Jake Odorizzi today. Lots of good pitching coming out of the Tampa Bay bullpen this afternoon.
OFF THE BENCH: C Pete O’Brien, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Corban Joseph, SS Dean Anna, 3B Zelous Wheeler, LF Antoan Richardson, CF Mason Williams, RF Adonis Garcia, DH Jose Pirela
OUT OF THE BULLPEN: Dellin Betances, Matt Daley, Yoshinori Tateyama, Robert Coello, Jim Miller
UPDATE, 1:09 p.m.: Nunez singles, and Ichiro follows with a sharp single to right field. First and third, one out, Russ Canzler at the plate.
UPDATE, 1:13 p.m.: Canzler RBI single up the middle. Yankees get another run when the Rays can’t turn two on Johnson’s grounder to second. Amazingly, the final out was made by Solarte.
UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Zobrist went deep on a 3-2 pitch from Warren. Lead cut to 2-1 after one batter.
UPDATE, 1:21 p.m.: Warren goes 3-2 again against Jennings. Gets a strikeout this time.
UPDATE, 1:39 p.m.: Couple of singles by the Rays here in the second inning. The second was hit into left field, where I thought Gardner made a good enough throw to get the lead runner out at third base. Called safe by the umpire and Johnson didn’t argue. Gardner put his hands on his hips — looked like he thought he had the out too — but apparently not (my angle isn’t the best, and it’s entirely possible the throw didn’t give Johnson a chance to apply the tag quickly enough).
UPDATE, 1:46 p.m.: Warren leaves runners stranded at second and third. Following the lead of his good friend David Phelps by pitching into and out of jams.
UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: Second hit of the day for Nunez. Double down the left field line.
UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: Nunez left stranded. Warren got a routine grounder to third base to start the bottom of the third, and that’s the end of his day. Here’s Dellin Betances with one out and the bases empty.
UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: Two quick outs for Betances. First was a strikeout. The big guy looks good this spring.
UPDATE, 2:24 p.m: Bases loaded with two outs, Brett Gardner knocks a two-runs single into left field. He’s thrown out going to second, but it’s now a 4-1 Yankees lead with Betances heading back to the mound for the bottom of the fourth. Solarte had a hit and scored a run that inning.
UPDATE, 2:55 p.m.: Game tied after a three-run home run by Desmond Jennings. It came against Robert Coello, who’s been knocked around for the second time this spring.
UPDATE, 2:57 p.m.: Make that a 5-4 Ryas lead after a solo homer by Matt Joyce. Between home runs, Eduardo Nunez made a solid play at second base. Here comes Matt Daley to relieve Coello who allowed four runs on three hits and a hit batter. He got one out. He entered this game with a 33.75 spring ERA.