RHP David Phelps (0-0, 2.63)
RED SOX (8-12-1)
Grady Sizemore CF
Shane Victorino RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Daniel Nava LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ross C
Jonathan Herrera 3B
RHP Clay Buchholz (2-1, 1.13)
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, YES Network, ESPN and WFAN
WEATHER: Didn’t see a single cloud over this stadium when I got into town. Might be the nicest day we’ve had down here.
UMPIRES: HP Tim Timmons, 1B Brian O’Nora, 2B Fieldin Culbreth, 3B Marvin Hudson
WHAT TO WATCH: First game back in the lineup for both Brendan Ryan and Scott Sizemore. Ryan seems to have a job locked up as a defensive specialist off the bench, but Sizemore is still trying to make an impression for a possible right-handed platoon role either out of camp or at some point during the season. … Mark Teixeira faces a good right-handed pitcher today, which means at least two tough left-handed at-bats to test his right wrist. … David Phelps has not been wiped out of the fifth-starter competition just yet, and he’s pitched really well this spring. Could be a chance to make one more big impression before the Yankees begin to put things in place heading into the final week of the spring.
OFF THE BENCH: C Austin Romine, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Jose Pirela, SS Carmen Angelini, 3B Dean Anna, LF Ben Gamel, CF Antoan Richardson, RF Adonis Garcia, DH John Ryan Murphy
OUT OF THE PEN: Matt Daley, Chris Leroux, Yoshinori Tateyama and Fred Lewis
UPDATE, 7:29 p.m.: Nice little play by Scott Sizemore on the shift, getting the Yankees out of the bottom of the first. Cervelli responds in the top of the second with a massive home run to left.
UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: Night games in spring training. They’re just weird. Not used to getting early-edition newspaper stories written through these early innings. Anyway. Phelps looks great. Again. He’s through three scoreless, he’s getting some strikeouts, and he’s about to face Victorino, Pedroia and Ortiz for the second time. Meanwhile, Nunez just tried to drop down another bunt. Nearly beat it out. He’s said he wants to bunt a lot this spring. He’s looked pretty good doing it.
UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Two-out rally by the Yankees here in the fifth. Almonte walked, Wheeler doubled and Ichiro drove in both runs with a single through the right side of the infield. Now Sizemore has singled to put two on for Nunez. It’s a 3-0 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 8:38 p.m.: Phelps walks a guy, but immediately gets a double play to end the fifth. Another really good outing so far.
UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: Phelps finally ran into trouble in the sixth. His third time through the order, Phelps allowed a two-out, two-run double by Pedroia. He then walked Ortiz before ending the inning with a high popup by Napoli. He’s probably finished for the night: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.