LHP CC Sabathia (2-1, 1.59)
Starling Marte LF
Jordy Mercer SS
Andrew McCutchen CF
Gaby Sanchez 1B
Russell Martin C
Jose Tabata RF
Josh Harrison 3B
Neil Walker 2B
Tony Sanchez DH
RHP Stolmy Pimentel (1-0, 3.86)
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, YES Network
WEATHER: Rainy day here in Florida. Tarp came on the field about two hours ago, but came off about a half hour ago. For now it looks at least a little bit promising.
UMPIRES: HP Ryan Blakney, 1B Vic Carapazza, 2B Clint Fagan, 3B Seth Buckminster
WHAT TO WATCH: CC Sabathia is scheduled for 45-50 pitches in his final tune up before Opening Day. … With two infield spots up for grabs, Eduardo Nunez, Dean Anna and Yangervis Solarte are each getting a turn in the starting infield today. Zelous Wheeler, who’s still technically part of that competition as well, is starting at designated hitter. … Quietly having one of the best springs in camp, Adonis Garcia avoided today’s latest round of cuts and gets a start in right field today.
OFF THE BENCH: C Jose Gil, 1B Corban Joseph, SS Carmen Angelini, LF Ben Gamel, CF Antoan Richardson (other positions have no backup listed)
OUT OF THE PEN: Cesar Cabral, Fred Lewis, David Phelps, Vidal Nuno, Adam Warren, Dellin Betances
UPDATE, 1:24 p.m.: In the first inning, Nunez had a sharp single and scored a run, then Anna and Solarte turned a good double play to keep the Pirates off the board. it’s a 2-0 Yankees lead heading into the second.
UPDATE, 1:42 p.m.: Nunez charged a slow roller and made a good throw to first for the final out of the second inning. Sabathia has allowed one hit, and that runner was wiped out with a double play.
UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: Nice play by Dean Anna to start a potential double play, but Solarte couldn’t make the throw turning it at second. Yankees get one out. I’ve been surprised at how good Anna has looked at shortstop. I was told to not expect much from him at that position, he’s made some nice plays though.
UPDATE, 2:13 p.m.: Nunez’s second hit of the game is a two-out RBI single in the fourth inning. He drove in Ichiro Suzuki, who’s 3-for-3 and scored from second. It’s a 4-0 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 2:59 p.m.: Betances pitches around a double in the fifth inning and Nuno gets two strikeouts in a scoreless sixth. I still think those two will win the final two spots in the bullpen.