3/4 – Yankees at Phillies

It’s cool – the scoreboard says 49 degrees – and windy in Clearwater, but clear and sunny as the Yankees prepare to play the second game of their Grapefruit League schedule. Joe Girardi was laughing this morning about how some media outlets are treating this like a regular season game, but it’s still a neat draw to have CC Sabathia and Roy Halladay going head-to-head this early in the spring.

Don’t expect the show to go too long, though … in Sabathia’s case, expect two innings or 35 pitches, whichever comes first.

This is Philadelphia’s Grapefruit League opener – they beat Florida State University here yesterday, 13-6 – and the stands are packed, with guys playing ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ on trumpets to give this sort of a 1940s feel. That is, until the PA announcer starts making announcements about texting to some phone numbers to get today’s special deals. But I digress.

Here’s how it looked during Yanks BP today:

DSCF1638.JPGAnd now here are the lineups…

Bright House Field, Clearwater, Fla.

Gardner CF
Johnson DH Hoffmann DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Winn LF
Miranda 1B
Pena SS
Laird 3B

CC Sabathia LHP

Rollins SS
Polanco 3B
Francisco CF
Werth RF
Mayberry Jr. LF
Ransom 1B
Castro 2B
Bocock DH
Ruiz C

Roy Halladay RHP

1:05 p.m.
Nick Johnson was scratched with a stiff lower back. Jamie Hoffmann replaces him at DH. We’ll catch up with Nick when the clubhouse opens after CC’s start.

Update on Nick Johnson…

Johnson said that he felt his back stiffen after catching a spike in the tarpaulin around the batting cage at Bright House Field. He said that had it been the regular season, he would have played “for sure.”

“I felt a little something back there, and I could have played,” Johnson said.

He said that he is not concerned by the back stiffness, which he thought could have been avoided by wearing turf shoes instead of spikes during batting practice.

“It won’t be too long,” Johnson said. “I’m not really worried about that.”

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