March 4, 2011, 7:05 p.m. ET – George M. Steinbrenner Field – Tampa, Fla.
TV: YES / Radio: WCBS
RED SOX (2-3)
Darnell McDonald RF, Ryan Kalish CF, Jed Lowrie 1B, Jason Varitek C, Daniel Nava DH, Josh Reddick LF, Yamaico Navarro 3B, Drew Sutton 2B, Jose Iglesias SS
Starting pitcher: Clay Buchholz RHP (17-7, 2.33 ERA in 2010)
Also scheduled to pitch: Brandon Duckworth, Randy Williams, Matt Albers, Tony Pena, Jr.
Derek Jeter SS, Russell Martin C, Mark Teixeira 1B, Alex Rodriguez 3B, Robinson Cano 2B, Jorge Posada DH, Andruw Jones LF, Melky Mesa CF, Greg Golson RF
Starting pitcher: Bartolo Colon RHP (Did not pitch in 2010)
Also scheduled to pitch: Pedro Feliciano, Manny Banuelos, Mark Prior, Andy Sisco
- Francisco Cervelli will miss at least four weeks with a fracture in his left foot, the Yankees announced on Friday. Cervelli won’t be able to resume baseball activity until the walking boot comes off in a month, so this effectively sidelines him for at least six to eight weeks.
- With Cervelli’s injury, Jesus Montero’s chances of making the roster have skyrocketed. Here’s what Montero said before tonight’s game: “It seems like I’ve got a big opportunity to be on the team now. I’m going to do my best. I know Cervelli is a great catcher, I know he did a good job last year. Now I get an opportunity and I’m going to do something good about it.”
- Austin Romine is also in the mix, and the Yankees aren’t acting as though his lack of experience higher than Double-A will preclude him from making this a race. Here’s Romine: “Triple-A is good baseball up there, but Double-A has made big strides lately. A lot of guys have gone from Double-A to the big leagues. It’s good ball down there as well. I don’t really see it as a disadvantage.”
- Tonight is Bartolo Colon’s second start of the spring, having faced the Phillies here on Feb. 26 (2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER). He has allowed the only run by a Yankees starter this spring, as Bombers starters h
ave hurled 12 innings of one-run ball, striking out six with two walks.
- Richard Gere will throw out tonight’s ceremonial first pitch.
- There are 27 days until Opening Day.