March 9, 2011, 7:05 p.m. ET – George M. Steinbrenner Field – Tampa, Fla.
TV: None / Radio: None
Andrew McCutchen CF, Chase d’Arnaud 2B, Pedro Alvarez 3B, Matt Diaz LF, Garrett Jones RF, Steve Pearce 1B, Chris Snyder C, Pedro Ciraico SS
Starting pitcher: Kevin Correia (0-0, 8.31 ERA this spring)
Also scheduled to pitch: Charlie Morton, Daniel McCutchen, Jose Veras, Justin Thomas
Derek Jeter SS, Russell Martin C, Mark Teixeira 1B, Alex Rodriguez DH, Robinson Cano 2B, Andruw Jones LF, Eric Chavez 3B, Justin Maxwell RF, Melky Mesa CF
Starting pitcher: Bartolo Colon RHP (0-0, 1.80 ERA this spring)
Also scheduled to pitch: Manny Banuelos, Rafael Soriano, Pedro Feliciano, Daniel Turpen, Luis Ayala
- Hello from Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, where the Yankees are under the lights tonight. Temperatures are in the mid-70s and the wind is blowing out in center field.
- Tonight will be Rafael Soriano’s first spring appearance. The plan is for Bartolo Colon to go four innings, Pedro Feliciano will get one inning and Manny Banuelos is supposed to throw three.
- Mariano Rivera threw his first live batting practice this morning. Yogi Berra was in attendance and reported Rivera “looked pretty good and we should give him another look,” according to Joe Girardi.
- Colin Curtis (jammed shoulder) said that his MRI has been sent to a second doctor for review. At this point, he knows he’s going to miss some time, but is hopeful that this can be rehabbed and will not require surgery.
- Greg Golson (right oblique) is resting tonight and tomorrow. He still feels sore but doesn’t seem too concerned.
- Yankees GM Brian Cashman shot down the suggestion that his team had made a $54 million offer to Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman, who wound up signing a six-year, $30.25 million deal with the Reds. Cashman said the Yankees never got as far as making an offer to Chapman.
- Today was the second annual Yankees coaches vs. media paintball excursion. Everyone’s sporting a few fresh welts and in good spirits about the experience. The media lost to the Bombers, 4-1. At least I got my moment of glory in our one win, first shooting Girardi and Cashman and then going on a mad dash to capture the flag, plugging Mike Harkey and Lauren Moran of the media relations department along the way. Hey, you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do.