Spring Game 18: Yankees vs. Phillies

Hello from Tampa, where it’s shaping up as an eventful evening at The Boss. Derek Jeter will return to his position at shortstop for the first time since his left ankle injury in the American League Championship Series, in what manager Joe Girardi calls “a big step” toward proving he’ll be ready for the Opening Day lineup.

Girardi said that he believes Jeter is set for this, and “not at all” holding his breath about what he will see tonight. The Yankees will also get their first look of the spring at Andy Pettitte in a game situation, while Mariano Rivera picks up his second Grapefruit League inning and Ben Francisco makes his Yanks debut after signing with New York on Monday.

So, as we said, eventful evening under the lights. Here are the lineups and game information:

1:05 p.m. – George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, Fla. –
TV: YES Network, Radio: WCBS 880 AM
LHP Andy Pettitte (spring debut) vs. LHP Cliff Lee (0-0, 5.19)

Ben Revere CF
Kevin Frandsen DH
Chase Utley 2B
John Mayberry 1B
Domonic Brown RF
Darin Ruf LF
Josh Fields 3B
Freddy Galvis SS
Humberto Quintero C

Cliff Lee LHP

Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Juan Rivera 1B
Ben Francisco RF
Matt Diaz DH
Chris Stewart C
Melky Mesa CF
Gil Velazquez 2B

Andy Pettitte LHP

Pettitte is scheduled to be followed by Cody Eppley, David Aardsma and Mariano Rivera.

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