Weather permitting, Masahiro Tanaka will actually start his first game today as the Yankees travel to Clearwater, Florida to take on the Philadelphia Phillies. It's a split-squad game for the Phillies, who will send Kyle Kendrick to the mound. CC Sabathia will be pitching a simulated game back in Tampa. Today will be the first chance that the Yankees have of trying out the new instant replay system, including the full challenge system.
|NEW YORK YANKEES||PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES|
|Brett Gardner LF||Freddy Galvis SS|
|Derek Jeter SS||Kevin Frandsen 3B|
|Mark Teixeira 1B||Chase Utley 2B|
||Ryan Howard 1B|
|Brian McCann C||Marlon Byrd RF|
|Alfonso Soriano DH||Domonic Brown LF|
|Kelly Johnson 3B||Carlos Ruiz C|
|Brian Roberts 2B||Clete Thomas CF|
|Mason Williams CF||Reid Brignac DH|
The lineup looks like one we could see on Opening Day, featuring all of the regulars except Jacoby Ellsbury. Both Mark Teixeira and Alfonso Soriano will be making their spring training debuts today.
Today's bench options include: John Ryan Murphy (C), Corban Joseph (1B), Yangervis Solarte (2B), Brendan Ryan (SS), Scott Sizemore (3B), Ramon Flores (LF), Antoan Richardson (CF), and Adonis Garcia (RF).
The bullpen options include: Bruce Billings, Chris Leroux, Mark Montgomery, Dan Burawa, Fred Lewis. Preston Claiborne, Cesar Cabral, Brian Gordon and Chase Whitley will be available just in case.
In Clearwater. Pouring. Got text message during drive over here: tornado warning, seek shelter immediately.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) March 6, 2014
Phillies are saying first pitch will be 2:30 p.m. It's still raining here at Bright House Field.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) March 6, 2014