Pineda to start in Tampa; Nova in Clearwater
Tony Pena will manage and Ivan Nova will start against the Phillies out on Clearwater, while here in Tampa, Joe Girardi sends Michael Pineda to the mound against the Orioles in a game you can see on YES beginning at 1 p.m.
This will be Pineda's second appearance and first start of the spring, and Joe Girardi said his big righty will have a rough limit of three innings and/or 45 pitches. Pineda looked strong in his spring debut last Friday, and Girardi said that he's looking forward to see how Pineda goes through his repertoire of pitches today.
"For me it's his fastball command that's most important to see," Girardi said in a morning media meeting, "and the improvement of him using his change-up as well. I feel like he's always going to have his slider."
The Yankees have called up nearly a dozen players from minor-league camp to serve as extra players for today's split-squads, but the starting lineups are chock full of stars; most of those going to Panama have stayed in Tampa to face the Orioles, although Francisco Cervelli for one is on both trips.
Here's the complete lineup set to start in Tampa:
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano LF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Dean Anna 2B
Zoilo Almonte RF
Russ Canzler 1B
And, the group behind Ivan Nova in Clearwater:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Kelly Johnson 3B
Francisco Cervelli C
Yangervis Solarte SS
Scott Sizemore 2B
Ramon Flores LF
Austin Romine DH
On the mound, the Yankees have David Robertson, Matt Thornton, Bruce Billings, Cesar Cabral and Chris Leroux behind Pineda (with Matt Daley, Jim Miller and Brian Gordon also available) with Shane Greene, Bryan Mitchell, Mark Montgomery and Preston Claiborne in Clearwater (with Danny Burawa, Fred Lewis, and minor-leaguers Tyler Webb and Pat Venditte also on the trip).
Among the reserves, the Tampa team has mostly players who have been in camp all spring; Jake Cave is up from across the street to play center field and both catcher Tyson Blaser and utility man Casey Stevenson came with him, but the rest of the crew includes John Ryan Murphy (catcher) and Gary Sanchez (DH), Corban Joseph at second base, and Adonis Garcia in right field, among others.
The Clearwater second-string, however, features mostly minor-leaguers, with Peter O'Brien (catcher), Francisco Arcia (first base), and Mason Williams (center field) the only camp invitees listed. Among the call-ups are a quartet of players who joined Williams as members of the Eastern League champion Trenton Thunder at some point last season: shortstop Carmen Angelini, third baseman Rob Segedin, left fielder Ben Gamel and emergency reserve Ali Castillo.
A few other items of note from the hustle and bustle of the clubhouse:
-Cervelli is going on the Panama trip instead of McCann, mostly because Girardi wants his new starting catcher to get more time in with the Yankees' starting pitchers; only CC Sabathia and Adam Warren are going to Panama City, so McCann can stay behind and get more in tune with Masahiro Tanaka, Hiroki Kuroda, Ivan Nova, and perhaps David Phelps.
-All four of this weekend's starters threw side sessions today, with Tanaka's drawing significant interest. He has been on a five-day schedule for the last couple of weeks now, and said through his interpreter that while he feels he's adjusting, it's tough to say anything for sure because his pitch count is still so limited.
-Girardi said that some of the players on the Panama trip "will have to play Monday so we can make sure we have enough bodies," but it's unlikely that most of the bigger names, including Jeter and Beltran, will suit up against the Pirates that afternoon in Bradenton.