Real live baseball games will be played later this week, prompting Joe Girardi to announce his early Spring Training rotation this afternoon. Courtesy of Bryan Hoch (all game start at 1:05pm ET)…
- Friday vs. University of South Florida: Adam Warren (no TV)
- Saturday @ Phillies: Ivan Nova (on MLBN)
- Sunday vs. Phillies: Freddy Garcia (on YES and MLBN)
- Monday @ Phillies: Michael Pineda (on MLBN)
- Tuesday @ Pirates: CC Sabathia and Phil Hughes (no TV)
- Wednesday vs. Rays: Hiroki Kuroda (on YES and MLBN)
With all due respect to everyone else, the big news is Pineda’s first start, which will be televised live one week from today. The Phillies train 15-20 minutes from Tampa in Clearwater, so it’s not like the Yankees are sending him on a big long road trip. There will be plenty of time for that later in March. Hooray baseball? Hooray baseball.