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ST Game Thread: A Rare Sight

The Yankees are playing the Blue Jays in a nationally televised game a little later tonight, so we’ll have a regular game thread along shortly. Here is the day’s news from Tampa…

  • Nick Swisher (groin) is not in tonight’s lineup, though he did face Andy Pettitte during the lefty’s live batting practice session this afternoon. He will take his hacks in minor league games the next two days and hopefully return to the lineup on Friday. [Erik Boland & Sweeny Murti]
  • Pettitte threw 35 pitches in that live BP session this afternoon, and Swisher said his changeup was “dropping off the table.” Pettitte was pleased with his ability to locate the fastball away but thought his cutter was flat. He’s also not yet comfortable pitching out of the stretch. [Marc Carig, Jack Curry & Murti]
  • Mariano Rivera and Boone Logan both pitched in a minor league game this afternoon. Rivera struck out two and broke a bat in a perfect inning, though Logan apparently gave up a hit or two. [Josh Norris]
  • Joba Chamberlain will talk to the media at 5:45pm ET. He’s expected to say that, contrary to reports, he did not lose a life-threatening amount of blood when he dislocated ankle and that his career is not in jeopardy barring something unforeseen (like infection). [Buster Olney]
  • Unsurprisingly, Hiroki Kuroda will start the second game of the season. The rotation has been lined up for weeks, but these things are always subject to change until the club makes it official. [David Waldstein]
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Early season trade candidates: hold or deal?
ST Game Thread: A Rare Sight
  • Jesse

    Not a surprise Kuroda is getting the game 2 nod. I just hope Pineda is the “number 4 starter” because that’ll mean I’ll get to see his Yankee Stadium debut on April 15 against the Angels.

    • sangreal

      Wouldn’t that be the third game? I’m going on the 14th, and I’m pretty sure it’s Game 2

      • Jesse

        Well, based on the schedule, the pitching probables might look like this:

        4/6 at Tampa: Sabathia
        4/7: Kuroda
        4/8: Nova
        4/9 at Orioles: Pineda
        4/10: Hughes
        4/11: Sabathia
        4/12: Day off
        4/13 vs Angels: Kuroda
        4/14: Nova
        4/15: Pineda

  • Nick

    Anybody else gonna watch the M’s v. A’s game?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I might wake up early for it. Depends how tonight goes, really.

    • Jesse

      I’ll DVR it.

    • jsbrendog

      what time does it start eastern time?

      • jsbrendog

        i usually get up at 645, i may get up at 6 to watch the first couple innings. my buddy will be there too ha.

      • Jesse

        6 AM.