Starlin Castro and Rob Refsnyder both clubbed two-run home runs (hooray second base depth!) with Castro’s clearing the batter’s eye in center field. How about that? Dustin Ackley had a pair of knocks — he’s yet to strike out in 25 plate appearances this spring — while Brian McCann and Chase Headley had one each. Nice day for the offense. Here is the box score, here are the video highlights, and here are the rest of the day’s notes from Tampa:
- The upcoming rotation: CC Sabathia (Friday on TV), Michael Pineda (Saturday), and Ivan Nova (Sunday on TV). Pretty soon the guys will be going four or five innings. [Hoch]
- Girardi is not yet ready to name Tanaka his Opening Day starter. “My thought process now is I don’t anticipate it being a problem, but let’s just wait,” said the skipper. [Hoch]
- Aaron Hicks was scratched from today’s lineup with a stye. He went to see the eye doctor. I’ve never had a stye, but I know they’re annoying as hell and kinda gross. Hopefully this clears up in a few days. [Hoch]
- Slade Heathcott, meanwhile, did not play today because he missed the bus to Bradenton. Not ideal, Slade. [Anthony Rieber]
This is tonight’s open thread. This afternoon’s game will be shown on tape delay on MLB Network at 6am ET tomorrow morning, if you’re going to be awake. ESPN is showing the Diamondbacks and Cubs right now, MLB Network will show the Giants and Padres live later tonight, all of the local hockey and basketball teams are in action except the Knicks, plus there’s a bunch of college hoops on as well. Feel free to talk about your bracket being busted.