The latest from Tampa…
- The Yankees are playing the Pirates tonight, but the game isn’t on television anywhere. Rafael Soriano is scheduled to pitch, and Eduardo Nunez will come off the bench to play the outfield. That’s interesting. (Erik Boland & Chad Jennings)
- Mariano Rivera threw live batting practice for the first time today, and could make his Grapefruit League debut on Friday. (George King)
- “There’s nothing hot,” said Brian Cashman about the pitching market. “I’ve got nothing going on. Zero.” Both Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon can opt out of their contracts if they don’t make the team out of Spring Training, though Colon has expressed an interest in being the longman if he doesn’t crack the rotation. No word on whether or not Garcia is willing to do the same. (all Marc Carig)
- The Yankees brain trust and the beat writers played their annual game of paintball, so Chad Jennings held us over with a look inside the GMS Field clubhouse. Sounds rather big. The team officials topped the beat writers 4-1. You’re letting us down, fellas. (Yankees PR Dept. & Mark Feinsand)
Here’s the open thread for the evening. MLB Network has the Orioles-Red Sox game (live) while SNY is carrying a replay of today’s Mets-Astros game. The Rangers, Knicks, and Nets are all in action at different times as well. Enjoy.