TAMPA, Fla. -- Short day of work for the Yankees today, who were off the field by 12:05 p.m. about an hour earlier than normal, in preparation for tomorrow's spring opener against the Braves at Disney World. The morning saw live BPs thrown by two huge names, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, one very important reliever, David Robertson, and one guy trying to make it back, David Aardsma.
For the regulars, BP was a piece of cake. They feasted on the soft tosses of Tony Pena and Mick Kelleher. Derek Jeter didn't even bother to wear a shinguard over his recovering ankle.
1. JETER TWEAKS JORGE: Leave it to Jeter. It didn't take long for The Captain to needle his old buddy Jorge Posada about having to dress with the old men in the coaches' locker room, or to point out to reporters that this was not Posada's first appearance as a guest instructor. "You forgot he was at the women's fantasy camp," Jeter said. Jeter also said he's been stepping up his activity every day although he still does not know when he will run the bases for the first time.
2. PHELPS -- AND A CAST OF THOUSANDS: David Phelps gets the start Saturday against the Braves, and after he throws his two innings or 35 pitches, will be followed by Brett Marshall, Nik Turley and non-roster invitees Mikey O'Brien, Kelvin Perez, Brandon Pinder and Chase Whitley. Francisco Cervelli will start at catcher with Austin Romine as his backup, and Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano and Eduardo Nunez will long enough to get a couple or three at-bats.
3. SUNDAY, BLOODY SUNDAY: The Yankees play their preseason home opener Sunday against the Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m. That one gets the full treatment -- YES Network, WCBS-AM radio, John and Suzyn, the whole schmeer. Adam Warren starts, followed by Cody Eppley, Matt Daley, Francisco Rondon, Preston Claiborne, Juan Cedeno and Jim Miller. No word on which regulars will start but we'll probably get a look at the new outfield alignment with Brett Gardner in CF and Curtis Granderson in LF.
4. JOE SWEARS HE'S HEARD OF THESE GUYS: That would be Vidal Nuno, a 25-year-old lefty who will start Monday against the Orioles in Sarasota, and Jose Ramirez, a righty who is starting Tuesday's game against the Phillies in Clearwater. No radio or TV for either of those games so you'll have to take my word for it that they exist.