Pregame: Kuroda, Jeter, Aardsma & Andy


It is freezing again and the Yankees are trying to avoid another 0-3 start. If they lose tonight, it will be the first time in team history they have had back-to-back 0-3 starts.

KURODA OK: Hiroki Kuroda (finger) is on schedule to make his next start. Matt Ehalt will have more on that shortly.

RAIN DELAYED: It was raining in Tampa, so Derek Jeter did all his work inside. There is no word on when he will be back in the bigs because of his ankle. Speculation continues to center around May, but there are a lot of hurdles to cross to get there.

SEE YA: David Aardsma was given his unconditional release.

RELIABLE ANDY: Girardi on having Andy Pettitte take the mound with the Yankees trying to avoid a sweep.

"It is real nice," Girardi said. "Because he has been in so many situations. Andy has pitched in games that are must-win situations, in a sense, or as close to as possible. I'm not saying that is one of those tonight so you don't worry about his emotions going into tonight that you might worry about if you had a young pitcher going tonight."

NOT A FAN: The Yankees play at 1 p.m. in Detroit on Friday after the Thursday night game.

"I don't really understand it completely," Girardi said. "In a normal situation, we would probably would have played Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, if Monday wasn't our home opener, we probably would have had today off. It is something you have to deal with."

Starter Ivan Nova has flown ahead to Detroit.