Raining on TanakaPalooza

March, 6, 2014
Mar 6
TAMPA, Fla. -- It is pouring in the Tampa area, so the Yankees' game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater is very much in question.

The Yankees pushed back their bus time from 9:55 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. to try to get a better read on the situation. Clearwater is a little less than a half-hour away. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. It seems unlikely they will play.

So what does that mean for Masahiro Tanaka, who was supposed to make his first start? Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said he is unsure if Tanaka would throw a simulated game in the indoor batting cage or if they would push him back to Friday night at Steinbrenner Field.

CC Sabathia was also scheduled to have a simulated game today in Tampa, so that figures to go on inside.

Mark Teixeira, who was scheduled to make his debut, could take some more swings in these games. Finding Teixeira some cuts has been a problem lately.

If they do play, here is Joe Girardi's original lineup (subject to change, of course):

Brett Gardner, LF
Derek Jeter, SS
Teixeira, 1B
Carlos Beltran, RF
Brian McCann, C
Alfonso Soriano, DH
Kelly Johnson, 3B
Brian Roberts, 2B
Mason Williams, CF

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Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »



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Masahiro Tanaka
13 2.77 141 136
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146