After driving up to Orlando on Wednesday, the Yankees will make the 2 1/2 hour bus ride down to Fort Myers for some baseball under the lights against the Boston Red Sox at the always stylish JetBlue Park for their second meeting of the spring.
David Phelps will start the game for the Yankees, making his fourth start of the spring, while he Red Sox send Clay Buchholtz to the mound.
Phelps is currently battling with Michael Pineda for the fifth starter job in the Yankees' rotation to start the season, and his pitching so far has been good enough to earn him a spot in most big league rotations; just not the Yankees'. Phelps has been good, but Pineda has been better, and he'll likely end up winning the job, with Phelps heading to the bullpen.
Phelps is making his second-to-last start of the spring, and is up to the point where we'll see him throw at least six innings or 80-90 pitches, assuming he is pitching well enough to make it that far.
Updated starting lineup against Boston tonight:
- Ichiro Suzuki CF
- Dean Anna SS
- Eduardo Nunez 3B
- Mark Teixeira 1B
- Francisco Cervelli C
- Scott Sizemore 2B
- Yangervis Solarte LF
- Zoilo Almonte RF
- Zelous Wheeler DH
As you can see, Ryan is back in the lineup for the first time in almost a couple of weeks after being sidelined with an oblique injury. Scott Sizemore is also back after dealing with a minor quad injury. Not many regulars in the Yankees' lineup today. Most stayed back in Tampa, rather than getting on the bus for more than two hours.
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Update: Brendan Ryan was scratched form tonight's lineup, about 30 minutes before game time. The Yankees said it was because of upper-back spasms, and has nothing to do with his original oblique injury, which has held him out of the lineup for almost two weeks. Dean Anna will take his place in the lineup and at shortstop tonight. Obviously not great news, but we should know within the coming days how serious this is.