Good morning from a Delta flight somewhere high above the east coast.
I’m making my way down to Tampa for tonight’s series opener against the Rays, and it will be my first game in about a week. I was off over the weekend — basically spent three worthless days in bed trying to get over the flu — then I was supposed to cover Tuesday before the rain out. Yesterday was a pretty typical day off leading into a road trip. So I haven’t seen this team first-hand lately, but I managed to watch most of yesterday’s games. More of the same from Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda, who have been obvious bright spots through these first two-plus weeks of the season. More of the same, also, from the bullpen, which has held together despite the loss of its most reliable commodity heading into the season.
Today we’ll have Mark Teixeira playing in his first minor league rehab game while CC Sabathia tries to keep his fourth start from unraveling. He’ll be matched up against David Price, which probably means — regardless of Brian Roberts’ status — another start for Scott Sizemore, who had a couple of hits in yesterday’s nightcap.
Things get started at the Trop a little past 7 tonight. For now, here’s the latest addition to Monument Park. Very cool.
Photo from the Yankees