Francisco Cervelli and Chris Dickerson have the privilege of facing the back end of the Yankees' bullpen Monday morning when Mariano Rivera and Rafael Soriano throw their first live BP sessions at 9 a.m.
For Rivera, it is a little earlier than usual for him to face hitters, but then, he has operated on a slightly accelerated schedule this spring. He reported on one day late to camp this year, and threw his first bullpen session a week ago. He's even making a road trip, traveling with the team when the Yankees go to Miami to help the Marlins open their new stadium although as Joe Girardi points out, he won't have to ride a bus; they're flying.
Still, it's an uncommon spring so far for Mo, who at 42 may well be on his farewell tour.