TAMPA, Fla. -- We're headed to Clearwater this morning, and for a rare time in any spring, Derek Jeter has to break out the gray pants since he is playing shortstop and hitting second today. [UPDATE, 11:47 a.m.: Jeter has been scratched from today's lineup because his ankle is "cranky", Girardi says. More to come.]
As for 12 days from now ...
DEREK THE DH: This morning, I asked Joe Girardi who his Opening Day DH will be if the Red Sox start Jon Lester, as expected. Here's what he said: "It could be Jeter, it could be (Eduardo) Nunez, it could be a lot of different people. It could be one of our righthanded-hitting outfielders."
Eduardo Nunez, the starting shortstop on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium? With Derek Jeter still on the team??? Here's what Jeter had to say: "My job is to get ready to play. First of all, we're not there yet, so it's really not even a discussion topic right now. I always like to be at short, regardless. Even if I wasn't coming off an injury, I'd like to be out there playing short. That's been the goal all along but I do what I'm told."
BACK TO WORK: Boone Logan, who has yet to throw in a game this spring because of elbow soreness, is on the travel roster today and is expected to see some action. So is Ronnier Mustelier, who is in the starting lineup for the first time since banging up both legs running into a railing while chasing a pop fly last Friday.
BIG MAN GETS BIG REST: While the Yankees are playing the Red Sox tomorrow at The Boss, CC Sabathia will be across the street pitching in a minor-league game, because Girardi doesn't want him starting against AL East teams in the spring. After that, Sabathia will pitch once more, on the 26th against Houston, and will not go again until Opening Day against the Red Sox on six days' rest.