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Day 25: Masahiro Tanaka, take 2

TAMPA, Fla. -- The New York Yankees get their second look at Masahiro Tanaka in a game when they travel to Disney to play the Braves in an unusual 6:05 p.m. start. (No TV or radio tonight, but I will keep you semi-updated via my Twitter feed, @ESPNNYYankees).

Tanaka, who threw two perfect innings against the Braves at home last Thursday, will throw 45-50 pitches, or four innings, tonight followed by Jacob Lindgren, Danny Burawa, Tyler Webb, Jose Ramirez, Diego Moreno and at some point, Andrew Bailey, making his first appearance in a game of any kind since July 21, 2013, when he suffered a serious shoulder injury (torn capsule and labrum) while serving as the Boston Red Sox's closer. Bailey may not have enough time left to make the team out of spring training -- Joe Girardi said the Yankees needed to see him pitch in back-to-back games first -- but if he's successful tonight, he might be able to help in the bullpen at some point during the season.

Here's the lineup:

Brett Gardner CF

Chase Headley 3B

Brian McCann C

Mark Teixeira DH

Garrett Jones 1B

Stephen Drew 2B

Chris Young RF

Didi Gregorius SS

Jose Pirela LF

Tanaka RHP

Girardi said he is using Pirela, who is hitting a blistering .450 in 20 spring at-bats, in left field in an effort to find a place to shoehorn his bat into a pretty tight roster. "We're moving him all around, because you never know what's going to happen,'' Girardi said. "You might even see him in centerfield this spring.'' Realistically, however, Pirela only makes the team if someone gets hurt or if it turns out either Brendan Ryan (back) or Jacoby Ellsbury (ab) aren't ready to start the season. ... Speaking of Ellsbury, he was nowhere to be found in the clubhouse for the second consecutive day but Girardi said there was nothing new to report on what the manager termed "a little, mild, mild, mild, mild strain" of the rectus abdominis, a muscle in the right side of the abdomen. "He's just resting a couple of days and we'll see where he's at,'' Girardi said. The hope is that he and Ryan will be ready for game action by Friday afternoon's game against the Tigers in Lakeland. ... In a mild surprise, Girardi said CC Sabathia's next start would come Sunday against the Mets in Port St. Lucie, a three-and-a-half hour bus trip that veteran pitchers are rarely asked to make. Here are the probable starters for the next couple of days: Esmil Rogers vs. the Phillies at home on Thursday night; Adam Warren vs. the Tigers on Friday; Michael Pineda vs. the Houston Astros at home Saturday afternoon, and Sabathia on Sunday.