Just in case you missed it, we are hosting a live chat on Wednesday at 1:00pm ET as the Yankees open up spring training against the Pittsburgh Pirates on March 3rd. The game, which technically starts at 1:05pm will be on the YES Network and a Chad Gaudin/Sergio Mitre/Alfredo Aceves combination is expected to pitch with Gaudin going first.
If you are familiar with the way River Ave Blues, MLB Trade Rumors, and Puck Daddy run their live chats, we’ll be running ours pretty much the same way.
The Yankees also released their starting rotation for the next two weeks of spring. This is a tentative schedule that can change due to weather, injuries, or any other unexpected event, but I’m sure they’ll try to stick to it as best they can.
Via Bryan Hoch:
March 3 vs. PIT Chad Gaudin, Sergio Mitre, Alfredo Aceves
March 4 at PHI CC Sabathia
March 5 vs. TB Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain
March 6 vs. TOR A.J. Burnett
March 7 at MIN Mitre, Gaudin (Andy Pettitte to throw simulated game)
March 8 vs. PHI (SS) Javier Vazquez
March 8 at PIT (SS) Alfredo Aceves
March 9 vs. PIT CC Sabathia
March 10 at DET Chamberlain, Hughes
March 11 vs. ATL Burnett
March 12 at WAS Pettitte
March 13 vs. BAL (SS) Vazquez
March 13 at DET (SS) TBA
Thoughts: Nothing big here, but Joe Girardi does appear to be setting up the rotation in the order of: CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, Andy Pettitte, Javier Vazquez, and either Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes as the final starter. Of course, a lot can happen between now and then that could change the order.