March 17, 2010

Pettitte to debut, Chamberlain to follow

The Yankees play the Phillies today at 1 p.m. in Clearwater, Flo. Andy Pettitte will make his first start of the spring (if rain doesn’t stop him) and Joba Chamberlain will make a highly anticipated appearance after Pettitte. Here’s the lineup:

Brett Gardner CF
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Marcus Thames LF
Randy Winn RF
Francisco Cervelli C
Ramiro Pena SS
Kevin Russo 2B

Chamberlain will receive a lot of attention today because he’s being compared to Phil Hughes constantly, and yesterday, Hughes shut out the Astros for four innings.

Keep in mind, though, those innings were against mostly backups. As Joe Girardi and Dave Eiland have been stressing, they aren’t just looking at the stats. Right now, Hughes has a huge lead in stats, but I don’t believe he has a huge lead in the race for the fifth starter.

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