Sunday, March 19, 2006

Yankees-Indians 1:15 on YES (3/19)

The Yankees return to Legends Field today after a two game stint in Jupiter, Florida, t take on the Cleveland Indians. The starting lineup will also look familiar as it is expected to include Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Bernie Williams, all back from the WBC.

Randy Johnson looks to make his second consecutive good start as he takes the hill for the Bombers. Jason Johnson will get the start for the Indians.

"I'm still not comfortable," he said. "I'm not allowed to be comfortable. That's the reality of it. I always have to play with my back against the wall. And it's just one more year of that. It's just always my situation. I've got to be somewhere for one or two years and [then they] reevaluate you and go from there." Those are the words of Gary Sheffield in explaining his March slump - or more precisely his unhappiness with the "non-automatic" pick-up of his contract extension. This could be a very long, ugly summer in the Bronx if Sheff continues to be unhappy.

Jaret Wright's first impressive outing of the spring yesterday was due in part to a new curveball grip. A grip suggested to him by teammate Mike Mussina. Instead of gripping the ball across two seams, Wright now holds his curve with four seams.

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