Gird your loins, everyone

Tomorrow, the Yankees are opening Spring Training in Clearwater against the Phillies and Alex Rodriguez won't be making that trip. I guess the Yankees would rather him be booed at home during his first Spring Training at-bat! (Of note, the Clearwater game will be shown on MLB Network extremely tape delayed at 9 p.m. and the home opener will be live on YES Wednesday afternoon.)

Today Alex (and some of the other Yankees) faced off against a pitching machine. The pitching machine, named Iron Mike, got the best of him, according to the tweets I've been seeing but it could have been worse. Chris Young actually struck out against the machine.

Anyway, at least the question of "when will A-Rod play in his first game?" has been answered and there will be no more speculating.