Sunday Morning News And Notes: 3/15/15

Good Sunday morning to you, Yankee fans.  Hope your weekends have been enjoyable so far, and I hope many will be sharing my Sunday plan of sitting around in sweatpants watching sports all day.  Here's what you missed if you were productive yesterday: - The Yanks split their split-squad games yesterday, beating the Tigers 4-1 behind Michael Pineda and losing to the Blue Jays 1-0 behind Esmil Rogers.  Pineda tossed 3 hitless, scoreless innings in his outing while Rogers gave up 3 hits in his 3 scoreless.  They combined to strike out 7.

- Alex Rodriguez was back at third base in the Rogers game, and he went 1-3 with a well-hit single off the wall in right field, a 3-pitch strikeout, and a flyout.  He keeps putting good at-bats together, he looks as good as you'd expect a soon-to-be 40-year-old with his injury history to look physically, and it seems like the NY papers are starting to lose some of their anti-A-Rod steam.  All great things.

- Nathan Eovaldi makes his next start this afternoon against the Phillies, but the big rotation news was the announcement of CC Sabathia's ST debut.  According to Joe, he'll get the start on Tuesday with Masahiro Tanaka following him in his second start on Wednesday.  If you're curious, that would line Sabathia up to start on Opening Day.

- Brendan Ryan's slow comeback from his "mild" back strain continues.  He's returned to light baseball activities, hitting off a tee and doing some simple GB drills.  There's no way he's ready to play on Opening Day and no way he makes this team.  I'm calling it.

- Speaking of not making the team, my sources are telling me the first round of roster cuts could be coming today.  Expect it to be mostly the less-heralded MiLers in camp and maybe even some of the more-heralded ones.  With the Major League guys getting closer to the start of the season and needing to extend their PT, it only makes sense to send the young guys down to MiL camp where they can do the same thing and get more reps in preparation for the start of their seasons.