Embattled right-hander Adam Eaton is scheduled for his first spring start against Chien-Ming Wang and the New York Yankees today at 1 p.m. on CW Philly and MLB.TV.
Pitching matchups: Eaton will be followed by Chad Durbin, Ryan Madson, Clay Condrey, and Tom Gordon. For the Yankes, Wang will start to be followed by Darrell Rasner, Chris Britton, Jonathan Albaladejo, Heath Phillips, Dan Giese and Ross Ohlendorf. Robinson Cano, Jason Giambi, Melky Cabrera, Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada are not scheduled to make the trip to Clearwater. – Billy Mac
What to watch: Eaton, who’s right at the top of those worth monitoring this spring. Still owed around $16 million on a three-year deal, astute readers spotted mediocrity his very first spring outing one year ago. It was a sign of things to come. The 30-year-old right-hander finished with a 6.29 ERA and was left off the post-season roster, believed to be suffering a bum arm. An off-season MRI revealed nothing, so his problems are still a point of debate. He will be given every chance to reclaim a spot in the starting rotation. It may be March 1, but for players like Eaton, it's meaningful baseball.