The initial results are mostly in now, and at this point in spring training I'd say the pitching rotation stacks up as follows:
1. Justin Verlander - we'll go ahead and tentatively pencil him in as the staff ace, pending the results of his first spring training performance.
2. Rick Porcello - the kid sent six in order back to the dugout in his two innings of work.
3. Jeremy Bonderman - two scoreless innings, highlighted by three strikeouts; good to see him looking like his old self (including allowing the first two batters he faced to reach base).
4. Eddie Bonine - two scoreless innings, one hit and one walk.
5. Dontrelle Willis - the big surprise here is the D-Train, who got out of his two innings unscathed despite walking the lead-off hitter both times.
Waiting in the wings: Phil Coke - at this point he'll be coming out of the bullpen as he did for the Yanks last year, but should one of the top five guys falter, he could be available as a starter, and his two scoreless innings in his start against Florida Southern on Tuesday showed that he would be ready.
Not yet out of the running, but coming off pretty poor showings, are Max Scherzer (ERA: 13.50); Nate Robertson (ERA: 13.50); and Armando Galarraga (ERA: 36.00).