Yankees lineup at A's: Gardner 8 Cano 4 Teixeira 3 Hafner DH Wells 7 Youkilis 5 Ichiro 9 Nix 6 Romine 2 Hughes RHP— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) June 12, 2013
Austin Romine finally gets into a game for the first time since June 7 and currently has a -14 wRC+ on the year.
Brett Gardner is hitting .520/.538/.800 over the last week and has 13 hits, the most on the team. The next highest Yankee has six, from Chris Stewart.
Kevin Youkilis is playing third base for the second game in a row, so he must be healthy enough to take back the starting role.
Phil Hughes has a 1.69 ERA in 16 innings at O.co Coliseum. That's promising!
Michael Pineda was scheduled to pitch his second rehab start on Friday, but apparently things have changed.
Pineda will throw a sim game Friday in Tampa, roughly 75 pitches #yankees— Lohud Yankees Blog (@LoHudYankees) June 12, 2013
Change of plans: Yankees will have Michael Pineda pitch in a simulated game on Friday in Tampa. Want him in controlled environment.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) June 12, 2013
I guess the Yankees don't want him pitching on the road, since the Tampa Yankees are on their All-Star break and the Trenton Thunder are playing in Altoona that day. It is unknown whether or not a simulated game will count toward his rehab or he will still need to pitch an extra game. Pineda is still lined up to be eligible to come off the disabled list in July, but I'm sure everyone is disappointed he won't be pitching in a real game.