— New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 3, 2013
Lyle Overbay will start in RF for Yankees tonight. In his 1,376th career game, he'll make 1st appearance in OF. Yanks looking for offense.— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) June 3, 2013
Andy Pettitte returns from the disabled list to make the start tonight against the Indians. Cleveland starter Justin Masterson obliterated the Yankees the last time they faced him, pitching a complete game shutout as part of a doubleheader on May 13th. Brennan Boesch was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room on the roster.
Robinson Cano has found success against Masterson in the past, going 8-23 off him in his career. The Yankees may have had a little extra incentive to try Lyle Overbay in the outfield, seeing as he is 5-8 off Masterson in his brief experience facing him. With Vernon Wells slumping something fierce, the Yankees may not have much to lose trying to experiment with ways to get the most offensive output out of the players available to them. Only one current Yankee has hit a homer against Masterson, and that is Reid Brignac, who is in tonight's lineup.
As of today, Cano trails only Miguel Cabrera in All-Star voting with 1,235,230 votes. He has an enormous lead on Ian Kinsler at second base, who has received only 656,827 votes. If voting ended today, Cano would be the only Yankee starter, unsurprisingly. The only other Yankees to make the leader board are Kevin Youkilis, who is in fifth place at third base with 235,388 votes; Ichiro Suzuki, who is in 15th place in the outfield with 337,654 votes; and Derek Jeter, who is in fifth place at shortstop despite having not played a game yet this year with 380,445 votes.
New Era also released the design for the special Fourth of July hats that will be worn around MLB. The Yankees' hat is grey with a navy blue bill with the interlocking NY in a flag print. It isn't the worst one, by far. Come on, MLB/New Era. How do you let that happen? All the hats can be seen here. What do you think of them?